If you terminate an employee, or if an employee quits, do you know the laws regarding their final pay? These laws, which vary by state, cover: When workers must be paid. This can depend on whether the separation from employment is voluntary or involuntary, final or temporary, and sometimes even the type or work or [...]
The Department of Labor (DOL) assessed Area Wide Protection Inc., dba Roadtek Traffic Solutions LLC, $112,187 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages to 297 employees based in Virginia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. The employees had to report to the office to complete tasks before and after their shifts. Tasks included flagging, [...]
In a word, no. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations state that wages must be paid in cash or its equivalent. Employers may pay bonuses in crypto, but FLSA regulations do not permit base wages to be paid in virtual currency (crypto), such as Bitcoin. Payments for work are considered "wages" for employment tax [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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Belle Meade Country Club in Nashville TN violated the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and had to pay 12 workers $93,750 in back overtime wages and damages. Employees--who provided lessons, merchandise sales, and equipment services to members and guests of the Club--didn't receive the proper overtime pay because commissions were not included [...]
If your business pays hourly workers, are you aware that you need to pay them for the full shift if they show up to work and then their shift hours are cut? This law applies to employers in MA and NH as well as some other states. Read more here.
The Massachusetts COVID-19 Temporary Emergency Paid Sick Leave Program requires employers to make leave time available to employees for certain reasons related to COVID-19. This program is effective from May 28, 2021 to April 1, 2022, or when funding runs out, whichever is first.The Emergency Pay is implemented as a reimbursement program, meaning it does not [...]