Time and Attendance News > July, 2014

Kitchen staff sue restaurant for minimum wage violations

Nine employees of restaurant located just outside of Chicago have filed a time and attendance lawsuit for unpaid wage violations.

Houston hospital sued for employee time violations

Nurses working at a large hospital facility in Houston are suing for employee time violations related to inadequate lunch breaks.

Arizona drywall company settles time and attendance lawsuit

A drywall company in Arizona has settled a time and attendance lawsuit related to unpaid overtime.

Former bakery employee files overtime lawsuit

An employee, who would been working for the defendant for nearly a decade as a cake decorator was paid $670 as a flat rate despite working more than 80 hours per week during the holidays.

Virginia police officers settle overtime lawsuit

A city in Virginia, along with its police department has settled a time and attendance lawsuit with law enforcement officers relating to unpaid overtime.

California warehouse workers settle wage and overtime lawsuit

Warehouse workers in California have settled a time and attendance lawsuit related to a number of violations covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act as well as California Labor Laws.

Health care company in Boston facing FLSA lawsuit

A health care company in Boston is being sued for employee time violations with respect to unpaid overtime and unused vacation.

Car dealership being sued for time and attendance violations

Former service workers employed at an auto dealership in Massachusetts is suing for time and attendance violations related to employee misclassification, unpaid overtime and being made to work during meal breaks.

Former recreation director sues for unpaid overtime

An ex-New Jersey recreational worker is suing her former employer for time and attendance violations related to unpaid overtime.

Judge orders former antique dealer to pay back overtime wages

A federal judge in Illinois has called for the former owner of an antique coin and metals shop to settle a class-action lawsuit for time and attendance violations related to unpaid overtime.

Former recreation director sues for unpaid overtime

An ex-New Jersey recreational worker is suing her former employer for time and attendance violations related to unpaid overtime.

Judge orders former antique dealer to pay back overtime wages

A federal judge in Illinois has called for the former owner of an antique coin and metals shop to settle a class-action lawsuit for time and attendance violations related to unpaid overtime.

Dairy delivery drivers file FLSA lawsuit

Three delivery drivers, one current and two former, are suing a dairy in Maine for time and attendance violations related to unpaid overtime.

Former sheriff's deputy sues for unpaid overtime

An ex-law enforcement officer in Arkansas is suing his former employer for employee time violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act related to unpaid overtime.

Dairy delivery drivers file FLSA lawsuit

Three delivery drivers, one current and two former, are suing a dairy in Maine for time and attendance violations related to unpaid overtime.

Former sheriff's deputy sues for unpaid overtime

An ex-law enforcement officer in Arkansas is suing his former employer for employee time violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act related to unpaid overtime.

Police sergeant nearing settlement of overtime lawsuit

The suit revolves around unpaid overtime for work-related duties taken place before the sergeant's shift.

New York media company settles intern lawsuit

The lawsuit itself set in motion a change in federal policy as it relates to interns.

Transportation company facing employee misclassification lawsuit

A California-based transportation company is being sued for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act related to employee time.

Professional basketball team owner facing overtime lawsuit

The owner of a team in the National Basketball Association, who received a lifetime ban from the league for racially insensitive comments, is being taken to court for time and attendance violations.

Transportation company facing employee misclassification lawsuit

A California-based transportation company is being sued for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act related to employee time.

Professional basketball team owner facing overtime lawsuit

The owner of a team in the National Basketball Association, who received a lifetime ban from the league for racially insensitive comments, is being taken to court for time and attendance violations.

Concert promoters face FLSA lawsuit

Two companies involved in the production and promotion of concerts and other live events are being taken to court for employee time violations related to minimum wage violations and unpaid overtime.

New York restaurant owners settle FLSA lawsuit

The case was initially filed on behalf of the plaintiffs who accused the defendants of withholding tips paid by customers to wait staff.

Hospital system in California sued for unpaid overtime

The suit is seeking class-action status due to the system being in charge of the day-to-day operation of 12 hospitals where as many as 400 workers could be affected.

McDonald’s Franchises Penalized for FLSA Errors

Nine McDonald’s franchises in Maryland agreed to settle FLSA claims by 138 workers for a little more than $250,000. Alleged violations included failure to pay minimum wage and overtime and running afoul of   child labor rules.

Hospital system in California sued for unpaid overtime

The suit is seeking class-action status due to the system being in charge of the day-to-day operation of 12 hospitals where as many as 400 workers could be affected.

McDonald’s Franchises Penalized for FLSA Errors

Nine McDonald’s franchises in Maryland agreed to settle FLSA claims by 138 workers for a little more than $250,000. Alleged violations included failure to pay minimum wage and overtime and running afoul of   child labor rules.

Professional football cheerleaders sue for minimum wage violations

A New York-based team that competes in the National Football League is being taken to court by five former cheerleaders for employee time and minimum wage violations.

Car service company in New York settles overtime lawsuit

A New York-based car service company agreed to a class-action settlement with 489 of its drivers who claimed time and attendance violations as it relates to unpaid overtime.

Maryland hospital system faces employee time lawsuit

Workers claim they were made to work through their lunch breaks without being paid.

Ohio hotel workers sue for time and attendance violations

A hotel management company in Ohio is being sued in two separate cases for time and attendance violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act relating to unpaid overtime as well as minimum wage payments.

Restaurant chain facing national class-action employee time lawsuit

The suit was initially filed on behalf of employees in the New York metro area working for the restaurant in a number of different capacities.

Car service company in New York settles overtime lawsuit

A New York-based car service company agreed to a class-action settlement with 489 of its drivers who claimed time and attendance violations as it relates to unpaid overtime.

Maryland hospital system faces employee time lawsuit

Workers claim they were made to work through their lunch breaks without being paid.

Ohio hotel workers sue for time and attendance violations

A hotel management company in Ohio is being sued in two separate cases for time and attendance violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act relating to unpaid overtime as well as minimum wage payments.

Restaurant chain facing national class-action employee time lawsuit

The suit was initially filed on behalf of employees in the New York metro area working for the restaurant in a number of different capacities.

Professional football cheerleaders sue for minimum wage violations

A New York-based team that competes in the National Football League is being taken to court by five former cheerleaders for employee time and minimum wage violations.

Texas oil company faces FLSA lawsuit

90 people employed by the company, either in the field as equipment operators or in other support roles, claim they routinely worked between 50 and 100 hours per week without being compensated for overtime.

Restaurant franchisee in Texas faces FLSA lawsuit

The plaintiffs allege time and attendance violations relating to their employer allowing them to work overtime, but not properly compensating them for it.

Del. Attorney General office facing FLSA lawsuit

The Attorney General's office in Delaware is facing a time and attendance lawsuit.

Calif. property appraisers win FLSA settlement

Those involved in the litigation will receive approximately $10,000 each in monetary damages.

Cleveland-area security company settles second time and attendance lawsuit

Thirty employees will split a $14,760 settlement.

Airline fleet service workers file time and attendance lawsuit

Airline fleet service workers in California are taking their employer to court for time and attendance violations related to unpaid overtime and not being allowed to take meal breaks.

Calif. property appraisers win FLSA settlement

Those involved in the litigation will receive approximately $10,000 each in monetary damages.

Cleveland-area security company settles second time and attendance lawsuit

Thirty employees will split a $14,760 settlement.

Airline fleet service workers file time and attendance lawsuit

Airline fleet service workers in California are taking their employer to court for time and attendance violations related to unpaid overtime and not being allowed to take meal breaks.

Two Boston-area hotels sued for FLSA violations

The owner of two Boston-area hotels is being sued by former employees for time and attendance violations related to unpaid overtime.

Judge allows unique time and attendance lawsuit to proceed

A mortgage underwriter in New Jersey is being allowed to continue a time and attendance lawsuit for unpaid overtime in a case with very unique circumstances.

Large home improvement chain facing overtime lawsuit

A federal judge in Florida will allow additional litigants to join a class-action lawsuit against a large home improvement retail chain for time and attendance violations related to unpaid overtime.

Pa. restaurant sued for overtime violations, wrongful termination

A person working as a cook at a Pennsylvania-area restaurant is suing for time and attendance violations related to unpaid overtime, as well as wrongful termination.

Judge allows unique time and attendance lawsuit to proceed

A mortgage underwriter in New Jersey is being allowed to continue a time and attendance lawsuit for unpaid overtime in a case with very unique circumstances.

Large home improvement chain facing overtime lawsuit

A federal judge in Florida will allow additional litigants to join a class-action lawsuit against a large home improvement retail chain for time and attendance violations related to unpaid overtime.

Pa. restaurant sued for overtime violations, wrongful termination

A person working as a cook at a Pennsylvania-area restaurant is suing for time and attendance violations related to unpaid overtime, as well as wrongful termination.

Discount retailer faces employee time lawsuit

The time and attendance violations could affect as few as 4,000 and as many as 6,000 individuals in Washington D.C. and the lower 48 states.

Judge grants migrant farm workers in Michigan employee status

The farm owner circumvented federal and state minimum wage laws by classifying workers as independent contractors, resulting in employee time violations.

Discount retailer faces employee time lawsuit

The time and attendance violations could affect as few as 4,000 and as many as 6,000 individuals in Washington D.C. and the lower 48 states.

Judge grants migrant farm workers in Michigan employee status

The farm owner circumvented federal and state minimum wage laws by classifying workers as independent contractors, resulting in employee time violations.

Temporary staffing agency workers file time and attendance lawsuit

A large temporary employment agency in Michigan is being sued by four employees for time and attendance violations.

School bus company settles FLSA lawsuit with drivers

Bus drivers in Maryland have settled a time and attendance lawsuit against the second largest school bus company in the United States.

Social workers sue for time and attendance violations

Two individuals employed as social workers in the state of Virginia are suing for time and attendance violations related to unpaid overtime.

Temporary staffing agency workers file time and attendance lawsuit

A large temporary employment agency in Michigan is being sued by four employees for time and attendance violations.

School bus company settles FLSA lawsuit with drivers

Bus drivers in Maryland have settled a time and attendance lawsuit against the second largest school bus company in the United States.

Social workers sue for time and attendance violations

Two individuals employed as social workers in the state of Virginia are suing for time and attendance violations related to unpaid overtime.

Large retailer settles time and attendance lawsuit

Assistant managers at a large retail store chain have been awarded a settlement in a class-action time and attendance lawsuit filed against the company.

Judge grants class-action status to police department lawsuit

The lawsuit was filed in 2012 on behalf of a 14-year veteran of the department claiming that he, along with other police officers, were not fairly compensated for overtime.

Large retailer settles time and attendance lawsuit

Assistant managers at a large retail store chain have been awarded a settlement in a class-action time and attendance lawsuit filed against the company.

Judge grants class-action status to police department lawsuit

The lawsuit was filed in 2012 on behalf of a 14-year veteran of the department claiming that he, along with other police officers, were not fairly compensated for overtime.

Judge grants settlement in time and attendance lawsuit

A large food manufacturer in Nebraska is close to settling a six-year-old lawsuit for time and attendance violations.

Reality show producer sued for unpaid overtime

The suit has been given class-action status and the number of people working at the production company affected by these allegations is said to be at least 100.

Drug Store Chain Pays Heavily for FLSA Violations

A drug store chain recently agreed to a $23 million class-action settlement and learned some expensive lessons about the FLSA and state wage-and-hour laws.

Judge grants settlement in time and attendance lawsuit

A large food manufacturer in Nebraska is close to settling a six-year-old lawsuit for time and attendance violations.

Reality show producer sued for unpaid overtime

The suit has been given class-action status and the number of people working at the production company affected by these allegations is said to be at least 100.

Drug Store Chain Pays Heavily for FLSA Violations

A drug store chain recently agreed to a $23 million class-action settlement and learned some expensive lessons about the FLSA and state wage-and-hour laws.

K​-9 officers sue department for employee time violations

Law enforcement officers working in the State of Kentucky's K​-9 unit are taking their employer to court for employee time violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Mail order prescription drug company faces FLSA lawsuit

A large company specializing in mail order prescription fulfillment is facing a time and attendance lawsuit in the State of Arizona.

K​-9 officers sue department for employee time violations

Law enforcement officers working in the State of Kentucky's K​-9 unit are taking their employer to court for employee time violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Mail order prescription drug company faces FLSA lawsuit

A large company specializing in mail order prescription fulfillment is facing a time and attendance lawsuit in the State of Arizona.

Popular Las Vegas magician facing FLSA lawsuit

The suit was filed on Feb. 15 on behalf of seven former employees working in four of the magician's companies who allege they were all made to work more than the standard 40 hours in a work week.

California nursing home facing overtime, retaliation lawsuit

The suit alleges the company made employees perform work duties while not on the clock, failed to properly compensate for overtime, falsify timecards and even retaliated against an employee.

Popular Las Vegas magician facing FLSA lawsuit

The suit was filed on Feb. 15 on behalf of seven former employees working in four of the magician's companies who allege they were all made to work more than the standard 40 hours in a work week.

California nursing home facing overtime, retaliation lawsuit

The suit alleges the company made employees perform work duties while not on the clock, failed to properly compensate for overtime, falsify timecards and even retaliated against an employee.

Major League Baseball facing overtime lawsuit by minor leaguers

It appears the public sector isn't the only place that time and attendance lawsuits are filed.

City employee gets raise in FLSA lawsuit settlement

The budget director of a small city in New Jersey recently settled a time and attendance lawsuit alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act regarding claims of unpaid overtime.

Major League Baseball facing overtime lawsuit by minor leaguers

It appears the public sector isn't the only place that time and attendance lawsuits are filed.

City employee gets raise in FLSA lawsuit settlement

The budget director of a small city in New Jersey recently settled a time and attendance lawsuit alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act regarding claims of unpaid overtime.

Cell phone retailer sued by former workers

A Midwestern cell phone retailer is being sued for time and attendance violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Don’t Copy FLSA Mistakes of Copier Company

A company that markets and distributes copiers, printers, and other office equipment recently settled a class action lawsuit for $4.4 million with service technicians because of violations of FLSA and related state laws.

Judge awards former limo drivers $3.8 million in time and attendance lawsuit

The suit alleges time and attendance and other violations in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Dancers allege FLSA violations, take club owners to court

Two exotic dancers have filed a class-action lawsuit against a company owning several gentlemen's clubs for time and attendance violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Judge awards former limo drivers $3.8 million in time and attendance lawsuit

The suit alleges time and attendance and other violations in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Dancers allege FLSA violations, take club owners to court

Two exotic dancers have filed a class-action lawsuit against a company owning several gentlemen's clubs for time and attendance violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

In-vitro services company facing time and attendance lawsuit

A company specializing in necessary products used during in-vitro procedures is being taken to court by a former employee over allegations of unpaid overtime, a violation of time and attendance policies outlined under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Temporary warehouse workers file FLSA lawsuit against online retailer

The lawsuit claims that workers spent as much as a half-hour waiting for clearance to leave the facility as a result of security checks being performed on each individual.

In-vitro services company facing time and attendance lawsuit

A company specializing in necessary products used during in-vitro procedures is being taken to court by a former employee over allegations of unpaid overtime, a violation of time and attendance policies outlined under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Temporary warehouse workers file FLSA lawsuit against online retailer

The lawsuit claims that workers spent as much as a half-hour waiting for clearance to leave the facility as a result of security checks being performed on each individual.

Cleaning Employer Pays Over $1 Million for FLSA Dirty Laundry

A Massachusetts cleaning contractor recently agreed to pay more than $1 million to 149 workers for FLSA violations.

Financial services firm faces FLSA lawsuit

A large financial services firm could be facing an employee time lawsuit under the Fair Labor Standards Act for trying to make former employee pay back money associated with being a broker.

Camera maker settles overtime lawsuit

One of the world's most prominent camera equipment makers has finally reached a financial agreement for violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act regarding unpaid overtime and employee management software abuse in two states.

New York financial services firm settles time and attendance lawsuit, faces another

A New York-based business financial firm settled a time and attendance lawsuit brought on by 428 employees alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act for unpaid overtime.

Toy Seller Settles Class Action on Wage Violations

Toys 'R' Us recently agreed to pay up to $4 million to settle class-action allegations that it violated several provisions the FLSA and California state laws on meals and rest breaks.

Hawaiian hostel charged with FLSA violations

A Hawaiian company operating a dormitory-style hostel on the Island of Waikiki has been ordered to pay $110,000 to 91 employees under violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Defunct grocery chain being sued for unpaid overtime

A now defunct, Chicago-based grocery store chain is being taken to court by two former managers for time and attendance violations related to unpaid overtime.

Restaurant chain faces second lawsuit for time and attendance violations

A New York-based restaurant chain is being sued for the second time in eight months for time and attendance violations.

Hawaiian hostel charged with FLSA violations

A Hawaiian company operating a dormitory-style hostel on the Island of Waikiki has been ordered to pay $110,000 to 91 employees under violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Defunct grocery chain being sued for unpaid overtime

A now defunct, Chicago-based grocery store chain is being taken to court by two former managers for time and attendance violations related to unpaid overtime.

Toy Seller Settles Class Action on Wage Violations

Toys 'R' Us recently agreed to pay up to $4 million to settle class-action allegations that it violated several provisions the FLSA and California state laws on meals and rest breaks.

Restaurant chain faces second lawsuit for time and attendance violations

A New York-based restaurant chain is being sued for the second time in eight months for time and attendance violations.

Fast food chain being sued for labor violations

A national fast food chain is being taken to court by employees in the states of California, Michigan and New York for misuse of employee management software and other time and attendance violations.

Mortgage company sued for employee misclassification

An Ohio-based mortgage company is being sued for time and attendance violations regarding unpaid overtime by two former employees who worked as underwriters for the company.

Fast food chain being sued for labor violations

A national fast food chain is being taken to court by employees in the states of California, Michigan and New York for misuse of employee management software and other time and attendance violations.

Mortgage company sued for employee misclassification

An Ohio-based mortgage company is being sued for time and attendance violations regarding unpaid overtime by two former employees who worked as underwriters for the company.

