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Apr 09 2015
Q&AWage and Hour

No easy solutions for avoiding overtime pay

Question: We have two related companies with common ownership. Employees often work a shift with one company and then work a second shift with the other company. As long as the work for each company never goes over 40 hours per week, we don’t have to pay overtime, right?

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Apr 03 2015
Wage and Hour  

Seattle, Washington minimum wage ordinance upheld; regulations released

A federal district court in Washington has refused to stop the City of Seattle from treating each franchise as a “large employer” for fast phase-in of Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage, and Seattle has moved ahead in issuing its new administrative rules on minimum wage.

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Mar 31 2015
Q&AWage and Hour  

Do employees occasionally working in Seattle get a minimum wage bump?

Q: Our business isn’t in Seattle but we have some employees who occasionally work there. Do we have to pay the new minimum wage to these employees starting April 1st?

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Mar 03 2015
Q&ALeave LawsWage and Hour  

In California, Oregon and Washington: Are employers required to pay out sick leave?

Q: Do any of the new paid sick leave laws in various cities throughout Washington and Oregon, or the state of California, require employers to pay out unused sick leave?

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Feb 16 2015
Wage and Hour

Companionship services regulation effective January 1, 2015, challenged

A federal district court in the District of Columbia has struck down the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)’s new employment regulations that required third-party employers of home care workers to pay minimum wage and overtime effective January 1, 2015.

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Feb 11 2015
Q&AWage and Hour

What is the liability under California law for failing to provide a rest period?

Q: If our company pays an employee for their 10-minute rest period, but the employee reports that he didn’t actually take a break from work, are we complying with California wage and hour laws?

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Dec 11 2014
Wage and Hour  

Alert: Supreme Court says no pay for security screening time at Amazon warehouse

Warehouse workers who had to wait up to 25 minutes after their shifts to go through a security screening weren’t entitled to be paid for the time, ruled the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday.

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Dec 10 2014
Q&AEmployee BenefitsWage and Hour  

State sponsored programs provide good options to avoid layoffs and furloughs

Q: Our company needs to scale back operations for a few weeks while we complete a project at our facility. We don’t want to lose our skilled staff; are there any programs that would give them get access to unemployment benefits while we complete the project?

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Oct 20 2014
Wage and Hour  

Employers Liable for Wage Claims of Contractors and Subcontractors

An employer using contractors and subcontractors may be liable for wage claims if they are found to be a joint employer, the Washington Supreme Court recently decided. Fred Meyer contracted with Expert Janitorial to provide cleaning services for its Washington store locations. Expert Janitorial did not staff the employees themselves; instead, they contracted with various subcontractors to perform the work.

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Oct 10 2014
Employee BenefitsWage and Hour

CALIFORNIA: Governor signs more 2014 legislation

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed more bills into law from the 2013-2014 regular legislative session.

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