Tag Archives: Minimum Wage

So Long, Secretary Perez: DOL Head's Goodbye Message

Last week, outgoing Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez released a farewell “Memorandum to the American People.” It mostly reads as a recap of the DOL’s news releases over the past several years, touting various DOL initiatives and advocating for further changes, like increasing the minimum wage and mandating paid family leave. The memo must strike … Continue Reading

Here's a tip: Don't skim from employee tips

Hospitality industry employers take note: If you claim a “tip credit” toward the minimum wage for any of your employees, you need to make sure that all tips are properly distributed to employees. A recent case from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals involving a Texas restaurant chain illustrates the hazards of making a mistake with the tip … Continue Reading

DOL Secretary Tells Congress New FLSA Regulations Are Delayed, Outlines Department Priorities

Last week, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez testified during a hearing held by the House Education and Workforce Committee to discuss President Obama’s budget proposal for the Department of Labor. Secretary Perez’s testimony touched a wide range of topics, most notably the oft-delayed FLSA regulations rewrite we have discussed in recent months. The DOL Secretary … Continue Reading

Hints About New FLSA Regulations Begin to Emerge: Minimum Salary May Double

Last spring, I made some predictions about what the new FLSA regulations would likely include when they were finally released. The regulations were delayed, but what we expect hasn’t changed, as I explained in November. On Twitter this past Friday (and you should be following @WageHourInsight, if you aren’t already), I highlighted an article that … Continue Reading

Not Every Employee is Covered by the FLSA, But You're Not Off the Hook Just Yet

If you read this blog, attend presentations on wage and hour issues, or just shudder every time you read about another overtime or minimum wage lawsuit, you might assume that all employees are covered by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and its regulations. However, in some rare circumstances, the FLSA may not cover … Continue Reading

Department of Labor Sends Final $10.10 Minimum Wage Rule to OMB for Approval

Back in February, we told you about President Obama’s Executive Order 13658 increasing the minimum wage for federal contractor employees. Late last week, the Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division (WHD) submitted its Final Rule implementing EO 13658 to the White House Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA).  … Continue Reading

Looking into My Crystal Ball at the Future of FLSA Regulations

Last month, I wrote about the Obama Administration’s Presidential Memorandum to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) instructing its Secretary to update regulations regarding overtime protection for workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the federal law that establishes minimum wage and overtime pay requirements.  Since then, DOL Secretary Perez has spoken publicly about … Continue Reading

FLSA Revisions Won't be Quick or Easy

Recently on Twitter, I commented that revising the FLSA regulations won’t be quick or easy. Speaking of Twitter, if you’re not following @WageHourInsight yet, why not? I find lots of interesting tidbits every day that don’t make it here to the blog, and you can follow along with some of the more free-wheeling conversations HR … Continue Reading

Minimum Wage Increases in 2013

With the New Year comes a minimum wage increase in 10 states:  Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.  Each of these states has a higher minimum wage rate than the federal minimum of $7.25/hour.  Employers in these states are required to pay the higher state minimum wage. In addition … Continue Reading

Another Celebrity Chef Runs Afoul of Tip Pooling Rules

Shortly after my co-author, Bill Pokorny, wrote about celebrity and Iron Chef Mario Batali’s multi-million dollar settlement of a class action tip pooling lawsuit, another celebrity chef here in Chicago was sued for violating tip pooling laws.  In March 2012, a lawsuit was filed against Master Chef Graham Elliot by 14 former employees over tip … Continue Reading

Ten Things Small Business Needs To Know About Minimum Wage and Overtime

I read the stories every day: some small business, often a local restaurant or a similar “mom and pop” operation, gets sued or tagged by the Department of Labor for failing to pay minimum wages and overtime to employees. Here’s just one example.  I have worked with a fair number of small and midsize businesses. … Continue Reading

Starting Computers and Reading E-Mail May Be Compensable Work

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a settlement with Hilton Reservations Worldwide, LLC, in which the company agreed to pay $715,507 in minimum wages and overtime pay to 2,645 current and former customer service employees in Texas, Florida, Illinois and Pennsylvania. The DOL determined after an audit that the company failed to pay … Continue Reading
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