Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Company ‘banked’ hours to pay at later date, now owes $104K in OT

Company ‘banked’ hours to pay at later date, now owes $104K in OT Paid workers for additional time at their regular rates Sometimes, if work comes in waves, a company may want to help workers out by allowing them to “bank” extra hours in a workweek, applying them to a future pay period when work [...]

March 21st, 2019|Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)|

New legislation may raise federal minimum wage

New legislation may raise federal minimum wage If the latest bill introduced in Congress is any indication, soon the federal minimum wage could increase for the first time in almost a decade. The proposed bill would raise minimum wage to $15 per hour. Growing trend Under the Raise the Wage Act, the minimum wage would [...]

March 21st, 2019|Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)|

New Massachusetts OT Pay rules

It’s 1.5 times regular pay now, but countdown will soon begin In Massachusetts, retail employers are saying a slow goodbye to overtime pay for Sunday and holiday work. Here’s what you need to know, with the following changes occurring on January 1: 2019 – 1.4 times regular pay 2020 – 1.3 times regular pay 2021 [...]

February 13th, 2019|Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Overtime|

Business was slow – and then FLSA violations quickly added up to $4.2M

  Legal Guidelines for workers who spend time waiting   In most cases, employees must be paid when they’re waiting for work to do during their shifts, according to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).   If they aren’t there can be serious consequences, as one California car wash operator learned.   Vahid Delrahim owned [...]

September 28th, 2018|Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)|

Paid program draws scrutiny: Top drawbacks & what to consider

Eleven Attorneys General address their concerns   The Dept. of Labor (DOL) just announced the launch of its PAID (Payroll Audit Independent Determination) program, which was designed to give companies a reprieve from fines and other penalties when they self-report wage issues.   Although the PAID program’s in its infancy, it’s already facing some significant [...]

June 26th, 2018|Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Timekeeping|

Massachusetts Strengthens Its Equal Pay Act

The Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (MEPA), passed in 1945, was the first state law of its kind. But it hasn’t provided enough detail to be useful to employees or stiff enough penalties to be compelling for employers. The amendments to MEPA, which take effect July 1, 2018, make the law significantly more relevant. Equal Pay [...]

June 14th, 2018|Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)|

How DOL’s new PAID program could help companies resolve wage issues

Self-audit initiative would limit liability if violations found   Sometimes, self-audits of a company’s payroll process may uncover surprising issues with paying workers correctly.   The Dept. of Labor (DOL) is throwing a lifeline to employers who discover wage problems with its newest initiative, the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program.   Specific requirements   [...]

May 31st, 2018|Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Recordkeeping|

Employer must install new timekeeping system after FLSA claims

    Business will also pay 118K in wages, damages to 21 workers   As long as employees’ pay and time records are complete and accurate, employers can pick and use their own timekeeping methods.   But some employers are learning that if they fail to keep accurate records, the Dept. of Labor (DOL) may [...]

March 1st, 2018|Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Timekeeping|

FLSA penalties increasing, what you need to know

  As if there weren’t already enough reasons to make sure workers are paid accurately, here’s another: Penalties are rising for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)   Repeated or willful violations of FLSA will now cost companies $1964, compared to $1,925 in 2017.   Important details   The new penalty amount applies [...]

March 1st, 2018|Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)|

Hiring man at different pay rate than woman sparks suit, costs $30K

Feds said employer violated equal pay act   It can pay to double-check employees’ salaries to make sure men and women who do, in large part, the same jobs are paid equally.   After all, if you’re not regularly looking at existing employee’s salaries, it can be easy to pay someone a salary that violates [...]

September 29th, 2017|Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), New hire|