California legislator accused of time and attendance violations

An assemblyman in California is being taken to court by a paralegal working on a campaign who clocked more hours than the individual was paid for.

President Obama to overhaul overtime policy

In a move viewed as having political ramifications in an election year, President Barack Obama will attempt to make sweeping policy changes regarding payment of overtime to workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

California legislator accused of time and attendance violations

An assemblyman in California is being taken to court by a paralegal working on a campaign who clocked more hours than the individual was paid for.

President Obama to overhaul overtime policy

In a move viewed as having political ramifications in an election year, President Barack Obama will attempt to make sweeping policy changes regarding payment of overtime to workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Employer, Owner Pay Double for Overtime Violations

Summit Drywall Inc. and its owner recently agreed to pay $550,000 in unpaid wages and damages to 384 employees in a consent judgment in a lawsuit filed by the DOL.

$500K judgment against construction company based on time and attendance discrepancies

A Washington company primarily engaged in the installation of drywall materials will have to pay approximately $550,000 to current and former employees, based on a decision from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Time and attendance lawsuit, registration issues plague temp agency

A temporary employment agency in Massachusetts is facing both a lawsuit alleging unpaid overtime from current and former workers as well as issues with business registration from the state government.

Security provider faces misclassification lawsuit

A security services company based in California is facing accusations that it wrongly classified employees in an attempt to reduce financial obligations and other considerations.

Time and attendance lawsuit, registration issues plague temp agency

A temporary employment agency in Massachusetts is facing both a lawsuit alleging unpaid overtime from current and former workers as well as issues with business registration from the state government.

Accurately track delivery personnel hours with time and attendance software

Recent high-profile Fair Labor Standards Act judgments against and settlements with restaurants that employ delivery drivers highlight the importance of using proper employee tracking software to accurately record hours worked and increase compliance.

Resorts settle with DOL over FLSA violations, pay out more than $1M

A group of prominent ski resorts and other hospitality providers in the Aspen, Colo. area have reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor over violations of employee time and attendance standards.

Al. firefighters settle FLSA lawsuit with municipality

A group of five firefighters previously or currently employed by an Alabama city have reached an agreement with that area's governing body to settle a lawsuit over various Fair Labor Standards Act claims.

Resorts settle with DOL over FLSA violations, pay out more than $1M

A group of prominent ski resorts and other hospitality providers in the Aspen, Colo. area have reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor over violations of employee time and attendance standards.

Accurately track delivery personnel hours with time and attendance software

Recent high-profile Fair Labor Standards Act judgments against and settlements with restaurants that employ delivery drivers highlight the importance of using proper employee tracking software to accurately record hours worked and increase compliance.

Overtime woes plague shuttered grocery store chain

A Chicago-based chain of grocery stores that recently closed its doors will pass along an accusation of overtime discrepancies from managerial employees to its parent companies.

Minimum wage increase debate continues

The value of employee time and attendance is in a state of flux in states and municipalities across the country, highlighting the need for accurate attendance tracking software for businesses to stay current with possibly changing laws.

Warehouse workers' lawsuit over time and attendance goes to U.S. Supreme Court

The question of whether employees of a major online retailer should be compensated for time spent waiting in security checks at the beginning and end of their shifts will be heard by the high court of the U.S.

CT, Iowa look to raise state minimum wages

Among a group of states and municipalities interested in boosting the base value of employee time and attendance, Connecticut's plan for a minimum wage increase is in line with those proposed by other governing bodies.

Overtime woes plague shuttered grocery store chain

A Chicago-based chain of grocery stores that recently closed its doors will pass along an accusation of overtime discrepancies from managerial employees to its parent companies.

Minimum wage increase debate continues

The value of employee time and attendance is in a state of flux in states and municipalities across the country, highlighting the need for accurate attendance tracking software for businesses to stay current with possibly changing laws.

Warehouse workers' lawsuit over time and attendance goes to U.S. Supreme Court

The question of whether employees of a major online retailer should be compensated for time spent waiting in security checks at the beginning and end of their shifts will be heard by the high court of the U.S.

CT, Iowa look to raise state minimum wages

Among a group of states and municipalities interested in boosting the base value of employee time and attendance, Connecticut's plan for a minimum wage increase is in line with those proposed by other governing bodies.

Employer Pays $6.8 Million for Blatant FLSA Misconduct

A Pennsylvania-New Jersey restaurant chain recently agreed to a consent judgment where it will pay more than $6.8 million in back wages and damages for FLSA violations affecting more than 1,000 workers.

Hotel Pays Penalty for Manipulating Time System

A hotel operator deliberately kept two sets of time records in an effort to avoid paying overtime. The result was predictable. The employer was caught and had to pay almost $42,000 in back wages and penalties.

Hospital negotiating settlement over time and attendance with workers

A Pennsylvania hospital and health care system is in the process of negotiating a settlement with current and former employees over alleged improper overtime calculations.

Retail store gets out of time and attendance lawsuit

A national discount retail chain has successfully argued that its managers are exempt workers and do not earn overtime pay when putting in more than 40 hours during a given workweek.

Hospital negotiating settlement over time and attendance with workers

A Pennsylvania hospital and health care system is in the process of negotiating a settlement with current and former employees over alleged improper overtime calculations.

Settlement of six figures only settles half of firefighter overtime suit

An Alabama city government is working toward settling a lawsuit brought by the municipality's firefighters, but it will likely cost a significant amount of money.

Retail store gets out of time and attendance lawsuit

A national discount retail chain has successfully argued that its managers are exempt workers and do not earn overtime pay when putting in more than 40 hours during a given workweek.

Settlement of six figures only settles half of firefighter overtime suit

An Alabama city government is working toward settling a lawsuit brought by the municipality's firefighters, but it will likely cost a significant amount of money.

Attorney sues law firm over nature of work performed

Employee classification can be difficult, considering the multi-step tests that must apply in whole for workers to be exempt from the wage and overtime provisions of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

Minor league baseball players file suit against major league employers

Unless involved in an independent league, minor-league baseball players on teams across the country are employed by major league organizations.

Glass repair technician gets class-action status

An appeal in a labor lawsuit has made it possible for the former employee of an automotive glass repair company to possibly create a class-action lawsuit.

Attorney sues law firm over nature of work performed

Employee classification can be difficult, considering the multi-step tests that must apply in whole for workers to be exempt from the wage and overtime provisions of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

Overtime lawsuit from technical employees conditionally certified

A lawsuit over employee classification gained steam as a group of 9,800 current and former staff members at a major computer and electronics manufacturer received permission to conditionally function as a single class.

Time and attendance lawsuit filed by Ohio pro football cheerleader

A member of the cheerleading team for an Ohio-based professional football squad has filed a lawsuit based on alleged employee time and pay discrepancies, following the steps of another cheerleader from California who filed a similar suit in late January.

Large-scale sheriff's deputies time and attendance lawsuit dismissed

A class-action suit filed by a group of more than 100 current and former law enforcement personnel in Colorado's Jefferson County was dismissed by a federal judge.

Texas hotel has to pay out $50k in withheld overtime

A high-end hotel located near a Texas airport was recently ruled against in a time and attendance lawsuit that noted the business willfully violated various Fair Labor Standards Act provisions, including rules regulating minimum wage and overtime.

Large home improvement chain faces country-wide lawsuit

The recent certification of a national class for a lawsuit against a major tool, material and hardware chain may have added momentum to the legal action.

Overtime complaint settled in favor of plaintiffs for $4.7 million

A group of warehouse workers subcontracted by an intermediary for a major big box retail chain recently settled a legal complaint about overtime pay and other Fair Labor Standards Act issues.

W.Va. woman claims payment irregularities in suit

A lawsuit has been brought against a small pharmacy chain in West Virginia by a former employee who has claimed she wasn't properly paid based on Fair Labor Standards Act requirements.

Large home improvement chain faces country-wide lawsuit

The recent certification of a national class for a lawsuit against a major tool, material and hardware chain may have added momentum to the legal action.

W.Va. woman claims payment irregularities in suit

A lawsuit has been brought against a small pharmacy chain in West Virginia by a former employee who has claimed she wasn't properly paid based on Fair Labor Standards Act requirements.

Realty company settles class-action lawsuit over employee attendance

A Calif.-based company involved in real estate sales and online referrals has agreed to a settlement with a group of current and former employees that will cost the business approximately $1.7 million.

Va. sheriff's deputies settle employee attendance lawsuit

A small group of former law enforcement workers in Middlesex County, Va. has settled with their employer after filing a lawsuit that reached the local Federal District Court.

Ore. TV reporter claims improper time and attendance tracking

A news anchor working for local stations in Oregon has claimed that his employers improperly compensated him and his colleagues for the amount of time put in on the job.

Chef brings lawsuit over time and attendance discrepancies

A chef formerly employed at a New Jersey restaurant has claimed that he was improperly compensated for work he put in at the facility, with employee attendance and pay discrepancies at the heart of the suit.

Va. sheriff's deputies settle employee attendance lawsuit

A small group of former law enforcement workers in Middlesex County, Va. has settled with their employer after filing a lawsuit that reached the local Federal District Court.

Ore. TV reporter claims improper time and attendance tracking

A news anchor working for local stations in Oregon has claimed that his employers improperly compensated him and his colleagues for the amount of time put in on the job.

Chef brings lawsuit over time and attendance discrepancies

A chef formerly employed at a New Jersey restaurant has claimed that he was improperly compensated for work he put in at the facility, with employee attendance and pay discrepancies at the heart of the suit.

Pa. town's public works employees consider using comp time

A possible change to the pay structure of a union representing eight employees of an east-central Pennsylvania city could positively impact both parties.

Realty company settles class-action lawsuit over employee attendance

A Calif.-based company involved in real estate sales and online referrals has agreed to a settlement with a group of current and former employees that will cost the business approximately $1.7 million.

Pa. town's public works employees consider using comp time

A possible change to the pay structure of a union representing eight employees of an east-central Pennsylvania city could positively impact both parties.

U.S. labor market slowly adds jobs

Overall employment in the U.S. saw positive growth in January, although the increase was slight and not up to the expectations of some pundits.

Multimillion dollar lawsuit filed against German industrial company

More than $10 million is at stake in a class-action lawsuit filed in California that includes at least 300 current and former workers as plaintiffs.

Wage dispute for tour guides settled

A lawsuit over payment and exemption status for a California tourism company was recently settled, with compensation for the affected employees totaling about $250,000.

Back pay lawsuit highlights need for employee management software

A management company in Louisiana is being sued by a former employee over claims that the business owes back pay for work done at the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013.

Multimillion dollar lawsuit filed against German industrial company

More than $10 million is at stake in a class-action lawsuit filed in California that includes at least 300 current and former workers as plaintiffs.

Wage dispute for tour guides settled

A lawsuit over payment and exemption status for a California tourism company was recently settled, with compensation for the affected employees totaling about $250,000.

Proposed law would increase worker misclassification penalties

Although improperly categorizing staff already can lead to large penalties and costly legal entanglements, a new proposed federal law would increase the price paid by businesses that incorrectly designate non-exempt workers as independent contractors or as exempt from hourly time and attendance compensation requirements.

Internship ruling may upset film industry

Companies that produce films, television shows and stage performances may have to change their approach to learning opportunities in light of a ruling by a federal district court that found interns working on a wide-release film were actually employees and deserved wages for their time and attendance.

Fla. timeshare company under fire for alleged overtime irregularities

A prominent timeshare company could face nonpayment litigation from a large group of employees in a lawsuit alleging improper compensation for employee time worked across a multi-year period.

Employee lawsuit against computer parts producer denied class-action status

A lawsuit filed by current and former workers against a company that produces electronic components in California was denied an application for class-action status, although the suit itself will go forward.

Worker misclassification led to auto rental company lawsuit

A particularly tough mistake for businesses to rectify is the misclassification of employees, falsely believing that a worker who should be paid hourly under the regulations of the Fair Labor Standards Act qualifies as a salaried staff member.

Fla. timeshare company under fire for alleged overtime irregularities

A prominent timeshare company could face nonpayment litigation from a large group of employees in a lawsuit alleging improper compensation for employee time worked across a multi-year period.

Unconventional wage payment scheme draws regulatory attention

The U.S. arm of a Chinese auto manufacturer recently paid a small financial penalty after the resolution of an investigation into its payment practices.

Employee lawsuit against computer parts producer denied class-action status

A lawsuit filed by current and former workers against a company that produces electronic components in California was denied an application for class-action status, although the suit itself will go forward.

Pro football cheerleader lawsuit over wages, time and attendance attracts regulatory attention

A legal action filed by a former cheerleader for a California professional football team has created enough attention to initiate an investigation into the situation by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Proposed law would increase worker misclassification penalties

Although improperly categorizing staff already can lead to large penalties and costly legal entanglements, a new proposed federal law would increase the price paid by businesses that incorrectly designate non-exempt workers as independent contractors or as exempt from hourly time and attendance compensation requirements.

Internship ruling may upset film industry

Companies that produce films, television shows and stage performances may have to change their approach to learning opportunities in light of a ruling by a federal district court that found interns working on a wide-release film were actually employees and deserved wages for their time and attendance.

Worker misclassification led to auto rental company lawsuit

A particularly tough mistake for businesses to rectify is the misclassification of employees, falsely believing that a worker who should be paid hourly under the regulations of the Fair Labor Standards Act qualifies as a salaried staff member.

Unconventional wage payment scheme draws regulatory attention

The U.S. arm of a Chinese auto manufacturer recently paid a small financial penalty after the resolution of an investigation into its payment practices.

Pro football cheerleader lawsuit over wages, time and attendance attracts regulatory attention

A legal action filed by a former cheerleader for a California professional football team has created enough attention to initiate an investigation into the situation by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Overtime bill for longer-distance bus drivers introduced

A senator from New York has introduced legislation backed by major labor union for bus drivers that would provide some workers who drive large, over-the-road transport vehicles with overtime pay.

Heavy winter weather means more overtime pay for many municipalities

Local governments in cold weather locales often have difficulty budgeting money for the various costs caused by ice, sleet and other forms of winter conditions.

NY pizza delivery franchisee pays out more than $1 million in time and attendance lawsuit

The franchisee of a pizza delivery business in New York City was found to have incorrectly recorded hours worked by employees, leading to a class-action lawsuit that cost the local company $1.28 million.

Unstable sheriff's department overtime budget highlights need for employee attendance management

Hall County, Fla. has had to deal with some significant overtime payouts to its sheriffs and deputies in the past five years, with an average overtime obligation of more than $1.4 million dollars over that span.

Overtime bill for longer-distance bus drivers introduced

A senator from New York has introduced legislation backed by major labor union for bus drivers that would provide some workers who drive large, over-the-road transport vehicles with overtime pay.

Heavy winter weather means more overtime pay for many municipalities

Local governments in cold weather locales often have difficulty budgeting money for the various costs caused by ice, sleet and other forms of winter conditions.

Unstable sheriff's department overtime budget highlights need for employee attendance management

Hall County, Fla. has had to deal with some significant overtime payouts to its sheriffs and deputies in the past five years, with an average overtime obligation of more than $1.4 million dollars over that span.

Ore. court rules for employees in case of new management at old establishment

The new owners of an existing restaurant and bar in Oregon are responsible for paying the back wages of workers who were employed at the same location and in the same general capacity, according to a ruling from the Ore. Supreme Court.

NY pizza delivery franchisee pays out more than $1 million in time and attendance lawsuit

The franchisee of a pizza delivery business in New York City was found to have incorrectly recorded hours worked by employees, leading to a class-action lawsuit that cost the local company $1.28 million.

Study Shows FLSA Cases Are Up 500 Percent

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report recently concluded that from 1991 to 2012, FLSA litigation increased by 514 percent and over 300 percent since 2001.

Unpaid overtime claims lead to lawsuit in Texas

A woman who worked for three different companies in a variety of capacities is alleging that all three failed to properly compensate her time and attendance and didn't provide correct overtime wages.

Overtime for firefighters in Sacramento scrutinized

Working beyond the regular 40-hour workweek can be an eventuality for many emergency service providers. The unpredictable nature of the occupations involved mean spending extra time on duty or at the site of a crisis without much forewarning or planning.

Government health care call center employees sue for overtime

A group of workers at a call center that works with insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act have claimed that they were denied earned overtime pay.

Study Shows FLSA Cases Are Up 500 Percent

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report recently concluded that from 1991 to 2012, FLSA litigation increased by 514 percent and over 300 percent since 2001.

FLSA changes will significantly affect companion workers

A drastic change to compensation rules for companionship workers means that employers of people providing the service will likely have more use for attendance tracking software.

Pay dispute by government workers over shutdown builds

Employees deemed to be essential by the federal government worked during the governing body's shutdown in October and were compensated, although not in accordance with their regular pay schedules.

Unpaid overtime claims lead to lawsuit in Texas

A woman who worked for three different companies in a variety of capacities is alleging that all three failed to properly compensate her time and attendance and didn't provide correct overtime wages.

Government health care call center employees sue for overtime

A group of workers at a call center that works with insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act have claimed that they were denied earned overtime pay.

Study Shows FLSA Cases Are Up 500 Percent

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report recently concluded that from 1991 to 2012, FLSA litigation increased by 514 percent and over 300 percent since 2001.

Determining the start of the workday

Calculating hours worked by employees may seem simple, but the Fair Labor Standards Act has some rather involved nuances when it comes to tracking worker time and attendance.

FLSA changes will significantly affect companion workers

A drastic change to compensation rules for companionship workers means that employers of people providing the service will likely have more use for attendance tracking software.

Pay dispute by government workers over shutdown builds

Employees deemed to be essential by the federal government worked during the governing body's shutdown in October and were compensated, although not in accordance with their regular pay schedules.

Sick day buyback proposal highlights need for time and attendance management

The city of Quincy, Ill. is trying to end a sick-day buyback program that hits the municipal budget with an approximate cost of $130,000 each fiscal year.

Settlement over minimum wage, overtime pay reached with NY employer

A dispute over employee time and attendance that led to a court case in New York has reached a provisional conclusion, based on a request submitted to a state court at the end of January.

