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Wages & Hours

$5k is a magic salary number

On average, U.S. employees say a raise of $5,780 would make a difference in their mental and physical health, according to a new survey of 1,100 workers by CouponFollow.

The wage-and-hour risks of rounding time

The DOL says employers should discourage “major discrepancies” between “clock records and actual hours worked.” In other words, frequent and repeated rounding could call into question the accuracy of an employer’s overall time records. So what’s an employer to do?

Federal contractor? Beware OFCCP audits

When a company signs a contract to perform work for the federal government, it agrees that the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs can conduct routine audits of its labor practices. Those audits can be far-reaching—and if some form of discrimination is uncovered, the DOL is empowered to bring charges.

DOL to offer online training on prevailing wage compliance

The U.S. Department of Labor will offer online compliance seminars for contracting agencies, contractors, unions, workers and other stakeholders to provide information on the requirements governing payment of prevailing wages on federally funded construction and service contracts.

Counter grads’ unrealistic pay expectations

Start by explaining what you and other employers are paying current and new employees. Then spell out the value of non-cash compensation you provide.

DOL sessions suggest OT rule change is coming

In a sign that the Biden administration is moving forward with plans to raise the overtime salary threshold for white-collar employees, the Department of Labor is holding a series of “listening sessions” to gather employer and employee feedback on revising the Fair Labor Standards Act’s exemptions for executive, administrative and professional employees.

Kids these days: ‘Here’s how much I get paid’

Talking about how much one earns used to be considered taboo both at work and in social settings. That’s changing.

There’s no free lunch … or free work

The Fair Labor Standards Act requires that you pay at least minimum wage for all hours worked by employees. In almost all cases, “free” work is illegal, and you can’t just get around that requirement by citing “noncompensation” in a job ad, or by having an employee sign away their rights to compensation.

Inflation spurs employers to reconsider salary budgets

One factor fueling the labor market churn known as the Great Resignation: The 8.5% year-over-year inflation rate reported at the end of March.

Trainee or pro? Legal lessons from the minors

Baseball is back now that the pandemic is largely in the rear view mirror and Major League Baseball owners and the Major League Baseball Players Association have signed a new collective bargaining agreement. But not every baseball-related labor dispute has been resolved. Down in the minor leagues, a players’ lawsuit could upend decades of pay practices.