Restaurants Run Afoul of the DOL

The DOL recently audited multiple restaurants in the Austin, Texas area and uncovered a number of wage and hour issues. What do you need to know to avoid the same fate?

Are Outdated Files Putting Your Business At Risk?

When you use more than one database to store employee information, you risk the databases going out of sync. This is more than a mere annoyance — it can lead to actual legal liability for your company.

Don’t Let Salaries Get You in Trouble

There are many misconceptions about wage and hour. Unfortunately, if you fall prey to one of these misconceptions, it can end up costing your business a lot of money. This article describes a huge misconception that I run across all the time.

Ninth Circuit Rules on Rounding for Time Tracking

For over 50 years, the FLSA has allowed employers to use rounding to ease the administrative burden of time tracking. Recently this practice was challenged in court. Read this article to find out what happened, and what you need to know to keep your rounding policy legal.

Tips for Successful Biometric Fingerprint Scanning

You may have heard (or discovered for yourself) that sometimes biometric system users will have trouble convincing the the system to read their fingerprint. While a few people have trouble due to various physical issues, for the vast majority of people it often comes down to a matter of technique. This article offers a few quick tips to make clocking in and out smoother and easier for anyone who needs to use a fingerprint for time & attendance tracking.

New OT Rules Published!

The long wait is over! Today, May 18, the Department of Labor’s overtime rules changes have been published. While the final updated salary threshold is lower than what was originally proposed, it will still mean potentially millions of additional employees will now be eligible for overtime. Read this article to find out what you can do to manage the changes.

Three Restaurateurs Burned by Wage & Hour Violations

We’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

I 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

Both 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?

Employee 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.