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$385k judgment against Yonkers health care facility

A nursing home in Yonkers and its owner will have to pay over $385,000 in back pay and penalties to 81 employees after investigators found numerous violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Midterms to affect employment law landscape

Two years of Republican control of Washington ended Nov. 6 with Democrats seizing control of the House of Representatives. That gives Democrats some say on setting the legislative agenda, including employment law issues.

Per diem payments aren’t wages for overtime purposes

Do you pay a per diem to employees who work away from home for several days or more? It’s not compensation. That means per diem payments should not be included in the base pay you use to calculate overtime wages.

San Diego massage parlor rubs DOL the wrong way

The owners of two San Diego-area massage parlors have agreed to pay 17 employees $61,317 to settle charges they violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.

DOL to issue proposed rule on joint employment in December

The DOL’s fall regulatory agenda, released Oct. 16, said the department anticipated publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking in December.

DOL plans to issue new OT rules in March 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor says it will propose a new salary threshold for paying overtime to white-collar workers next March.

Small businesses get DOL wage-and-hour help

The U.S. Department of Labor has launched a web portal to help small businesses comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act and other employment law statutes.

Minimum wage for federal contractors goes up in 2019

Effective Jan. 1, 2019, employers performing work on federal contracts must pay workers $10.60 per hour.

DOL weighs in: Pay for participating in wellness activities?

More and more employers are providing various wellness incentives as part of their medical insurance plans to promote healthier lifestyles and choices. A new opinion letter addressed whether employees should be paid when they participate in certain activities.

Payroll deductions create overtime violations for Conn’s

Conn’s Appliances, based in The Woodlands, Texas, learned the hard way that payroll deductions often have unintended consequences.