Department of Labor, labor regulations

Dunkin’ Do-nots labor practices

Dunkin' Donuts franchises have been cited several times over the years for violations of labor laws. If you run a business that hires hourly shift workers or minors, pay particular attention so that you don't run afoul of these laws yourself. Here's a summary of the violations: Wage theft in 2016: for changing employees' time [...]

“I was scared they would fire me.” Worker says she was scheduled to work 7-hour shift with no break

A worker claims she was scheduled to work a 7-hour shift with no break: The article doesn't mention what state this employee works in so whether the employer broke the law is unclear. While the FLSA does not mandate a work break, state laws often do. New Hampshire and Massachusetts limit the number of [...]

Can you pay employees with cryptocurrency?

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 [...]

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 [...]

Misclassifying workers cost employer $358K

Servant's Quest in Oliver Springs TN, a home health care business, paid $358,675 in back wages to 50 workers. They were found in violation of the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Servant's Quest misclassified caregivers as independent contractors and paid them straight-time rates for hours worked over 40 in a workweek.

Employer relied on opinion letter and lost big in court: avoid its mistake

Actual language in law matters more than its interpretation Opinion letters from agencies like the Dept. of Labor provide employers with helpful guidance. But beware, they aren't the be-all and end-all for wage and hour law. Relying too heavily on opinion letters can be a big mistake, as one employer learned after a recent lawsuit [...]

September 3rd, 2021|Department of Labor, labor regulations|