WAGES & HOURS

Beware extra deductions from tip credits

08/11/2016

Employers are allowed to pay tipped employees less than minimum wage and take a credit for the difference through their tips. With minimum wage set at $7.25, employers may pay $2.13 per hour as long as tips make up the difference (or more). But can the employer deduct from the credit costs associated with credit card processing and calculating, cashing out and distributing the money?

Democratic platform calls for higher minimum wage, expanded paid leave

08/10/2016
The Democratic Party’s 2016 platform, released July 21, calls for “supporting workers through higher wages ... and other investments [to] help rebuild the middle class for the 21st century.”

Pay starts to increase as labor market tightens

08/08/2016
Some of the nation’s largest employers have quietly begun implementing a business strategy that has been all but forgotten since the Great Recession ended in 2009. They’re handing out raises.

Snapshot: What employers have done to prepare for the higher OT threshold

07/28/2016
Are you putting off plans for dealing with the new salary threshold?

Unequal pay is not always discrimination

07/27/2016
When an employee files a sex discrimination lawsuit alleging unequal pay for equal work, the employer merely needs to show that the reason for the discrepancy is something other than sex.

Think you can wait out DOL? Think again

07/22/2016
The owner of two Mountain View, CA, transportation companies—Stanford Yellow Taxi Cab and AAA Legacy Limousine—fought a years’-long legal battle against the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, arguing that his employees were independent contractors. The DOL wasn’t going to be the first party to blink.

Supreme Court refuses to hear challenge to home care rule

07/22/2016
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear an industry challenge to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Home Care Final Rule. The decision lets stand a lower court ruling in Home Care Association of America, et al. v. Weil, allowing the rule to be implemented.

Supreme Court sends back service advisor case

07/22/2016
The U.S. Supreme Court has sent a case back to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals without deciding if automobile service advisors are exempt.

New federal overtime rules affect Minnesota's wage-and-hour laws

07/22/2016
Consequently, Minnesota employers covered by both the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and Minnesota’s Fair Labor Standards Act must comply with whichever is more stringent. Therefore, Minnesota employers should be aware of how the new federal overtime regulations may affect compliance with the MNFLSA.

Parkinson's care chain settles OT dispute with nursing aides

07/22/2016
Parkinson’s Specialty Care has settled charges it failed to pay certified nursing assistants overtime when they worked more than 40 hours per week.

The new OT: Beware assumptions about hours

07/11/2016
If you plan to convert some currently exempt employees into hourly employees once the new overtime regulations go into effect in December, you’re probably worried that your overtime tab will balloon.

Fed contractor disbarred after filing false wage statements

07/08/2016
Pay problems at a Manhattan construction site mean SJ Insulation will not be working on federally funded projects anytime soon.

N.Y. says Domino's has been late on delivery of wages

07/08/2016
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed suit against Domino’s Pizza affiliates and three franchisees, alleging widespread violations of state wage-and-hour laws.

Minimum wages just went up in two states and 12 cities

07/07/2016
Minimum wage rose in a number of different places on July 1.

DOL FAQ addresses overtime rules issues

07/07/2016
The Department of Labor has released a list of frequently asked questions about the new overtime regulations that will go into effect on Dec. 1, 2016.
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