Auditing Your Wage and Hour Compliance

April 16, 2011 by wgarnett  
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Businesses should give consideration to auditing their wage and hour compliance on a regular basis.  What can your organization do to get ahead of this massive mobilization? The most effective course is to conduct an internal audit before the DOL shows up at your door. An audit will enable an employer to identify compliance concerns and change any practices that might present an unacceptable risk of liability.  If you are interested in reading more about wage and hour compliance link to the full article below.

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How to Avoid Wage and Hour Legal Action

January 30, 2011 by wgarnett  
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Wage and hour compliance is one of the hot button words for the company in 2010 with the promise of increased inspections and fines is the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Labor (DOL). This does not apply to state or local tax agencies, which also intensified its efforts in this area can. It ‘been reported that non-governmental wage settlements in 2009 and 44% more than in 2008, he grew up. For an application under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) broughtAction for compensation amounts increased from $ 253,000,000 in 2008 to 364 million U.S. dollars in 2009. Below are some problem areas and wages, the court proceedings have historically done and continue to employers for a litigation quagmire.

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Changing Workplace Habits Can Eliminate FLSA Risks

November 14, 2010 by wgarnett  
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Old habits are hard to change and new ones are hard to establish. But that’s just what is needed if employers want to put the major risk of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)  liability behind them for the long term.

In many organizations, it’s common for employees to work through lunch, attend midday meetings where a meal is provided, or take training courses on their own time.

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Meal Breaks Under New Wage and Hour Case

November 7, 2010 by wgarnett  
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State law requires that employers provide employees with breaks but does not mandate that employers monitor employees’ activities to ensure that breaks are taken. The Trial court did not abuse discretion by denying class certification in action by employee alleging violation of the law governing breaks where discovery demonstrated that practices of employer, a restaurant chain, varied widely from location to location–and possibly from one supervisor to another–with some employees saying they got all of their breaks, some that they were denied breaks, some that they did not take breaks, and some that they received only some of the breaks provided for by law, making it reasonable to conclude that individual issues would predominate over class-wide ones.

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The Hospitality Industry Is In the Sights of DOL

September 5, 2010 by wgarnett  
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Armed with additional funding in the FY 2011 budget, Solis has gone on a hiring spree, adding 710 enforcement staff, including bilingual investigators. The number of inspectors has increased by more than one third. The department’s $14 billion discretionary budget request includes a 4 percent increase for worker protection programs, with the goal of restoring funding and staffing for these programs to FY 2001 levels.

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Husk Energy Failure to Pay the Required Minimum Wage and Overtime

March 8, 2010 by wgarnett  
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Just last week the U.S. Department of Labor announced that Husk Energy, a petroleum refinery in Lima, Ohio, agreed to pay nearly $1,000,000 in back wages after an investigation by the Department of Labor in which it was found that its employees were not being paid overtime compensation.

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States Unpaid Overtime Laws

March 1, 2010 by wgarnett  
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According to a federal law known as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), non-exempt employees are entitled to overtime pay for hours worked over 40 in a single workweek. However, some states have their own regulations regarding minimum wage, overtime pay, employer record keeping, meal and rest breaks, and other labor issues. IQ Overtime’s Directory of State Overtime Laws includes information on wage and hour laws in all 50 states. A frequently asked questions section is also included on each state’s overtime law page in order to address some of the common concerns that workers have regarding overtime pay.

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Wage and Hour Complaints, What Does It Mean To The Organization?

February 14, 2010 by wgarnett  
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Wage and Hour complaints are facing every workplace.  During her first year in office, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis vowed more aggressive enforcement of workplace laws, repeatedly stating that there is a “new sheriff in town” and that she planned to put “enforcement back in the Department of Labor.” During 2009, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor hired more than 300 employees (including 293 investigators); in fiscal year 2010, the Division plans to hire an additional 110 investigative employees.

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Cincinnati Company To Pay $87,000 After Investigation

February 14, 2010 by wgarnett  
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A Cincinnati Company gets hits with an Overtime investigation and fine.  The U.S. Department of Labor said Monday that Cincinnati Training Terminal and Services Inc. had agreed to pay $87,655 in overtime pay owed to 64 current and former workers following an investigation in which the department’s Wage and Hour Division discovered the company violated overtime pay provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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Big Employer Concern Employee Breaks

January 31, 2010 by wgarnett  
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Breaks and Rest periods should be a concern in the workplace.  Employee breaks will be a problem for the workplace.  Under state law, employees working an eight-hour shift are guaranteed two fifteen-minute paid breaks and a thirty-minute unpaid lunch break. Since the employer’s payroll system would probably deduct thirty minutes for lunch, if a worker skips lunch and keeps working, an employee is working without pay during that time.

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