The Wage and Hour Pitfalls of Smartphones

HR Daily Advisor

Are your nonexempt employees sneaking a peek at work-related e-mail while off the clock? Watch out: There could be tricky wage and hour dangers ahead. Ever suspect your employees’ bosses may be pressuring them to respond to calls and e-mails after the workday ends? Have loyal employees trying to help out after hours and off the clock? Department of Labor investigators don’t stop with the complaining employee. Learn More.

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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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. .

Unforgettable Lessons Learned from Wage and Hour Lawsuits Part II

FingerCheck

In today’s business climate, risk management is more important than ever, as litigation experts forecast that employers will continue to face stark wage and hour compliance risks. In this article (Part II in our series of lessons learned from landmark lawsuits ), we’re recapping some serious wage and hour violations of times past in order to illustrate the dangers of non-compliance: . The plaintiff claims that : .

Minimum Wage Hikes on the Horizon

HRWatchdog

On May 19, 2015, two California cities moved forward with large minimum wage hikes. Los Angeles Minimum Wage May Rise To $15 By 2020. The Los Angeles City Council voted on a plan to incrementally raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020. According to the Los Angeles Times , the plan was approved 14-1. If the plan receives final approval, Los Angeles will become the largest city in the nation to adopt a large minimum wage hike.

Unequal Pay and Unequal Opportunities: New Data On the Gender Wage Gap

Workology

A new study by Payscale adds depth to the gender wage gap discussion. Forget the 78 cents on the dollar statistic; it’s 30 years out of date. They peg the current controlled wage gap at 2.7% and the uncontrolled wage gap at 25.6%. To arrive at the controlled wage gap, Payscale compared wages in identical jobs: HR Manager to HR Manager. They also controlled for education, experience, location, and hours worked.

$15 Minimum Wage Clears Baltimore City Council

HR Daily Advisor

On March 20, the Baltimore City Council voted 11-3 to approve a bill that would raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. If ultimately enacted, the minimum wage would be the highest in Maryland. Under the proposed legislation, the minimum wage for employees working in the city would rise to $15 an hour by 2022. Currently, Maryland’s minimum wage is $8.75 in adopting a $15 minimum wage.

Three Employee Engagement Strategies for Hourly Workers

Bonfyre

An edited version of this article was originally published on TLNT under the title “ 3 Steps to Building Engagement Among Hourly Workers.” ” It’s time to stop taking the hourly employee for granted. Despite the fact that hourly employees are nearly 60% of the US workforce , leaders have a tendency to discount them when formulating their employee engagement strategies. Hourly employees are the executors of the modern organization.

As an employer are you engaging in wage theft?

OmegaHR Solutions

Employers are accused of stealing $50 billion in wages annually. An organization called the Wage Authority Group released a recent report saying that employers are stealing up to $50 billion annually from workers. This dwarfs the $14 billion stolen from people through robberies, burglaries, larcenies, and motor vehicle thefts in the nation. million people with jobs — and pay them $20 an Hour. So what do they consider wage theft?

The Casual Workforce: How To Keep Zero-Hour Workers Coming Back

Get Hppy

Earlier this year it was reported that the rise of zero-hour contracts (or ZHCs) has finally reached its peak in Britain. These casual work agreements absolve both employees and employers from committing to a fixed number of working hours, and have been endlessly torn apart in the press. Also read: How Your Company Can Leverage the Gig Economy. Either way, the volatile economy and increased demand for flexibility at work and home means that the 1.7

Farmworkers average 15 overtime hours per week, study shows

Tsheets

In a recent industry overtime study published by TSheets by QuickBooks, we learned that many workers around the country are putting in long days. In the last year, 28% of events managers recorded an average of 52.7 hours per week, while 33% of developers and IT professionals recorded 47.4 hours on the clock each week. As a time tracking company, TSheets is in a unique position to track and study employee hours. In the last year: .

New Data Shows Educators Work 11 Hours Overtime per Week

Tsheets

This Teacher Appreciation Day, the proof is in the timesheets. According to the Pew Research Center , US primary school children spend an average of 943 hours in the classroom each year, while secondary school children receive another 1,016 hours of instructional time. All told, by the time they graduate high school, a child will have spent around 11,700 hours of their life — over 12,000 if they attended kindergarten — learning from various teachers.

Higher Wages, Value Creation and Work Design

Compensation Cafe

The path to value creation, according to a noted private equity executive in a recent Harvard Business Review article , is through return on invested capital (ROIC). Indeed, the best way to create real value in a business -- he says -- is by making smart investment decisions. First of all the obvious one: that the biggest category of investment for most organizations is employee compensation. The redesigned jobs will pay more -- significantly so in some cases.

“Five things we need to do to close the gender wage gap”, with Jessica Wooke of RobustWealth

Thrive Global

More conversations need to take place at the executive level. As part of my series about “the five things we need to do to close the gender wage gap” I had the pleasure of interviewing Jessica Wooke, Chief Experience Officer at RobustWealth.

