Monthly Archives: May 2022

Penalties for FLSA violations increase in 2022

The cost of everything seems to be going up--and that includes fines for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Department of Labor announced its latest penalty amounts in the Federal Register on January 14, 2022. Here's what has changed for 2022 as it pertains to the FLSA and some other laws administered [...]

Must employees be paid while they wait for slow computers?

Technological setbacks can try anyone's patience--whether it's waiting for your computer to boot up, software to load, or upgrades to finish. Recently, questions about whether nonexempt employees must be paid for this type of waiting time have reached the courts. Here are the details from two cases: In Peterson v. Nelnet Diversified Solutions, LLC, the [...]

May 20th, 2022|compensation, Timekeeping|

Sign-on bonuses may need to be included in OT calculations

Home health company owed $25K after DOL investigation Getting employees in the door with sign-on bonuses can help a company through a hiring crunch, but a new employee's bonus may need to be included in the regular rate of pay for overtime purposes. In fact, the Department of Labor (DOL) has been checking for compliance [...]

May 12th, 2022|compensation, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Overtime|

Employee’s last day: how much pay should be included in final check?

Termination pay is riddled with potential problems, as a recent federal district court case shows. In Garcia v. Wal-Mart, an employee clocked in for work and a few minutes later was called into a meeting with his supervisor, where he learned of his termination. He then left the premises, and his co-worker clocked him out [...]

May 6th, 2022|compensation, Timekeeping|