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Wages & Hours

Court upholds ‘13 Hour Rule’ for 24-hour home health aides

The New York State Court of Appeals has issued a ruling that will have a significant positive impact on home care agencies across the state.

Federal vs. New York overtime rules: Do board, lodging and other allowances count?

Q. Currently, to satisfy the New York state overtime rules, we include board, lodging and other allowances and facilities in that salary. We hit the $679 salary level contemplated in the federal DOL regs already if we include that amount. Do we have to back that amount off?

Start preparing now for new exempt overtime salary threshold

Employers interested in avoiding a big jump in their overtime costs should dust off plans they probably made in preparation for implementing the 2016 Obama-era proposed salary threshold rule.

Experience is a great teacher, but it’s not pay

If you plan to welcome unpaid interns to your organization this summer, be careful. If they receive any benefits beyond educational credit, some states may consider them to be employees. Thus, they would be covered by state and federal anti-discrimination laws.

FLSA and transportation violations for SoCal company

A citrus and avocado distributor in Oceanside will pay 45 workers $13,641 in back wages after investigators from the U.S. Department of Labor found it violated the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Migrant and Seasonal Worker Protection Act.

Equestrian centers must pay $1.2M in back wages

Two prestigious Northern California show horse training stables will pay 30 current and former employees $1,270,683 in back wages after a U.S. Department of Labor investigation revealed they violated H-2B visa regulations, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act.

Employees may be due partial pay if they show up for work, only to be sent home

Historically, California’s wage order system has required at least partial payment for cancelled or shortened shifts. In effect, that functions as a penalty for employers that schedule more workers for shifts than they ultimately need.

Proposed DOL rule takes on regular rate of pay

A Department of Labor rule proposed March 28 would clarify when bonuses and certain contingent payments have to be counted toward an employee’s regular rate of pay for the purpose of determining overtime pay.

How can I keep track of overtime changes happening in Washington and Harrisburg?

Q. I know the U.S. Department of Labor has just released a new proposed rule changing the weekly salary that employees must receive to be classified as exempt. But didn’t I also read a few months ago that Pennsylvania is also changing the salary level?

Philadelphia restaurants agree to pay $1M wage settlement

The owners of two Philadelphia eateries apparently saw the writing on the wall after a trial on wage-theft charges began. They elected to settle the case before a jury had a chance to decide the matter.