Time rounding complaint moving through NY court

A group of current and former workers at a property management group that handles a high-profile apartment building in New York City have alleged that supervisors improperly recorded employee time and didn't provide them with adequate compensation.

EMS employees sue over employee attendance and pay allegations

Emergency medical providers in a South Carolina county have filed a lawsuit alleging pay discrepancies, with the action taking place in federal court.

Settlement over minimum wage, overtime pay reached with NY employer

A dispute over employee time and attendance that led to a court case in New York has reached a provisional conclusion, based on a request submitted to a state court at the end of January.

Time rounding complaint moving through NY court

A group of current and former workers at a property management group that handles a high-profile apartment building in New York City have alleged that supervisors improperly recorded employee time and didn't provide them with adequate compensation.

EMS employees sue over employee attendance and pay allegations

Emergency medical providers in a South Carolina county have filed a lawsuit alleging pay discrepancies, with the action taking place in federal court.

Statewide paid vacation requirement considered in Wash.

A proposal for mandatory paid vacation that would apply to many workers in Washington is being considered by the state legislature in Olympia.

Lawsuit filed over minimum wage claims by restaurant server

Concern and confusion over tip-sharing agreements at restaurants and other service industry locations where workers customarily receive gratuities have recently cropped up in the news.

FLSA panel provides employee time advice

In many respects, the Fair Labor Standards Act is straightforward in terms of requirements for companies and workers. Interpreting the act's application to modern business practices can be more involved, however.

Statewide paid vacation requirement considered in Wash.

A proposal for mandatory paid vacation that would apply to many workers in Washington is being considered by the state legislature in Olympia.

The ACA, Time & Attendance and Part-Timers

Target Corp. recently announced that, starting on April 1, 2014, it will no longer offer health coverage to part-time employees. Other employers with significant part-time employee populations need to make a similar assessment.

U.S. Supreme Court provides decision on changing clothes

The high court of the U.S. decided that time spent by workers changing in and out of protective gear isn't compensable.

Work off the clock complaints hit appliance service company

Uncompensated time and attendance complaints from service technicians in four states, with four more state-based classes pending addition to the class-action suit, may be a headache for a prominent appliance production and service company.

NY town pays out $2.6 million in overtime

A city in eastern New York saw overtime costs rise by approximately $200,000 in the most recent fiscal year.

Worker pay issues at end of employment

A recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has impacted how employers can take pay deductions from terminated workers in California.

Legal worker sues over classification of duties performed

A temporary legal worker at a New York-based law firm believes the work he performed is eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Out-of-control overtime costs NY municipality nearly $50k

The lack of a city engineer has significantly impacted the finances of a municipality near the Ontario border in N.Y.

Calif. increases worker protections, raises hourly value of employee time

A slate of legislation aimed at increasing the welfare, job security and profitability of workers in California that was approved in 2014 is now in effect.

Ill. minimum wage hike proposal would increase value of worker time and attendance

Illinois is considering a raise to the state's minimum wage but the idea hasn't won universal acclaim.

Conn. town faces snow-day pay arbitration confusion

Drastically different rulings about a similar pay issue have left officials in a central Conn. town puzzled.

Worker pay issues at end of employment

A recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has impacted how employers can take pay deductions from terminated workers in California.

Legal worker sues over classification of duties performed

A temporary legal worker at a New York-based law firm believes the work he performed is eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Out-of-control overtime costs NY municipality nearly $50k

The lack of a city engineer has significantly impacted the finances of a municipality near the Ontario border in N.Y.

Exemptions for highly-paid employees can be confusing

The wage and overtime exemptions of the Fair Labor Standards Act are often considered in terms of occupation - administrative, professional and outside sales being common applications.

Make sure titles and duties match under the FLSA

When categorizing employees, businesses should make sure that titles are indicators of work performed and not just a possibly inaccurate descriptor.

Calif. increases worker protections, raises hourly value of employee time

A slate of legislation aimed at increasing the welfare, job security and profitability of workers in California that was approved in 2014 is now in effect.

Ill. minimum wage hike proposal would increase value of worker time and attendance

Illinois is considering a raise to the state's minimum wage but the idea hasn't won universal acclaim.

Conn. town faces snow-day pay arbitration confusion

Drastically different rulings about a similar pay issue have left officials in a central Conn. town puzzled.

Exemptions for highly-paid employees can be confusing

The wage and overtime exemptions of the Fair Labor Standards Act are often considered in terms of occupation - administrative, professional and outside sales being common applications.

Make sure titles and duties match under the FLSA

When categorizing employees, businesses should make sure that titles are indicators of work performed and not just a possibly inaccurate descriptor.

Wash. state may raise minimum wage again

Although Wash. already has the highest state-level minimum wage in the nation - outmatched only by a few cities and municipalities that have better rates - the Evergreen State could again increase its pay floor and make time and attendance worth more for workers.

Fla. fast food franchisee employee files labor suit

A worker at a fast food restaurant in Fla. has filed a class action lawsuit alleging that employees were paid less than the minimum wage in violation of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

Mortgage officers win seven-figure settlement over employee classification

A bank that operates across more than 20 states in the U.S. and a group of employees have reached a settlement over unpaid overtime.

Trucking trainer company faces accusations of improper time and attendance management

A class-action filing by a group of truckers who had been trained at a Wisconsin company has been brought to U.S. District Court.

Economists call for federal minimum wage hike

A drive to increase the federal minimum wage, which currently sits at $7.25 an hour and lags behind 22 individual states and other U.S. jurisdictions with higher pay rates, was bolstered by a group of prominent economists contacting President Obama and members of the federal legislature.

Wash. state may raise minimum wage again

Although Wash. already has the highest state-level minimum wage in the nation - outmatched only by a few cities and municipalities that have better rates - the Evergreen State could again increase its pay floor and make time and attendance worth more for workers.

Fla. fast food franchisee employee files labor suit

A worker at a fast food restaurant in Fla. has filed a class action lawsuit alleging that employees were paid less than the minimum wage in violation of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

Mortgage officers win seven-figure settlement over employee classification

A bank that operates across more than 20 states in the U.S. and a group of employees have reached a settlement over unpaid overtime.

Trucking trainer company faces accusations of improper time and attendance management

A class-action filing by a group of truckers who had been trained at a Wisconsin company has been brought to U.S. District Court.

Economists call for federal minimum wage hike

A drive to increase the federal minimum wage, which currently sits at $7.25 an hour and lags behind 22 individual states and other U.S. jurisdictions with higher pay rates, was bolstered by a group of prominent economists contacting President Obama and members of the federal legislature.

Advice for businesses using interns

Internships can be a benefit to the young people learning about a certain field and company, as well as the business that's helping to educate them.

National restaurant chain location in Ky. sued by workers

A lawsuit filed against the multi-state franchisee and a manager of a Kentucky-based location of a casual restaurant has grown to include 58 plaintiffs.

PA Health care company faces class action lawsuit over FLSA claims

A former employee of a Pennsylvania-based health care organization has filed suit against the business, alleging violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

Shifting workweek claim leads to lawsuit

An argument by a group of former and current workers that their employer moved the start and end dates of their workweek led to a civil suit that was eventually ruled for in favor of the employer.

Upper Northeast convenience store chain faces massive time and attendance lawsuit

A gas station and convenience store chain located in the Northeast U.S. is facing a lawsuit from about 4,000 current and former workers.

Advice for businesses using interns

Internships can be a benefit to the young people learning about a certain field and company, as well as the business that's helping to educate them.

National restaurant chain location in Ky. sued by workers

A lawsuit filed against the multi-state franchisee and a manager of a Kentucky-based location of a casual restaurant has grown to include 58 plaintiffs.

New York state passes new worker classification law

Employee classification can be a contentious issue for workers, businesses and the court system.

Washington, D.C. raises minimum wage

Employee time will soon be worth more in the nation's capitol following the recent signing of a bill by Washington, D.C. Mayor Vince Gray.

Shifting workweek claim leads to lawsuit

An argument by a group of former and current workers that their employer moved the start and end dates of their workweek led to a civil suit that was eventually ruled for in favor of the employer.

Upper Northeast convenience store chain faces massive time and attendance lawsuit

A gas station and convenience store chain located in the Northeast U.S. is facing a lawsuit from about 4,000 current and former workers.

New York state passes new worker classification law

Employee classification can be a contentious issue for workers, businesses and the court system.

Washington, D.C. raises minimum wage

Employee time will soon be worth more in the nation's capitol following the recent signing of a bill by Washington, D.C. Mayor Vince Gray.

Protective clothing pay dispute goes to high court

An disagreement over whether employee time spent putting on and taking off protective garments that led to a lawsuit is heading to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Keep track of minimum wage changes

For companies to properly manage and correctly pay employees, they need to be aware of changes to basic compensation for employee time.

Protective clothing pay dispute goes to high court

An disagreement over whether employee time spent putting on and taking off protective garments that led to a lawsuit is heading to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Don't use exempt positions as a reward

A salaried position is desirable for a variety of reasons, including the stability that an income freed from many employee time considerations provides.

Regulations change for tipped employees

While the federal minimum tipped wage won't change soon, a new law regulating mandatory gratuities, also known as service charges, may influence how employers at service-related businesses set up their tip plan.

Keep track of minimum wage changes

For companies to properly manage and correctly pay employees, they need to be aware of changes to basic compensation for employee time.

Don't use exempt positions as a reward

A salaried position is desirable for a variety of reasons, including the stability that an income freed from many employee time considerations provides.

Regulations change for tipped employees

While the federal minimum tipped wage won't change soon, a new law regulating mandatory gratuities, also known as service charges, may influence how employers at service-related businesses set up their tip plan.

Court rules on security checkpoint time

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that the time workers spend going through a security checkpoint after the completion of work duties is compensable time.

Time and attendance missteps cost Neb. employer millions

A $3.3 million dollar ruling against a Nebraska meat processing plant over the exact definition of working time has benefited about 8,900 employees.

Possible federal legislation will affect wages, employer conduct

A host of bills are being considered on Capitol Hill that would change portions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and impact hiring practices.

Compliance advice that helps protect employers

Being compliant with the Fair Labor Standards Act is a priority for businesses that want to avoid penalties, fines and lawsuits.

Mass. restaurant owner has to compensate employees

A violation of federal and state labor laws, including time and attendance components of the Fair Labor Standards Act, has led to a Mass. restaurant owner being liable for $100,000 in restitution.

Court rules on security checkpoint time

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that the time workers spend going through a security checkpoint after the completion of work duties is compensable time.

Time and attendance missteps cost Neb. employer millions

A $3.3 million dollar ruling against a Nebraska meat processing plant over the exact definition of working time has benefited about 8,900 employees.

Possible federal legislation will affect wages, employer conduct

A host of bills are being considered on Capitol Hill that would change portions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and impact hiring practices.

Compliance advice that helps protect employers

Being compliant with the Fair Labor Standards Act is a priority for businesses that want to avoid penalties, fines and lawsuits.

Mass. restaurant owner has to compensate employees

A violation of federal and state labor laws, including time and attendance components of the Fair Labor Standards Act, has led to a Mass. restaurant owner being liable for $100,000 in restitution.

Chain retailer pays $1.34 million to end class action suit

A national chain recently settled a class action lawsuit in a New York district court with a group of employees who claimed employee attendance wasn't tracked properly, leading to unjust compensation.

Delivery drivers contest employee attendance issues

A group of delivery drivers for a Pennsylvania-based food distributor are arguing their exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act in U.S. District Court.

Construction subcontractor faces legal challenge over employee pay

Time and attendance issues are driving a lawsuit against a subcontractor involved in rebuilding the boardwalk of a New Jersey town.

R.I. emergency service providers fight city hall over time and attendance issues

The Providence, R.I. city government is facing the prospect of a possible reimbursement of more than $2 million to the city's firefighters and police officers.

Chain retailer pays $1.34 million to end class action suit

A national chain recently settled a class action lawsuit in a New York district court with a group of employees who claimed employee attendance wasn't tracked properly, leading to unjust compensation.

Delivery drivers contest employee attendance issues

A group of delivery drivers for a Pennsylvania-based food distributor are arguing their exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act in U.S. District Court.

Construction subcontractor faces legal challenge over employee pay

Time and attendance issues are driving a lawsuit against a subcontractor involved in rebuilding the boardwalk of a New Jersey town.

R.I. emergency service providers fight city hall over time and attendance issues

The Providence, R.I. city government is facing the prospect of a possible reimbursement of more than $2 million to the city's firefighters and police officers.

Don't get tripped up on time and attendance during employee training

While promoting paid training for new hires isn't wrong by any means, employers should know that they have no other options except to compensate fresh employees while they learn the ropes of a business.

Volunteer labor for businesses can lead to consequences, litigation

While all businesses should be concerned with using accurate time and attendance software to successfully track shifts and pay, a few businesses are using volunteer labor to augment their paid staff.

Don't get tripped up on time and attendance during employee training

While promoting paid training for new hires isn't wrong by any means, employers should know that they have no other options except to compensate fresh employees while they learn the ropes of a business.

Restaurant sued over unpaid wage claim

Employee time tracking and wage payment are two issues involved in a lawsuit filed by employees of an Ohio restaurant.

Volunteer labor for businesses can lead to consequences, litigation

While all businesses should be concerned with using accurate time and attendance software to successfully track shifts and pay, a few businesses are using volunteer labor to augment their paid staff.

Restaurant sued over unpaid wage claim

Employee time tracking and wage payment are two issues involved in a lawsuit filed by employees of an Ohio restaurant.

FL business accused of missed overtime payments

A group of four current and former employees of a company that manages residences for disabled adults is alleging that the business didn't pay them the proper amount of overtime.

MA couple only pays domestic worker $2,500 for 13 years of work

A husband and wife in Mass. are facing severe financial penalties after a federal court found the couple paid a laborer less than $150 per month for 13 years.

Tip pooling a complicated issue under FLSA

A small pizzeria chain is facing a class action lawsuit after a former employee alleged that the company illegally distributes pooled tips.

Comp time bill could provide alternative to overtime in private sector

A common employee benefit for government workers is being considered for expansion to the private sector.

Focus on wage and hour issues in the new year

Employee attendance, hour tracking and pay are components of a business that managers and owners need to be aware of.

Comp time bill could provide alternative to overtime in private sector

A common employee benefit for government workers is being considered for expansion to the private sector.

Focus on wage and hour issues in the new year

Employee attendance, hour tracking and pay are components of a business that managers and owners need to be aware of.

How overtime applies when holidays are involved

The Fair Labor Standards Act doesn't require any sort of compensation when time off is taken for any reason, be it sick days, vacation or holidays.

Miscalculated overtime pay leads to $4​ million in restitution

A Texas health care system's incorrect method of overtime distribution means a lot of money is owed to a large group of employees.

Holiday bonuses may boost overtime pay scales

Although tracking employee pay is simple when the only compensation workers receive is an hourly wage, bonuses can complicate the matter.

How overtime applies when holidays are involved

The Fair Labor Standards Act doesn't require any sort of compensation when time off is taken for any reason, be it sick days, vacation or holidays.

Holiday bonuses may boost overtime pay scales

Although tracking employee pay is simple when the only compensation workers receive is an hourly wage, bonuses can complicate the matter.

Even temporary workers need to have their hours tracked

Hourly employment provided with the stipulation that a job may only last a few days or weeks is regulated just like an ongoing position.

Federal, state governments placing more scrutiny on employee classification

The government is placing more emphasis on finding the misclassification of employees as independent contractors and exempt workers, according to labor attorney Frank J. Morris.

Florida spa pays more than $30,000 in back wages

A group of 37 workers at a Florida health resort was awarded more than $30,000 because a federal investigation found the company had violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Even temporary workers need to have their hours tracked

Hourly employment provided with the stipulation that a job may only last a few days or weeks is regulated just like an ongoing position.

Florida spa pays more than $30,000 in back wages

A group of 37 workers at a Florida health resort was awarded more than $30,000 because a federal investigation found the company had violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Correctional officer pay dispute continues in Wis.

A dispute over whether or not some employees of Wisconsin's penal system should be paid for small amounts of time at the beginning of a shift may go to court.

Employees can't waive the right to overtime

Unless an employee fits into one of the exemptions for salaried workers, they have to be paid overtime - even if the workers say they don't want to be receive the higher rate or sign forms to that effect.

Common small business misconceptions

Whether your business has to track employee attendance for just a few workers or hundreds of members of a dozen different departments, overtime standards almost always apply.

Correctional officer pay dispute continues in Wis.

A dispute over whether or not some employees of Wisconsin's penal system should be paid for small amounts of time at the beginning of a shift may go to court.

Employees can't waive the right to overtime

Unless an employee fits into one of the exemptions for salaried workers, they have to be paid overtime - even if the workers say they don't want to be receive the higher rate or sign forms to that effect.

Common small business misconceptions

Whether your business has to track employee attendance for just a few workers or hundreds of members of a dozen different departments, overtime standards almost always apply.

Should your health care company use the '8 and 80' employee time system?

Although the Fair Labor Standards Act mandates a seven-day workweek for the purposes of computing employee overtime, one major exception exists for hospitals and other facilities providing residential care for mentally challenged, sick and elderly populations.

Duties for exempt administrative employees must meet standards

Employee attendance isn't tracked as closely for salaried administrative employees as it is for hourly workers. As long as administrators show up and successfully perform their duties, employers don't have to track hours worked to manage things like overtime.

Know when to pay non-exempt employees for training and learning opportunities

Knowing when to pay for employee attendance at training events, seminars and speaking engagements can keep businesses from spending too much on payroll as well as running afoul of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Follow meal break regulations to ensure FLSA compliance

Meal breaks are a unique part of the Fair Labor Standards Act. They aren't required under the law, but are regulated if provided by employers.

Should your health care company use the '8 and 80' employee time system?

Although the Fair Labor Standards Act mandates a seven-day workweek for the purposes of computing employee overtime, one major exception exists for hospitals and other facilities providing residential care for mentally challenged, sick and elderly populations.

