Category Archives: Minimum Wage

Nov 29, 2016  |   By Amy Thomson →

The New FLSA Salary Threshold for Exempt Employees On Hold for Now: What Should Employers Do?

In case you hadn’t heard, on November 22, 2016, a federal judge prohibited the U.S. Department of Labor’s new regulation from taking effect on December 1, 2016.  The regulations would have, but for the Court’s injunction, increased the salary threshold for exempt employees from $455 per week to $913 per week. The injunction applies in all fifty states and is in place until further notice.      Continue reading

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Aug 22, 2016  |   By Manori de Silva →

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN U.S. AND EUROPEAN LABOR LAWS: Part 1 Minimum Wage

If you are an American seeking to do business in Europe, or vice versa, it is useful to have an overview of the cultural and legal differences between the two continents to understand how these impact the respective work cultures.  As each state in the U.S. and each country in Europe has its own quirks, it would be impossible to cover all variables.  This series     Continue reading

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Nov 24, 2015  |   By Elizabeth Sigler →

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Oct 26, 2015  |   By Todd Stanton →

Update: New Rules on Unpaid Interns

The work is piling up and you could really use an extra pair of hands around the office. But you’re managing labor costs. Even though the economy has improved, it’s a competitive world out there. We’re all doing more with less. An unpaid intern seems to be the answer. Talk about the best of all worlds:  your company benefits from an eager student ready to     Continue reading

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Mar 17, 2014  |   By Elizabeth Sigler →

President Obama Targets “White Collar” Exemptions in Bid to Expand Overtime and Minimum Wage

Last Thursday, President Obama announced his directive to the Department of Labor to begin the process of revising federal regulations to expand the number of Americans eligible for overtime under Fair Labor Standards Act. He specifically targeted the “white collar” exemptions from overtime, including the administrative, executive, and professional exemptions. Currently, employers paying certain employees performing certain types of duties a weekly salary of $455     Continue reading

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Nov 4, 2013  |   By Elizabeth Sigler →

Automatic Gratuities: New IRS Guidance Goes Into Effect January 2014

Beginning January 2014, the IRS will begin enforcing guidance it published in a June 2012 ruling classifying automatic gratuities on restaurant checks as service charges and not tips. Many restaurants include automatic gratuities on checks for large parties or in the event of special promotions or discounts (Groupon or Scoutmob deals, for example) to ensure that servers get fair tips. Because automatic gratuities remove the     Continue reading

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Jul 9, 2012  |   By Todd Stanton →

When is Travel Time Compensable?

A recent call from one of my favorite clients prompted this post.  His question: I have non-exempt employees who travel internationally for business.  They sit on the plane for a long time going to and from assignments.  Do I have to pay them to watch in-flight movies? My answer: It depends.  And the factors on which it depends are really dumb. As you are aware,     Continue reading

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Feb 26, 2012  |   By Todd Stanton →

Overview of the Fair Labor Standards Act

The most common problem I’ve encountered since opening up my practice is employers who are not compensating their employees correctly.  Unfortunately for these employers, wage and hour cases are big business for plaintiffs’ attorneys, and the Department of Labor loves making examples out of unsuspecting employers who are, in many cases, simply uninformed about the intricacies of compensation law.  Even a single FLSA violation (even     Continue reading

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