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Election Day and Wage and Hour Law: Paid Voting Leave Laws

We’ll get back to FLSA mergers and acquisition tips tomorrow, I promise, but today is election day in many places around the country.  It is easy to remember election day in presidential years, but state and local elections happen every ...

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FLSA FAQ: Handling Vacation, Holiday, and Sick Leave Pay for Alternative Work Schedules

Last week, we discussed the 9/80 pay plan, and it raised a couple of questions for readers given the increasing prevalence of these schedules in the workplace.  If employees regularly work 9-hour or 10-hour shifts because of a 9/80 or ...

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FLSA FAQ: Commuting in an Employer-Provided Vehicle

In the second installment of this “employee travel” series yesterday, I outlined the somewhat nebulous standard of a “normal” commute under the Employee Commuting Flexibility Act (ECFA) amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act (EFCA). In particular, Congress passed ECFA in large ...

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FLSA FAQ: Employee Travel Time: Commuting

Over the years in different industries, there are times that, like Johnny Cash, I’ve felt like I’ve been everywhere, particularly commuting from one job site or location to another. Yesterday, I outlined the general rules for non-exempt employee travel under the ...

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FLSA FAQ: Employee Travel Time: The General Rules

Throwback Wednesday doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, but I’m going for it anyway.  One of the best country music “work” songs goes back to my high school days and Tracy Lawrence’s 1991 Sticks and Stones album.  “Runnin’ ...

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Rounding Time Entries: The High Stakes FLSA Poker Game

Do you remember this indie, middling box office success starring Matt Damon and Edward Norton about high-stakes poker?  In short, Matt Damon’s character loses all of his money, goes to law school (where, in a plot twist no law student would ...

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FLSA FAQ: Automatic Deductions for Meal Periods and Breaks

As we discussed earlier this week, under the FLSA employers do not have to pay employees for “bona fide meal periods,” because the regulations do not consider them to be work time. For a break to qualify as a bona ...

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Here’s How the Possible Federal Government Shutdown Could Impact Employers

For the umpteenth time in the past several years, Congress is once again on the brink of a threatened shutdown due to a budget standoff.  When I was an attorney at the Social Security Administration, we went through this fire ...

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Regulation Recap: The DOL’s Proposed FLSA Regulations, and What’s Next

With the comment period now officially closed, I wanted to summarize the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division’s (WHD) proposal to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Regulations and, in particular, the regulations governing the “white collar” exemption for executive, ...

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