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.

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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New Sex Discrimination Guidelines Proposed: What Does This Mean for Your Compensation Plan?

This past January, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued a proposed rule to change and modernize its existing sex discrimination guidelines, which were originally issued in 1970. Today, BLR® Senior Legal Editor Susan Schoenfeld, JD, explains what these changes would mean for employers.

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Smartphones Policy—Steps to Take

Yesterday’s Advisor discussed the wage and hour dangers of employee cell phone use; today, help with cell phone policies.

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Smartphones—Don’t Be Stupid About Wage/Hour Pitfalls

Ever wonder if your nonexempt employees are sneaking a peek at work e-mail off the clock? asks Tammy Binford, writing on HrHero.com®. Wage/hour danger ahead.

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DOL Targets Garment Industry (and Maybe Your Industry)

In yesterday’s Advisor, we looked at some recent wage and hour cases; today, how the DOL is targeting certain industries—and maybe your industry.

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Are Agreements to Arbitrate Enforceable?

In yesterday’s Advisor, Attorney Charles Plumb warned of impending wage and hours lawsuits; today, his take on enforceability of arbitration agreements.

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FLSA in 2015—Danger Zones

FLSA lawsuits are at an all-time high, and this is the seventh consecutive year of increases. Why the change? Attorney Charlie Plumb explains.

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To Exempt or Not to Exempt? Pitfalls and Best Practices

In yesterday’s Advisor, Attorney Kara E. Shea explained how to classify exempt employees; today, she elaborates on the perils of misclassification and what you can do to avoid damages.

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Exempt vs. Nonexempt—How Do You Decide?

With the Obama administration expected to propose new rules in early 2015 regarding overtime regulations, checking up on your current compliance status is highly recommended. One of the most costly issues for employers is misclassifying workers as exempt.

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