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FLSA FAQ: Paying Non-Exempt Employees for Attending Lectures, Training, and Meetings

Before Thanksgiving, we discussed when for profit, non-profit, and public sector employers may accept volunteer service from employees. One of our readers, an HR director at a telecom company, pointed out that there is one other kind of “volunteer” service ...

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FLSA FAQ: Giving FLSA-Guilt-Free Thanksgiving Turkeys and Other Holiday Gifts to Employees

For readers in the U.S., tomorrow is Thanksgiving and the start of a long holiday weekend for many of us.  As we head into the holiday break, it is a good time to address how employers should handle holiday gifts ...

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Volunteers and the FLSA: When Public Sector Employers Must Pay for Volunteer Work

Last week, we discussed the rules governing when for-profit, private sector and non-profit employers could accept “volunteer” services.  Private sector employers have very little flexibility, while non-profit employers have a little bit more.  The third group of employers, public sector employers, have the ...

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Volunteers and the FLSA: When Non-Profit Employers Must Pay for Volunteer Work

In yesterday’s post, we discussed the rules governing when for-profit, private sector employers can accept “volunteer” services.  In short, the answer is not very often. However, public sector and nonprofit employers have more flexibility when under the Fair Labor Standards ...

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Volunteers and the FLSA: When Employers Must Pay for Volunteer Work

Earlier this week, a reader commented on our Integrity Staffing discussion with this question: If an employee-who normally processes insurance claims-volunteered to decorate a bulletin board for a special event and arrived to the employer’s premises an hour before the start ...

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FLSA FAQ: The “Starter” Minimum Wage Already Exists, But Isn’t Very Useful

Two topics that we have heard quite a bit about during all of the GOP debates so far are immigration and the minimum wage–two of my favorites.  We’ll leave the immigration debate aside for now, but I want to highlight ...

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Congress Repeals FLSA Provision, Immigration Battle Heads to Supreme Court

Earlier this week, we discussed the important amendment to the transportation bill that would clarify that federal law preempts certain state meal and rest break laws for interstate carriers.  That’s not the only change involving the FLSA and wage and ...

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New Federal Transportation Bill May Bring Meal and Rest Break Relief to Employers

UPDATE: Amendment 783 was cut out of the final bill in conference. As you may have heard, the House has passed a 6-year, $325 billion transportation bill, after considering over 130 amendments.  What you may not know is that the bill ...

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Outside the Box Compensation: Paying for a GED

I don’t post on the weekend very often, but I wanted to pass along a recent story in the Washington Post.  The paper notes that several employers, including Walmart, Taco Bell, and other fast food chains, have been offering an interesting ...

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What the DOL’s Possible Delay of New Overtime Rules Means for Employers

Undoubtedly the hottest topic in Fair Labor Standards Act and wage and hour law has been the Department of Labor’s (DOL) effort to revise the FLSA’s “white collar” or EAP regulations governing executive, administrative, and professional employees who are exempt ...

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