WAGES & HOURS

How should we track and manage work-at-home time for nonexempt employees?

05/10/2017
Q. We try to be a flexible workplace and sometimes get requests from employees to work from home for a day or two during school breaks and so on. I don’t have a problem with this for exempt employees, but what about hourly ones? How do we track that time?

House approves comp time instead of OT pay

05/06/2017
The House of Representatives on May 2 voted to allow most employers to offer compensatory time off in lieu of overtime pay when nonexempt employees work more than 40 hours in a week.

Can we require seven straight days of work in Texas?

05/03/2017
Q. Can I schedule employees to work every day of the week during our accounting firm’s busy season, or must I give them Sundays off?

Is there any law that prohibits scheduling back-to-back closing and opening shifts in Texas?

05/03/2017
Q. When one of our two store managers goes on vacation, we want the other to cover both opening and closing shifts for a few days. However, this would give her only seven hours of rest between shifts. How much time between shifts must we give employees under Texas law?

Gig economy reshaping benefits expectations

05/03/2017
The rise of the gig economy and changing demographics are creating a cultural mash-up that’s redefining what workers expect from the benefits employers offer.

Minnesota bill would limit municipal minimum wages

04/25/2017
Add Minnesota to the growing list of states where conservative legislators are trying to overturn local ordinances raising the minimum wage.

Can we require seven straight days of work in California?

04/24/2017
Q. Tax season is very busy at our accounting firm. Can I schedule employees to work every day of the week during the spring?

Court: Some unauthorized breaks can be unpaid

04/24/2017
Federal law requires paying employees for short breaks. That doesn’t mean employees can take as many breaks as they want and expect to be paid for that time.

Orientation program may not have to be paid

04/24/2017
Generally, you must pay employees for the time they spend in training. But that’s not always the case for initial orientation programs.

Minnesota legal update: Minimum wage, leave ordinances

03/23/2017
While much of the nation is focused on what changes may be coming to the Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board and the EEOC, employers would do well to also pay attention to changes at the state level.

Texas legislature considers bill to promote pay equity

03/07/2017
State Sen. Eric Johnson has introduced legislation that would bar employers from asking for an applicant’s salary history before making a qualified job offer that includes a proposed salary.

How to pay for work-related driving expenses?

02/27/2017
Q. What methods can I use to compensate my employees for their work-related driving expenses?

What's the reimbursement rate for work mileage employees put on their personal vehicles?

02/27/2017
Q. Some of my employees are required to drive their personal cars to and from various worksites during working hours. Do I have to compensate these employees for the miles they drive during this travel? If so, how much per mile must I reimburse them for?

Comcast promises lawsuit over Philly's new wage bias law

02/01/2017
Patterned after a first of its kind Massachusetts law, the ordinance bars employers from asking an employee’s salary history.

California localities' minimum wage increases for 2017

01/30/2017
The California minimum wage increased on Jan. 1 to $10.50 per hour for businesses employing 26 or more employees.
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