Misclassification is the practice of incorrectly labeling workers as independent contractors rather than employees.  Because independent contractors are by definition are self-employed, their employers often escape many of their responsibilities under employment, labor, and related tax laws and deprive workers of the protections of those laws. In recent years, the US DOL has been combating Read more

Twice a year the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announces matters it plans to consider in the coming months and years.  Acting on a Presidential directive, the DOL last spring announced plans to consider regulations regarding overtime for “white collar” workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  The announcement, included in the Semiannual Regulatory Read more

Employers understand the importance of maintaining accurate wage and hour records for their non-exempt employees.  A periodic review of recordkeeping requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) can keep an employer on track and avoid problems later on. Records To Be Kept By Employers The FLSA requires no particular form for required records, but Read more

The Department of Labor (DOL) administers and enforces close to 200 federal laws. These laws cover the majority of workplace activities, businesses, applicants, workers, retirees and contractors. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) – This law outlines standards for wages and overtime pay.  For nonagricultural operations, it restricts youths working hours and types of jobs they Read more

As you may already know – many provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act) are intended to expand access to affordable health care coverage nationwide. These include provisions for coverage to be offered through a Health Insurance Marketplace, assistance for purchasing coverage through premium tax credits, employer notice requirements which Read more

Even though President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed it into law back in 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act is just as monumental for workers today as it was back then. How does it help you? The FLSA sets standards that make workplaces safer and healthier.  In fact, this Act is responsible for many of the Read more

The minimum wage saw another increase July 24th, 2009. Even if you don’t have employees being paid at this rate, this affects your business. Taken from the US Department of Labor Website: The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)The FLSA establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards affecting full-time and part-time workers in Read more