Grocery store fails to pay workers correctly for OT

Employer: Supermercado Lomabonita, St. Paul MN Business: Grocery store Law broken: Overtime provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act Type of violation: The employer didn't combine hours employees worked at multiple store sites during the week, meaning they weren't paid overtime for hours worked over 40. In addition, some workers were incorrectly classified as exempt [...]

July 16th, 2021|compensation, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Overtime|

Restaurant docked exempt workers’ pay, lands in hot water: Here’s why

Restaurant docked exempt workers’ pay, lands in hot water: Here’s why Franchise paid nearly $80K in back wages and damages Payroll pros must proceed with caution when handling deductions from workers’ pay, especially if they’re classified as exempt. If deductions aren’t handled properly, employers may end up on the hook for thousands in back wages [...]

August 22nd, 2019|Overtime|

Thrift store chain didn’t pay workers for short breaks & OT owed $114K

Thrift store chain didn’t pay workers for short breaks & OT owed $114K When brief rest periods are considered compensable. It’s important to pay employees correctly for all hours that count as time worked, including compensable break time. After a Dept. of Labor (DOL) investigation, one branch of a national thrift store chain came under [...]

July 24th, 2019|Overtime, Recordkeeping|

DOL releases new overtime threshold:

DOL releases new overtime threshold: Key info for payroll Ready to jump from $23,660 to 35,305 per year? Finally! After several delays, the Dept. of Labor (DOL) has announced a proposed OT threshold. In a new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the DOL set an updated standard salary level to determine who must be paid overtime. [...]

April 24th, 2019|Overtime|

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|

Supreme Court ruling adds new angle to OT Pay: Here’s help

Interpretation of FLSA in employers’ favor   It’ll now be a little easier to figure out whether certain employees are exempt from OT, thanks to a recent Supreme Court decision that changes the way companies can interpret the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA).   More good news: the decision will likely give employers better footing [...]

May 31st, 2018|Overtime|

Court strikes down OT rule: Key takeaways for Payroll

DOL’s $47,476 salary threshold too high   The 2016 overtime rule has been stopped in its tracks by a federal judge. That means Payroll no longer has to worry about a sudden, sharp increase in the number of employees needing to be paid time-and-a-half.   If you already had this number memorized -- $47,476 – [...]

September 29th, 2017|Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Overtime, Timekeeping|

Improper rounding comes back to cost employer $296,836

  Be prepared to show the overall impact isn’t a negative one   There’s a common, and understandable, line of thinking that rounding nonexempt employees’ hours to a set time works because their hours will even out over time.   But this practice has come under scrutiny, warned Tammy McCutchen, attorney and former administrator of [...]

September 14th, 2017|Overtime, Recordkeeping, Timekeeping|

The latest on DOL’s stalled overtime rule revisions

  The hits keep coming for the Dept. of Labor’s (DOL) overtime rule changes – and that means it’ll stay business as usual in Payroll, at least for few more months.   The Dept. Of Justice has requested to have until May 1, 2017, to both review an appeal of the rule change and give [...]

April 13th, 2017|Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Overtime, Timekeeping|

What the OT regs will include, when they’re now expected

The pressure's on for final rule from the DOL Be on the lookout:  The revised overtime regs may be finalized by May 16, 2016.  Otherwise, they risk being overturned in 2017 when there's a new President and new Congress, the Congressional Research Service said in a recent reports. Agency rules issued toward the end of [...]

October 20th, 2016|Overtime|