Minimum Wage Requirements 101

HR Daily Advisor

Does your organization pay minimum wage for any roles? What about roles that are paid above minimum wage, but still close to it? Did you know this may not be enough to be legal if you’re taking certain deductions off that pay? Let’s take a closer look at some minimum wage basics.

Don’t let this be the year that your business faces a big wage and hour lawsuit

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” Send Off. SS has highlighted 5 key trends, which I’ve summarized below and, at times, liberally copied: Increasing class-action scrutiny from the U.S. Courts issued more favorable class certification rulings in 2015 than in past years. The U.S. Wage and Hou

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Understanding Minimum Wage (Updated for 2020)


Federal minimum wage laws have been in effect for more than 90 years, but many small and midsize businesses (SMBs) don’t fully understand what the law encompasses. What is the federal minimum wage? Today, the federal minimum wage is set at $7.25 per hour.

Misclassification Alone Is Insufficient for Class Treatment

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Wage and hour class actions continue to be large thorns in the sides of many employers, and this recent decision serves as a good reminder of how critical it is for you to review your overtime policies, job descriptions, and exemption classifications.

What you can and can’t do when employees discuss wages


Can your employees discuss their salaries or wages with their co-workers? In fact, having a policy against it could get you in hot water with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) because such policies generally violate federal labor law. The National Labor Relations Act protects employees’ rights to discuss conditions of employment, such as safety and pay even if you’re a non-union employer. For example, the NLRB issued a complaint against a diaper supply company in St.

Five Employment law highlights from around the country

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The $15 an hour minimum wage trend picks up some steam as Los Angeles votes to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in increments until it tops $15 in 2020. Emeryville, in the Bay Area also has passed a similar measure.

Cultivating a Business Culture that Encourages Lifelong Learning


What if lifelong learning promised steady increases in the quality-of-life for your family, better earning power, increased recognition, guaranteed career advancement and greater job satisfaction? Ongoing learning, personal development, and training offer all of these benefits and more. In business, lifelong learning protects workers from downsizing, layoffs, mergers, technology upgrades and greater collaboration practices. The same is true in other areas.

10 Tips for Hiring Minors This Summer

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It’s that time again, when employers are considering hiring minors for the summer—in camps, restaurants, resorts, swimming pools, and anywhere else business picks up in the warm weather months. And the question arises—do we have to pay our interns? But, the U.S.

Employee or Independent Contractor? Right to Control Is Key

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit (which covers Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania) recently concluded that the right to control, rather than actual control, is the key factor in differentiating employees from independent contractors under a state wage and hour law.

Another appellate court dropkicks the DOL’s unpaid-internship test

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You probably didn’t come here to read about Law360 naming me one of the 20 attorneys who are killing it on Twitter. Let’s keep it here at the award-winning The Employer Handbook , and talk about internships. The court further recognized a possible hybrid arrangement.

Apprenticeships Help Close Skills Gap, Offer Expanded Training Opportunities

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Forward-thinking companies like The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) are always on the lookout for innovative training opportunities that can help close the skills gap. This spring, the U.S. program as having met the national standards of apprenticeship.

Is anyone still using unpaid interns?

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I’ve cautioning about the use of unpaid interns almost as long as this blog as been a blog ( here , here , and here , for example). Last week, the 11th Circuit, in Schumann v. Collier Anesthesia [pdf] , became the third federal appellate court to cast aside the DOL’s six-factor internship analysis for a stricter “primary beneficiary” test (joining the 6th Circuit and 2nd Circuit ). wage and hour

2nd Circuit becomes 2nd court to toss DOL internship test

Ohio Employer's Law

Four years ago, the 6th Circuit, in Solis v. Laurelbook Sanitarium and School , rejected the Department of Labor’s six-factored test for determining whether an “intern” is an employee entitled to wages. In its place, the court adopted a “primary benefit” test. At the time, the case did not garner that much attention. For this reason, internships are widely supported by educators and by employers looking to hire well‐trained recent graduates.

Train for Compliance—More Manager Actions that Can Risk Lawsuits

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In yesterday’s Advisor , we reviewed the first 17 of our list of 27 management actions that can increase your company’s risk of being sued; today, we present the final 10 manager/supervisor actions that you must be training against. Learn More.

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Can Save Your Business Money

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In the book “The Cobler of Preston,” Christopher Bullock wrote the famous line, “’Tis impossible to be sure of anything but death and taxes.” That’s why I wanted to share some information about a tax credit opportunity I learned about.

Steps to Take Toward a (Smart) Smartphone Policy

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In yesterday’s Advisor , we discussed the wage and hour compliance dangers of employee cell phone use; today, help with crafting intelligent cell phone policies. If employees are checking e-mails for 2 or 3 minutes, or taking a quick call (Where’s the ABC file?),

Learning Opportunity: FREE #HR and #Payroll eSymposium

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Check out the latest research from The Workforce Institute at Kronos how employees across the globe view their relationship with work. Part one, “ The Case for a 4-Day Workweek? Now, I couldn’t list the entire agenda. Can’t Make the Live eSymposium?

