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Is it legal to dock nonexempts' pay if they clock in late after breaks?

08/26/2016
Q. We give employees the choice of using two 10-minute breaks each day or combining them into one 20-minute lunch break. The employees are required to punch out and in for these breaks. Now, we have a policy that docks employees 15 minutes’ pay if they’re four or more minutes late returning from a break. Is this legal?

What are the legal risks of layoffs?

08/26/2016
Q. In recent months, a sharp decline in revenue has forced us to consider downsizing. What are the legal risks associated with a layoff, and how can we minimize them?

Judge reinstates fired teacher despite drug conviction

08/26/2016
A judge has ordered the New Kensington-Arnold School District in Pa. to reinstate a fired music teacher even though he was convicted of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Harrisburg, Pa., mayor's bookstore settles overtime complaint

08/26/2016

Harrisburg, Pa., Mayor Eric Papenfuse touted his business experience when running for mayor in 2013, but outdated accounting software may have led him to violate the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Fired Pittsburgh TV anchor sues station for race bias

08/26/2016
A former Pittsburgh news anchor whose social media post led to community outrage and her eventual firing is suing the TV station where she worked.

Known rules broken? Then no unemployment comp

08/26/2016
If employees know the rules but are fired for breaking them anyway, they may not be eligible for unemployment compensation.

Watch out for retaliation after employee has complained about bias or harassment

08/26/2016
Sure it’s frustrating when an employee gripes about general workplace problems. Don’t let that frustration spill over into retaliation. If the worker is making a good-faith complaint about alleged discrimination or harassment, he’s protected from retaliation.

Joint employer enforcement snares Philly-area jeweler

08/26/2016

A Melrose Park, Pa., jewelry distributor for several major department stores and the temp agency that provides its workers have agreed to settle allegations that as joint employers they violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.

DOL mounts vigorous defense against business groups' lawsuits

08/26/2016
It’s been a busy summer for the beleaguered lawyers at the U.S. Department of Labor. On Aug. 19, the DOL filed briefs in three separate cases filed against it in federal courts, covering everything from benefits advice to safety records to resisting unionization.

How to spot 7 common errors on legal bills

08/26/2016
If part of your job involves dealing with outside employment law attorneys and reviewing their invoices, know what kind of overcharges to look for.

Bad bosses: Beware quid pro quo harassment

08/26/2016
To win a quid pro quo sexual harassment case, an employee has to show that two things occurred.

Reclassifying staff? Beware 7 big pay mistakes

08/25/2016
Organizations across the country are responding to the U.S. Depart­ment of Labor’s new overtime salary threshold by reclassifying some of their white-collar exempt employees into overtime-eligible nonexempts. Starting Dec. 1, the new DOL rules take effect that nearly double the salary threshold at which most salaried workers become exempt from having to be paid overtime.

Corporation loses on salary determinations

08/25/2016
S corps aren’t the only businesses to run up against the IRS when it comes to determining whether salaries are reasonable. Regular tax-paying C corporations run into the problem, too.

For better or worse, managers set the tone

08/25/2016
A Connecticut garment maker will pay $80,000 to settle an EEOC sexual harassment lawsuit.

Ramp up benefits education before open enrollment

08/25/2016
As open enrollment season for benefits approaches, employers have a significant opportunity to educate employees on traditional and voluntary benefits and how they can be used to address financial concerns.
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