Monthly Archives: April 2021

DOL releases updated rule for tipped employees

A new final rule from the Department of Labor (DOL) makes it clear how employers should handle their workers' tips. The rule, which amends the Fair Labor Standards Act, specifically states that employers aren't allowed to keep these tips under any circumstances. Managers and supervisors aren't allowed to receive any portion of employees' tips, either. [...]

April 22nd, 2021|Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)|

Don’t surprise employees with payroll deductions

It's important to be cautious when making deductions directly from workers' pay, especially if they're nonexempt and deductions could potentially make their pay fall below the minimum wage. Many states have rules requiring written consent from employees before wage deductions can be made for any reason, even if it's to repay a loan or overpayment. [...]

April 13th, 2021|deductions|

Webinar attendance: When workers should and shouldn’t be paid

Opinion letter from DOL lays out common scenarios During the pandemic, webinars have replaced many in-person training opportunities for employees, and this time may be compensable. The Dept. of Labor (DOL) offered guidance, in a recent opinion letter, on when attending webinars should be considered paid working time. Training guidelines Per the Fair Labor Standards [...]

April 7th, 2021|Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)|

Outrageous Expense Reimbursements

Finance pros have seen their share of odd requests for expense reimbursement from workers. But COVID-19 created a whole new ball game. Employees who spent the bulk of the past year working at home have made several interesting (and expensive) requests for reimbursement. Here are some of the most outrageous requests of 2020, compiled by [...]

April 1st, 2021|business expenses|