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Wages & Hours

Does working a gig job rule out unemployment benefits?

03/15/2019
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of an unemployed worker who was denied unemployment compensation insurance benefits because he became an Uber driver after he was laid off.

Cost of an easily learned lesson: $7.4 million

03/14/2019
One of the most avoidable lawsuits in many years has finally settled, leaving an important lesson for employers: If you plan to break the law, do not announce your intentions in front of a roomful of employees who will be harmed by your decision.

Federal courts add another twist in the road to pay equity

03/13/2019
The U.S. Supreme Court just rejected an equal pay lawsuit for a most unusual reason. Even so, employers can learn valuable lessons from the case.

Minneapolis employer stiffed H-1B holder, now must pay

03/13/2019
An administrative law judge in Minneapolis has ordered TLC Precision Wafer Technology to pay an engineer his full salary in back wages after it failed to pay him the amount listed on his H-1B visa.

Muted reaction to DOL’s overtime salary threshold proposed rule

03/12/2019
Reaction to the Department of Labor’s March 7 announcement of a 50% increase in the salary threshold has mostly focused on the practical details. Here’s what people are saying.

1st steps: Gauge impact of new OT threshold

03/12/2019
Start strategizing how to respond by identifying who on your staff would be affected by the new salary threshold rule.

Employers sharing less pay info now than in 2010

03/05/2019
Forty-seven percent of organizations now provide employees only minimal information about others’ pay, compared to 32% in 2010.

Chang, Chung employees say cha-ching! after settlement

02/22/2019
Fourteen restaurants in the greater Los Angeles area will pay 100 employees a total of $126,142 after U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigations found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Reimburse employees when they use their cars for company business

02/22/2019
Here’s a reminder that in California, employers are re­­spon­­sible for making sure workers are reimbursed for any expenses they incur while doing their jobs if the expenses benefit their employer.

Include travel time pay when figuring OT

02/22/2019
Do you have workers you pay a set amount for travel time from one location to another during the day? If so, that payment probably must be included in “hours worked” for calculating overtime payments for the week.