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FLSA FAQ: Pay Wages Late, and You’ll Be The One a Dollar Short

Over the holidays, I read about a lawsuit against a now-shuttered Dallas hospital filed by a nurse who was among 150 or so employees who were told the morning that the hospital suddenly closed for good that they would not be ...

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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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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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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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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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FLSA FAQ: A Solution for Per Diem Problems

Yesterday, we discussed the DOL’s focus on employers’ per diem payments to employees.  I promised an easy–and more easily defensible–solution to employers who want to pay per diems but don’t want the headache of tracking every last receipt that comes ...

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FLSA FAQ: The Problem with Per Diems

Last week, I mentioned that the “per diem” issue under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is not just a regular rate calculation problem, but a liability issue, too.  In the case that we discussed on Friday, the parties had agreed that ...

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The Effect (or Non-Effect) of Expense Reimbursements on the FLSA “Regular Rate”

Recently, we have discussed certain types of special calculations for non-exempt employees who earn commissions or who receive commissions or bonuses at a later date than they earned them. These issues are all part of broader discussions about fixed payments that ...

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