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DOL rule narrows ‘joint employer’ status

A new Department of Labor rule tightens the definition of what constitutes a joint employer under the Fair Labor Standards Act, making it less likely that more than one entity can be held liable for the same federal wage-and-hour violations.

The new overtime rules: 6-point checklist to start complying now!

Are you fully compliant with the new overtime rules that went into effect Jan. 1? Follow this checklist to ensure you are.

Health care models best practices for nursing working mothers

How the health care industry handles women returning to work after giving birth can serve as best practices for all employees. Because health care employs women extensively, particularly those of childbearing age, it can serve as a natural laboratory in what works and what doesn’t for others.

DOL’s new regular rate of pay rule makes OT more affordable

The Department of Labor delivered an early holiday gift to employers on Dec. 12, releasing final regulations on how to calculate the regular rate of pay on which overtime pay is based.

New overtime regulations may affect 401(k) plans

If you reclassified some FLSA-exempt employees as nonexempt this year—thanks to the new overtime salary-level regulations that are scheduled to kick in Jan. 1—be aware that this could impact your 401(k) and health plans.

Demonstrate good faith on wage claims by seeking advice from your attorney

If you don’t pay overtime as required by the Fair Labor Standards Act, you may end up owing both back pay plus a penalty equal to the amount you owed. But that’s not all; it could get worse.

McDonald’s pays $26 million for OT violations

Sometimes, seemingly insignificant wage-and-hour practices can add up to a huge employer liability—especially if they are contested in a class-action lawsuit.

California law covers vacation pay disputes, not Fair Labor Standards Act

The Fair Labor Standards Act sets the federal minimum-wage and overtime rules. Contrary to what many workers seem to believe, it does not guarantee additional wage-related benefits such as vacation or sick-time pay. Employees whose employers provide such benefits can’t sue under the FLSA, claiming they weren’t paid as promised.

Brownsville, Texas eateries serve up $78,000 for pay violations

Three Brownsville, Texas restaurants will pay 25 workers $78,440 in back wages and penalties following a U.S. Department of Labor investigation.

DOL proposes new rule on tipped workers’ pay

Employees who rely on tips for most of their income might have to do more work for less than the minimum wage under a proposed rule issued Oct. 7 by the Department of Labor.