Minimum Wage Increases for 2021

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Nearly half of all states in the U.S. have announced new minimum wage rates for 2021, most with an effective date of January 1, 2021. While the federal minimum wage is still $7.25 What should employers do about the new 2021 minimum wage rates?

Features to Help Support Wage and Hour Compliance Efforts When Adding Flex Work Options

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Are flex work options the key to employee happiness, engagement, and even greater productivity? They can create new ways for employees to engage with the workplace. However, adding flexible work options isn’t as simple as announcing at the next company meeting that you’re switching to a four-day workweek. There may also a be wage and hour compliance concerns to keep in mind. Read the Report. Contact us today to learn more.

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The most fun you can have in a week with wage and hour compliance!!!

The Employer Handbook

ImperfectTommy / Edmond Meinfelder [ CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons What’s better than a three-part series on wage-and-hour compliance? Ok, here’s the thing. For the rest of you stuck in the office this week, well, I’m saving my good material for next week. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division Opinion Letters, which the DOL released yesterday. Here is the proof. Just play the vinyl backward.

How the Cloud Can Help You Stay Compliant with Wage & Hour Laws

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For many professionals, the phrase “cloud-based computing” has become synonymous with business-as-usual, and the promises that come with the cloud, such as rapid deployment, faster services, and greater connectivity, are baked into many modern work environments. However, less than a decade ago, the concept of the cloud was still new and fairly novel for many businesses and organizations. This is because compliance is everywhere. Download the Report.

Timekeeping Integration - The Key to Compliance

Speaker: Cynthia Hoyt, Regional Sales Director, Southland Data Processing

You hear about them almost every day. Another ruling on a wage and hour class action law suit. As an HR Professional, how can you know it all, and how can you help ensure that your company is in compliance? Today, more than ever, accurate timekeeping is the key to compliance. Tracking employees' time on paper just isn't cutting it, and you could be left holding a timebomb. ready to explode at any minute.

Unforgettable Lessons Learned from Wage and Hour Lawsuits

FingerCheck

2015 was another historic year for federal wage and hour lawsuits, and it’s predicted that 2016 will be no different. According to law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP “New federal labor regulations, the fight for a minimum wage hikes and an intense focus on independent contractor classification and joint employer status create a perfect storm for new lawsuits.” . It’s safe to say that the suing workers were well compensated from the settlement. .

Bed, Bath & Beyond Learns Wage and Hour Compliance Is No Bed of Roses

HR Daily Advisor

Exempt vs. nonexempt is a question that continues to trip up even the most sophisticated employers. Recently, Bed, Bath & Beyond was sued in Illinois federal court by assistant store managers who claim the company incorrectly classified them as exempt and improperly denied them overtime pay. With overtime claims on the rise, employers can’t afford to hide under the covers when it comes to understanding the rules of employee classification.

4 key steps to maintaining HR compliance

HRExecutive

These days, managing HR compliance is like a game of Whac-A-Mole. Furthermore, the perils of noncompliance are fierce: fines, penalties, potential class-action lawsuits—not to mention the hit to your company’s reputation. See also: Compliance issues continue to concern employers.

Wage and Hour lessons- Damn this stuff gets complicated!

OmegaHR Solutions

The important factors in wage and hour lawsuits are time and money. Finding the right balance is a matter of knowing the rules. Rather than subjecting you to my writing today I am going to expose you to the writing of four excellent attorneys who also write great blog posts. The common theme to these four posts is wage and hour issues. This is important with the new exempt regulations looming on the near horizon.

Massachusetts wage and hour laws you need to know

Genesis HR Solutions

As an employer in the Commonwealth, you need to understand the complexities specific to Massachusetts salary laws, hiring, and employing workers. In this article, we’ll discuss Massachusetts wage and hour laws, all of which are referenced in the Wage and Hour section of the Mass.gov website. Massachusetts Wage And Hour Laws: 2020 & Beyond. Minimum Wage. per hour. The minimum wage will increase $0.75

LA Restaurant Fined Over Half a Million Dollars for Wage Theft; Workers Paid $4 per Hour

HRWatchdog

Wage theft refers to infractions of the California Labor Code involving the payment of wages to worker. A Los Angeles restaurant has been ordered to pay $519,706 for wage theft violations uncovered by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office. Twenty-five servers at the restaurant were paid far below the minimum wage (as little as $4 per hour), were not paid overtime or rest breaks and were required to work off the clock.

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9th Circuit Adopts Workweek as Proper Measure for Minimum Wage Compliance

HR Daily Advisor

Following the lead of several other courts of appeals and the long-held position of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington—recently concluded that minimum wage compliance under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is determined by dividing the total weekly earnings by the total hours worked that week.

