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Bureau of Labor Statistics Releases Occupational Outlook, Fastest Growing Occupations List

This past week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a division of the Department of Labor, released employment projections data about the labor market from 2014 to 2024.  Looking at the labor market 10 years in the future.  BLS uses these ...

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Captain Obvious Issues Most Obvious FLSA Decision of 2015 (So Far…)

We have roughly two and a half weeks left in 2015, so I can’t officially call this decision the most obvious FLSA decision of 2015 yet, but I can be pretty certain that it would be hard to top this decision ...

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Amended New York Law Gives Wage and Hour Plaintiffs Direct Access to Shareholders’ Pockets

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New York employers and their shareholders will start facing substantially increased liability for wage and hour violations in January now that the state has again amended its Business Corporation Law.  The latest change allows plaintiffs in wage and hour cases ...

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Unpredictable Work: Scheduling Mandatory or “Forced” Overtime for Employees

Particularly this time of year, many employers face unpredictable demand for labor.  Whether in retail stores facing a crush of shoppers, hospitals and health care providers facing spikes in patients using benefits before the end of the year, manufacturers running ...

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FLSA FAQ: Properly Compensating Employees for On Call Time

Recently, we discussed the issue of a call center employer who took deductions for employees’ “idle time” while on duty, both at breaks and while waiting for their next work assignment.  As a follow up to that post, I wanted ...

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Waiting to Exhale: When to Pay Employees for “Idle Time”

Recently, we discussed the issue of a call center employer who took deductions for employees’ “idle time” while on duty, both at breaks and while waiting for their next work assignment.  As a follow up to that post, I wanted ...

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Finders Keepers: Handling Unclaimed Employee Wages

Most employers with handbooks or comprehensive policies have at least some kind of reminder to employees that looks like this: It is the employee’s responsibility to keep their employment records up to date, including home address, telephone number, dependents and ...

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DHS Updates Guide for U and T Visas, Increasingly Used by DOL’s Wage and Hour Division

The Department of Homeland Security last week updated its U and T Visa Law Enforcement Guide. The 33-page document is designed to “inform [law enforcement agencies] and address concerns about the role of law enforcement agencies within these visa programs.” and “includes ...

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FLSA Endangered Species: The Part-Time Exempt Employee

With the Department of Labor planning to release new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations in 2016, one question that I get frequently is what will happen to part-time exempt employees–professionals (nurses, accountants, etc.), managers, or other administrative personnel who ...

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Department of Labor Ramps Up Outreach To Retailers’ Employees

Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, the Department of Labor (DOL) released an ominous blog post for employers, as they tend to do from time to time.  Last time, it was to promote its official timekeeping app, and this time it ...

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