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Minneapolis temp agency settles overtime pay dispute


All Temporaries Midwest, based in Minneapolis, has agreed to settle after investigators from the U.S. Department of Labor alleged the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act when it failed to pay enough overtime to employees who worked more than 40 hours in a workweek.

Minnesota Supreme Court affirms MFLSA: Employers can’t force employees to share tips


The Minnesota Supreme Court has given the go-ahead to lawsuits against employers that fire workers who refuse to share their tips with other employees or the employer.

Acosta tells House he backs higher OT threshold, generally


Labor Secretary Alex Acosta refused to name a target number when members of the House Education and Workforce Committee asked him about plans to raise the white-collar overtime salary threshold.

Court: Average weekly pay must meet minimum wage


Average pay over the course of a workweek is what matters when it comes to determining if employees have received the proper minimum wages, according to a Nov. 15 ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Supreme Court 2017–18: Employment law cases on the docket


This year’s Supreme Court docket covers several timely employment law issues. As the last word on important legal issues, Supreme Court decisions usually offer important compliance lessons.

Lawsuit claims misclassification? It could become a costly class-action case


When one or two employees claim that they have not been paid overtime because they were improperly classified as exempt, they don’t need much evidence to turn the case into a class-action lawsuit.

Beware automatic deductions for meal times


Take note if you automatically deduct meal periods from your hourly employees’ total hours worked: Although those deductions don’t violate the Fair Labor Standards Act, they can be dangerous.

3rd Circuit confirms: Pay for short breaks


When an employer in Pennsylvania revamped its break program by requiring workers to log out, it also decided the breaks would be unpaid. That flew in the face of decades of Department of Labor guidance—and provoked a lawsuit.

DOL appeals ruling that killed higher overtime salary threshold

The Department of Labor has filed an appeal of a federal judge’s decision that blocked the Obama administration’s bid to raise the overtime salary threshold for white-collar workers.

Master compliance challenges that follow natural disasters

Unless planned and executed properly, employers’ emergency procedures may run afoul of many federal, state and local employment laws.