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Working Two Jobs to Make Ends Meet: Paying Employees Working Exempt and Non-Exempt Jobs

Back in 2012, my colleague Bill Pokorny discussed how to properly pay a non-exempt employee who worked two jobs for an employer. This past week, one of my other colleagues and I were discussing a twist on this situation: what...more

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

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

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

President Obama Directs USDOL To Revamp FLSA Overtime Exemptions So More Employees Are Eligible For Overtime Pay

On March 13, 2014, President Obama signed a Memorandum directing the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) to revamp the regulations regarding who qualifies for overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA...more

Can We Define "Full Time" To Mean Something Less Than 40 Hours Per Week?

Q. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), do we have to define “full time” to mean 40 hours per week, or is that left to employers’ discretion? Can we maintain a 40-hour standard for wage and hour purposes, but have a...more

Winter Weather Woes: What are My Obligations to Pay Employees During Inclement Weather?

Last week’s “polar vortex” brought record low temperatures to many parts of the country and shut down offices in numerous cities. Estimates suggest that the frigid weather could cost the U.S. economy up to $5 billion. We have...more

"Lawsuits -- I Get It! But What Should We DO?"

"Wage-hour lawsuits are booming," trumpets one recent report after another, and this is certainly true. The risk of high-exposure wage claims against an employer is greater than ever. ...more

New York Federal District Court Endorses Use of Fluctuating Workweek Overtime Payment Method Where Employer Pays Performance-Based...

True story: the other day I was speaking with a friend in the HR realm and I asked him whether he was familiar with the fluctuating workweek. He jokingly answered: “does that have anything to do with my weight gain during the...more

Hurricanes, Tornadoes & Wages: How Does Employee Pay Work during a Natural Disaster?

This week marks the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy and serves as an important reminder for employers to ensure that their businesses are prepared to handle a natural disaster. Understandably, in the days following a...more

Employment Law Commentary -- Volume 25, Issue 9 -- September 2013: Where Average Isn’t Good Enough: California Courts Continue to...

Employers who pay non-exempt employees solely on a commissions or piece-rate basis probably know by now that doing so in California is an increasingly risky proposition. Over the past few years, various California courts have...more

An Ounce Of Prevention: Employers Should Take Precautions Now To Prepare For The 2013 Hurricane Season

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy last Fall and the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma, forecasters are predicting an aggressive 2013 hurricane season, which started on June 1st. Employers should take time before the storm hits to...more

New Law Prohibits Agreements That Pay Nonexempt Employees A Fixed Salary For Fixed Regular And Overtime Hours

On January 1, 2013, AB 2103 went into effect, explicitly overturning the case of Arechiga v. Delores Press, Inc., 192 Cal. App. 4th 567 (2011), and prohibiting compensation agreements that guarantee nonexempt employees a...more

2013 Employment Law Update - New Developments in Employment Law 2013

In this update: - 2013 Schedule of Seminars - Wage & Hour - New Laws Impacting Hiring Practices - Discrimination & Harassment - Developing Law Regarding Employer Arbitration Agreements - Employer...more

Overtime Work Is Not A By-The-Job Matter

Recent reports have described more than one scenario in which an employer violated the federal Fair Labor Standards Act because the employer failed to recognize that non-exempt employees' hours worked over 40 were overtime...more

Fixed Salary for Non-Exempt Employees Cannot Include Overtime as of January 1, 2013

Recently, the California Advice Group received the following question from a human resources manager concerning salaried non-exempt employees. As the law is changing in this area, it is a very timely question....more

New Law Halts Explicit Mutual Wage Agreements

On the final days of the California Legislature’s term, Governor Brown quietly signed into law Assembly Bill 2103, a bill which was specifically designed to overturn existing case law which allowed employers to have “explicit...more

Wage and Hour Series: Computers, Equipment, and Tools—Oh My!

In this post—our third in a series on wage-and-hour issues in the 21st Century—we focus on the tools of the trade, so to speak. It is important to understand what counts as “hours worked” and what may or may not count, to...more

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