No pay for bathroom breaks costs Pa. firm $1.75M

A federal court last month ordered a Pennsylvania media company to pay more than $1.75 million to 6,000 employees who were docked pay for bathroom breaks and other types of short breaks.

State workers' minimum wage increasing to $15

All New York state employees will make at least $15 per hour within six years, per the order of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. For workers in New York City, the rate will be in force by the end of 2018.

EEO-1 filings to require reporting employee pay

The Obama administration is stepping up federal efforts to make corporate pay practices more transparent and spotlight discriminatory pay disparities.

Say it ain't snow! To pay or not when bad weather strikes

Late January’s Snowzilla storm that slammed the East Coast caused many employers to shut down for a day or more. Hundreds of thousands of employees couldn’t make it to work.

Corpus Christi Citgo workers to be paid for briefing time

Workers at Citgo’s Corpus Christi plant will receive a little more pay following a U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division investigation of the oil company’s shift-change policy.

Taqueria shells out $33,000 for wage-and-hour violations

Taqueria La Herradura in Pharr, Texas, has paid more than $33,000 in damages to its kitchen staff following a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation.

Avoid the joint-employer perils of hiring temporary workers


The Department of Labor has jumped on the National Labor Relations Board joint-employer bandwagon.

Most employers limiting raises to 3% this year

A slim majority of employers—51%—say cost control is their primary compensation planning goal for 2016, after focusing more on talent retention in 2015. The result, according to Buck Consultants’ ninth annual Compensation Planning Survey: another year of stingy pay raises.

New rules: Minimum wage for piece-rate workers in California

Under a law that took effect in Jan­uary, piece-rate and commission-paid employees in California must receive at least the minimum wage. Piece-rate employees must also be paid at least the minimum wage for all time spent on tasks not specifically included in the piece rate.

New classification aims at 'gig' economy


Traditionally, there are four possible ways to classify people who perform work. But two classifications—independent contractors and employees—cover most work. Except, some say, in the emerging sharing or “gig” economy. Now two economists at the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington, D.C., have proposed a new category: independent worker.

Is there any requirement to pay a special premium to employees who must work on holidays?

Q. This came up last month. We needed some of our employees to work during the holidays. Were we required to pay them extra for those days?

What are the limits on hours that school-age children can work in California?

Q. We would like to employ some high school students to do clerical work. What are the laws regarding the number of hours we can ask them to work?

Suit challenges call-in policy at retailer Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters and its subsidiaries Anthropologie and Free People face a lawsuit alleging the company’s call-in policy violates California labor law.

Federal contractors to ring in New Year with two new rules

Federal contractors face two January compliance mandates affecting employee pay.

Draw on commission could threaten contractor status

Do you consider your commissioned salespeople independent contractors? If you pay them a draw, they may be employees for unemployment com­­pensation purposes.
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