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Florida man: DOL sets sights on Sunshine State employers

Feb. 16 was a bad day for Florida employers that recently ran afoul of the Department of Labor. On just that one day, the DOL announced fines and recoveries worth almost $400,000.

Consider single process for accommodations

Now might be the right time to standardize your processes for handling reasonable accommodations. Two new laws requiring accommodations just went on the books.

DOL: Fresh guidance on remote worker rights, FMLA vs. ADA

The Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division on Feb. 9 issued two new guidance documents affecting employers with remote workers and FMLA-eligible employees who must work reduced schedules to manage their serious health conditions.

DOL never forgets: Slaps millions in penalties on repeat wage offender

A commercial painting contractor in Las Vegas must have thought federal investigators would forget about his history of stiffing employees. He was wrong.

Companies cut employees, hire contractors instead

Layoffs are in the news again, but research conducted by ResumeBuilder.com in January suggests some job cuts aren’t a response to lower consumer demand in a sluggish economy, but old-fashioned cost-cutting instead.

$5.6 million mistake: Misclassifying employees as contractors doesn’t save money

Some employers look for almost any excuse to treat workers as independent contractors instead of employees. The reason is usually simple: Contractors generally cost less than employees. However, those savings can be wiped out in a flash if the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division determines those contractors should really have been classified as employees all along.

Begin complying with PUMP Act immediately

The recently enacted PUMP Act—PUMP stands for Providing Urgent Maternal Protections—expands new mothers’ rights to express breast milk at work. Employers must begin complying now.

Pay for travel time to voluntary OT shift?

If an hourly employee has to travel from one location to another to continue their principal activities during the workday, then that’s paid time. Commuting time, however, is unpaid. But what if an employee completes a full shift at one location and voluntarily takes on an overtime shift at a different location?

Ignore DOL investigators, leave work in handcuffs

The owner of three northern New Jersey restaurants has learned that not cooperating with a federal investigation and ignoring federal court orders can earn you a trip to jail.

Plan now for the coming higher OT salary threshold

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced plans to raise the salary threshold that qualifies white-collar employees for overtime pay. With a notice of proposed rulemaking due in May, HR pros should start preparing now for changes that will probably have to be implemented by the end of the year.