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.

New Overtime Rules Coming Fast

Reading Time: 4 minutesI started writing about the Department of Labor’s upcoming revisions to the overtime regulations nearly a year ago. The latest word is that the new rules will likely be published by July, and possibly even sooner, with employers having 60 days to implement them. If you haven’t yet started looking at your options, your time is growing short!

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.

Do You Have An Employee Handbook?

Reading Time: 3 minutesEmployee handbooks are generally a good idea. They can save organizations a lot of trouble, in a lot of ways. However, without careful planning, drafting and review, a handbook can actually cause business problems. Read this article to learn what to look out for and how to avoid issues.

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.

How Much Time Are You Wasting, Tracking Time?

Reading Time: 2 minutesTracking employee work time is not a waste of time in and of itself. In fact, it can be key to ensuring business productivity and profitability. The problem lies with how some businesses go about recording and processing that time. This article identifies the problem and offers several solutions that can work for virtually any business.

One Easy Step To Prevent Time Theft

Reading Time: 3 minutesIf you’re concerned your employees are taking advantage of you by recording inaccurate arrival and departure times on their time sheets, there’s one simple step you can take to eliminate this time theft. Read this article to find out why you SHOULD be concerned, and what you can do.

Does Your Business Suffer From “Presenteeism”?

Reading Time: 2 minutesWe’re probably all aware of the problems caused by absenteeism. But did you know the opposite problem — “presenteeism” — can cause even more problems for your business?

Supervisor Training

Reading Time: 4 minutesA surprising number of small businesses don’t offer formal supervisor training on wage and hour laws. This article discusses why this kind of training is important, and why it should be repeated at least annually.

State Laws Have Teeth, Too!

Reading Time: 4 minutesFor prudent business owners and managers, federal laws and agencies aren’t the only ones to pay attention to. You also need to keep up with developments in the state (or states) where you do business — and possibly even in the individual towns where you have locations. Read the article to find out more about the impact of state wage and hour laws.