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Wages & Hours

Beyond job cuts, pandemic reducing take-home pay

U.S. employers have cut the pay of at least 4 million U.S. workers since February.

Fevered worker sent home: Is that a paid day?

One of the CDC’s main workplace suggestions during the pandemic is that employers should take employees’ temperatures each day and send home anyone who has a fever (100.4 degrees and above). But if you send workers home right after they arrive, must you pay them for that day? Depending on where a business is located, you may.

Back to work with higher pay! Or maybe less

Employers that need to closely manage their labor budgets face challenging times. Many have had to raise wages to ensure adequate staffing. But more money isn’t a universal solution.

Steer clear of basing pay on previous compensation

Attorneys who represent employees and job applicants are starting to win equal-pay cases they might have lost in years past. They are claiming that basing a new employee’s starting pay on how much he or she earned before so perpetuates past bias that it is itself a discriminatory act.

Beware misclassifying covid-19 teleworkers

The mass, covid-inspired migration from office work to telework has been surprisingly seamless for many employees and employers. But in some cases, the move has triggered wage-and-hour compliance problems that few would have anticipated.

Fiscal woes? Consider cutting pay, not jobs

Increasingly, employers are skipping layoffs, which bring Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act compliance headaches and increase the risk of costly class-action lawsuits. Instead, they’re opting to cut pay and retain workers. It’s a strategy with both pros and cons.

DOL: No pause in wage-and-hour lawsuits

Don’t expect a decline in lawsuits during the coronavirus pandemic. Be sure you continue to follow all your usual protocols for responding to EEOC complaints, subpoenas and other legal notices.

Snapshot: How are nonexempts recording their hours?

Employees may be working remotely, but it’s still critical to accurately track nonexempt hours worked. Here’s how employers are handling that task.

Coronavirus: Good news for hourly workers’ pay

A new survey by Willis Towers Watson finds that most employers will continue to pay hourly workers who test positive for the virus (72%), whose workplace experiences a mandated closure (54%) or who have a cold or flu-like symptoms and voluntarily stay home (51%).

18% of Americans losing jobs or income due to coronavirus

A new poll finds that 18% of American workers have either lost their jobs or had their hours and thus their pay reduced because of the coronavirus pandemic.