Payroll

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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July Brings DOL Forbearance on Liquidated Damages in Wage Claims, Investigations

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Effective today, July 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is cutting employers a temporary break. As we discussed back in March, employers can be sued for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), such as failing to ...

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Navigating the Coronavirus Unemployment / Return To Work Dilemma

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I will be part of a Bloomberg Law panel tomorrow, May 13, entitled “Reopening During Coronavirus: What Employers Need to Know” (click the link for free registration, with CLE available for attorneys). One of the more interesting wage and hour ...

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EEOC Pay Data Saga Ends (For Now), but was “Component 2” Ever an Answer to Systemic Pay Discrimination Issues?

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This morning, my LinkedIn feed was full of messages and alerts about the end of the EEOC’s collection of pay and hours data through its Employer Information Report, commonly known as the EEO-1. The struggle over the collection of the ...

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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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The New FLSA “Regular Rate” Clarifications: Part 2

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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 ...

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The New FLSA “Regular Rate” Clarifications: Part 1

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The Department of Labor (DOL) has been busy lately, and not just by increasing the threshold for salaried, exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). That threshold increased on January 1, 2020 for the first time since the ...

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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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Paying Final Wages to Departing Employees

Happy New Year! I hope that 2020 is off to a good start for you! For me, this is the time of the year to (among other things) start finalizing succession planning and updating our pipeline of directors, executives, and ...

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