Human Resources News & Insights

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which has been on the books since 1938, sets forth rules regarding employee wage practices, record keeping, workweek length, how overtime must be paid and a national minimum wage.

Landmark Supreme Court ruling gives HR a powerful tool to prevent pay lawsuits

Employers everywhere will likely rush to get their employees to sign the type of employment agreement the High Court just ruled has great power to protect businesses from costly wage-and-hour lawsuits.

New overtime rule and more: DOL’s to-do list includes some surprising news

  When the DOL released its 2018 Spring Regulatory Agenda, it not only offered some insight on its progress in creating a new salary threshold for overtime eligibility, it also suggested it may alter the methods in which employees’ pay is calculated altogether.

The $600 payroll mistake that cost this company almost $45K

Here’s a cautionary tale about the importance of double-checking for minor mistakes in your company’s overtime calculations.

FLSA violation? Church members told it was ‘blasphemy’ not to volunteer at the ‘Lord’s Buffet’

At first glance, church members volunteering at their parish’s buffet restaurant seems like it’s on the up and up. But when it’s discovered that these volunteers were coerced and threatened with religious consequences, the DOL’s going to get involved. 

Ex-DOL admin’s warning about new OT rule: ‘Don’t throw away your old pay plans’

While the majority of industry experts expect the DOL to create a new overtime rule that sets the salary threshold somewhere in the $33K ballpark, there’s at least one person who sees a scenario where employers will have to comply with the originally proposed $47K threshold. And there’s good reason to take what she says […] [MORE]

Employers get PAID: But is DOL’s new program as good as it sounds?

When it comes to FLSA enforcement, the notion of a more employer-friendly DOL is quite foreign to HR pros. But with the agency’s latest move, it seems like that’s exactly what it’s going for.

DOL’s latest move makes it easier for you to offer unpaid internships

  Good news: The feds just gave employers more incentive to offer internship programs.

DOL appeals ruling to kill new OT rule: Why is this big news for HR?

The Department of Labor (DOL) isn’t going to let a Texas judge simply toss out the Obama-era changes to the FLSA’s overtime rules. The agency has officially appealed the court’s decision, and its reason for the move suggests the DOL has some major plans regarding overtime reg in the near future.

Former DOL admin: 4 risky pay practices the feds have a field day with

With the DOL’s overtime changes under construction, some employers are putting pay-process reviews on the back burner, but that could be a very costly mistake. 

A dangerous pay error that’s catching many companies off-guard

  Any time the DOL accuses your company of breaking federal pay laws, it’s a major headache.