Does Managing the HR Function in California Require an SPHR?

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Ergo, this morning I started to do a little bit of research examining the differences between HR in California and HR everywhere else, assuming I’d find significant but not mind-blowing variations. of the California labor code here. 25% of the amount unlawfully withheld.

7 Tips for Hiring Minors to Fill Summer Jobs


If you were to ask a panel of teenagers what their favorite aspect of summer is, the most popular answer would most likely be that they finally have more time to go out and get a job … right? . Pay close attention to the time restrictions placed on minors. Between the hours of 7 a.m.

Managing HR Compliance in the Age of Technology

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Compliance may not be the rock star of HR tasks, but it is the one that is necessary to keep the band together. For many companies, technology has changed the ways in which they manage HR compliance. This leaves the information open to attack from hackers. Training.

DOL Issues New Information on its PAID Self-Audit and Self-Reporting Program


Last month, we reported on the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division’s (“WHD”) newly created Payroll Audit Independent Determination (“PAID”) Program, through which employers can proactively seek to resolve potential and actual violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).

Employment Laws Every Alabama Business Owner Should Know


It’s important to stay up to date on all of the employment laws in your state so that you can maintain compliance in your business. Vacation Days: No statute, but if an employer chooses to provide vacation leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or contract. .

Beyond PPA, FFA and CARES: $1 Billion in Tax Credits That Have Always Been There!

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We have all been hearing about the Paycheck Protection Act, Family First Act and CARES – but have you ever heard of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit? Congress extended the credit in December 2019 for another year, and no one is looking into it. Click here to learn more !

Georgia Employment Laws Every Business Owner Should Know


It’s important to stay up to date on all of the employment laws in your state so that you can maintain compliance in your business. Medical Leave: No statute, but employers may be required to provide unpaid sick leave in accordance with the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. .

DOL Issues Final Rule on PSL for Federal Contractors


On September 29, 2016, the U.S. As previously reported , President Obama signed Executive Order 13706 in early September mandating employees of federal contractors and subcontractors receive up to 56 hours of paid sick leave per year. Time Off federal contractors paid sick leave

Responsibilities of the DOL

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Established in 1913, the Department of Labor (DOL) has legal responsibility over matters related to employment. In practical terms, this means the DOL is responsible to enforce around 180 laws that relate to working conditions and terms of employment in the United States.

DOL Issues New Information on its PAID Self-Audit and Self-Reporting Program


Last month, we reported on the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division’s (“WHD”) newly created Payroll Audit Independent Determination (“PAID”) Program, through which employers can proactively seek to resolve potential and actual violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The WHD recently issued additional information on the program. Eligibility to Participate in the PAID Program. Payment of Back Wages.

Neglecting the Nanny Tax Won’t Help the Medicine Go Down

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You may follow all the rules when it comes to running payroll for your small business employees, but what about your household workers? And as an employer, you are required to pay household employment taxes, otherwise known as the nanny tax. What is the nanny tax?

Plan for COVID-19 Workplace Response

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has now classified COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, as a worldwide pandemic. While other countries are seeing more fatal impacts than we are in the US, the situation here grows more serious and wide-spread every day.

Employer Strategies for Successfully Hiring Justice Involved Job Candidates

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My gut tells me that many employers are open to the idea of hiring individuals from the justice involved community, but have historically avoided the opportunity for a variety of reasons. Why you should consider hiring the justice involved population. The time is now.

4 Labor and Employment Law Changes to Keep an Eye On In 2015


Right now, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) —also known as health care reform—is probably your number one concern when it comes to complying with new government regulations in 2015. Changes in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). an hour.

What to Know about Short-Time Compensation Programs


The provisions are meant to increase participation in the programs, which are run at the state level and act as an alternative to layoffs for struggling businesses. . What are the pros of STC programs? What are the cons of STC programs? . However, the U.S.

Employee records retention: we have to keep them for how long?


TITLE VII Many states require employers to retain these records for 3 years, although the federal standard is 1 year. Employment Actions: promotions, demotions, transfers, training opportunities, performance appraisals, accommodations, incentives, merit system, seniority system, terminations, etc. Lilly Ledbetter An explanation for paying different wages to employees of the opposite sex should be retained for 2 years.

The Pre-Hiring Checklist


Finding and hiring the right people to help you run and grow your business is one of the most important tasks you take on as a business owner. These are all the things that should be on your to-do list before you ever post a ‘For Wanted’ sign in your window to hire someone . For example, a partnership business structure allows for the share of profits and assets as well as shared liability between all the partners. . Determine Wages .

Automating HR Tasks For Workplace Efficiency

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Automation has become increasingly common in the human resources industry, but has been met with much skepticism. In a survey of HR managers on behalf of Career Builder, 55 percent of them said that they believe that artificial intelligence will become a regular part of HR in the next 5 years.