Tag Archives: Wage and Hour

State and Local Minimum Wages Set to Rise in 2016

Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that one of my main focuses from day to day is updating you on ordinances, ballot initiatives, and other local and state actions on minimum wages, paid family or sick leave, and ...

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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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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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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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State Supreme Court Considers Whether Employers Can Contractually Shorten Time for Employment Claims

On Tuesday, I watched the webcast of Rodriguez v. Raymours Furniture before the New Jersey Supreme Court where the court considered whether an employer can use a contract (here, in an employment application) to shorten the statute of limitations period otherwise ...

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No Joy In Mudville: Meal and Rest Break Amendment Strikes Out in Final Transportation Bill

Last month, we talked about Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA)’s Amendment 783 to the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act (the formal name for H.R. 22, the House’s version of the transportation bill).  Yesterday, Congress announced ...

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Fourth Circuit Reminds Employers to Draft Handbooks, Other Wage and Hour Policies Carefully

Many employers take their employee handbooks and policies for granted, or at least let them collect dust.  Written correctly, a handbook will clearly and succinctly outline your expectations and your key policies.  It’s a vital communication tool and can help ...

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FLSA FAQ: The “Starter” Minimum Wage Already Exists, But Isn’t Very Useful

Two topics that we have heard quite a bit about during all of the GOP debates so far are immigration and the minimum wage–two of my favorites.  We’ll leave the immigration debate aside for now, but I want to highlight ...

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What the DOL’s Possible Delay of New Overtime Rules Means for Employers

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Undoubtedly the hottest topic in Fair Labor Standards Act and wage and hour law has been the Department of Labor’s (DOL) effort to revise the FLSA’s “white collar” or EAP regulations governing executive, administrative, and professional employees who are exempt ...

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