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Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division announced here that its investigation into the bounced payroll checks of 10 construction workers renovating a nursing home found that the employer who issued the bad checks had also denied more than 800 workers overtime wages by misclassifying them as independent contractors.

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Folks, someday, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) may darken your door to audit your books and records. Perhaps, they’ll find a violation and require you to pay back wages and liquidated damages. If your next steps involve retaliating against employees who cooperate with investigators and demanding kickbacks of back wages, you will compound those problems.

I told you so.

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Whether a six-figure supervisor is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime rules is probably not something that’s kept you up at night — unless you pay your employees a lot of money without paying them a salary (e.g., day rates).

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Last week, I read this press release from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division announcing a six-figure recovery from an employer that “illegally placed a cap on overtime at 16 hours per pay period and paid any overtime beyond 16 hours at straight time rates, a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.”

So, let’s discuss some FLSA/overtime rules. Continue reading

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For those of you with businesses in Hawaii, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and American Samoa, you can skip today’s post, and I’ll see you tomorrow.

As for the rest of you, let’s talk about how to pay graveyard shift employees who worked the early hours of Sunday morning when we set the clocks ahead one hour Daylight Savings Time. Continue reading

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