Tips on Hiring Teens for Summer Employment

| posted in Blog, Newsletter

You may be considering taking on some extra workers for the summer months, and often many employers will gravitate towards hiring teenagers looking for temporary work. If you are planning on hiring any workers under the age of 18, you should familiarize yourself with federal and any state laws on child labor restrictions. The Fair Labor Standards Act contains rules for employing minors, including that they are entitled to the prevailing minimum wage and overtime. But it also includes provisions for when minors can work and what kind of work they can do. The FLSA’s child labor restrictions are heavily…
Read More

Countdown to New Overtime Exemption Rules

| posted in Blog

If you have not yet done so, now is the time to start preparing all of your accounting and payroll systems for the onset of the Department of Labor’s new overtime exemption rules. The final regulation changes the salary level that must be met before an employee can be exempt from overtime if they satisfy the “duty requirement,” meaning they have to be engaged in certain “white collar” jobs, like management. The White House estimates that some 4 million workers who are currently considered “exempt” from overtime pay of time and a half for working more than 40 hours in…
Read More

FMLA, FLSA Lawsuits Surge, Exposing Employers to Large Awards

| posted in Uncategorized

The number of employee lawsuits against employers for Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and wage and hour violations has skyrocketed in the last five years and your firm could be the next target even for a small misstep, which can be costly. The Department of Labor has increased its budget and the number of investigators pursuing employers who violate the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which covers wage and hour complaints, including exempt and non-exempt employee violations, overtime violations and similar issues. Employment law attorneys say that the surge in FMLA complaints is a result of more people knowing about…
Read More

Independent Contractor Classification Clarified amid Crackdown

| posted in Blog, Newsletter

On July 15, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued an administrator’s interpretation regarding the application of the Fair Labor Standards Act with respect to the misclassification of workers as independent contractors. The new interpretation is required reading for any business that uses independent contractors to any degree – often or seldom. It’s also important as the government continues to crack down on companies that misclassify their employees as independent contractors, most recently evidenced by the decision that Uber drivers are employees, and not independent contractors. The interpretation came after a ruling by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office that a…
Read More