Compensating employees traveling as passengers

Making sure hourly employees are properly paid has become more difficult as technology has made working from home and during a commute much more feasible.

Duties for exempt administrative employees must meet standards

Employee attendance isn't tracked as closely for salaried administrative employees as it is for hourly workers. As long as administrators show up and successfully perform their duties, employers don't have to track hours worked to manage things like overtime.

Know when to pay non-exempt employees for training and learning opportunities

Knowing when to pay for employee attendance at training events, seminars and speaking engagements can keep businesses from spending too much on payroll as well as running afoul of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Compensating employees traveling as passengers

Making sure hourly employees are properly paid has become more difficult as technology has made working from home and during a commute much more feasible.

Follow meal break regulations to ensure FLSA compliance

Meal breaks are a unique part of the Fair Labor Standards Act. They aren't required under the law, but are regulated if provided by employers.

Compensatory time maximums may lead to payouts

A Louisiana parish is trying to determine how to deal with compensatory time accumulated by its employees.

WV man sues former employer over FLSA violations

A former employee at a technology company in West Virginia has filed suit against his previous employer, alleging time and attendance violations and the infliction of emotional distress.

VT health care exchange employees forced to work overtime

Vermont is requiring public employees performing duties related to the state's health insurance exchange to work long hours for the rest of the year.

Compensatory time maximums may lead to payouts

A Louisiana parish is trying to determine how to deal with compensatory time accumulated by its employees.

WV man sues former employer over FLSA violations

A former employee at a technology company in West Virginia has filed suit against his previous employer, alleging time and attendance violations and the infliction of emotional distress.

Overtime case for oil workers disputed

A floating workweek and alleged improper employee attendance tracking are at the heart of legal action taken against a company operating in the economically robust North Dakota oil fields.

VT health care exchange employees forced to work overtime

Vermont is requiring public employees performing duties related to the state's health insurance exchange to work long hours for the rest of the year.

Public officials can be personally liable for FLSA violations

A recent ruling by the Kansas Court of Appeals found that public officials can face personal liability issues when the Fair Labor Standards Act is violated.

Homecare workers compensated for lost wages

A number of homecare workers in San Francisco received checks for back pay.

Overtime case for oil workers disputed

A floating workweek and alleged improper employee attendance tracking are at the heart of legal action taken against a company operating in the economically robust North Dakota oil fields.

Public officials can be personally liable for FLSA violations

A recent ruling by the Kansas Court of Appeals found that public officials can face personal liability issues when the Fair Labor Standards Act is violated.

Employer intent for exempt workers is crucial

A lawsuit filed against a major food producer and distributor by a former outside sales employee highlights the need for businesses to clearly state intent for workers as well as track time and attendance.

Chicago-based construction company violates labor laws

A construction company in the northwest suburbs of Chicago agreed to pay back wages to employees after an investigation from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Don't let non-exempt employees work off the clock

Exempt, salaried employees are often expected to check their company email even when they're not in the office. However, non-exempt workers who feel a need to deal with work email off the clock may create issues for their employers.

Chicago-based construction company violates labor laws

A construction company in the northwest suburbs of Chicago agreed to pay back wages to employees after an investigation from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Don't let non-exempt employees work off the clock

Exempt, salaried employees are often expected to check their company email even when they're not in the office. However, non-exempt workers who feel a need to deal with work email off the clock may create issues for their employers.

Mass. nurses say clerical work isn't paid for by hospital

A group of nurses in Massachusetts is suing a local hospital system over claims of inaccurately tracked time and attendance.

How youth workers are covered by the DOL for the holidays

Employees working seasonal positions for retailers, restaurants and other companies are regulated just like all other employees of a business.

Mass. nurses say clerical work isn't paid for by hospital

A group of nurses in Massachusetts is suing a local hospital system over claims of inaccurately tracked time and attendance.

How youth workers are covered by the DOL for the holidays

Employees working seasonal positions for retailers, restaurants and other companies are regulated just like all other employees of a business.

Electronic health record company faces overtime suit

As many as 1,000 current and former employees of a Wisconsin-based health records company may be entitled to previously unpaid overtime.

Fla-based spa pays back wages for FLSA violations

A spa and resort located in Tampa Bay, Fla. agreed to paid more than $30,000 in back wages to 37 employees.

Long Island sushi restaurants forced to pay $261K in back wages

Two Long Island sushi restaurants found to have improperly tracked employee time, withheld overtime pay and enforced an illegal tip pool were required to pay 70 affected employees a total of $261,887.

Illinois governor signs pension bill

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a pension bill into law on Nov. 5 in an effort to restore the state economy.

NM tearoom ordered to pay missed wages, overtime

A tearoom in New Mexico has been accused of improperly tracking employee time, tips and wages in a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor.

National restaurant chain argues against FLSA violation claim

A Fair Labor Standards Act suit filed by a former chef is being argued by the company that released him.

Illinois governor signs pension bill

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a pension bill into law on Nov. 5 in an effort to restore the state economy.

Keep interns, employees separate to ensure FLSA compliance

Cases of private-sector, unpaid interns suing companies because they believe they have performed work duties are on the rise, according to The National Law Review.

Minimum wage in Seattle-area close to hitting $15 per hour

A small city near Seattle has moved closer to offering the highest minimum wage in the nation after a contested vote.

Calif. baseball team forced to pay back club employees

The U.S. Department of Labor determined that a professional baseball team in California engaged in improper employee tracking and classification.

NM tearoom ordered to pay missed wages, overtime

A tearoom in New Mexico has been accused of improperly tracking employee time, tips and wages in a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor.

National restaurant chain argues against FLSA violation claim

A Fair Labor Standards Act suit filed by a former chef is being argued by the company that released him.

Payrolls, spending, home values increase

The latest available information on U.S. economic indicators shows positive growth across the board.

Minimum wage in Seattle-area close to hitting $15 per hour

A small city near Seattle has moved closer to offering the highest minimum wage in the nation after a contested vote.

Calif. baseball team forced to pay back club employees

The U.S. Department of Labor determined that a professional baseball team in California engaged in improper employee tracking and classification.

Sushi restaurant illegally docks worker tips

A sushi restaurant in Pennsylvania agreed to pay former workers illegally withheld tips

Washington D.C., states taking steps to raise minimum wages

Washington, D.C. is on pace to have the highest minimum wage in the nation due to a recent decision to raise the city's base pay rate to $11.50 per hour by 2016.

Grocery store ownership change in Chicago means more employee tracking needed

With a grocery chain leaving the Chicago market and a competitor buying some of the soon-to-be-gone company's former locations, accurate time and attendance software will be at a premium.

Breakfast chain wants more tip sharing amongst employees

A national coffee-and-breakfast restaurant company has helped push discussion of revising employee tip-sharing rules into the Massachusetts Senate.

FLSA misconceptions: what the act does not regulate or require

While the Fair Labor Standards Act lays out requirements for a broad range of employment-related issues, there are some items it doesn't cover, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

New labor laws coming in California affect time and attendance

California has a plethora of new work laws taking effect in 2014 and employers need to be in the know to make sure their employee management software is up to date.

Overtime exemptions don't apply to all salespeople

While the Fair Labor Standards Act provides a number of exemptions for the payment of overtime to sales workers, employers may still have a liability for extra pay.

US border patrol labor group pushes for streamlined overtime system

Because of continuing problems with the U.S. Border Patrol's employee tracking of a form of overtime, the leader of the organization's union is asking for changes that would amount to a reduction in pay for most officers.

TX financial services company sued for owed overtime

A Texas bank holding company is accused of withholding overtime pay by an employee who was with the business for nearly 15 years.

Grocery store ownership change in Chicago means more employee tracking needed

With a grocery chain leaving the Chicago market and a competitor buying some of the soon-to-be-gone company's former locations, accurate time and attendance software will be at a premium.

Breakfast chain wants more tip sharing amongst employees

A national coffee-and-breakfast restaurant company has helped push discussion of revising employee tip-sharing rules into the Massachusetts Senate.

TX financial services company sued for owed overtime

A Texas bank holding company is accused of withholding overtime pay by an employee who was with the business for nearly 15 years.

US unemployment figure continues to drop

Employee clocks are getting more use in the U.S. as the unemployment rate continues to fall.

Employee tracking now a must for all live-in care workers

Recent changes to labor regulations for in-home domestic and care workers means accurate employee management software will be more necessary for their third-party employers.

Overtime exemptions don't apply to all salespeople

While the Fair Labor Standards Act provides a number of exemptions for the payment of overtime to sales workers, employers may still have a liability for extra pay.

Sushi restaurant illegally docks worker tips

A sushi restaurant in Pennsylvania agreed to pay former workers illegally withheld tips

Fast food workers hold national demonstrations for higher wages

Demonstrators in New York City, Detroit and Atlanta have already made their voices heard in a continuing effort to make employee time worth more in the fast food industry.

Washington D.C., states taking steps to raise minimum wages

Washington, D.C. is on pace to have the highest minimum wage in the nation due to a recent decision to raise the city's base pay rate to $11.50 per hour by 2016.

US border patrol labor group pushes for streamlined overtime system

Because of continuing problems with the U.S. Border Patrol's employee tracking of a form of overtime, the leader of the organization's union is asking for changes that would amount to a reduction in pay for most officers.

FLSA misconceptions: what the act does not regulate or require

While the Fair Labor Standards Act lays out requirements for a broad range of employment-related issues, there are some items it doesn't cover, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Employee tracking now a must for all live-in care workers

Recent changes to labor regulations for in-home domestic and care workers means accurate employee management software will be more necessary for their third-party employers.

New labor laws coming in California affect time and attendance

California has a plethora of new work laws taking effect in 2014 and employers need to be in the know to make sure their employee management software is up to date.

NC paramedics lose part-time positions in overtime confusion

Emergency medical responders in Rutherford County, N.C. can no longer work part-time positions on local rescue crews because of their full-time employment with county-level EMS providers.

Waiter sues TX restaurant over lack of opportunities for tips

A waiter has filed a lawsuit against a Texas restaurant that he claims prevented him from earning tips.

Eleventh hour agreement at NH nuclear plant lets union members keep working

Managers and union representatives at a nuclear power plant in New Hampshire agreed to terms of a new contract in the last day before a lockout involving significant numbers of employees would have gone into effect.

Employee tracking of East Haven, CT police shows 700+ overtime shifts

Police officers in East Haven, Conn. accumulated more than $600,000 in overtime pay since July 1.

Waiter sues TX restaurant over lack of opportunities for tips

A waiter has filed a lawsuit against a Texas restaurant that he claims prevented him from earning tips.

Common employer problems with time, attendance and hours worked

While the U.S. Department of Labor provides clear documentation of its various policies, the many different standards for hours worked, wages and more can become confusing. Here are three common problems mentioned by the department.

Eleventh hour agreement at NH nuclear plant lets union members keep working

Managers and union representatives at a nuclear power plant in New Hampshire agreed to terms of a new contract in the last day before a lockout involving significant numbers of employees would have gone into effect.

Employee tracking of East Haven, CT police shows 700+ overtime shifts

Police officers in East Haven, Conn. accumulated more than $600,000 in overtime pay since July 1.

Ill. labor union, county employer reach agreement

A late-night agreement by labor leaders and public employees in Will County, Ill., on Dec. 4 put an end to a general strike that had entered its third week.

NC paramedics lose part-time positions in overtime confusion

Emergency medical responders in Rutherford County, N.C. can no longer work part-time positions on local rescue crews because of their full-time employment with county-level EMS providers.

Comp. time payout costs Ala. county more than $20,000

Alabama's Lawrence county is paying a group of seven employees a total of about $22,500 to clear up issues with comp time.

Common employer problems with time, attendance and hours worked

While the U.S. Department of Labor provides clear documentation of its various policies, the many different standards for hours worked, wages and more can become confusing. Here are three common problems mentioned by the department.

Comp. time payout costs Ala. county more than $20,000

Alabama's Lawrence county is paying a group of seven employees a total of about $22,500 to clear up issues with comp time.

Hospital management, staff take furloughs, lose vacation to keep operations normal

Top-level staff at a Montana hospital are taking furlough days and all hospital employees are foregoing earned vacation time to keep services functioning at 100 percent.

Court ruling could extend 'employer' classification to CEOs

Another powerful reason to maintain proper employee tracking software and records recently came from a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which ruled that the CEO of a New York City grocery chain can be held liable for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Improper time and attendance tracking costs Calif. car wash six-figure judgment

A car wash in Santa Monica, Calif. was recently ordered by the Los Angeles County Superior Court to pay back 75 workers for wage and labor violations after employee time was willfully miscalculated and sometimes totally ignored.

Cities big and small face police overtime issues

City officials in Ypsilanti, Mich. are considering a significant raise in the city's police overtime budget, bringing the total figure from $350,000 to $450,000.

Employers Should Use FLSA Administration Exception with Caution

Many employers would do well to conduct a self-audit of the jobs classified as FLSA non-exempt. Courts construe the administrative exception more narrowly than many employers do. The safe position is if in doubt, make the position non-exempt.

DOL fines Calif. restaurant owners for wage theft

The Department of Labor fined the two owners of an Ukiah, Calif. Thai restaurant.

Court ruling could extend 'employer' classification to CEOs

Another powerful reason to maintain proper employee tracking software and records recently came from a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which ruled that the CEO of a New York City grocery chain can be held liable for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Improper time and attendance tracking costs Calif. car wash six-figure judgment

A car wash in Santa Monica, Calif. was recently ordered by the Los Angeles County Superior Court to pay back 75 workers for wage and labor violations after employee time was willfully miscalculated and sometimes totally ignored.

Employers Should Use FLSA Administration Exception with Caution

Many employers would do well to conduct a self-audit of the jobs classified as FLSA non-exempt. Courts construe the administrative exception more narrowly than many employers do. The safe position is if in doubt, make the position non-exempt.

DOL fines Calif. restaurant owners for wage theft

The Department of Labor fined the two owners of an Ukiah, Calif. Thai restaurant.

Mass. groups advocate more pay for employee time

Community activists in Massachusetts, including labor organizations and church groups, are advocating for a raise to the state's minimum wage.

Cities big and small face police overtime issues

City officials in Ypsilanti, Mich. are considering a significant raise in the city's police overtime budget, bringing the total figure from $350,000 to $450,000.

Mass. groups advocate more pay for employee time

Community activists in Massachusetts, including labor organizations and church groups, are advocating for a raise to the state's minimum wage.

Fast-food workers prepare large scale strike

Activists are sponsoring one-day strikes in 100 cities on Dec. 5, as well as protest activities in another 100 cities.

CA county fair employees win back ability to earn overtime

Employee clocks will once again register overtime at the Sonoma, Calif. country fair, following a civil but animated back-and-forth discussion between organizers and workers.

Employee time and classification regulations face changes on Capitol Hill

The wrongful classification of workers as independent contractors is drawing attention from federal legislators, who claim that the practice costs citizens millions of dollars because of improper employee tracking.

Fast-food workers prepare large scale strike

Activists are sponsoring one-day strikes in 100 cities on Dec. 5, as well as protest activities in another 100 cities.

CA county fair employees win back ability to earn overtime

Employee clocks will once again register overtime at the Sonoma, Calif. country fair, following a civil but animated back-and-forth discussion between organizers and workers.

Employee time and classification regulations face changes on Capitol Hill

The wrongful classification of workers as independent contractors is drawing attention from federal legislators, who claim that the practice costs citizens millions of dollars because of improper employee tracking.

Kansas City, Mo. audit demonstrates increase in city overtime

Overtime payments in Kansas City, Mo. have increased significantly in the past few years.

Home care organization in Ohio cited for FLSA violations

An Ohio-based home care provider has been accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Ky. locations of national sandwich restaurant cited for FLSA violations

Several Lexington, Ky. locations of a national sandwich chain employed workers who had entered the country without legal permission and failed to pay them overtime.

Home care organization in Ohio cited for FLSA violations

An Ohio-based home care provider has been accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Ky. locations of national sandwich restaurant cited for FLSA violations

Several Lexington, Ky. locations of a national sandwich chain employed workers who had entered the country without legal permission and failed to pay them overtime.

D.C. groups consider tipped minimum wage

Several groups in Washington, D.C. are convening on Nov. 26 to discuss raising the minimum wage for tipped workers in the city.

Wash.-based spa required to pay back wages

A spa in Redmond, Wash. was ordered to pay back wages to 23 massage therapists.

Hotel chain in Texas ordered to pay back wages

An Odessa, Texas-based hotel chain agreed to pay back compensation to employees in several locations in the state following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor.

D.C. groups consider tipped minimum wage

Several groups in Washington, D.C. are convening on Nov. 26 to discuss raising the minimum wage for tipped workers in the city.

Calif. restaurant owner found in violation of labor laws

The owner of buffet restaurant in Oakland, Calif. has been charged with 16 felony and misdemeanor counts.

Wash.-based spa required to pay back wages

A spa in Redmond, Wash. was ordered to pay back wages to 23 massage therapists.

Hotel chain in Texas ordered to pay back wages

An Odessa, Texas-based hotel chain agreed to pay back compensation to employees in several locations in the state following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Calif. restaurant owner found in violation of labor laws

The owner of buffet restaurant in Oakland, Calif. has been charged with 16 felony and misdemeanor counts.

Discount store managers sue employer for back wages

A group of managers is filing a lawsuit against several Pennsylvania locations of a national discount store chain.

MTA exceeds overtime budget

New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority is reporting a 90 percent increase in unscheduled overtime.

Houston enacts stricter policy against employer wage theft

Houston, Texas passed an ordinance that will help to prevent wage theft in the city.

Discount store managers sue employer for back wages

A group of managers is filing a lawsuit against several Pennsylvania locations of a national discount store chain.

MTA exceeds overtime budget

New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority is reporting a 90 percent increase in unscheduled overtime.

Houston enacts stricter policy against employer wage theft

Houston, Texas passed an ordinance that will help to prevent wage theft in the city.

