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Automatic Meal Period Deductions and the FLSA [Wage and Hour FAQ]

As you know, under the FLSA, “bona fide meal periods” are not regarded as work time and can be unpaid. For a break to qualify as a bona fide meal period, “[t]he employee must be completely relieved from duty for purposes of...more

Illinois Department Of Labor Assessing Fines For Record-Keeping Violations

Illinois wage laws like the Illinois Minimum Wage Law (IMWL) and One Day Rest in Seven Act (ODRISA) require employers to maintain certain records for each employee, such as time records of hours worked, records showing the...more

How Franchise Systems Can Minimize Risks of Labor Violations

No one enjoys being the center of attention when that attention is coming from federal regulators. Yet that’s where franchise systems have found themselves of late – especially in the hospitality sector, which accounts for a...more

USDOL Provides Enforcement Statistics On FLSA Breastmilk-Break Requirement

The U.S. Labor Department recently responded to our July 2012 Freedom of Information Act request for documents relating to its enforcement of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's Section 7(r)....more

Wage and Hour Series: Meal Breaks—A Different Kind of Off-the-Clock Concern

In this, our fifth post in this series discussion on wage and hour issues in the 21st century, we address one of the latest and greatest threats to employers in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) arena: meal breaks. Although...more

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