Meeting Healthcare Needs with Advanced Scheduling

nettime solutions

Healthcare in the U.S. has been a hot topic for some time with congressional showdowns, insecurity around costs, and the steps that providers and organizations take to meet the rising tide of need. As a whole, the healthcare industry is growing. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), healthcare occupations are expected to continue to have the fastest employment growth among all industries through 2024. Read the White Paper.

“5 Things We Need To Do To Close The Gender Wage Gap”, with Megan McCann, CEO of McCann Partners

Thrive Global

Studies show that women are less likely to apply for a position if they don’t feel like they qualify or haven’t completed all the requirements. I had the pleasure of interviewing Megan McCann. Megan is the CEO of leading IT recruitment firm McCann Partners , which she founded in 2011.

“5 Things We Need To Do To Close The Gender Wage Gap”, with Lyn Johnson of West Tenth

Thrive Global

While the wage gap is certainly something we need to be concerned about, the larger issue we need to address is the wealth gap. Women are accumulating financial resources at 1/3rd the rate that men are. Wealth is the number to watch.

Cultivating a Business Culture that Encourages Lifelong Learning

EmployeeConnect

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.

M&A Friday! This Week’s HR Deals and Trending #HotInHR News

Advos

Our weekly recap of fundings, mergers & acquisition, partnership and other interesting news from the human resource, recruitment and employee benefits marketplace. Ultimate Software Going Private in $11 Billion PE Deal: Announces Agreement to be Acquired by an Investor Group. Talent Development Pioneer Acquires Online College to Close Middle-Skill Gaps. Training Firm Besomebody Acquires Artificial Intelligence Startup Pixelbug. The New York Times).

Trading Restaurant Tips For Better Engagement

TLNT: The Business of HR

Approximately 10 million Americans work in the restaurant industry, and it is one of the few industries where wages can legally be below the federal minimum wage of $7.25/hr. Department of Labor figures shows 19 states still pay restaurant workers the bare “federal tipped minimum wage” of $2.13/hr, with only 7 states requiring a wage above the federal minimum. The remaining 24 states fall in the middle of that spectrum.

Plan for COVID-19 Workplace Response

Affinity HR Group

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. With COVID-19 impacting people and businesses across the country and around the world, many companies are trying to figure out their options of how best to balance business needs with employee health.

Lawsuit highlights the risk of unpaid training time

Ohio Employer's Law

Employment Law 360 reports that Hawaiian Airlines has been sued by a group of employees claiming that their mandatory unpaid 10-day customer service training course violated the Fair Labor Standards Act. According to court papers, trainees learned things like federal regulatory requirements and how to use a standard airline software system. … For its part, the airline argues that the lead plaintiff “was well aware the course was unpaid before she started”.

San Francisco Paid Parental Leave Ordinance Applies to a New Group of Employers

Zenefits

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides eligible employees with 12 weeks of job-protected leave, but federal law does not require this leave to be paid–effectively leaving the decision in the hands of covered employers. In the absence of paid family or sick leave provisions in federal law, a growing number of states, including California, New York , Washington, and Arizona have begun to fill the gap.

Retail Worker Scheduling

nettime solutions

One essential part of a retail manager’s job is creating the employee schedule. You have to know what the store needs, have a sense of sales trends, and be able to anticipate shopping spikes, all while making sure to keep the wishes of your employees in mind. It depends on who you ask, and what tools the manager is using. The last question is perhaps the most interesting. What happens when the store is short-staffed?

New Overtime Rules – What You Need To Know!

Affinity HR Group

Many of our clients mistakenly believe it is up to them to decide whether to pay their employees on an hourly (non-exempt) or salaried (exempt) basis. Often, they classify employees, such as CSRs and inside sales professionals, as exempt and salaried when, in fact, the law requires that they be paid hourly and eligible for overtime. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), administered by the U.S. No changes were made to the “duties test”.

Starting a business in another country: Learn from those who did it

Workable

A stark reality for companies operating in today’s economic environment is the need – or opportunity, rather – to establish an international presence in the marketplace. Know the cultural norms. This includes benefits, perks and other potential motivators in the workplace.

Time & Attendance Software for Technology Startups

nettime solutions

However, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which regulates things like wages and overtime, is in effect for covered employers with even just one employee. On the surface, time & attendance seems like an easy-enough thing to manage without help, right? For a startup, it’s possible that a small group of dedicated employees oversee nearly every operational piece of the puzzle. We believe the answer is yes. Read the Report.