Overtime hours contribute to the gender wage gap

One of the reasons for the persistent wage gap between men and women may be related to overtime pay.

Coffee chain sued for FLSA violation

Three former employees from an Oregon location of a national coffee shop are suing the company, claiming they were paid below minimum wage.

Overtime hours contribute to the gender wage gap

One of the reasons for the persistent wage gap between men and women may be related to overtime pay.

Coffee chain sued for FLSA violation

Three former employees from an Oregon location of a national coffee shop are suing the company, claiming they were paid below minimum wage.

Wage and hour settlements decrease in 2013

Fewer wage and hour lawsuits will settle in 2013 than last year.

NY agencies will spend record amount on overtime in 2013

State agencies in New York have spent more than $462 million in overtime pay in the first 9 months of the year.

NY partners with DOL to combat employee misclassification

New York is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Labor to decrease the practice of employee misclassifications.

NY agencies will spend record amount on overtime in 2013

State agencies in New York have spent more than $462 million in overtime pay in the first 9 months of the year.

NY partners with DOL to combat employee misclassification

New York is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Labor to decrease the practice of employee misclassifications.

Washington, D.C. pushes for higher minimum wage

Several parties in Washington, D.C. are working on raising the minimum wage within the city.

DOL orders hotel managers to pay back wages

A resort in Desert Hot Springs, Calif. has agreed to compensate employees with back wages.

Texas-based janitorial service agrees to pay back wages

A cleaning company in Houston, Texas has agreed to pay more than $273,000 in minimum wage and overtime back payments to 266 employees.

Court decision allows Wisc. foundry lawsuit to move forward

A Wisconsin Seventh Circuit court panel decided to overturn a district court decision granting summary judgment to the employer in a Fair Labor Standards collective action case.

"Off the Books" Payroll Practice Costs Employer

Paying employees “off the books” is a temptation for many employers to avoid FLSA requirements. After all, if written documentation does not exist, it is almost impossible to get caught, correct?

DOL orders hotel managers to pay back wages

A resort in Desert Hot Springs, Calif. has agreed to compensate employees with back wages.

Texas-based janitorial service agrees to pay back wages

A cleaning company in Houston, Texas has agreed to pay more than $273,000 in minimum wage and overtime back payments to 266 employees.

Court decision allows Wisc. foundry lawsuit to move forward

A Wisconsin Seventh Circuit court panel decided to overturn a district court decision granting summary judgment to the employer in a Fair Labor Standards collective action case.

Reality TV writers are often misclassified as exempt

Writers for reality television shows are often classified as exempt and are thus forced to work long hours for little pay.

Hawaiian substitute teachers will receive back wages

On Nov. 15, a state judge approved back wages totaling more than $14 million for roughly 10,000 substitute teachers in Hawaii.

Allentown, Pa. considers raising minimum wage

In downtown Allentown, Pa., a number of construction projects are likely to bring hundreds of new jobs to the area.

Reality TV writers are often misclassified as exempt

Writers for reality television shows are often classified as exempt and are thus forced to work long hours for little pay.

Hawaiian substitute teachers will receive back wages

On Nov. 15, a state judge approved back wages totaling more than $14 million for roughly 10,000 substitute teachers in Hawaii.

Allentown, Pa. considers raising minimum wage

In downtown Allentown, Pa., a number of construction projects are likely to bring hundreds of new jobs to the area.

OSHA requires freighter company to reinstate whistle​-blowers and pay damages

After participating in an inspection audit at their North Carolina freight service company, four workers had their benefits revoked and were later fired from their positions.

Businesses report cutting hours as a result of the ACA

The Affordable Care Act may already be impacting hiring practices.

OSHA requires freighter company to reinstate whistle​-blowers and pay damages

After participating in an inspection audit at their North Carolina freight service company, four workers had their benefits revoked and were later fired from their positions.

Businesses report cutting hours as a result of the ACA

The Affordable Care Act may already be impacting hiring practices.

VT and NJ to raise minimum wage in 2014

New Jersey and Vermont will be both be raising state minimum wage requirements, effective Jan. 1, 2014.

Comp-time bill gains Senate GOP support

A comp-time bill is gaining traction in the Senate.

Mass. home care workers may receive more rights

Activists in Massachusetts are pushing for domestic employees to gain more legal protection in the workplace.

Retailers offer incentives for holiday workers

As more stores plan to remain open on Thanksgiving Day, employers are offering incentives to staff who spend the holiday working.

Comp-time bill gains Senate GOP support

A comp-time bill is gaining traction in the Senate.

Mass. home care workers may receive more rights

Activists in Massachusetts are pushing for domestic employees to gain more legal protection in the workplace.

Retailers offer incentives for holiday workers

As more stores plan to remain open on Thanksgiving Day, employers are offering incentives to staff who spend the holiday working.

California worker sues specialty clothing retailer for back wages and overtime

A California worker is filing a class action lawsuit against her national specialty clothing store employer for shorting her pay.

Proposed bill would put an end to employee misclassification

A new bill sponsored by Democratic senator Bob Casey seeks to make misclassification of employees a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

California worker sues specialty clothing retailer for back wages and overtime

A California worker is filing a class action lawsuit against her national specialty clothing store employer for shorting her pay.

Proposed bill would put an end to employee misclassification

A new bill sponsored by Democratic senator Bob Casey seeks to make misclassification of employees a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Calif. furniture company agrees to pay back overtime wages

A furniture distributor based in Calexico, Calif. agreed to pay more than $120,000 in back overtime pay to current and former employees.

Miami restaurant owners pay back wages to former employees

After closing in 2011, a Miami Beach restaurant finally compensated its former workers with 75 percent of the back pay owed to them.

Charleston firefighters sue city for back overtime wages

Six firefighters have filed a lawsuit against the city of Charleston, claiming the city failed to compensate them with overtime pay.

Calif. furniture company agrees to pay back overtime wages

A furniture distributor based in Calexico, Calif. agreed to pay more than $120,000 in back overtime pay to current and former employees.

Miami restaurant owners pay back wages to former employees

After closing in 2011, a Miami Beach restaurant finally compensated its former workers with 75 percent of the back pay owed to them.

Charleston firefighters sue city for back overtime wages

Six firefighters have filed a lawsuit against the city of Charleston, claiming the city failed to compensate them with overtime pay.

Texas employers convicted of felonies related to FLSA violations

A recent case demonstrates that violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act can bear more serious results than being required to compensate employees for back wages and overtime pay.

VA temporarily suspends mandatory overtime program for claims processors

Veterans Affairs is suspending a program that required disability claims processors to work at least 20 hours of overtime per month.

Topeka, Kan. ends overtime pay for fire department supervisors

On Nov. 9, the city of Topeka, Kan. ended an overtime pay practice that affected management positions within the fire department.

Texas employers convicted of felonies related to FLSA violations

A recent case demonstrates that violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act can bear more serious results than being required to compensate employees for back wages and overtime pay.

VA temporarily suspends mandatory overtime program for claims processors

Veterans Affairs is suspending a program that required disability claims processors to work at least 20 hours of overtime per month.

Topeka, Kan. ends overtime pay for fire department supervisors

On Nov. 9, the city of Topeka, Kan. ended an overtime pay practice that affected management positions within the fire department.

Overtime Violations Cost Hotel Group

A hotel chain in Texas and New Mexico — MCM Elegante and MCM Grande Hotels — recently agreed to pay $78,876 in overtime to some 200 employees.

Congress proposes an overhaul of DHS overtime system

A report issued last week by the Office of Special Counsel determined U.S. Department of Homeland Security workers were claiming unworked overtime in a systemic abuse of the overtime pay system.

President Barack Obama supports increase in federal minimum wage

President Barack Obama endorses raising the federal minimum wage to at least $10 per hour.

Overtime Violations Cost Hotel Group

A hotel chain in Texas and New Mexico — MCM Elegante and MCM Grande Hotels — recently agreed to pay $78,876 in overtime to some 200 employees.

Congress proposes an overhaul of DHS overtime system

A report issued last week by the Office of Special Counsel determined U.S. Department of Homeland Security workers were claiming unworked overtime in a systemic abuse of the overtime pay system.

President Barack Obama supports increase in federal minimum wage

President Barack Obama endorses raising the federal minimum wage to at least $10 per hour.

International nonprofit criticized for paying disabled workers less than minimum wage

Activists are petitioning an international thrift store non-profit chain that pays disabled workers less than minimum wage.

Tennessee phone call center pays back wages after DOL investigation

After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, a Tennessee corporation paid back wages to employees.

Vote is still out on SeaTac, Wash. minimum wage proposal

On Nov. 5, voters in the small town of SeaTac, Wash. voted on a bill that proposed to raise the minimum wage for certain workers.

International nonprofit criticized for paying disabled workers less than minimum wage

Activists are petitioning an international thrift store non-profit chain that pays disabled workers less than minimum wage.

Tennessee phone call center pays back wages after DOL investigation

After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, a Tennessee corporation paid back wages to employees.

Vote is still out on SeaTac, Wash. minimum wage proposal

On Nov. 5, voters in the small town of SeaTac, Wash. voted on a bill that proposed to raise the minimum wage for certain workers.

Bridal store chain eliminates full-time positions

All employees of a national bridal store chain have been changed to part-time workers.

Federal workers sue for double back pay accrued during shutdown

Federal employees who performed work during the government shutdown are filing a lawsuit for double payment for hours worked between Oct. 1 and Oct. 5, including overtime, if applicable.

Bridal store chain eliminates full-time positions

All employees of a national bridal store chain have been changed to part-time workers.

Federal workers sue for double back pay accrued during shutdown

Federal employees who performed work during the government shutdown are filing a lawsuit for double payment for hours worked between Oct. 1 and Oct. 5, including overtime, if applicable.

Kentucky restaurant workers sue for back pay and lost tips

Servers are suing a Kentucky location of a national restaurant chain.

Supreme Court considers definition of clothing under FLSA

A lawsuit filed by 800 current and former Indiana steel workers claims that time spent putting on and removing protective gear should be compensated by their employer.

Kentucky restaurant workers sue for back pay and lost tips

Servers are suing a Kentucky location of a national restaurant chain.

Supreme Court considers definition of clothing under FLSA

A lawsuit filed by 800 current and former Indiana steel workers claims that time spent putting on and removing protective gear should be compensated by their employer.

Federal workers claim $8.7 million in unearned overtime pay

Federal employees of the Department of Homeland Security have been claiming overtime for unworked hours, costing about $8.7 million a year.

Chicago firefighters exceed 2013 overtime budget

The Chicago Fire Department will exceed its overtime budget this year by more than $20 million.

Federal workers claim $8.7 million in unearned overtime pay

Federal employees of the Department of Homeland Security have been claiming overtime for unworked hours, costing about $8.7 million a year.

Chicago firefighters exceed 2013 overtime budget

The Chicago Fire Department will exceed its overtime budget this year by more than $20 million.

Michigan prison guards sue for lost wages

A group of 35 Mich. prison guards filed a lawsuit against the Department of Corrections, alleging they were not paid for activities that occurred before and after their scheduled shifts.

N.J. police lieutenant charged with time fraud

A Milltown, N.J. police lieutenant was indicted on Oct. 24 for falsifying his time card and collecting overtime pay for hours he did not work.

Michigan prison guards sue for lost wages

A group of 35 Mich. prison guards filed a lawsuit against the Department of Corrections, alleging they were not paid for activities that occurred before and after their scheduled shifts.

Court rules New York public hospitals exempt from state labor laws

On Oct. 16, a New York federal district court granted a partial motion to dismiss a lawsuit against the New York City Health & Hospitals Corp.

Oregon violates union contract and labor laws

The Oregon Employment Relations Board decided this month that the state violated the terms of its contract with Service Employees International Union Local 503, the state's largest union.

Retailers denied class action status in FLSA lawsuit

A California federal court has denied retail employees in a Federal Labor Standards Act lawsuit class action status.

Court rules New York public hospitals exempt from state labor laws

On Oct. 16, a New York federal district court granted a partial motion to dismiss a lawsuit against the New York City Health & Hospitals Corp.

Oregon violates union contract and labor laws

The Oregon Employment Relations Board decided this month that the state violated the terms of its contract with Service Employees International Union Local 503, the state's largest union.

Retailers denied class action status in FLSA lawsuit

A California federal court has denied retail employees in a Federal Labor Standards Act lawsuit class action status.

FLSA Violations Result in Criminal Convictions

A Texas employer and three of its top employees were recently convicted of felonies related to FLSA wage and hour violations.

FLSA lawsuit against fast food restaurant will reach settlement

Delivery employees involved in a class action lawsuit against a New York City fast food restaurant urged a judge on Oct. 25 to preliminarily approve a settlement.

New law designates models under 18 as child performers

New legislation signed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will recognize fashion models under the age of 18 as child performers.

Shelton mayor cuts part-time employee hours

Shelton, Conn. Mayor Mark Lauretti is asking department heads to limit the hours of part-time employees, according to the Shelton Herald.

FLSA Violations Result in Criminal Convictions

A Texas employer and three of its top employees were recently convicted of felonies related to FLSA wage and hour violations.

FLSA lawsuit against fast food restaurant will reach settlement

Delivery employees involved in a class action lawsuit against a New York City fast food restaurant urged a judge on Oct. 25 to preliminarily approve a settlement.

New law designates models under 18 as child performers

New legislation signed by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will recognize fashion models under the age of 18 as child performers.

FLSA Violations Result in Criminal Convictions

A Texas employer and three of its top employees were recently convicted of felonies related to FLSA wage and hour violations.

Shelton mayor cuts part-time employee hours

Shelton, Conn. Mayor Mark Lauretti is asking department heads to limit the hours of part-time employees, according to the Shelton Herald.

Court rules grocery store employment policy invalid

A Los Angeles woman filed a class action lawsuit against her grocery store employer in 2011, claiming the business failed to pay her and other hourly deli clerks minimum and overtime wages.

Overcrowding in Illinois jails leads to employee overtime

Overtime pay for Illinois' prison systems increased 34 percent last year.

Exotic dancers seek class action certification for FLSA lawsuit

One current and two former exotic dancers are seeking class action status against their Atlanta employer for failing to pay wages and requiring the performers to pay fees to work in the nightclub.

Overcrowding in Illinois jails leads to employee overtime

Overtime pay for Illinois' prison systems increased 34 percent last year.

Exotic dancers seek class action certification for FLSA lawsuit

One current and two former exotic dancers are seeking class action status against their Atlanta employer for failing to pay wages and requiring the performers to pay fees to work in the nightclub.

Wayne County jail affected by overtime budget

On Oct. 1, the beginning of the fiscal year, Mich. Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napolean announced jail deputies would not be able to work hours in excess of 40 after the overtime budget had been depleted.

Phone company workers seek overtime pay for hours spent on union activities

In a class action lawsuit currently pending in the Missouri Federal Court, workers at a national telephone company claimed they were owed overtime pay for time spent on union-related meetings, therefore violating the Federal Labor Standards Act.

Wayne County jail affected by overtime budget

On Oct. 1, the beginning of the fiscal year, Mich. Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napolean announced jail deputies would not be able to work hours in excess of 40 after the overtime budget had been depleted.

Pennsylvania man files collective action overtime lawsuit against food manufacturer

On Oct. 14, a Pennsylvania food manufacturer was faced with a proposed class action suit.

Alaskan pilot overtime lawsuit case postponed

An overtime case filed by Alaskan pilots that was supposed to go before a jury on Oct. 21 has been postponed indefinitely after a ruling in August, according to the Alaska Dispatch.

Contract lawyer continues to seek overtime compensation

In March, a contract lawyer filed a lawsuit against his employers, a global law firm, seeking overtime compensation.

Software developer pays $1.47 million in FLSA suit

On Oct. 21, a software developer agreed to pay a $1.47 million settlement in a Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuit.

Contract lawyer continues to seek overtime compensation

In March, a contract lawyer filed a lawsuit against his employers, a global law firm, seeking overtime compensation.

Software developer pays $1.47 million in FLSA suit

On Oct. 21, a software developer agreed to pay a $1.47 million settlement in a Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuit.

Pop star settles overtime lawsuit out of court

On Oct. 21, a famous American pop singer settled an overtime case that was supposed to go to court in November.

Staying on top of different state vacation policy laws

One of the most effective ways to avoid lawsuits related to time and attendance is to be fully informed of labor policies on state and federal levels.

Pop star settles overtime lawsuit out of court

On Oct. 21, a famous American pop singer settled an overtime case that was supposed to go to court in November.

Staying on top of different state vacation policy laws

One of the most effective ways to avoid lawsuits related to time and attendance is to be fully informed of labor policies on state and federal levels.

Supreme Court awards overtime pay to Houston firefighters

In 2011, three former Houston firefighters sued the city, alleging that illegal deductions were made from their retirement pay.

Save time and energy by switching to Web-based time and attendance software

Web-based attendance software saves companies time and resources, yet for some reason, many businesses still find themselves using paper timesheets.

Gym employees denied nationwide collective certification in FLSA lawsuit

Workers at a fitness company in southern Texas sued their employer, claiming they were not paid overtime for work that took place off the clock.

Save time and energy by switching to Web-based time and attendance software

Web-based attendance software saves companies time and resources, yet for some reason, many businesses still find themselves using paper timesheets.

Gym employees denied nationwide collective certification in FLSA lawsuit

Workers at a fitness company in southern Texas sued their employer, claiming they were not paid overtime for work that took place off the clock.

Supreme Court awards overtime pay to Houston firefighters

In 2011, three former Houston firefighters sued the city, alleging that illegal deductions were made from their retirement pay.

Sixth Circuit Court rules employment agreement cannot limit statute of limitations under FLSA

An employee of a mail delivery company recently sued the business for violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Equal Pay Act.

Texas city software conversion spurs overtime request

In the midst of implementing Odyssey data entry software for the Rockford City Courthouse in Texas, District Clerk Pam Heard requested that Aransas County commissioners provide overtime pay for employees involved in the changeover.

Pennsylvania Transport workers' FLSA case moves forward

After several bus and trolley workers sued the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority for overtime wages, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals overturned an initial ruling by the lower court, thereby allowing the case to move forward.

