Human Resources News & Insights

Massive crackdown: DOL busts 152 firms, collects $1M in back wages

We’ve been warning you that the Department of Labor (DOL) cops are out in full force, and they just made a series of big busts. 

7 reasons to fear the growing wave of FLSA lawsuits

For the seventh straight year, the number of wage and hour lawsuits filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has increased — and there are a number of reasons employers should fear the news is only going to get worse.

Can employees voluntarily refuse overtime pay? DOL weighs in

Citywide Protection Services formed an agreement with its security guards: The guards could work extra hours in exchange for straight-time pay only — no time-and-a-half. 

Docking pay for exempt employees: What’s allowed?

Don’t feel bad if you have trouble understanding the pay-docking rules laid out by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The regs are pretty murky.

Court: Can’t sue employers that ignore breastfeeding rules

The healthcare reform law amended the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to require employers to provide breaks and a room for nursing mothers to express breast milk. So why can’t mothers sue when their employers refuse to follow those breastfeeding rules?

6 top reasons wage-and-hour lawsuits are climbing rapidly

The federal government’s added emphasis on enforcing wage-and-hour laws mixed with workers’ contempt for being asked to work longer hours without increased pay during the recession has turned into a dangerous cocktail for employers.

DOL enforcing breastfeeding break rule

Companies have already been found guilty of violating the new breastfeeding break rule implemented by the healthcare reform bill and have started receiving citations.

Exempt employee takes ‘snow day’: Can you deduct salary?

Snow emergencies create FLSA compliance headaches. But here’s a guide that’ll keep you safe.

Employee kept OT work quiet – so court says ‘no pay for it’

Chalk up a big win for employers: A worker tried to saddle her employer with a big overtime bill after resigning, but a court wasn’t having any of it.

DOL investigation of Chuck E. Cheese turns up $28K in FLSA violations

Irony alert: A well-known pizza chain whose motto is “Where a kid can be a kid,” was fined for violating the FLSA’s child-labor laws.