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Wages & Hours

Consider trading telework for lower pay

Asking employees to take a pay cut in exchange for the flexibility of working remotely could help you attract and retain workers while also reducing payroll costs. It’s a trend that is gathering steam according to a recent report by the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Biden’s White House will be first to pay its interns

To determine if interns should be paid, the Department of Labor and the courts have used a primary-beneficiary test, which looks at who benefits most—the employer or the intern.

Survey: HR pros concerned about effects of inflation

Inflation and its effect on employees and their organizations’ compensation strategies is a significant concern for 73% of HR professionals polled earlier this month by the Society for Human Resource Management.

Learn from Google’s $118 million pay-equity lesson

Many employers regularly conduct equity studies to make sure their pay policies don’t discriminate based on gender, race or other protected characteristics. It’s considered a best practice to outsource those studies in order to blunt criticism that an internal review wasn’t thorough or accurate.

New overtime rules due in October, likely raising salary threshold to $50K

According to the Biden administration’s regulatory agenda, released June 21, the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division plans to float a notice of proposed rulemaking concerning executive, administrative and professional exemptions from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime requirements.

Tell bosses: Don’t pester teleworkers after hours

If you have hourly employees working from home, make sure their supervisors understand their role in preventing surprise wage-and-hour claims.

State, local minimum wages set to increase on July 1

Be prepared for these changes.

Heed this $42 million wage-and-hour lesson

If you are a mid-sized to large employer, making even basic wage-and-hour mistakes can be massively expensive. To make matters worse, the Fair Labor Standards Act authorizes courts to double what’s due to punish employers for mistakes. So do most state wage-and-hour laws.

Inflation effect: Employees expect raises of at least 5%

Money is more valuable than time these days. When the CareerBuilder job-search board surveyed working adults last month, 66% said they would rather receive a 10% pay raise than an additional week of paid time off.

Beware ‘salaries’ that stiff hourly employees

Most employers comply with the FLSA in a straightforward way by tracking all time worked and calculating each week’s paychecks down to the minute. But every now and then, an employer tries to play fast and loose with the FLSA rules. That usually spells trouble if the Department of Labor finds out.