How to Avoid Wage and Hour Violations

Paycor

Compliance Isn’t a Given. Maintaining compliance with hundreds of rules and regulations at the federal, state and local levels is tough. But making sure your minimum wage and overtime pay follows federal and state wage and hour laws is important. Most workers in the United States who are paid hourly are entitled to be paid the federal minimum wage of $7.25 The U.S. to pay $158,230 in back wages to 126 employees.

State Minimum Wage Increases for 2019 (Map)

HR Daily Advisor

Minimum wage increases will affect numerous states across the country in January 2019. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, but the FLSA does not supersede any state or local laws that are more favorable to employees. The minimum wage for federal contractors in 2019 is $10.60 per hour. State Minimum Wage Changes Effective December 31, 2018. per hour.

Compliance Update: DOL Announces Required 2016 Minimum Wage Rates

Berkshire Associates

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced the 2016 minimum wage requirements for contractors covered by Executive Order (EO) 13658. This EO is enforced by DOL’s Wage and Hour Division. Compensation Compliance HR Training

Understanding Minimum Wage (Updated for 2020)

Zenefits

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.

Staying Ahead of State Compliance Changes

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We can’t blame you if navigating through the complicated patchwork of state employment laws at times feels like white water rafting through the roaring rapids. What makes managing state compliance so difficult? Having the right partner is integral to making this happen.

4 HR compliance considerations for remote employees

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The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated many workplace trends that had been in motion for years, including the growing use of cloud-based tools, like videoconferencing, to connect employees regardless of location. Global Workplace Analytics estimated that over half the U.S.

Wage retaliation is a big “NO-NO”

OmegaHR Solutions

Wage theft is a crime as is retaliation for someone reporting it. I received just such a comment on a blog post the other day. The employee complained that their check was not correct. The unhappy boss then did not schedule the employee for a full week. That was an apparent act of retaliation for the employee’s complaint. Unfortunately the employee did not know what to do about it. Even if not covered by the FLSA. The remedy.

Can I Focus on Compliance and Still Be a Good Employer? [Podcast]

UpstartHR

HR compliance is a necessary evil in the workplace. Rarely do employers make it to the top of the “best employers” lists by handling FMLA or DOL regulations well. In today’s podcast discussion , I get the answers to these questions and others by interviewing Mike Haberman, one of the HR industry’s best resources for staying on top of compliance and labor requirements. General Legal Compliance We're Only Human

How to keep track of payroll hours with an Excel Spreadsheet

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The spreadsheet eliminates the hassle of trying to read or interpret employee time-punch data. Not only are clock-in and clock-out times available and easy to read, but break times and total shift hours are also easy to read. Prepare the spreadsheet for use.

Managing HR Compliance in the Age of Technology

Get Hppy

Compliance may not be the rock star of HR tasks, but it is the one that is necessary to keep the band together. Without compliance, businesses are at risk of fines, lawsuits, bankruptcy, and closure. Research by Forrester concluded that businesses who do not effectively manage risk or implement compliance policies are at risk of losing billions of dollars. For many companies, technology has changed the ways in which they manage HR compliance.

Minimum Wage Increases for 2017

Berkshire Associates

Pay equality and “living wages” continue to be an important issue in the United States. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) the federal minimum wage has remained the same since 2009 at $7.25 per hour. Although federal rates have yet to increase, many states have started raising minimum wage rates on their own. If a state has a minimum wage higher than the federal rate, employers are obligated to pay the higher state rate.

Compliance Conundrum: 6 HR Compliance Concerns to Consider

HR Topics

There is so much to get done in a day – who really has time to keep up with all the HR compliance concerns? Employees can file a complaint with government agencies online in a few clicks. There is even a free app from the Department of Labor that helps employees determine if they are being paid properly and where to file a complaint if not. Top 6 HR Compliance Concerns That Lead to Litigation. Some compliance issues lead to lawsuits more often than others.

Compliance Issues, #MeToo Movement Impact Employers

HRWatchdog

Do you have the same compliance concerns as the employers in this survey? Over the past year, employers’ compliance challenges increased significantly thanks to both an uptick in federal employment law enforcement, and the growing “patchwork” of state and local requirements, according to the 2019 Littler Annual Employer Survey. The survey, released May 8, found that employers’ primary concern is the U.S.

Working interviews: How hiring trend can cause compliance issues

HR Morning

News flash: The feds don’t like it when you bring in “applicants” for a “working interview” – and then refuse to pay them for the work they perform. The lesson is going to cost a Nashville dental practice $50,000 after a settlement in federal district court. The practice will pay $50k in back wages and liquidated damages to 10 employees for FLSA minimum wage, overtime and recordkeeping violations. The cardinal rule.

