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Three Restaurateurs Burned by Wage & Hour Violations

Reading Time: 4 minutesWe’ve known for a long time now that some businesses are more prone to wage & hour violations than others. In the spirit of learning from the experience of others, here are the stories of three restaurateurs who recently got called out for not paying workers correctly.

What’s New In Minimum Wage and Leave Laws

Reading Time: 4 minutesBoth California and New York have recently passed legislation raising the state minimum wage to $15 per hour. In addition, New York state and the city of San Francisco have passed paid leave laws. The laws are complex – read this article to find out more.

Drag Your Feet, Go To Jail

Reading Time: 2 minutesA New Mexico business owner found to his chagrin that excessive delays in producing documentation for a wage and hour audit can actually lead to jail time. Read more to find out how to avoid this problem for your business.

Go Directly To Jail. Do Not Pass “GO.” Do Not Collect $200.

Reading Time: 3 minutesTurns out, paying back wages and penalties may not be the worst thing that happens to a business owner who underpays his workers. You can also end up doing time in jail. Unless you want to appear in your own personal episode of “Orange Is The New Black,” paying workers properly should be a priority.

How NOT to Record Employee Hours

Reading Time: 3 minutesI thought after my time in the industry I had seen everything. But an auto repair shop has managed to stumble across a novel method of recording employee time that I had not come across before. One which may end up getting them in trouble.

A Spectacularly Bad Idea

Reading Time: 2 minutesA former restaurateur in Santa Fe, NM learned the hard way that it’s a bad idea to try to fool the Wage & Hour Division of the Department of Labor. In this case, it was a bad idea to the tune of over $50,000.

Four Steps to Limiting Wage and Hour Liability

Reading Time: 5 minutesAlmost every day you can read stories of companies that have been assessed fines and penalties for infractions of wage and hour rules. Finding yourself in that situation is not just embarrassing – you could face a huge assessment that might threaten the very viability of your business. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to minimize your potential liability.

Supreme Court Weighs in on Donning and Doffing

Reading Time: 3 minutesThere’s been a lot of controversy over the years surrounding the issue of “donning and doffing” — that is, putting on required uniforms, safety equipment and other gear at the beginning of a work shift, and taking it off again at the end of the shift. Now the U.S. Supreme Court tries to bring some clarity to the issue.

It Isn’t Just the Fines You Have to Worry About

Reading Time: 2 minutesDid you realize individual company managers could actually face criminal prosecution as the result of a Department of Labor investigation?

Are You at Risk? Individual Liability Under Wage & Hour Laws

Reading Time: 3 minutesA lot of people seem to think as long as it’s “the corporation” that errs, the individuals who make up the corporation are protected from liability. And, as many supervisors, managers, corporate officers and directors have found to their chagrin, that belief is often dead wrong.