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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.

Play by overtime rules or be prepared to pay

Don’t try to game the system by making workers clock out and keep working, failing to record extra time worked or suggesting that the extra hours constitute “volunteer” work.

The gig is up! New AB 5 law turns many contractors into employees

Under the law, an app-based company such as Uber or Lyft must pay minimum wages and unemployment compensation to contractors if the company exerts control over how a worker performs the work or if their work is part of the company’s regular business.

Bay area bistro forks over more than $172k in overtime

New Thai Bistro in Alameda County will pay 14 employees $172,862 after investigators from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found the restaurant violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Overtime threshold rising to $35,568 on Jan. 1

The white-collar overtime threshold will increase to $35,568 on Jan. 1, 2020, following approval of a final rule the Department of Labor says will make 1.2 million more Americans eligible for overtime pay.

DOL opinion letters address FMLA, FLSA, CCPA

The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division recently issued three opinion letters addressing employer-submitted questions about the FMLA, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Consumer Credit Protection Act.

Docking manager’s pay can end exemption

While certain types of deductions are allowed, be aware time- or work-based deductions could destroy a manager’s exempt status.

Drywall company can’t paper over wage violations

Rice Drywall has agreed to pay 558 employees $354,763 in back wages after investigators from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found the company misclassified employees as independent contractors.

HR pro tip: Never ignore a lawsuit

Courts set tight deadlines for responding to lawsuits once they have been served. Miss a deadline without a rock-solid excuse, and you’re probably looking at a default judgment. Then it’s merely up to the plaintiff to provide some elementary proof that he’s entitled to damages.