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Wages & Hours

Coronavirus: Good news for hourly workers’ pay

03/24/2020
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

03/19/2020
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.

Get ready for more failure-to-promote suits

03/19/2020
The coming months look like they will bring hard economic times, which probably means we will see an increase in employee lawsuits. One unique risk to watch out for: failure-to-promote litigation.

Shorter workweeks may lessen virus exposure

03/19/2020
With social distancing becoming part of our new normal, a workplace practice that began emerging even before the coronavirus crisis hit has gained new urgency. Shorter workweeks were already trending as an employee-relations perk. Now a four-day workweek could become an important shift-management strategy

Snapshot: Does your company have a formal compensation strategy?

03/17/2020
Less than one-third of employers have a formal compensation strategy, but more are working to develop one.

Beware basing starting pay on past salary

03/12/2020
Think twice before using a new hire’s past compensation to set her new salary. According to a federal appeals court, that violates the Equal Pay Act.

New NLRB rule clarifies ‘joint employer’ status

02/27/2020
The National Labor Relations Board has issued a final rule ending years of confusion about what constitutes a joint employer in the context of the National Labor Relations Act.

Beware creeping expectations for exempts

02/25/2020
In today’s booming economy, with new workers in short supply, many exempt employees are being asked to do more nonexempt work and end up working longer hours. That’s a recipe for disaster.

Orange County, Calif. trucking co. delivering $200K in back OT pay

02/25/2020
C&W Trucking in Orange County will pay 56 employees $199,010 in back pay following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.

Comply with the law when requiring employees to work overtime

02/18/2020
In general, employers have the right to require employees to work overtime, as long as they are properly paid for the additional hours. However, that right is not unlimited.