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.

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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Here We Go Again with Basic Compensation Mistakes

Yesterday’s Advisor featured two big-name companies—Shell Oil and LinkedIn—and their expensive wage and hour woes. Today, two more word-to-the-wise cases.

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Once More with Feeling … and Paying

Other than paying the minimum wage, paying overtime is the most basic wage/hour rule there is, yet here are companies like Shell Oil and LinkedIn paying penalties of $4.6 and $6 Million. A word to the wise?

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Best Practices from Former Wage and Hour Administrator


"SPECIAL from SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition, Orlando In yesterday’s Advisor, Attorney Tammy D. McCutchen offered tips for avoiding wage and hour lawsuits and charges. Today, McCutchen, former administrator of the wage and hour division at the Department of Labor and principal at the Littler Mendelson law firm in Washington, D.C., offers best practices."

Timekeeping and Payroll Best Practices

McCutchen suggests HR managers pay attention to the issues below. McCutchen made her comments at the SHRM Annual Conference and Exhibition, held recently in Orlando.

Causes of Off-the-Clock Claims

  • Paying shift time
  • Failing to capture pre- and postshift work (booting up time, preshift meeting time, etc.)
  • Automatic deductions for unpaid meal breaks
  • Exception time reporting
  • Paper timesheets
  • Inconsistent time and payroll records

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