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Apr 28 2016
Wage and Hour  

Pre-Shift and Post-Shift Activities: Should the Time Spent Briefing Employees be Paid?

An employer in Texas will pay $460,853 to compensate 239 employees who weren’t getting paid for the time they spent staying after their shifts to update incoming workers. The oil refinery employees were scheduled to work 12-hour shifts, but at the 12-hour mark, they had to update incoming employees on what had…

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Mar 18 2016
Wage and Hour  

Employers liable for double damages for exempt status misclassification

A call center employer in Idaho has been ordered to pay misclassified employees not only for their actual unpaid overtime, but also an equal amount as liquidated damages, doubling the company’s liability. The employer had classified its “trainers” as exempt from overtime pay based on the supervisory and management tasks that they thought the…

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Mar 08 2016
Q&AWage and Hour  

Requiring reimbursement of training costs can be tricky

Question: We send new hires through a training program that is worth $20,000. Can we require them to pay us back if they leave the company within two years?

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Feb 18 2016
Wage and Hour  

EEOC proposes to add pay and hours to EEO-1 Report requirements

A proposed expansion of the EEO-1 Report would require all private employers with at least 100 employees to provide data on compensation and hours worked.

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Jan 11 2016
Q&AWage and Hour

Off-duty review of email may trigger overtime

Q: If we require a non-exempt employee to monitor and respond to email during her off duty time, do we have to pay her for that time, including any overtime that may be triggered?

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Nov 02 2015
Q&AWage and Hour  

When to pay travel time for non-exempt employees?

Q: We’re sending a non-exempt employee to the East Coast for training. Do we have to pay her for all that time spent flying and traveling to the destination?

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Oct 20 2015
Wage and Hour  

Washington Employers: You don’t have to “police” employee meal breaks

Washington employers can let out a collective sigh of relief due to a recent federal district court decision reaffirming that they are not required to “police” employee meal breaks to make sure employees are taking them.

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Oct 15 2015
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California Employers: More 2015 bills signed

Governor Jerry Brown has signed more bills from the 2015 California legislative session that affect employers, some of which are extremely significant.

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Aug 24 2015
Q&AWage and Hour

What’s the risk in paying a non-exempt employee a salary rather than hourly wage?

Q: We have several employees who don’t meet the overtime exemption requirements, but who prefer to be paid by a salary rather than an hourly rate. The employees really like the flexibility of a salary. Is there any risk to not making them hourly?

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Apr 16 2015
Wage and Hour  

Waiver of 2nd meal period for shifts over 12 hours invalid in California

A California appeals court struck down an Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) order that allowed employees in the health care industry to waive a second meal period for shifts longer than 12 hours. California Labor Code 512(a) says employers generally must provide a second meal period for work periods of more than 10 hours, but employees may waive that second meal period if the employee doesn’t waive the first meal period and the total work period is 12 or fewer hours.

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