Hiring and Retaining Entry Level Employees

Affinity HR Group

If you’ve hired employees and/or lost employees to competitors during the past year, you know the challenges of the current labor market, and hopefully have taken some proactive steps to address those issues. But for those employers attempting to hire – and keep – entry level employees, the challenges are particularly daunting. But some of the current statistics are eye-popping: • The retail industry reported 75% first year turnover in 2017. •

company won’t reveal how much they’ll pay me, early morning client work when I’m several hours behind, and more

Ask a Manager

I’ve have been through the interview process for a job with a small company. In my second interview, I met with the manager for about two minutes because apparently he was double booked for interviews. HR called me the next day and said that the manager was impressed with those two minutes and wanted to send me an offer letter. Four hours later, HR gives me a call saying they want me to start right away. One of those things was the salary.

Prepare Now for Upcoming FLSA Exemption Changes

HR Daily Advisor

As most of us are well aware, there are some upcoming changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that will have an impact on millions of employers nationwide. Namely, the Department of Labor (DOL) is updating the requirements for employees to qualify for the “white collar” overtime exemptions. In short, the proposed changes will update the minimum salary level required for an employee to qualify under any of the white collar exemptions.

Learning Corner With Jeffrey Pfeffer: How to Redesign Jobs to Improve Employee Health & Company Performance

Cornerstone On Demand - Talent Management

In late 2019, the American Institute of Stress pulled together “ 42 Worrying Workplace Stress Statistics ” from a variety of sources, including Gallup, Korn Ferry and the American Psychological Association. Some of the most troubling revelations: 83% of U.S.

The Walmart Effect: Can Raising Salaries Increase Productivity?

Compensation Today

Could higher salaries be the ticket to both? As the New York Times reported , the company’s revenue fell for the first time in its nearly half-century run as a public company in 2015, and sales fell for five straight quarters. Customers simply weren’t happy about long lines, messy bathrooms, and MIA staff — and only 16 percent of stores were meeting customer service goals, the Times story noted. Could higher salaries be the ticket to both?

Gawker intern lawsuit shows the need for social-media savvy in the legal profession

Ohio Employer's Law

Have you recently tried to communicate with someone under the age of 25? I bet that your communicative outreaches are much more likely to gain a response if you choose any of the latter over the former. Thus, it shouldn’t be that surprising that a federal court is permitting a group of former interns (now plaintiffs) to use social media to reach out to potential class members concerning a wage-and-hour lawsuit against online blog network Gawker.

Court of appeals decision highlights risk of (mis)classifying employees

Ohio Employer's Law

I once handled a wage-and-hour investigation in which the employer, before retaining my services, hired an HR consultant to help classify its employees as exempt or non-exempt. The DOL, however, disagreed, and reclassified half of the company’s employees (with corresponding back pay awards for unpaid overtime for those employees moved from exempt to non-exempt). The lesson here is not a happy one. wage and hour

Apprenticeships Help Close Skills Gap, Offer Expanded Training Opportunities

HR Daily Advisor

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. The recognition is “further evidence that our Dow U.S. Through the Dow U.S. The program supports Dow’s growth in the U.S. Click here to learn more.

Be Wary of Employee Pay Deductions—They Can Cost You!

HR Daily Advisor

Do you believe that deducting from an employee’s wages can be done at an employer’s discretion? The law scrutinizes pay deductions very carefully, and it’s not as cut and dried as you might think. Attorney Ted Boehm has the facts when it comes to pay deductions. Boehm, an associate with the law firm of Fisher & Phillips, LLP, provided his insight into this tricky wage and hour issue in a recent webinar presented by BLR® and HR Hero®. Learn More.

What I've Learned About Perceptions of OT-Eligible Jobs In Periods of FLSA Change.

The HR Capitalist

By now, most of you have heard that a federal judge issued an injunction to the FLSA laws that were going to cause most of our companies to do one of two things to a select group of employees - either increase salaries to continue to make lower level professionals eligible as exempt employees or move those employees to hourly status, making them OT eligible. The injunction means you aren't required at this time to make the changes covered by that executive order.

FLSA Basics

HR Daily Advisor

Everyone has heard of it, but not everyone knows exactly what the FLSA regulates. Let’s take a look at the primary regulations imposed by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and give a quick overview of what else it covers. What Does the FLSA Cover? First and foremost, the biggest item that the FLSA is known for is providing minimum wage and overtime regulations. It also defines a workweek as 40 hours—and notes that all hours worked must be paid.

Expert’s Top Tips for Training a Retail Workforce for the Holiday Season

SumTotal

Retailers are also facing a tough time filling all the extra positions the holiday season generates. The National Retail Federation (NRF) President and CEO Matthew Shay estimates that retailers will hire 650,000 seasonal workers for the 2018 holiday period, up 10% from 2017. For employers, this volume of new workers presents significant hiring, onboarding and training challenges. How does the onboarding process change during a peak period? .

Train for Compliance—More Manager Actions that Can Risk Lawsuits

HR Daily Advisor

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. Treating some groups differently from others when it comes to documentation requirements during the Form I-9 (employment eligibility verification) process. Learn More. What else would you add to the list?