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Wages & Hours

DOL names the duties your waiter can be directed to do for free

The Department of Labor has issued an opinion letter confirming activities for which tipped workers need not be paid extra.

Film crew: Mob flick maker stiffed us for $200K

The crew that worked on the movie “Made in Chinatown,” filmed in Philadelphia last summer, want their money and they have filed a lawsuit to get it.

Bottom-up hiring could perpetuate pay bias

There’s a danger that wages may appear to be discriminatory if the hiring process is centralized, but decisions about starting pay are made locally, without regard to broader corporate compensation scales. The risk: Class-action lawsuits.

8th Circuit just made it easier to negotiate settlements

Getting court approval for settlements just got easier in the 8th Circuit. The court said it’s not inclined to second-guess agreed-upon settlement details.

Fire if manager falsifies employee hours worked

Time clocks and other time-tracking systems are designed to ensure workers receive all the pay they are entitled to. Manipulating those systems can easily lead to huge back-pay awards.

Run audit to check Equal Pay Act compliance

Answer these questions to see if your organization’s policies violate the EPA.

Small businesses get DOL wage-and-hour help

The U.S. Department of Labor has launched a web portal to help small businesses comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act and other employment law statutes.

Will Amazon’s pay hike affect your budget?

Amazon’s new minimum wage will benefit over 250,000 regular full-time and part-time employees. But the effect may be more widespread.

California appeals court upholds clock-in/clock-out rounding

The decision reaffirms a 2016 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on the subject and expands on the criteria used to determine whether a rounding policy is neutral in practice, and thus lawful.

Where does the time go? On Nov. 4, back one hour

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour, to standard time, at 2:00 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 4.