Health Care Employer Pays Dearly for Systemic Violations

A Houston-based hospital system recently agreed to pay more the $4 million for various FLSA violations that affected more than 4,500 employees.

Sixth Circuit Court rules employment agreement cannot limit statute of limitations under FLSA

An employee of a mail delivery company recently sued the business for violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Equal Pay Act.

Texas city software conversion spurs overtime request

In the midst of implementing Odyssey data entry software for the Rockford City Courthouse in Texas, District Clerk Pam Heard requested that Aransas County commissioners provide overtime pay for employees involved in the changeover.

Pennsylvania Transport workers' FLSA case moves forward

After several bus and trolley workers sued the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority for overtime wages, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals overturned an initial ruling by the lower court, thereby allowing the case to move forward.

Jersey City implements mobile tracking devices for city workers

After several incidents in July in which Jersey City employees were caught using city vehicles after hours to engage in illegal activities, the city will begin using a GPS system to track city vehicles.

Alaskan corporation sued for violation of Fair Labor Standards Act

An employee of an Alaskan corporation is suing the company for violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Memphis retailer pays $1.9 million in overtime lawsuit

On Oct. 15, a Memphis-based clothing company announced its intention to pay $1.9 million to employees in back overtime pay.

Jersey City implements mobile tracking devices for city workers

After several incidents in July in which Jersey City employees were caught using city vehicles after hours to engage in illegal activities, the city will begin using a GPS system to track city vehicles.

Alaskan corporation sued for violation of Fair Labor Standards Act

An employee of an Alaskan corporation is suing the company for violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Memphis retailer pays $1.9 million in overtime lawsuit

On Oct. 15, a Memphis-based clothing company announced its intention to pay $1.9 million to employees in back overtime pay.

Food supplier pays $5 million in donning and doffing lawsuit

Following an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act, there is a growing number of overtime lawsuits due to uncompensated time for "donning and doffing," or the time spent each day getting dressed in work-related clothing and removing it.

Security workers at golf tournament sue for overtime pay

Five individuals who provided security at a major golf tournament held in August in Rochester, N.Y., are suing their employer for overtime pay, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

Food supplier pays $5 million in donning and doffing lawsuit

Following an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act, there is a growing number of overtime lawsuits due to uncompensated time for "donning and doffing," or the time spent each day getting dressed in work-related clothing and removing it.

House Subcommittee Hearing discusses full-time definition under Affordable Care Act

On October 15, the House Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology held a hearing to discuss how the Affordable Care act may affect small businesses.

Security workers at golf tournament sue for overtime pay

Five individuals who provided security at a major golf tournament held in August in Rochester, N.Y., are suing their employer for overtime pay, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

House Subcommittee Hearing discusses full-time definition under Affordable Care Act

On October 15, the House Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology held a hearing to discuss how the Affordable Care act may affect small businesses.

Electronics maker faced with second overtime lawsuit

For the second time in just a few months, an electronics company is faced with a class-action lawsuit brought on by employees who waited in security lines while off the clock.

Employee sues online retailer for violation of Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act

A Pennsylvania resident is suing his employer, a large Internet retail company for failing to compensate hourly workers for overtime accumulated during mandatory security searches in a warehouse facility located outside of Allentown

City workers rack up $400,000 in overtime pay during Miss America pageant

After a six-year run in Las Vegas, this year's Miss America pageant, was held in Atlantic City, N.J., and the event cost the city nearly $400,000 in overtime.

Electronics maker faced with second overtime lawsuit

For the second time in just a few months, an electronics company is faced with a class-action lawsuit brought on by employees who waited in security lines while off the clock.

City workers rack up $400,000 in overtime pay during Miss America pageant

After a six-year run in Las Vegas, this year's Miss America pageant, was held in Atlantic City, N.J., and the event cost the city nearly $400,000 in overtime.

New Orleans' French Market exceeded 2010 overtime budget

The New Orleans city agency that manages the French Market spent nearly $75,000 in budget excesses in overtime pay in 2010, according to a report issued last week.

California workers denied class-action status for overtime lawsuit

A California federal district judge recently ruled that the 51 information technology job titles listed in an exempt status misclassification case differed too much from one another to be unified under a collective or class-action lawsuit.

Red Bluff struggles to maintain overtime budget for city workers

California's Red Bluff City Council is struggling with budget concerns and is faced with public safety issues as a result of overtime-pay allocation problems.

New Orleans' French Market exceeded 2010 overtime budget

The New Orleans city agency that manages the French Market spent nearly $75,000 in budget excesses in overtime pay in 2010, according to a report issued last week.

California workers denied class-action status for overtime lawsuit

A California federal district judge recently ruled that the 51 information technology job titles listed in an exempt status misclassification case differed too much from one another to be unified under a collective or class-action lawsuit.

Red Bluff struggles to maintain overtime budget for city workers

California's Red Bluff City Council is struggling with budget concerns and is faced with public safety issues as a result of overtime-pay allocation problems.

Salaries expected to increase by 3 percent in 2014

Salary increases over the next year are projected to average at about 3 percent, according to the Society for Human Resource Management.

California to raise minimum wage

The California state legislature recently passed a bill that will increase minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2016.

Under health care reform, employees may choose part-time work

With the changes brought on by the Affordable Care Act, there is a lot of concern that business owners may simply cut hours of employees to avoid paying for health care.

Salaries expected to increase by 3 percent in 2014

Salary increases over the next year are projected to average at about 3 percent, according to the Society for Human Resource Management.

California to raise minimum wage

The California state legislature recently passed a bill that will increase minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2016.

Under health care reform, employees may choose part-time work

With the changes brought on by the Affordable Care Act, there is a lot of concern that business owners may simply cut hours of employees to avoid paying for health care.

Louisiana parish proposes measures against unnecessary overtime

In an attempt to keep overtime hours under control, on Oct. 2, the Jefferson Parish Council in Louisiana proposed that employees seeking more than 15 percent of their base pay in overtime need to request a letter from the parish president, as well as approval from an ethics committee.

Sonoma County Fair cuts overtime pay for temporary workers

The Sonoma County Fair used a labor law exemption to avoid paying overtime to roughly 600 temporary workers employed during the annual 16-day fair in July.

It pays to invest in a mobile workforce

According to the eighth annual Total Employee Mobility Benchmarking Report, companies that invested in a mobile workforce in 2012 gained more revenue on average than companies that did not.

Louisiana parish proposes measures against unnecessary overtime

In an attempt to keep overtime hours under control, on Oct. 2, the Jefferson Parish Council in Louisiana proposed that employees seeking more than 15 percent of their base pay in overtime need to request a letter from the parish president, as well as approval from an ethics committee.

It pays to invest in a mobile workforce

According to the eighth annual Total Employee Mobility Benchmarking Report, companies that invested in a mobile workforce in 2012 gained more revenue on average than companies that did not.

Sonoma County Fair cuts overtime pay for temporary workers

The Sonoma County Fair used a labor law exemption to avoid paying overtime to roughly 600 temporary workers employed during the annual 16-day fair in July.

Avoid overtime traps

Small businesses can rarely afford a costly lawsuit, so whenever possible, managers must take particular care to ensure full compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Managing chronic absenteeism

Workplaces have employee attendance policies for good reasons; a consistently late colleague can disrupt workflow and decrease the efficiency of the entire office.

Overtime dispute arises within Arizona State Board of Clemency

An overtime dispute has surfaced within the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency, a five-person group that handles the cases of inmates seeking early releases from prison.

Avoid overtime traps

Small businesses can rarely afford a costly lawsuit, so whenever possible, managers must take particular care to ensure full compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Managing chronic absenteeism

Workplaces have employee attendance policies for good reasons; a consistently late colleague can disrupt workflow and decrease the efficiency of the entire office.

Overtime dispute arises within Arizona State Board of Clemency

An overtime dispute has surfaced within the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency, a five-person group that handles the cases of inmates seeking early releases from prison.

DOL and court approval not always required for FLSA suits

For the last 30 years or so, workplaces have operated under the assumption that Fair Labor Standards Act settlement cases require approval from the Department of Labor or a courtroom.

Brinker Restaurant Corporation faced with class-action lawsuit

A long-raging dispute between Brinker Restaurant Corporation and five California employees was extended last week, as the California Supreme Court ruled to allow the employees to continue the case as a class-action lawsuit.

Tips for managing a mobile workforce

With the mobile technology that is increasingly available to the workforce, employers are often faced with the difficult task of managing a large number of remote staff members.

"Magic" Car Detailer Penalized More Than $300,000 for Wage Violations

An automotive detailer called Interior Magic and two of its officers agreed to a consent judgment, resulting in payment of $292,000 in back wages and liquidated damages and $34,408 in civil money penalties.

DOL and court approval not always required for FLSA suits

For the last 30 years or so, workplaces have operated under the assumption that Fair Labor Standards Act settlement cases require approval from the Department of Labor or a courtroom.

Brinker Restaurant Corporation faced with class-action lawsuit

A long-raging dispute between Brinker Restaurant Corporation and five California employees was extended last week, as the California Supreme Court ruled to allow the employees to continue the case as a class-action lawsuit.

Tips for managing a mobile workforce

With the mobile technology that is increasingly available to the workforce, employers are often faced with the difficult task of managing a large number of remote staff members.

RBS Citizens Financial Group to pay $11.5 million in collective action lawsuit

Plaintiffs in six consolidated class and collective action lawsuits asked a Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday to approve an $11.5 million settlement.

Biometric time clocks create a more efficient workplace

A biometric time clock is an essential investment for companies with high security standards.

The benefits of outsourcing payroll

An effective payroll system is one of the most essential aspects of a successful business.

RBS Citizens Financial Group to pay $11.5 million in collective action lawsuit

Plaintiffs in six consolidated class and collective action lawsuits asked a Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday to approve an $11.5 million settlement.

Biometric time clocks create a more efficient workplace

A biometric time clock is an essential investment for companies with high security standards.

The benefits of outsourcing payroll

An effective payroll system is one of the most essential aspects of a successful business.

Wage and Litigation lawsuits steadily increasing

A recent survey demonstrates that wage and hour litigations are on the rise.

Fur Company Pays Almost $1 Million for FLSA Cover-Up

The DOL Wage & Hour Division (WHD) penalized a Boston employer severely for blatant FLSA violations, including minimum wage and overtime. The fine included amounts related to liquidated and punitive damages (for willful conducted) and totaled $925,000.

Jackson City settles with police department in unpaid overtime lawsuit

A lawsuit that began nearly two years ago finally reached a conclusion on Monday.

Wage and Litigation lawsuits steadily increasing

A recent survey demonstrates that wage and hour litigations are on the rise.

Jackson City settles with police department in unpaid overtime lawsuit

A lawsuit that began nearly two years ago finally reached a conclusion on Monday.

Michigan firefighters file lawsuit for lost overtime pay

On Oct. 1, 57 firefighters and eight former firefighters filed a suit in United States District Court in Grand Rapids seeking about $1 million from the city of Battle Creek, Mich.

Should employees be allowed to work through their breaks?

Should employees be allowed to work through break periods?

Former nanny sues Alanis Morissette for unpaid wages

The former nanny of singer and songwriter Alanis Morissette filed a lawsuit against her employer in Sept., claiming that she was denied overtime wages and meal breaks.

Michigan firefighters file lawsuit for lost overtime pay

On Oct. 1, 57 firefighters and eight former firefighters filed a suit in United States District Court in Grand Rapids seeking about $1 million from the city of Battle Creek, Mich.

Should employees be allowed to work through their breaks?

Should employees be allowed to work through break periods?

Former nanny sues Alanis Morissette for unpaid wages

The former nanny of singer and songwriter Alanis Morissette filed a lawsuit against her employer in Sept., claiming that she was denied overtime wages and meal breaks.

Ohio jail faces low staffing levels

Time and attendance software is a key investment for all organizations, but especially those that may be understaffed and encounter scheduling issues.

US Sen. Gillibrand proposes amendment to the FMLA

According to the New York-based online news publication Capital, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a democrat from New York, is working with other members of the Senate to change the Family and Medical Leave Act.

California institutes broader coverage for the FMLA

The San Diego Union-Tribune recently reported California Governor Jerry Grown signed a bill that extend the benefits of the state's Paid Family Leave program to a larger variety of family members.

Majority of employers have a time and attendance system for the FMLA

In many families, the primary caregivers are also those required to work full time to support the family financially.

Lady Gaga sued by former personal assistant for overtime violations

The London newspaper The Week indicated the popstar Lady Gaga is being sued by her former personal assistant Jennifer O'Neill for neglecting to pay her fairly for time and attendance.

Xerox call center workers sue over minimum wage and overtime violations

Xerox has come under fire once again for allegedly violating time and attendance policies.

Why employers need to have accurate overtime and recordkeeping systems

When companies are calculating overtime wages for employees, there are many variables to keep in mind.

Florida police officers face disciplinary action due to overtime violations

Four police officers from the Broward Sheriff's Weston district will likely face disciplinary action for violating time and attendance policies.

Bloomberg settles class action overtime pay lawsuit

According to the law firm Getman Sweeny, 450 global technical support representatives at the business news agency Bloomberg were recently awarded a $5.4 million settlement after they sued the global financial media organization for violations to federal time and attendance policies.

US Sen. Gillibrand proposes amendment to the FMLA

According to the New York-based online news publication Capital, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a democrat from New York, is working with other members of the Senate to change the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Lady Gaga sued by former personal assistant for overtime violations

The London newspaper The Week indicated the popstar Lady Gaga is being sued by her former personal assistant Jennifer O'Neill for neglecting to pay her fairly for time and attendance.

Xerox call center workers sue over minimum wage and overtime violations

Xerox has come under fire once again for allegedly violating time and attendance policies.

Why employers need to have accurate overtime and recordkeeping systems

When companies are calculating overtime wages for employees, there are many variables to keep in mind.

Florida police officers face disciplinary action due to overtime violations

Four police officers from the Broward Sheriff's Weston district will likely face disciplinary action for violating time and attendance policies.

Bloomberg settles class action overtime pay lawsuit

According to the law firm Getman Sweeny, 450 global technical support representatives at the business news agency Bloomberg were recently awarded a $5.4 million settlement after they sued the global financial media organization for violations to federal time and attendance policies.

California institutes broader coverage for the FMLA

The San Diego Union-Tribune recently reported California Governor Jerry Grown signed a bill that extend the benefits of the state's Paid Family Leave program to a larger variety of family members.

Majority of employers have a time and attendance system for the FMLA

In many families, the primary caregivers are also those required to work full time to support the family financially.

New England train machinists abuse time and attendance system

Investigators from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Office of Inspector General in Boston looked into time and attendance irregularities in the work and scheduling within the Metro-North Railroad's Work Equipment Division.

Pittsburgh mayoral body guards under investigation for overtime violations

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pittsburgh Office of Municipal Investigations are looking into possible time and attendance violations involving the city's police force.

Chicago police officers receive $1 million in overtime wages

Chicago held the annual NATO Summit last year, which resulted in an extraordinary number of police officers necessary to maintain the peace.

Pittsburgh mayoral body guards under investigation for overtime violations

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pittsburgh Office of Municipal Investigations are looking into possible time and attendance violations involving the city's police force.

Chicago police officers receive $1 million in overtime wages

Chicago held the annual NATO Summit last year, which resulted in an extraordinary number of police officers necessary to maintain the peace.

New England train machinists abuse time and attendance system

Investigators from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Office of Inspector General in Boston looked into time and attendance irregularities in the work and scheduling within the Metro-North Railroad's Work Equipment Division.

Time and Attendance under the Affordable Care Act

October 1 is an important date for all business owners, no matter whether they are required to change their health insurance policies under the Affordable Care Act.

MTA machinists investigated for chronic idleness on the job

According to the New York Metropolitan Transport Authority Inspector General's report released on Tuesday, several MTA machinists received salary and overtime pay without actually reporting for their jobs.

Oregon berry farmers file suit against DOL

Several Oregon berry farmers have filed a suit against the Department of Labor after being forced to pay fines near $220,000 for labor violations in the summer of 2012.

Time and Attendance under the Affordable Care Act

October 1 is an important date for all business owners, no matter whether they are required to change their health insurance policies under the Affordable Care Act.

MTA machinists investigated for chronic idleness on the job

According to the New York Metropolitan Transport Authority Inspector General's report released on Tuesday, several MTA machinists received salary and overtime pay without actually reporting for their jobs.

Oregon berry farmers file suit against DOL

Several Oregon berry farmers have filed a suit against the Department of Labor after being forced to pay fines near $220,000 for labor violations in the summer of 2012.

National Payroll Week educates Teens on Finance

Earlier this month, more than 400 students at three high schools in York County, Pennsylvania, were educated about the basics of payroll, electronic payment methods and time and attendance software programs, according to Stambaugh Ness.

How updated time clock systems can benefit city government employees

As city governments face increasing pressure to maintain budgetary benchmarks - bringing in as much revenue as possible while decreasing overhead costs - there are some officials that have given much thought toward implementing updated time clock systems.

Valero Corner Store faces time and attendance violation allegations

Managers and assistant managers employed under the parent company CST Brands Inc., have successfully filed for collective action certification in a lawsuit charging the enterprise with violations of time and attendance policies.

National Payroll Week educates Teens on Finance

Earlier this month, more than 400 students at three high schools in York County, Pennsylvania, were educated about the basics of payroll, electronic payment methods and time and attendance software programs, according to Stambaugh Ness.

How updated time clock systems can benefit city government employees

As city governments face increasing pressure to maintain budgetary benchmarks - bringing in as much revenue as possible while decreasing overhead costs - there are some officials that have given much thought toward implementing updated time clock systems.

Valero Corner Store faces time and attendance violation allegations

Managers and assistant managers employed under the parent company CST Brands Inc., have successfully filed for collective action certification in a lawsuit charging the enterprise with violations of time and attendance policies.

