Monthly Archives: August 2011

Can An Employer Pay An Exempt Employee Extra Compensation? [Wage & Hour FAQ]

Q.        My Company anticipates embarking on a big project this fall that will have extreme importance to the Company’s future and require extra hours at the office.  The Company wants to give a little extra pay to employees who work on this important project.  A number of these employees are classified as exempt.  May the Company … Continue Reading

Are Pharmaceutical Companies Losing the Exemption Battle?

Recently, another group of pharmaceutical sales representatives successfully demonstrated that they are not exempt from overtime under the FLSA.  Kuzinski, et al., v. Schering Corp  Focusing on the administrative exemption, the District Court of Connecticut held that the sales representatives’ work was not directly related to Schering’s management or general business operations and they lacked … Continue Reading

The Myth of "Unauthorized" Overtime

Has something like this ever happened in your organization? You have a solid non-exempt employee working hard on a project. His supervisor is out of town and unreachable. In the supervisor’s absence, to get the job done, he works a few hours of overtime. When the supervisor gets back, he asks if she will approve … Continue Reading

Do We Have to Pay Employees for Checking E-Mail Outside of Work? [Wage & Hour FAQ]

Q. Our company provides remote access to e-mail for all employees, and some of our hourly employees carry iPhones and Blackberries with access to their work e-mail. Most non-exempt employees only work during regular business hours, but some will occasionally check and respond to e-mail after hours or on weekends. Do we need to pay … Continue Reading
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