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Wages & Hours

DOL awards back pay to hotel employee fired for reporting tip-related allegation

When a hotel employee complained about the franchise operator’s pay practices, she was fired two days later. But the story didn’t end there.

Pay time-and-a-half or pay the price

U.S. Department of Labor investigators found Done-Rite Tree Co. failed to pay overtime wages to 39 nonexempt workers in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Pay disparity lawsuit blooms

A class action filed on Sept. 8 for claims under the Equal Pay Act asserts that women in managerial positions are paid at a lower rate than men in managerial positions.

DOL seizes, sells owners’ real estate to obtain back pay

It took seven years, but the Department of Labor—a tenacious litigator if ever there was one—finally secured back pay for 478 workers who were employed by four related Massachusetts construction companies.

New Calif. fast-food worker law could spread

The California legislature has enacted a first-in-the-nation law designed to grant broad protections to employees working in fast-food restaurants. As is often the case, it’s a California employment law that could well become a model for similar legislation in other states.

Huge settlement highlights local law risks

Gone are the days when big verdicts or settlements were all the result of running afoul of federal laws. These days, employers also have to worry about increasingly aggressive state and local government agencies enforcing their own anti-discrimination laws and other employment ordinances.

Stop unauthorized work by remote employees

If you have employees who work remotely at least some of the time, you know how difficult it is to keep tabs on exactly what they are doing and when they’re doing it. That can be bad news if those employees are nonexempt. They must be paid for all work they perform—whether you knew they were working or not. The good news is that you can set up systems that prevent unauthorized telework.

DOL offers online training on prevailing-wage compliance

Complying with prevailing-wage regulations can be tricky. To make it easier, the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division is conducting two free online seminars.

Ensure exempt teleworkers are properly classified

If you have exempt employees who work remotely, be sure they really are exempt. It’s important because it is difficult to track teleworkers’ time. If they have been misclassified, you could violate the Fair Labor Standards Act in two ways: failing to pay overtime and failing to properly track all hours worked.

Tight labor market to drive higher pay in 2023

Salary budgets for U.S. employees are projected to increase in 2023, mainly influenced by a labor market with more open jobs than people to fill them.