Meal and rest break violations charged against Oregon contractor

A class action lawsuit filed against the Oregon-based PacWest Contracting resulted from violations of California's time and attendance mandates.

Undocumented workers protected under FLSA

In a recent case, the U.S. Eight Circuit Court of Appeals found that employee time must be fairly compensated, even if workers are hired illegally.

HR professionals reluctant to adopt social recognition programs

Having a program that recognizes continued employee time and attendance is an essential strategy in maintaining workplace moral and tenure.

Questionable workers' compensation claims increasing

Workplace injuries can severely disrupt employee time and attendance, and according to a Sept. 24 report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau, questionable workers compensation reports are on the rise.

Hurricane Sandy relief workers owed more than $500,000 in back wages

During the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, employees of Signal Restoration Services helped to conduct recovery and cleanup for multiple hospitals in the affected regions.

California custom car design firm cited for time and attendance violations

Employees of Interior Magic of California were recently awarded $292,000 resulting from time and attendance violations.

Unpaid Fashion Intern files collective suit for FLSA violation

A former unpaid intern at Elite Model Management Corp. announced last week that she is moving her case ahead as a collective action lawsuit against the modeling agency for its unfair use of unpaid interns.

Undocumented workers protected under FLSA

In a recent case, the U.S. Eight Circuit Court of Appeals found that employee time must be fairly compensated, even if workers are hired illegally.

Pittsburgh Mayor's former bodyguard accused of false overtime claims

The Pittsburgh police are investigating Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's former bodyguard, Fred Crawford, for possible falsification of overtime on his time and attendance report while in the Mayor's employ.

HR professionals reluctant to adopt social recognition programs

Having a program that recognizes continued employee time and attendance is an essential strategy in maintaining workplace moral and tenure.

Vermont organizers push for paid sick leave rights

Campaign organizers for the Vermont Paid Sick Days initiative have rallied in support of a bill that would make it mandatory for companies in the state to provide their employees access to paid leave when they fall ill.

Hurricane Sandy relief workers owed more than $500,000 in back wages

During the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, employees of Signal Restoration Services helped to conduct recovery and cleanup for multiple hospitals in the affected regions.

Questionable workers' compensation claims increasing

Workplace injuries can severely disrupt employee time and attendance, and according to a Sept. 24 report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau, questionable workers compensation reports are on the rise.

California custom car design firm cited for time and attendance violations

Employees of Interior Magic of California were recently awarded $292,000 resulting from time and attendance violations.

Jersey City mayor advocates paid sick leave policy

The New York Times recently reported the mayor of Jersey City, N.J., wants businesses in the area to adopt a paid sick leave policy for all employees.

Unpaid Fashion Intern files collective suit for FLSA violation

A former unpaid intern at Elite Model Management Corp. announced last week that she is moving her case ahead as a collective action lawsuit against the modeling agency for its unfair use of unpaid interns.

Pittsburgh Mayor's former bodyguard accused of false overtime claims

The Pittsburgh police are investigating Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's former bodyguard, Fred Crawford, for possible falsification of overtime on his time and attendance report while in the Mayor's employ.

Vermont organizers push for paid sick leave rights

Campaign organizers for the Vermont Paid Sick Days initiative have rallied in support of a bill that would make it mandatory for companies in the state to provide their employees access to paid leave when they fall ill.

Jersey City mayor advocates paid sick leave policy

The New York Times recently reported the mayor of Jersey City, N.J., wants businesses in the area to adopt a paid sick leave policy for all employees.

DOL Ruling Helps Home Care Workers

In mid-September, the DOL's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued a Final Rule that makes home care workers subject to the FLSA's minimum wage and overtime rules.

Greek restaurant in New York forced to pay $300,000 for labor violations

The owners of Mythos Restaurant were forced to pay $300,000 in back wages and liquidated damages.

DOL Ruling Helps Home Care Workers

In mid-September, the DOL's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued a Final Rule that makes home care workers subject to the FLSA's minimum wage and overtime rules.

FLSA to be extended to direct care workers

As announced on September 17, The U.S. Department of Labor will be extending minimum wage and overtime protection to direct care workers.

Washington DC Council examining new paid sick leave law

The Washington, D.C., Council recently began proceedings to move toward legislation that would give restaurant workers access to earned sick leave.

Greek restaurant in New York forced to pay $300,000 for labor violations

The owners of Mythos Restaurant were forced to pay $300,000 in back wages and liquidated damages.

Tacoma City Council discusses paid sick leave ordinance

During a town hall meeting in Tacoma, Wash., small-business owners came together to discuss whether to implement a paid sick leave policy for the city.

Oregon's minimum wage increase approved for 2014

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2014, the minimum wage for employees in Oregon will increase to $9.10 per hour.

FLSA to be extended to direct care workers

As announced on September 17, The U.S. Department of Labor will be extending minimum wage and overtime protection to direct care workers.

Oregon's minimum wage increase approved for 2014

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2014, the minimum wage for employees in Oregon will increase to $9.10 per hour.

Washington DC Council examining new paid sick leave law

The Washington, D.C., Council recently began proceedings to move toward legislation that would give restaurant workers access to earned sick leave.

Tacoma City Council discusses paid sick leave ordinance

During a town hall meeting in Tacoma, Wash., small-business owners came together to discuss whether to implement a paid sick leave policy for the city.

Donut Chain Penalized for Misclassifying Store Managers

Under the FLSA, employers cannot escape overtime requirements simply by giving employees supervisory job titles. A large chain of donut stores recently paid almost $200,000 to learn that lesson.

Tree-trimming service owner twice pays the price for labor violations

Resulting from a misclassification of employees and failing to pay overtime wages, the owner of Diamond Tree Experts has been forced to pay $44,000 in back wages and damages.

Oregon Department of Revenue neglects time and attendance policy

The Statesman Journal recently reported the Oregon Department of Revenue has routinely violated meal break and rest period laws established by the public sector union Service Employees International Local 503.

American workers receive less paid vacation but more personal leave

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released data indicating American workers are using less of their vacation time.

Tree-trimming service owner twice pays the price for labor violations

Resulting from a misclassification of employees and failing to pay overtime wages, the owner of Diamond Tree Experts has been forced to pay $44,000 in back wages and damages.

Oregon Department of Revenue neglects time and attendance policy

The Statesman Journal recently reported the Oregon Department of Revenue has routinely violated meal break and rest period laws established by the public sector union Service Employees International Local 503.

American workers receive less paid vacation but more personal leave

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released data indicating American workers are using less of their vacation time.

New Hampshire pizzeria kept compensation records off the books

After violating Fair Labor Standards Act time and attendance policies, a U.S. District Court Judge has awarded 32 employees of the Claremont, N.H.-based restaurant Ramunto's Brick Oven Pizza.

Ohio restaurant sued by DOL for labor violations

The U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit against Arriaga Inc. for violating federal time and attendance policies.

Jacksonville hotel pays employees nearly $18,000 for FLSA violations

Investigators representing the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division in the Jacksonville District Office found the hotel Castillo Real to be in violation of time and attendance standards.

New Hampshire pizzeria kept compensation records off the books

After violating Fair Labor Standards Act time and attendance policies, a U.S. District Court Judge has awarded 32 employees of the Claremont, N.H.-based restaurant Ramunto's Brick Oven Pizza.

Ohio restaurant sued by DOL for labor violations

The U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit against Arriaga Inc. for violating federal time and attendance policies.

Jacksonville hotel pays employees nearly $18,000 for FLSA violations

Investigators representing the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division in the Jacksonville District Office found the hotel Castillo Real to be in violation of time and attendance standards.

Houston-based healthcare provider neglects overtime payments

A Houston healthcare service provider has been cited for time and attendance violations which has resulted in payments of more than $4 million to nearly 4,600 employees

Golf course employees claim minimum wage and overtime pay violations

Employees of golf courses in and around Myrtle Beach, S.C., recently filed a collective action lawsuit citing claims of minimum wage violations, as well as overtime payment negligence.

Houston-based healthcare provider neglects overtime payments

A Houston healthcare service provider has been cited for time and attendance violations which has resulted in payments of more than $4 million to nearly 4,600 employees

Time Warner sued for failing to pay call center workers overtime wages

Employees of the entertainment giant Time Warner's call center, located in Colorado Springs, Co., have filed a lawsuit claiming time and attendance violations.

Golf course employees claim minimum wage and overtime pay violations

Employees of golf courses in and around Myrtle Beach, S.C., recently filed a collective action lawsuit citing claims of minimum wage violations, as well as overtime payment negligence.

Time Warner sued for failing to pay call center workers overtime wages

Employees of the entertainment giant Time Warner's call center, located in Colorado Springs, Co., have filed a lawsuit claiming time and attendance violations.

San Francisco ride-sharing company faces labor violations suit

The ride-sharing company Lyft is facing a class-action lawsuit in the San Francisco district court because of time and attendance policies that categorized employees as independent contractors.

Two New Jersey Laws Restrict Employers

In late August, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed two laws – A2648 and A2878 – that will significantly affect how employers interact with employees and job applicants.

Exotic dancers in New York win right to minimum wage payment

A federal judge ruled in favor of nearly 2,000 current and former exotic dancers at Rick's Cabaret , Manhattan dance club, who claimed they should have been paid the federal minimum wage.

Hyundai Capital America sued for time and attendance miscalculations

Employees of the Korean automaker Hyundai have filed charges against the company claiming the time and attendance record keeping system did not fairly calculate their overtime payment.

Exotic dancers in New York win right to minimum wage payment

A federal judge ruled in favor of nearly 2,000 current and former exotic dancers at Rick's Cabaret , Manhattan dance club, who claimed they should have been paid the federal minimum wage.

Texas construction workers paid back wages for labor violations

Twenty construction workers involved in the development of student housing on the University of Texas campus recovered back wages stemming from violations to time and attendance policies.

Massachusetts task force report demonstrates massive labor violations

During a time period spanning between 2011 and 2012, the state reported it recovered more than $21 million in back wages, taxes, and violations resulting from misclassified workers and fraud perpetrated by businesses operating in the commonwealth.

California electrical services provider neglects FLSA policies

The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division's San Diego District Office recently charged Solis Lighting and Electrical Services for violating federal time and attendance policies governing overtime and recordkeeping mandates upheld by California.

Biometric time clocks give employers greater automation

To ensure accountability for all employees with regard to payroll and tracking performance, many companies are pushing for greater automation in time and attendance policy.

Dismissed case highlights need for accurate time and attendance records

A recent decision in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York demonstrated individuals filing a lawsuit alleging time and attendance violations must be able to provide detailed information supporting their claims

Major League Baseball Team Fined for Bush League Pay Practices

In late August, the DOL Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced a penalty of more than $500,000 against the San Francisco Giants baseball team for time and attendance violations.

California assisted living workers compensated for overtime wages

Workers at assisted living facilities throughout California were recently awarded $2.2 million for time and attendance violations.

Dismissed case highlights need for accurate time and attendance records

A recent decision in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York demonstrated individuals filing a lawsuit alleging time and attendance violations must be able to provide detailed information supporting their claims

Biometric time clocks give employers greater automation

To ensure accountability for all employees with regard to payroll and tracking performance, many companies are pushing for greater automation in time and attendance policy.

California assisted living workers compensated for overtime wages

Workers at assisted living facilities throughout California were recently awarded $2.2 million for time and attendance violations.

Pennsylvania school district enforces dress code for employees and students

Franklin County, Pa., is seeing many changes to school dress codes as two districts are following up an employee code with students codes.

School dress codes not sitting well with employers in Mobile County

School officials' proposed dress code for teachers and staff has raised more than one question from employees.

Ohio company owes millions to cable workers in back pay

A lengthy investigation that started back in 2009 has finally revealed that an Ohio-based company may have misclassified cable workers and not paid them their proper wages.

Slew of Tucson car washes ordered to pay back wages

Three car washes, all owned by the same employer, have been ordered to pay employees proper wages after the Department of Labor found the organization wasn't fairly paying workers.

New York City workers earn excessive overtime pay

Out of a total of 20 field service technicians working for the New York City Housing Authority, 12 employees earned an excess of $100,000 in overtime wages during the fiscal year ending in June.

Nebraska feedlot asked to pay thousands in back wages

A central Nebraska company is being accused of wage violations and not following regulations when hiring employees not from the United States.

Alabama sheriff back pay delayed by Cullman County Commission

An Alabama county sheriff has won a legal battle over his wages.

Slew of Tucson car washes ordered to pay back wages

Three car washes, all owned by the same employer, have been ordered to pay employees proper wages after the Department of Labor found the organization wasn't fairly paying workers.

Meal break violations result in $4.6 million payout

The Regus Group was recently denied a new trial by jury by U.S. District Judge Larry Alan Burns after a former employee was awarded $4.6 million stemming from a previous lawsuit.

Connecticut fiscal books reflect prevalence of time and attendance violations

Time and attendance violations in Connecticut have totaled more than $6.5 million during the past year, causing state investigators to celebrate the fact as victory for the rights of workers.

New York City workers earn excessive overtime pay

Out of a total of 20 field service technicians working for the New York City Housing Authority, 12 employees earned an excess of $100,000 in overtime wages during the fiscal year ending in June.

Ohio company owes millions to cable workers in back pay

A lengthy investigation that started back in 2009 has finally revealed that an Ohio-based company may have misclassified cable workers and not paid them their proper wages.

Connecticut fiscal books reflect prevalence of time and attendance violations

Time and attendance violations in Connecticut have totaled more than $6.5 million during the past year, causing state investigators to celebrate the fact as victory for the rights of workers.

New bill proposition to lock in wage agreements

State Senator Robert Wirch has proposed a new bill in Wisconsin to ensure employers establish proper pay before hiring a worker.

Meal break violations result in $4.6 million payout

The Regus Group was recently denied a new trial by jury by U.S. District Judge Larry Alan Burns after a former employee was awarded $4.6 million stemming from a previous lawsuit.

Connecticut restaurant misclassified workers resulting in FLSA violations

The Yale Daily News cited data from the Connecticut Department of Labor indicating New Haven, Conn., hotspot Gourmet Heaven violated several time and attendance regulations covered by the Fair Labor Relations Act.

Fireworks warehouse sued for back pay

A fireworks warehouse employee who claimed he has been working more than 40 hours a week and not receiving proper pay is suing his company.

Baseball club to pay employees thousands in back pay and damages

The Major League Baseball association is making sure that all clubs are aware of the Fair Labor Standards Act after the San Francisco Giants violated minimum wage, overtime and record keeping laws.

More California social workers expected to sue for overtime wages

Some companies may have a hard time with their record keeping practices.

Fireworks warehouse sued for back pay

A fireworks warehouse employee who claimed he has been working more than 40 hours a week and not receiving proper pay is suing his company.

Baseball club to pay employees thousands in back pay and damages

The Major League Baseball association is making sure that all clubs are aware of the Fair Labor Standards Act after the San Francisco Giants violated minimum wage, overtime and record keeping laws.

Phoenix manufacturer fails to compensate workers for overtime work

An investigation into the time and attendance policy of a Phoenix military and protective gear manufacturer uncovered overtime violations.

Connecticut restaurant misclassified workers resulting in FLSA violations

The Yale Daily News cited data from the Connecticut Department of Labor indicating New Haven, Conn., hotspot Gourmet Heaven violated several time and attendance regulations covered by the Fair Labor Relations Act.

National seafood chain cited for minimum wage, meal break violations

A popular nationwide seafood restaurant will likely draw the ire of the U.S. Department of Labor for labor violations stemming from time and attendance violations in stores across the country.

Phoenix manufacturer fails to compensate workers for overtime work

An investigation into the time and attendance policy of a Phoenix military and protective gear manufacturer uncovered overtime violations.

National seafood chain cited for minimum wage, meal break violations

A popular nationwide seafood restaurant will likely draw the ire of the U.S. Department of Labor for labor violations stemming from time and attendance violations in stores across the country.

DOL Fines Hotel $66,000 for Failing to Pay for Time Worked

A basic FLSA premise for time and attendance is that employers must pay employees for all hours worked. A hotel recently received an expensive reminder of this concept.

California noodle producer charged with labor violations

Noodle manufacturer and distributor Rama Food Manufacture Corp. have been ordered to pay workers for violations to federal time and attendance regulations.

Hospitality workers awarded back wages for time and attendance violations

A Denver staffing agency and owners of national hotel chain were investigated for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Arizona flooring company willfully violates labor regulations

In Tempe, Ariz., a flooring contractor was cited for willfully violating provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act governing state requirements for record keeping and overtime payment.

California noodle producer charged with labor violations

Noodle manufacturer and distributor Rama Food Manufacture Corp. have been ordered to pay workers for violations to federal time and attendance regulations.

Arizona flooring company willfully violates labor regulations

In Tempe, Ariz., a flooring contractor was cited for willfully violating provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act governing state requirements for record keeping and overtime payment.

Hospitality workers awarded back wages for time and attendance violations

A Denver staffing agency and owners of national hotel chain were investigated for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Operator of doughnut chain sued for time and attendance violations

The operator of the international doughnut and coffee chain Dunkin Donuts in the New Jersey area were cited for labor violations for inadequately compensating employees for time and attendance.

Secretary of Labor supports legislation to improve employee rights

The newly instated head of the Department of Labor Thomas Perez has taken the lead of the organization at a time of uncertainty for employers and workers.

Operator of doughnut chain sued for time and attendance violations

The operator of the international doughnut and coffee chain Dunkin Donuts in the New Jersey area were cited for labor violations for inadequately compensating employees for time and attendance.

California landscaper fined for time and attendance violations

A California landscaping company has been charged with wage theft, underscoring employee time records violations.

Secretary of Labor supports legislation to improve employee rights

The newly instated head of the Department of Labor Thomas Perez has taken the lead of the organization at a time of uncertainty for employers and workers.

California landscaper fined for time and attendance violations

A California landscaping company has been charged with wage theft, underscoring employee time records violations.

Beaverton employees bring home more than double median city income

Beaverton employees brought in hefty paychecks last fiscal year.

