Posts tagged "Unpaid Wages and Overtime"

Court rejects Obama administration salary exemption rule

As retailers across the country prepare to hire temporary workers for the holiday season, they may be breathing a sigh of relief when it comes to the specter of paying some managers mandatory overtime. A federal district court judge in Texas struck down an Obama administration rule that would have raised the exemption amount that distinguishes hourly employees from salaried workers.

Construction company accused of wage and hour violations

As the economy continues to improve, many workers may still be left behind because their employers do not follow California’s wage and hour laws. A recent report about a Glendale-based construction company allegedly misclassifying its employees is an example of this problem.

Employers resist predictable scheduling rules

The work to create a reasonable living wage for food service workers and other low-wage laborers has fostered an incredible groundswell of support over the past few years. Through this, a number of cities in California have passed ordinances requiring a $15 minimum wage for workers.

When are you allowed a day off as an employee?

2017 is likely to be known as the year the “gig economy” finally became mainstream. This moniker essentially means that many people earn a living by stringing together a number of part-time jobs, or supplementing income from a full time job with a part-time job. With as many people making ends meet by working as baristas, part-time tutors and even Uber drivers, they may not take a day off each week.

Feel like you need to nap at work? Read this post

With how early we get up in the morning, and how late at night we go to bed, it is natural to feel like needing a nap during the day. That’s why many workers (especially in the tech industry) swear by their coffee breaks. Some employers acknowledge this and welcome coffee chains such as Starbucks and Caribou in their workplaces.

Employers allowed to use salary history to set new salaries

Whether you are looking for a new job or are recruited to take a new position, chances are that you are looking for an increase in salary. To that extent, salary history could be used in setting your new salary. But when salary history is used to pay someone less than their peers, such a practice should be actionable.

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.

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