Compensation

Lessons from the DOL’s Recovery of Backpay from Chick-Fil-A Franchisee for Improper Uniform Deductions

Last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it had secured over $12,000 in back wages for 184 employees of a Chick-Fil-A franchisee. The settlement secured by the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division is a good reminder that DOL ...

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FLSA FAQ: The FLSA and Coronavirus: Paying Employees during the COVID-19 Outbreak while minimizing Wage and Hour Risk

CDC picture of the coronavirus

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China is increasingly creating challenges for employers in the United States seeking to protect their workforces and customers, and maintain continuity of operations. While much of the focus has understandably ...

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The New FLSA “Regular Rate” Clarifications: The TL;DR Version

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Over the past week, we have taken a detailed look at the DOL’s new regulations affecting the calculation of the “regular rate” of pay. In Part 1, we addressed bona fide meal periods and pay for showing up or coming back. ...

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The New FLSA “Regular Rate” Clarifications: Part 3

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On January 15, the DOL’s new regulations affecting the calculation of the “regular rate” of pay took effect, in an attempt to “provide clarity and to better reflect the 21st-century workplace.” In part one of our look at the changes, we looked at ...

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Final Wages: Paying Accrued Leave at Termination

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Earlier this month, we discussed the range of issues that an employee departure can raise for employers. One of the most frequently searched topics on this blog relates to accrued vacation, PTO, sick leave, and other leave banks, and, in ...

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Are Employers Required to Pay Workers for Holidays?

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In our last post, we talked about unlimited vacation, but this time of year, vacation is obviously not the only thing on our minds. As I sit in union negotiations this week talking about holidays and holiday pay (among other ...

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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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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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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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