Posts Tagged ‘wage and hour’

New meaning to the Equal Pay Act’s promise of pay equity

“Pay equity” is quickly becoming a term every employer must understand. Never in its 25-year history have the principles of the Equal Pay Act (EPA) received so much attention. Courts have been examining the meaning of pay equity under the EPA, and legislatures are expanding the reach of pay equity and limiting employer inquiries into…

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Resolution of wage violations not necessarily assured under PAID pilot program

A new pilot program announced by the U.S. Department of Labor just last week provides employers with renewed hope that the agency is changing its approach from one of strict regulatory enforcement to one that seeks to encourage voluntary compliance and minimize litigation.  Employers, however, should proceed with caution before voluntarily disclosing their possible violations…

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Employers’ right to keep employee tips

A recent decision by the federal appeals court that covers Oklahoma ruled that employers are not required to share customer tips with employees who are already receiving wages at or above the minimum wage amount. Employees were already being paid more than minimum wage Employee Bridgette Marlow brought suit against her employer, The New Food…

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What not to do in wage and hour investigations

Last month the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a $2.1 million dollar judgment entered against a Tulsa restaurant for Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime and minimum wage violations. If you ever wanted a guide on how not to handle a Department of Labor investigation, here it is. It will make you cringe. El…

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Pizza franchisee jailed for wage violations

When employees file lawsuits claiming unpaid overtime wages, they can bring in their co-workers, leading to lawsuits which are both costly to defend and to settle. Further, reports by employees can lead to disruptive investigations by the Department of Labor. But one Papa John’s franchisee in New York has found that the stakes can be even higher—he was sentenced to 60 days in jail in addition to paying $230,000 in restitution to his employees.

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WAGE AND HOUR » Preview of future overtime lawsuits?

Lawsuits over unpaid overtime tend to occur in cycles, and a round of litigation over unpaid overtime can trigger “copycat” claims against employers around the country. Overtime lawsuits can be lucrative, particularly when they are class actions involving a large number of employees. That’s why last week’s class action lawsuit brought against Apple, Inc. got…

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