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Wages & Hours

3 new opinion letters from Labor Department

The Department of Labor has issued three new opinion letters that address issues that may affect your company.

As Walmart raises wages, will other retailers follow?

Walmart’s Sept. 17 announcement that it was giving raises to some 165,000 hourly workers sent ripples through the retail industry and has many wondering if other employers will be able to compete.

Camps, religious and nonprofit educational centers get FLSA break

During the pandemic, many seasonal businesses have unexpectedly found themselves forced to comply with the FLSA. Now the Department of Labor is cutting those employers a much-needed break.

Audit duties, pay scales to ensure EPA compliance

Ensure Equal Pay Act compliance by routinely reviewing all job descriptions for similarities between positions. Then check similar positions’ salary ranges for consistency and the sex of job incumbents.

Time, time again: Fall back on Nov. 1

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour to standard time at 2:00 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 1.

Prepare to pay for employee misclassification

If you use independent contractors as part of your workforce, be sure to do it correctly. Erroneously classifying an employee as an independent contractor is likely to trigger an investigation by a state or federal agency.

Pandemic wreaks havoc on salesperson compensation

New research from the WorldatWork total-rewards association suggests that professionals who sell for a living will come up short on meeting their 2020 sales goals.

DOL clarifies employers’ obligation to pay overtime

The Department of Labor has issued a Field Assistance Bulletin which clarifies your duties to nonexempts and your obligation to pay those who work unauthorized overtime.

Pandemic makes dent in salary increase plans

Even in the midst of marketplace uncertainties driven by the coronavirus, most organizations are sticking with plans to increase their salary budgets for the rest of 2020. However, some raises won’t be as big as originally planned.

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.