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Fair Warning: 10 Common Mistakes to Avoid under the Fair Labor Standards Act

Most healthcare employers have probably heard of the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") and most probably think it is pretty simple. Doesn't that law just deal with prohibiting child labor and paying overtime wages to hourly...more

Falling Back (or Springing Ahead): The Correct Method to Pay Employees

The semi-annual ritual of changing the clocks is often a concern for those employers who have non-exempt (hourly) employees working the late shift (at 2:00 a.m. when the clocks change). When the clocks are moved back those...more

Learning From LinkedIn: More Big Name Employment Law Violations Showcase Need For Wage and Hour Compliance Training

I confess that up until the huge LinkedIn case last month, I had no idea what wage and hour training even is, or why anyone needed to take it. After all, it’s pretty simple, right? Pay nonexempt workers their regular wage for...more

Polsinelli Podcasts - The Virtual World and Wage and Hour Issues [Video]

Do you require your non-exempt employees to check their email after hours? Are your employees texting each other before work on business matters? Technology has led to an increase in the number of employees working from home...more

Feds Get Technical! Technical! (Sung to Olivia Newton John’s “Let’s Get Physical” of course)

We already know that California’s exempt/non-exempt classification scheme is a complicated system of checks and balances that takes most employers the help of an attorney to traverse. Well, just so we don’t get overly...more

Dispelling Employment Myths Series – Issue 7: No Overtime for You!

Employment Myth #7: “My secretary worked 60 hours in the first week of the pay period and 20 hours in the next one, so she doesn’t get any overtime.” Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), non-exempt employees are...more

Captain Obvious Issues Most Obvious FLSA Decision of 2014 (So Far...)

If you have been anywhere near a TV or radio over the past few months, you have probably seen or heard the ads for Hotels.com featuring Captain Obvious. If you’re from the Midwest, and Indiana in particular, it has probably...more

Remember to Calculate Overtime Pay Based on Your Employees' "Regular Rate of Pay"

When a non-exempt employee is entitled to overtime compensation, the hourly rate of pay from which the overtime compensation is calculated is known as the employee's "regular rate of pay." If an employee subject to...more

California Supreme Court: Newspaper Carriers Can Proceed With Class Action Challenging Independent Contractor Status

On June 30, 2014, the California Supreme Court issued a decision addressing how trial courts should determine the appropriateness of class certification in cases where workers claim they were improperly classified as...more

California Minimum Wage Increases July 1st!

Any California employer that has been in hiding the last six months or more may not be aware that California’s minimum wage increases to $9 per hour from the existing minimum wage of $8 per hour on July 1, 2014. In addition...more

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Trade Group Challenge To Mortgage Loan Officer Compensation Guidance

On June 16, the U.S. Supreme Court consolidated and agreed to hear two related cases regarding the Department of Labor’s (DOL) 2010 interpretation of its regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act that mortgage loan...more

New Department of Labor Rule to Limit Live-In Employees Eligible for Exempt Status

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has long provided an exemption for overtime wages to employees engaged in "companionship services," such as in-home caretakers who sleep at their patients' homes. Recently, however, the...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - June 2014

No Liability for Off-the-Clock Work Absent Employer Knowledge - A California appeals court refused to hold Kaiser Foundation Health Plan liable for alleged off-the-clock overtime about which it lacked knowledge. In...more

Employment Law Reporter – June 2014: Reporting Time Pay Revealed

An employer realizes that too many employees have reported for work on what is obviously going to be a slow day for business. Just send home the extra employees, right? Yes, but not without considering the...more

Ignoring the Bonus True-Up: How a Seemingly Small Oversight Can Lead to Complex Litigation

As many employers recognize, a seemingly small oversight in administering employee payroll can have significant consequences, including unexpected complex litigation. One such oversight is failing to consider the wage-hour...more

Statistical Sampling in Class Action Trial Violated Defendant's Due Process Rights

In a unanimous decision, the California Supreme Court on May 29 reversed a class action verdict for a class which was based on a flawed statistical model to determine liability and damages. Duran v. U.S. Bank National...more

Essential Employment Policies for Family Businesses, Part II

In this second round of “must-have” employment policies, we focus on rest breaks and meal periods. It can be devastating for any business, but especially a family-run business, to face claims of non-compliance with wage and...more

Quirky Question # 225, California Law Is Not Going to Pieces

We are located in California and would like to change to a piece-rate system where we pay non-exempt employees a set amount for completed tasks. I understand that this is referred to as paying for a “piece-rate” and it is...more

What’s Happening with Overtime?

Some misconceptions are floating around regarding the current status of federal overtime laws. .Fact: Nothing has actually changed yet. .Fact: President Obama has ordered the Department of Labor (DOL) to evaluate...more

President Obama Orders the Department of Labor to Modernize Overtime Rules

In a White House ceremony on Thursday, March 13, 2014, President Barack Obama signed a memorandum ordering the Secretary of Labor to “propose revisions to modernize and streamline the existing overtime regulations” governing...more

Obama Directs Initiative to Update FLSA Overtime Regulations Likely to Tighten White-Collar Classifications

President Barack Obama on Thursday signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of Labor to update the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations governing which "white collar" employees qualify for overtime...more

Labor and Employment: President Obama Directs Department of Labor to Modernize and Streamline FLSA Overtime Regulations

On March 13, 2014, President Obama issued a memorandum directing the Secretary of Labor to update and streamline the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations. In the memorandum, President Obama noted that the...more

President Obama Directs the DOL to Attack FLSA Exemptions

Everybody is talking about it – President Obama’s announcement at the end of last week that existing overtime regulations be “modernized” and “streamlined” – but what exactly does this mean? The answer is, only time will...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - February 2014

A California federal court in Enki Corporation v. Freedman held that a former employee’s access of the employer’s computer systems through his log-in credentials did not amount to unlawful hacking under either the Computer...more

Preventing A Messy "Failed Exemption" Lawsuit

(Labor Letter, February 2014) - In recent years employers have become all too familiar with lawsuits alleging violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). According to the Administrative Office of the...more

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