Wage and Hour Non-Exempt Employees

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Separate Compensation for Rest Breaks and Non-Productive Time Required for Non-Exempt Commissioned Employees

On February 28, 2017, in Vaquero, et al. v. Stoneledge Furniture LLC, the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District ruled that Wage Order 7-2001 (mercantile industry) requires employers to separately compensate...more

FAQs About Employee Travel Time — Is It Compensable?

There are few things more confusing to employers than the nitty-gritty rules of what is and is not compensable time for non-exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). There are also few things more costly to...more

The Perils of Calculating Regular Rate of Pay

Calculating the overtime due to a non-exempt employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act is easy — just multiply the employee’s hourly rate times 1.5 for each hour worked over 40 in a workweek. Right? If only overtime...more

“Pre-Shift” Does Not Mean “Before-Shift”: Are Your Pre-Shift Meetings Violating The FLSA?

The popular workplace practice of holding a “pre-shift” meeting to set the tone of the workday and communicate important announcements can be very beneficial and may even boost workplace morale. But don’t be fooled by this...more

Weather Got You Down? How to Comply With The FLSA in Inclement Weather

Snow days, hurricanes, power outages, floods - when weather of biblical proportions forces you to close or prevents your employees from getting to work, what do you do? The answer depends on whether the employee is paid...more

Breaking: Court Rules Against Double Overtime for Oregon Manufacturing Employers

Oregon manufacturing employers have been following the ongoing turmoil surrounding the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries’ (“BOLI”) recent interpretation of Oregon’s requirement that manufacturing employees receive...more

Oregon Court Summarily Dismisses Manufacturing Establishment Overtime Claims

On March 9, 2017, a Multnomah County judge dismissed the claims asserted by a putative class of workers in the closely-watched case Mazahua Reyes, et al. v. Portland Specialty Baking, LLC. All Oregon non-exempt employees...more

A Wage and Hour Pitfall: Paying Bonuses to Non-Exempt Employees Can Lead to Trouble

Most employers today recognize that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that they pay non-exempt employees an overtime premium for working more than 40 hours in any given workweek. What most employers do not...more

Dispelling the 10 Biggest Wage and Hour Myths – Part II

I’m happy to report (at least from the standpoint of my own safety) that I was unable to find any evidence last night of the existence of a Big Foot or Sasquatch roaming the neighborhoods of Orefield, Pennsylvania.  That...more

Commission-Only Employees Entitled to Separately Paid Rest Periods

A California Court of Appeal recently ruled that employers who pay their non-exempt sales employees on commission must separately compensate them for mandatory rest periods. All California employers with commission-based...more

California Auto Dealers Beware: Commission-Paid Dealership Employees Entitled To Separate Rest Period Pay

A California appellate court ruled on February 28, 2017, that employees paid on a commission basis must be separately compensated for legally required rest periods (Vaquero v. Stoneledge Furniture LLC). Although this decision...more

California Court Rules Commission-Paid Employees Are Entitled To Separate Rest Period Pay

A California appellate court ruled yesterday that workers paid on a commission basis must be separately compensated for legally required rest periods (Vaquero v. Stoneledge Furniture LLC). When combined with a state Supreme...more

Wage and Hour Compliance: Off-the-Clock Work

Thanks to the wonders of technology, it has become increasingly easier for non-exempt employees to engage in small work-related acts, or to be “on call” for their employer, after they have “clocked out” at the end of a shift....more

USDOL Should Retract Fluctuating-Workweek Commentary

Readers will recall that, in 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor undertook to discourage the use of fluctuating-workweek pay plans under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. This compensation method calls for paying a...more

The Groundhog Says Six More Weeks of Winter, So Employers Should Remain Mindful of Their Obligations During Inclement Weather

This morning Punxsutawney Phil told us that we are facing six more weeks of winter. Great. We thought it served as a good opportunity to remind employers of the importance of establishing inclement weather policies that are...more

Fluctuating-Workweek Plans: Don't Forget State Law!

Many employers have responded to the U.S. Department of Labor's ongoing efforts to increase the pay-related requirements for the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's "white collar" exemptions by making tough decisions about...more

Service Advisors at Auto Dealerships Not Exempt, Says the Ninth Circuit

On January 9, 2017, the Ninth Circuit issued its opinion in Navarro v. Encino Motorcars, LLC, on remand from the United States Supreme Court. It held, once again, that service advisors at car dealerships are not exempt from...more

Federal Minimum Salary Drama? New York Says Fuhgettaboutit!

As if the start-again, stop-again saga with the U.S. Department of Labor’s rules increasing the minimum salary threshold for exempt workers wasn’t confusing enough, at least one state has jumped into the fray and changed its...more

C’est La Vie: No ‘Right to Disconnect’ in U.S., But Non-Exempt Workers Must Be Paid for ‘Connected’ Time

Could a “right to disconnect” become law in the U.S.? France is trying it. Effective January 1, a new French law went into effect giving workers a “right to disconnect” when not at work. French employers with 50 or more...more

Ninth Circuit Rules Service Advisors at Automotive Dealerships Are Not Exempt From Overtime Pay

On January 9, 2017, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Navarro v. Encino Motorcars, for the second time, that service advisors at automotive dealerships are not exempt from overtime. In 2015, the Ninth Circuit...more

New Year, New Rules for Employers Doing Business in New York

Last year the New York legislature and New York Department of Labor amended several employment laws implementing changes that took effect at the end of 2016 or are set to take effect early this year. This post summarizes the...more

Injunction of the DOL’s Overtime Rule and Its Appeal

Is the Department of Labor (DOL) overtime rule now dead? Will the overtime rule be modified to a more modest version? Much uncertainty remains regarding the recently announced overtime rule in both the legal and the political...more

OT Exemption Rules Lawsuit Will Proceed Despite Appeal

Judge Amos Mazzant of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas has decided that he will not halt the lawsuit challenging the U.S. DOL’s new overtime exemption rules pending a ruling from the 5th Circuit Court...more

Court blocks DOL’s new overtime rule from taking effect

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) generally requires employers to pay employees at least the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25 per hour). The FLSA also requires employers to pay employees overtime compensation for all...more

California Supreme Court Tells Employees To Rest Assured

After a years-long battle, the California Supreme Court finally issued a ruling defining what it means for an employer to provide a rest break to non-exempt employees under California law: rest breaks cannot be “on-duty” or...more

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