Posts tagged "Unpaid Wages and Overtime"

What to expect in your employee handbook

Your new job may be a lifelong achievement, or may just be the next job in a line of many that simply makes ends meet.  Regardless, you should be ready for the learning curve expected of newcomers to the organization. If you take part in new employee orientation, part of the presentation will focus on salient parts of the employee handbook. Before you subject this to the back part of your memory, there are some important points to consider.  As such, this post will highlight a few elements that your handbook should have. 

How your classification could affect your tax return

At this time of year, most employees are concerned with how much of a refund check they will receive from the federal government after filing their income tax returns. After all, tax season is not just big business for tax preparers. Retailers also want to benefit from the extra money that workers will receive.

Should you be 'on call' during your lunch break?

Having employees ready at a moment’s notice, otherwise known as being “on call” has become a benefit for some California employers and employees alike. The employer benefits because much needed labor can be summoned to respond to time sensitive matters, and employees appreciate the flexibility that comes with such a schedule.

Appeals court finds student athletes not employees under FLSA

As the NCAA prepares to crown a champion for Division I football, and men’s and women’s basketball teams begin conference play, collegiate sports takes center stage this week. Lost in all the hoopla is the vast disparity between what college coaches, universities and conference make in revenues compared to what the players make.

Are you being pressured to work overtime?

For all intents and purposes, the week before Christmas is the busiest shopping week of the year. This is normally when shoppers who have procrastinated finally hit the malls in search of last minute gifts (and deals). Retailers know this; which is why new discounts on selected items are introduced, and stores stay open later than usual until Christmas Eve.

Documents that can help your discrimination case

As we have noted in a number of our posts, being the victim of discrimination in the workplace can be a traumatic experience. On the one hand, you may despise how you have been treated, and you are certainly ready for it to stop. On the other hand, you need the job so you can meet your financial burdens, so walking off the job may not be an option, and being fired can be devastating.

What holiday workers should know before working additional hours

People may not be concerned with the holiday shopping season right now. After all, it is the middle of October, and most retailers are focusing on moving Halloween decorations and candy. But soon enough, hiring for the holiday season will begin in earnest. When that happens, it is very likely that some employers will take advantage of eager, yet naïve workers and ask them to work “off the clock.”

Strong job growth in July, but many are still treated unfairly

While it may not have been mentioned during the political conventions, the U.S. job market continues to grow; even if it is not as robust as expected. The July jobs report was released last week, and the national economy added 225,000 jobs last month. The unemployment rate remained at 4.9 percent.

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