Wage and Hour

Wage Theft

During Minnesota’s 2019 legislation session, Governor Walz signed a new law that criminalizes wage theft. The law also requires new notice and recordkeeping requirements. Effective July 1, 2019, Minnesota employers are required to provide a written notice to employees at the start of their employment. The notice must include the following information, which is in Read more

Employee security search

Frlekin v. Apple, Inc. is one of several California Wage Order interpretation cases that merit watching this year. The California Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether retail employees should be compensated for the time spent while their personal belongings are searched by store management prior to exiting the premises. The question turns on the Read more

Employee Employer compliance assistance

Last week, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI).  The new agency is tasked with expanding and developing innovative approaches to compliance assistance, including more effective use of online resources to promote a better understanding of federal labor laws and regulations.  Providing employers Read more

2018 Alaska Minimum Wage Peel 'N Post

Starting January 1, 2018, minimum wage employees in the state of Alaska will receive an increase in their pay. Alaska’s new minimum wage is $9.84 per hour. Like many states across the country, Alaska is required to adjust its minimum wage rate based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). CPI is a Read more

DOL Seeks Input on Federal Overtime Rule

Employers nation-wide, get ready to raise your voice: the U.S. Department of Labor has issued a Request for Information on 2016’s highly contested “overtime rule,” asking stakeholders to provide comments that will be used to shape a future revision of the rule. The RFI is available for preview here, although the comment period does not Read more

California Supreme Court Simplifies Day-of-Rest Rule

Preparing weekly work schedules is often like solving a puzzle. It means forecasting demand, controlling payroll, and taking into account employee availability. This makes scheduling in industries that have frequent call outs, high turnover rates, or seasonal livelihoods, such as the retail or restaurant industries, particularly tricky. Employee scheduling is also affected by limitations and restrictions Read more

Colorado Wage Theft

Good news for workers and the employers who pay them what they’ve earned! On April 13, 2017, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed the Wage Theft Transparency Act into law. The Wage Theft Transparency Act makes information relating to wage violations accessible to public records requests in order to protect workers from wage theft and law-abiding Read more

While limited in its immediate applicability for most employers, a recent case considered by U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals provides an intriguing overview of both Maine employment law and English grammatical intricacies. Maine’s overtime law requires employers to pay employees 1 and ½ times the employee’s regular hourly rate for all hours worked in Read more

Rounding Practices Frequently, employers’ timekeeping practices include “rounding policies” and “grace periods”. These policies permit employees’ clock-in time to be adjusted around start and stopping work times for administrative purposes. If an employer has a quarter-hour “rounding policy,” employee time is rounded to the nearest quarter hour.  Therefore, an employee who clocks in at 8:07 Read more