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.

Can You Require Exempt Employees to Take Unpaid Furloughs?

If business is down, you may be considering asking employees to take a short furlough—say, one week without pay—as a means of cutting costs without cutting jobs. Is this permissible for your exempt employees?

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An Employee Breaks Your Stuff—Now What? Can You Make Him Pay?

A manufacturing employee fails to follow proper procedure and damages an expensive piece of company equipment. An administrative aide uses a company computer to access pornography and causes a virus to infect the company’s computer system. A terminated sales person fails to return a company cell phone. These and similar scenarios are all too familiar to employers.

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Are You Making These 4 Common Overtime Mistakes?

As you probably know, the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulates the payment of overtime pay, but it’s not always easy to figure out who’s entitled to it—and when. Here are four common overtime mistakes, courtesy of Attorney Gary S. Fealk of Vercruysse Murray, PC.

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Compa-Ratio, Market Index, and Range Penetration: Making Sense of the Lingo

Do the terms compa-ratio, market index, and range penetration sound complicated? Maybe a little bit mysterious? Scary even? They’re all pretty common terms for very useful information in the comp world, though they might be a tad confusing for compensation newbies.

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CPI and Wage Increases—Practical Tips

Yesterday, guest author Bridget Miller explained how the Consumer Price Index (CPI) relates to wage increases. (The CPI acts as a reasonable proxy for cost-of-living changes in many applications, including calculating cost-of-living wage increases.) Today, she offers practical tips for employers looking to use the CPI as a basis for wage increases.

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How Does CPI Relate to Wage Increases?

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) measures how much average prices are moving by surveying households to find their average spending on specific goods and services during a given time period and then comparing that total cost to previous time periods. Today and tomorrow, guest author Bridget Miller will explain how the CPI ties in to wage increases.

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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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