WAGES & HOURS

Work-at-home abuse? Demand accountability

12/01/2016
Are you sure employees are working when they are supposed to be? Or are they abusing your flexible rules about taking time off and working from home?

16 new state laws California employers need to know about

11/28/2016
A list of the most significant laws affecting private sector employers in California.

9 employment-related executive orders that could disappear Jan. 20

11/17/2016
Here are some of the most significant employment-related executive orders that could be on the chopping block.

Beware how schedules can affect whether commuting time is compensable

11/14/2016
Be aware that how workers manage their workdays may affect whether their “commute time” to their first stop of the day and back from their last stop is compensable.

Better pay, schedules may boost business

10/18/2016
Need help persuading management that raising wages, providing steady schedules and offering training that may lead to promotions will benefit your organization?

Minimum wage rises Jan. 1 for fed contractor employees

09/29/2016
The minimum wage goes up to $10.20 per hour on Jan. 1 for employees working on federal contracts.

Honest staff hit back at Wells Fargo with lawsuit

09/27/2016
Two former Wells Fargo employees who didn’t cheat in the bank’s ill-conceived incentive scheme to drive new business have filed a $2.6 million class-action lawsuit.

Voluntary activities & workers' comp: It's all fun and games until ...

09/22/2016
Many companies provide fun employee outings to boost morale or show gratitude to their workforce. But what if an employee gets hurt during one of these events?

Set 'fall back' reminder: Standard time starts Nov. 6

09/20/2016
Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour, to standard time, at 2:00 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 6.

Do you have to pay employees for their time spent voting?

09/15/2016
No federal laws give employees the right to leave work to vote. But a majority of states do have such laws.

Class-action lawsuit alleges GrubHub misclassified drivers

09/07/2016
Drivers for the takeout food app GrubHub have filed a class-action lawsuit claiming the company misclassified them as independent contractors, thus paying them less than minimum wage and denying overtime pay.

Predictable scheduling gathers momentum

09/07/2016
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has proposed an ordinance requiring large employers to provide their employees with predictable scheduling. If enacted, Seattle would become the second city to enact similar legislation.

If we feed employees, do we have to pay them for working through lunch?

09/06/2016
Q. Occasionally, when we receive a big order, our nonexempt employees are required to work through their lunch breaks. Although we do not pay them for this work, we buy delicious lunches for all the affected workers. Is this lawful?

Beware suspicious garnishment orders

08/27/2016
Payday lenders are increasingly sending aggressive garnishment orders to employers that mimic legitimate administrative orders from federal agencies.

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?
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