Changing Employees from Salaried to Hourly

FingerCheck

Due to the updated overtime law , salaried workers earning under $47,476 will be entitled to overtime come December 1st. By definition, salaried workers are salaried because they perform certain job duties, typically managerial, and are compensated solely based on the job they perform, not the hours they work. Now that the overtime pay threshold has been updated from $23,360 to $47,476, 4.2 Here are the time tracking must’s for hourly employees: .

Protect Your Restaurant from Wage and Hour Violations

Paycor

The hospitality industry (particularly restaurants) faces more wage and hour violations than any other industry. In fact, throughout 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) received over 7,000 wage and hour claims from the hospitality industry, recovering more than $483 million in back wages for employees for issues like off-the-clock work, failure to pay overtime wages and misclassifying employees.

How a Payroll Provider Can Help You Maintain Compliance

Hireology

Keeping up with constantly changing state and federal compliance regulations can be a never-ending cycle, and employers can face steep fines or lawsuits for common human error mistakes. But automating your HR processes enables you to stay compliant and save time that would have otherwise been spent manually tracking each compliance update. Below, we’ve outlined several compliance regulations the right payroll provider can help you track. Payroll & Tax Compliance.

Resolution of Wage Violations Not Necessarily Ensured Under DOL’s PAID Pilot Program

HR Daily Advisor

A new pilot program announced by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in early March provides employers with renewed hope that the agency is changing its approach from strict regulatory enforcement to encouraging voluntary compliance and minimizing litigation. Employers, however, should proceed with caution before voluntarily disclosing possible violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Is immunity on the table in that situation?

4 tricky areas of employer compliance

Genesis HR Solutions

If you’re conducting business in multiple work states, you can count on the fact that you’ll have to deal with more challenges than a single-state employer. This is especially important when it comes to compliance—you need to be sure you are following the employment laws at both the federal and state level for every state you have employees in. (To Minimum Wage. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the current federal minimum wage is $7.25

California Wage Theft Case Leads to Landmark Criminal Conviction

HRWatchdog

The California Labor Commissioner’s office has announced that a San Diego restaurant wage theft investigation resulted in the restaurant owner’s conviction and two years of jail time for grand theft and labor violations. It is the first criminal jury trial conviction in California for felony grand wage theft by false pretenses. In addition, the owner must repay $20,000 in wages and tips. Learn more about what HRCalifornia can do for you.

The Seven Biggest HCM Compliance Issues of 2017

Ceridian

As we wrap up 2017, it is time to reflect on the year’s major compliance issues in the human capital management world. Below is a summary of the important compliance issues along with highlights of where changes took place over the course of the year. Employee fair scheduling is one of the hottest topics that is sure to continue into 2018. In addition, Oregon was the first U.S. Later in November, the U.S.

Federal Minimum Wage Under Executive Order 13658 Set To Increase

Berkshire Associates

Executive Order 13658 requires that employers with certain federal construction and service contracts pay employees performing “work on or associated with the contracts” at least the Federal Minimum Wage for Contractors. Effective January 1, 2017, the minimum wage for employees working on federal contracts increases from $10.10 per hour to $10.20 per hour. Compensation Compliance HR Training

#SHRM19 Interview with Robert Boonin, Esq., Wage and Hour Geek & Guru

SHRM

If you are headed to the 2019 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition (#SHRM19), plan ahead. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Robert Boonin, Esq. to learn more about his session, “ Wage and Hour Compliance: A DOL Update and Ways to Avoid Overtime Liability Landmines ,” to be presented on Monday, June 24 at 4:15 p.m. 1) Prepare for the new salary level!

#SHRM19 Interview with Robert Boonin, Esq., Wage and Hour Geek & Guru

The SHRM Blog

If you are headed to the 2019 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition (#SHRM19), plan ahead. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Robert Boonin, Esq. to learn more about his session, “ Wage and Hour Compliance: A DOL Update and Ways to Avoid Overtime Liability Landmines ,” to be presented on Monday, June 24 at 4:15 p.m. 1) Prepare for the new salary level!

Business owner beware: FLSA compliance and personal liability

Insperity

The nuances between what legally constitutes a person and an employer aren’t always clear-cut when it comes to FLSA compliance. In fact, when considering lawsuits about back wages, the federal government has the authority to deem a business owner an “employer” if certain criteria are present under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA sets basic standards for minimum wage and overtime pay. Legal compliance