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Master compliance challenges that follow natural disasters

Unless planned and executed properly, employers’ emergency procedures may run afoul of many federal, state and local employment laws.

Utz chips in $2.5 million to settle with drivers

Snack food giant Utz Quality Foods has agreed to pay $2.5 million to almost 1,900 delivery drivers to resolve claims it failed to pay them overtime.

Federal court finally nixes Obama OT rules

After much litigation and confusion, employers finally have an answer to whether they will have to comply with the overtime regulations the Obama administration intended to go into effect in December 2016. They don’t.

Health care in the crosshairs for wage-and-hour lawsuits

Health care facilities are increasingly becoming targets of class-action wage-and-hour lawsuits. Alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, several recent lawsuits in Texas have challenged timekeeping practices related to meal breaks.

HR services firm settles misclassification charges

Zenefits FTW Insurance Services, an HR management software service based in San Francisco, has settled charges it misclassified 743 account executives and sales people as exempt from minimum wage protections. Workers in both California and Arizona were affected.

Emeryville, Calif. adopts minimum wage, paid sick leave regs

Two years ago, Emeryville, Calif. passed its Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Leave, and Other Employment Standards Ordinance. Now the city manager has released the regulations implementing the ordinance.

Minneapolis minimum wage to reach $15 by 2024

Employers that operate in Minneapolis will have to pay workers $15 per hour by July 1, 2024. The city council approved the new ordinance this summer, with the first increase taking effect Jan. 1, 2018.

Another nail in the coffin of the old ‘new’ overtime regulations

A federal judge in Texas last month formally struck down the Obama-era regs that would have more than doubled the white-collar overtime threshold to $47,476 per year.

DOL may change Obama-era tip pool rule

The Department of Labor has announced in its semi-annual Uniform Regulatory Agenda that it may scrap a tip-pooling rule enacted by the Obama administration. The existing rule bans using tip pools to share gratuities with workers who traditionally don’t receive tips, such as cooks and dishwashers.

Texas Workforce Commission wage claim ends FLSA case

When a former employee asks the Texas Workforce Commission to order her former employer to cough up allegedly unpaid wages, the commission’s decision on what was owed can be used to end a Fair Labor Standards Act claim for the same pay.
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