Category Archives: Wage and Hour

Answers to some common questions about paying workers plus how to comply with FLSA regulations relating to exemptions, minimum wage, and overtime.

Avoiding ‘Boot-Up Time’ Wage/Hour Claims

Yesterday, attorneys from the law firm of Day Pitney, LLP, discussed a common—and potentially problematic—wage/hour issue that may not be on your radar: those few minutes of daily computer booting up and booting down that take place while employees are technically off the clock. Do you need to pay them for this time?

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Clocking In Online: When Does The Workday Begin?

Imagine this (highly plausible) scenario: A group of your hourly employees works 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You are a covered employer under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and you know you need to pay time and a half for all hours your employees work over 40 hours in a workweek.

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Are You Ripe for a Costly FLSA Claim? How to Protect Yourself

Yesterday, BLR Legal Editor Susan E. Prince, JD, explained the proposed FLSA changes on the table that could mean far greater employee eligibility for overtime—and greater overtime payouts for you. Today, she’ll explain more about the potential costs to employers, and how you can prepare yourself.

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Proposed FLSA Changes Could Mean More Overtime Costs for You

The federal Department of Labor (DOL) has submitted proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. These regulations will increase the number of employees nationwide who qualify for overtime.

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“She’s Exempt.” Are You Sure?

Today, we look at misclassification—the third of “The Big Three” compensation challenges (see yesterday’s installment for the other two).

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Wage and Hour Lawsuits: Beware “The Big Three”

Wage and hour just shouldn’t be that hard, but the lawsuits keep coming, and the dollar amounts are staggering—especially when class actions amplify fees, fines, and judgments.

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Be Careful About Job Titles and Duties When It Comes to Pay Decisions

Yesterday, Attorney Jeff Hurt of Foulston Siefkin, LLP, took us through the recent Riser v. QEP Energy pay bias case. The upshot is that a longtime—and excellent—employee will get her day in court on multiple discrimination claims against her former employer, QEP Energy Company.

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Recent Court Case Illustrates Employer’s Pay Missteps

Equal pay for equal work remains more a platitude than a reality in the United States, with women still earning just 77 cents for each dollar a man makes. However, as a recent court case illustrates, there are some solid remedies available to women who experience unfair pay disparities.

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Shift and Variable Schedules? How to Calculate FMLA Leave

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is tricky enough for employees who work standard schedules. But how do you calculate FMLA time for employees (such as fire personnel) who work 24 hours on and 48 hours off, or employees who work 10- or 12-hour shifts? BLR® Senior Legal Editor Susan Schoenfeld spells it all out for us today.

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Proposed Changes to the Rule Prohibiting Gender-Based Compensation Discrimination

Yesterday, BLR® Senior Legal Editor Susan Schoenfeld, JD, explained some of the parameters of a proposed rule issued in January by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) that would change and modernize its existing sex discrimination guidelines. Today, Schoenfeld looks specifically at the proposed changes in the compensation realm.

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