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The FLSA and Inclement Weather: Paying Employees During Weather-Related Shutdowns

Over the holidays, a number of areas of the country experienced severe weather, from blizzard conditions to thunderstorms and tornadoes.  Blog readers and HR contacts in the industry have been sending questions, posting on social media, and calling with questions ...

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Recent Indictment is Good Reminder that FLSA, Other Wage and Hour Laws Provide for Criminal Charges

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We talk regularly about the DOL’s focus on misclassifications or the potential liability for unpaid overtime, but these are all civil penalties. Although they are somewhat rare, the FLSA and other wage and hour statutes provide opportunities for criminal charges against employers. In ...

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A Deeper Look at the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division’s FY2015 Enforcement Statistics

Yesterday, we looked at statistics for FLSA lawsuits in federal courts during calendar year 2015.  The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recently released its enforcement statistics for FY2015, which ended on September 30.  The data shows a few ...

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FLSA Minimum Wage, Overtime Lawsuits Set New Record in 2015, Filing Growth Continues

Welcome back! If you missed them over the holiday week, you will want to check out our series on 2016’s Pay Period Leap Year from last week.  You might need to take some immediate action to get payroll ready for this ...

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Don’t Get Carried Away with the Pay Period Leap Year

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Yesterday, we discussed the Pay Period Leap Year and what it means for employers. If your first weekly paychecks would normally issue this Friday, January 1, 2016, you will have a fifty-third pay period on December 31, 2015. If your ...

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Preparing for the 2016 Pay Period Leap Year

Historical records show that at least twice in history, countries have observed February 30 on the calendar.  Sweden added the date to its 1712 calendar to correct an earlier calendar error and the Soviet Union observed February 30 in 1930 ...

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2016 Omnibus Spending Bill Maintains DOL, NLRB Funding, Contains Mixed Immigration News for Businesses

Yesterday, we discussed important immigration legislation pending in Congress.  We can’t overlook the $1.15 trillion FY2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill that Congress passed this week, though.  The Omnibus Bill avoided another government shutdown and funded most federal agencies through the federal government’s 2016 fiscal year, ...

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Sen. Cruz, Others Propose Immigration Reforms that Take Aim at Businesses

Immigration issues in the presidential election have focused primarily on pathways to citizenship, border enforcement, and terrorism concerns, but a recently proposed bill entitled the “American Jobs First Act” by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, and ...

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State and Local Minimum Wages Set to Rise in 2016

Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that one of my main focuses from day to day is updating you on ordinances, ballot initiatives, and other local and state actions on minimum wages, paid family or sick leave, and ...

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Police Officers’ Off-the-Clock BlackBerry Use Suit Carries Lessons for All Employers

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Last week, a federal judge in the Northern District of Illinois ruled against a group of Chicago police officers who claimed that the department had unwritten rules that discouraged them from turning in overtime for off-duty work performed on their BlackBerrys. ...

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