Topeka to end overtime payments for fire department officials

After news broke that fire department officials in Topeka, Kan., were receiving overtime payments for extra time and attendance, the city launched an investigation into the matter.

South Carolina dancers sue for overtime pay

A former dancer has sued a Myrtle Beach, S.C., strip club for overtime pay.

California home to several overtime violations

As more companies find themselves in violation of federal overtime laws for employee time and attendance, it has become clear that many organizations across the nation do not fully understand wage and hour laws.

Benefits of employee tracking

Employer lawsuits are skyrocketing as workers continue to raise concerns over violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Topeka fire department employees bring in thousands in overtime pay

Despite being classified as exempt workers, several employees of the Topeka Fire Department have been paid thousands in overtime over the past several years.

Wisconsin Rep. Jon Richards to propose overtime bill

Wisconsin congressman Jon Richards, D-Milwaukee, plans to propose a bill that would allocate $500,000 for overtime payments for Milwaukee police officers.

Los Angeles government workers paid $77 million in overtime

.The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power doled out more than $77 million in overtime payments and bonuses to employees in the first six months of 2013.

Topeka fire department employees bring in thousands in overtime pay

Despite being classified as exempt workers, several employees of the Topeka Fire Department have been paid thousands in overtime over the past several years.

Wisconsin Rep. Jon Richards to propose overtime bill

Wisconsin congressman Jon Richards, D-Milwaukee, plans to propose a bill that would allocate $500,000 for overtime payments for Milwaukee police officers.

Government workers in Albany bring in huge overtime payments

Government employees in Albany, N.Y., are bringing in more overtime payments than ever, raising concerns over city and state funding.

Wisconsin nurses win $3.5 million in back pay

Nearly 1,400 nurses have been awarded $3.5 million in back pay by a federal court in Wisconsin.

Texas salon employees sue for overtime wages

A salon worker in Sherman, Texas, has filed a lawsuit against her former employer, alleging the establishment violated overtime laws.

Texas resident sues employer for overtime and minimum wages

A former employee of Texas Custom Pools Inc. is suing the company for lost wages and missed overtime payments.

Repairman files suit against former employer

Dustin Sigmon, an air conditioner repairman, recently filed a lawsuit against his former employer, claiming the company violated federal labor laws.

State report says California home health care workers should qualify for overtime

A statewide California study has shown that home care givers work an average of 84 hours per week.

Florida investigators to receive more than $100,000 in back pay

Eighteen child-protection investigators will be given back pay for overtime accrued for time and attendance at the Hillsborough sheriff's department.

Houston firefighters win $2 million in back pay

The City of Houston is set to pay $2.1 million in back pay to several hundreds of firefighters.

Restaurants ordered to pay almost $75,000 in back pay for overtime

Two South Carolina restaurants have been ordered by the Department of Labor to pay a total of almost $75,000 in back wages to more than a dozen employees.

Milwaukee cuts overtime payments by almost 30 percent since 2011

After a change in budgeting and management, Milwaukee has cut down overtime payments for time and attendance by nearly 30 percent since 2011.

Eight Palermo's workers to be reinstated with back pay

After more than one year of protests and legal negotiations, Palermo's Villa Inc. has agreed to reinstate eight workers to their jobs with back payments.

Union warehouse workers protest over wage dispute

The Warehouse Workers United union has filed a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration citing unsafe working conditions and disputes over warehouse hazards.

Wal-Mart reaches settlement on overtime pay

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has reportedly reached a settlement with a former worker over a wage dispute.

Knowing employee time & attendance expectations benefits businesses

Time and attendance systems must be up to the task of employee tracking, no matter when or where they are working.

Texas cleaning technicians cite overtime violations

A number of employees in the cleaning services sector in Texas claim their employers are guilty of neglecting to pay them fully for time and attendance, and also accuse the company of minimum wage violations.

Knowing employee time & attendance expectations benefits businesses

Time and attendance systems must be up to the task of employee tracking, no matter when or where they are working.

Texas cleaning technicians cite overtime violations

A number of employees in the cleaning services sector in Texas claim their employers are guilty of neglecting to pay them fully for time and attendance, and also accuse the company of minimum wage violations.

Michigan correctional officers sue for overtime wages

Michigan Department of Corrections officers filed a class-action lawsuit against the Michigan Corrections Organization in the eastern U.S. District Court claiming the state institution neglected to compensate them for pre and post-shift activities.

Pittsburgh company ordered to pay back wages and penalties to H-2B workers

Ed Bayer Design Group, a landscaping company based out of Franklin Park, Pittsburgh, has been ordered to pay $27,000 in back wages and penalties resulting from a U.S. Department of Labor investigation.

Navigating time and attendance complications

Avoiding litigation resulting from time and attendance policies should not be a complicated process.

Florida protests increasing police time and attendance costs

In response to the outcome of the Trayvon Martin case, thousands of protesters have gathered at the Florida state capitol building in Tallahassee to voice their outrage, resulting in tens of thousands of dollars in overtime costs for police officials.

Santa Cruz Metro overtime costs spike in 2012

Investigations conducted by Santa Cruz Sentinel found the Metro Santa Cruz paid $2 million in overtime wages during 2012.

Florida protests increasing police time and attendance costs

In response to the outcome of the Trayvon Martin case, thousands of protesters have gathered at the Florida state capitol building in Tallahassee to voice their outrage, resulting in tens of thousands of dollars in overtime costs for police officials.

Santa Cruz Metro overtime costs spike in 2012

Investigations conducted by Santa Cruz Sentinel found the Metro Santa Cruz paid $2 million in overtime wages during 2012.

Apple employees claim time and attendance violations

According to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Apple workers are suing the software and technology giant for time and attendance violations resulting from company-wide practices that impacted workers' overtime and meal break rights.

Navigating time and attendance complications

Avoiding litigation resulting from time and attendance policies should not be a complicated process.

Pittsburgh company ordered to pay back wages and penalties to H-2B workers

Ed Bayer Design Group, a landscaping company based out of Franklin Park, Pittsburgh, has been ordered to pay $27,000 in back wages and penalties resulting from a U.S. Department of Labor investigation.

Apple employees claim time and attendance violations

According to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Apple workers are suing the software and technology giant for time and attendance violations resulting from company-wide practices that impacted workers' overtime and meal break rights.

Healthcare workers seek compensation for overtime

Healthcare workers in Pennsylvania have filed a lawsuit against Prospect Park Health & Rehabilitation Residence, which is headquartered in Delaware, citing claims that the organization failed to maintain fair time and attendance practices.

California emergency service workers' time and attendance overextended

Emergency services on both coasts of the U.S. are feeling the financial of excesses in overtime wages.

USPS workers earning double with overtime pay

Federal investigations reflect a systemic issue with the USPS relating to time and attendance and employee tracking.

Washington, DC Court of Appeals rules on exemption status

The Washington, D.C., Court of Appeals recently reversed its ruling on a U.S. Department of Labor Administrator's Interpretation that impacts time and attendance policy in the banking industry.

Healthcare workers seek compensation for overtime

Healthcare workers in Pennsylvania have filed a lawsuit against Prospect Park Health & Rehabilitation Residence, which is headquartered in Delaware, citing claims that the organization failed to maintain fair time and attendance practices.

California emergency service workers' time and attendance overextended

Emergency services on both coasts of the U.S. are feeling the financial of excesses in overtime wages.

USPS workers earning double with overtime pay

Federal investigations reflect a systemic issue with the USPS relating to time and attendance and employee tracking.

Washington, DC Court of Appeals rules on exemption status

The Washington, D.C., Court of Appeals recently reversed its ruling on a U.S. Department of Labor Administrator's Interpretation that impacts time and attendance policy in the banking industry.

Ohio police officer violates overtime policy

A Columbus, Ohio police lieutenant will likely be fired after falsifying time and attendance reports for overtime pay.

New Mexico oil and gas company cited for FLSA infractions

Morco Geological Services Inc. agreed to pay $595,737 to 121 current and former employees for violating the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Time clocks, management improve worker efficiency

Time and attendance software can help businesses function more smoothly, allowing workers to focus on their individual tasks and duties.

Ohio police officer violates overtime policy

A Columbus, Ohio police lieutenant will likely be fired after falsifying time and attendance reports for overtime pay.

New Mexico oil and gas company cited for FLSA infractions

Morco Geological Services Inc. agreed to pay $595,737 to 121 current and former employees for violating the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Servisair employees sue for time and attendance violations

More than 170 employees of Servisair, a Houston-based aviation service provider, are suing their employer for using a time and attendance system that intentionally reduced the number of hours a worker reports in the system.

Port Authority of NY and NJ exceeds overtime budget

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officials reported civilian workers and police officers exceeded allotted time and attendance benchmarks during the second quarter of 2013.

Miami fire department surpasses the overtime pay limit

The Miami Herald reported the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue exceeded its overtime budget which will have a significant impact on the ability of the emergency service to provide for the community.

Maine residential service business sued for overtime violations

Former employees of Getchell Agency Inc., have filed a lawsuit charging that the company failed to pay over 100 employees overtime wages.

Port Authority of NY and NJ exceeds overtime budget

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officials reported civilian workers and police officers exceeded allotted time and attendance benchmarks during the second quarter of 2013.

Miami fire department surpasses the overtime pay limit

The Miami Herald reported the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue exceeded its overtime budget which will have a significant impact on the ability of the emergency service to provide for the community.

Maine residential service business sued for overtime violations

Former employees of Getchell Agency Inc., have filed a lawsuit charging that the company failed to pay over 100 employees overtime wages.

San Diego loses nearly $250,000 in improper overtime wages

San Diego city officials argued that $58 million in overtime expenses resulted from confusion over compliance regulations.

New York grocery store owner held accountable for FLSA violations

A New York lawsuit filed against John Catsimatidis, CEO and owner of New York-area grocery chain Gristede's, is attempting to clarify who an employer is and raises the question of who can be held liable for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

New York lawsuit filed on behalf of document reviewer

A case that has been filed in New York federal court is claiming that lawyer David Lola did not receive overtime pay guaranteed by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

Kansas food distributor facing charges over break time violations

Eighty-one workers at Country Fresh Foods in Newton, Kan. are working with the U.S. Department of Labor to bring charges against the food production and distribution business.

Beverly Hills sushi restaurant under investigation

Urasawa, one of the most reputable sushi restaurants in Los Angeles, is under investigation for claims that it didn't allow workers to take bathroom breaks or pay them overtime wages

Current, former workers filing suit against hamburger chain in San Diego

Current and former employees are filing a suit against Five Guys in regards to meal break violations, as well as time and attendance infractions at a San Diego restaurant location.

Kansas food distributor facing charges over break time violations

Eighty-one workers at Country Fresh Foods in Newton, Kan. are working with the U.S. Department of Labor to bring charges against the food production and distribution business.

Beverly Hills sushi restaurant under investigation

Urasawa, one of the most reputable sushi restaurants in Los Angeles, is under investigation for claims that it didn't allow workers to take bathroom breaks or pay them overtime wages

Current, former workers filing suit against hamburger chain in San Diego

Current and former employees are filing a suit against Five Guys in regards to meal break violations, as well as time and attendance infractions at a San Diego restaurant location.

Car wash workers seeking fair payment

Employees of car washes across the nation have been taken advantage of, earning wages that fall far below the minimum pay rate guaranteed in the U.S.

Mississippi emergency workers' overtime running in the red

Emergency medical workers in Mississippi are costing the state thousands of dollars in overtime payments.

District trustee board decides on teacher dress code

After implementing a student dress code at Cleburne, Tex., district schools, superintendents were approached about a possible teacher dress code.

Monroe prison guards to be reinstated and receive back pay

After the death of a guard in the Monroe Correctional Complex chapel two years ago, three offers were fired from their positions and a sergeant was demoted.

New Jersey prison officers sue for overtime compensation

Prison officers in an Atlantic County, N.J. correctional facility claim they were not compensated for their time and attendance past normal working hours. They are suing for overtime back pay.

Overtime costs a growing concern for South Shore Fire Department

The South Shore Fire Department in Mount Pleasant, Wisc., is seeing rising costs for overtime pay.

Clothing retailer faces wage and hour violation actions

Urban Outfitters reportedly faces two wage-and-hour actions in New Jersey and New York.

District trustee board decides on teacher dress code

After implementing a student dress code at Cleburne, Tex., district schools, superintendents were approached about a possible teacher dress code.

New Jersey prison officers sue for overtime compensation

Prison officers in an Atlantic County, N.J. correctional facility claim they were not compensated for their time and attendance past normal working hours. They are suing for overtime back pay.

Overtime costs a growing concern for South Shore Fire Department

The South Shore Fire Department in Mount Pleasant, Wisc., is seeing rising costs for overtime pay.

Monroe prison guards to be reinstated and receive back pay

After the death of a guard in the Monroe Correctional Complex chapel two years ago, three offers were fired from their positions and a sergeant was demoted.

Hemet Market owners looking at charges for obstructing justice with the DOL

Co-owners of a Hemet market grocer, brothers Jafar and Jalal Rahman, failed to pay back pay and fines for overtime violations.

Clothing retailer faces wage and hour violation actions

Urban Outfitters reportedly faces two wage-and-hour actions in New Jersey and New York.

Hemet Market owners looking at charges for obstructing justice with the DOL

Co-owners of a Hemet market grocer, brothers Jafar and Jalal Rahman, failed to pay back pay and fines for overtime violations.

Tortilla factory found in violation of labor laws

The owner of a Brooklyn, New York corn tortilla factory was found to be in violation of labor laws and has been convicted and sentenced to jail.

Los Angeles garment maker cited for wage violations

A Los Angeles garment maker has been cited for wage and labor violations.

Tortilla factory found in violation of labor laws

The owner of a Brooklyn, New York corn tortilla factory was found to be in violation of labor laws and has been convicted and sentenced to jail.

Los Angeles garment maker cited for wage violations

A Los Angeles garment maker has been cited for wage and labor violations.

Pennsylvania found to have high number of hotel wage violations

Pennsylvania ranks fourth in the country for number of broken labor and wage laws.

Summer internships a cause for concern for many employers

Recent allegations have been brought against many top employers for failing to comply with internship policies.

Frederick County sheriff's deputies now receiving back pay

After more than a year of trying to gain back pay for time and attendance, the Frederick County sheriff's deputies have finally agreed to a settlement.

Employees took advantage of overtime and university resources

Two employees at the University of Washington reportedly violated regulations surrounding state resources and were getting paid overtime to do so.

Battle Creek firefighters to receive reduced back pay settlement

The city of Battle Creek, Mich. announced that it is going to pay $73,265 to its firefighters in back pay rather than the original $253,903 that the U.S. Department of Labor had ordered from them for poor employee tracking.

Frederick County sheriff's deputies now receiving back pay

After more than a year of trying to gain back pay for time and attendance, the Frederick County sheriff's deputies have finally agreed to a settlement.

Summer internships a cause for concern for many employers

Recent allegations have been brought against many top employers for failing to comply with internship policies.

Proposal to amend FLSA policy asks to include home healthcare workers

A recent proposal to the Fair Labor Standards Act asks to extend coverage to home healthcare workers for their time and attendance.

Employees took advantage of overtime and university resources

Two employees at the University of Washington reportedly violated regulations surrounding state resources and were getting paid overtime to do so.

Battle Creek firefighters to receive reduced back pay settlement

The city of Battle Creek, Mich. announced that it is going to pay $73,265 to its firefighters in back pay rather than the original $253,903 that the U.S. Department of Labor had ordered from them for poor employee tracking.

Proposal to amend FLSA policy asks to include home healthcare workers

A recent proposal to the Fair Labor Standards Act asks to extend coverage to home healthcare workers for their time and attendance.

Owner of Brooklyn cleaning company found to be in violation of minimum wage and overtime laws

The owner of the Long Island-based Royal Commercial Cleaning company reportedly did not pay his workers for their time and attendance.

Buena Park police department wins back pay in pre-trial settlement

The police officers at the Buena Park Police Department have won thousands of dollars in a pre-trial settlement after not getting paid proper wages for their time and attendance.

Employee time and attendance violations widespread

Overtime is not being awarded to a wide variety of low-wage workers across the U.S. according to a survey.

Labor Department lawyers claim wage and hour violations are too common

The Department of Labor has seen what it is calling an "epidemic" of companies violating the Fair Labor Standards Act and not paying employees for their time and attendance.

New Orleans grocer sued by Labor Department for wage violations

A New Orleans Ideal Discount Market is being sued by the Department of Labor after an investigation by the Wage and Hour Division.

Employee time and attendance violations widespread

Overtime is not being awarded to a wide variety of low-wage workers across the U.S. according to a survey.

New Orleans grocer sued by Labor Department for wage violations

A New Orleans Ideal Discount Market is being sued by the Department of Labor after an investigation by the Wage and Hour Division.

Labor Department lawyers claim wage and hour violations are too common

The Department of Labor has seen what it is calling an "epidemic" of companies violating the Fair Labor Standards Act and not paying employees for their time and attendance.

Overtime pay lawsuit filed against medical company

A former employee of Medicalodges Inc., a for-profit nursing company in Kansas, has filed a lawsuit against the corporation, claiming employees are not being fully paid for their time and attendance.

South Carolina police officer sues over pay

A canine handler and sheriff's deputy from Berkley County, S.C. has filed a lawsuit against the county, claiming he was not paid for his employee attendance while working overtime.

Commissioners reach decision on local Texas overtime issue

Commissioners in Johnson County, Tex. reached a decision on the issue of time and attendance as well as overtime payments for local officers at the sheriff's office, Keene Star reported.

As FLSA turns 75, home care workers routinely denied overtime

More than 75 years after the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was signed into law, home care workers may still be denied full pay despite their time and attendance.

Report finds excessive overtime pay for U.S. Marshals

A new report released by the Justice Department has revealed that some U.S. marshals may have been abusing the overtime pay system in recent years, significantly inflating employee time and attendance.

Uncertainty regarding overtime for California truck drivers

Employee time can be hard to track in the commercial trucking industry, and there seems to be uncertainty regarding whether drivers are entitled to receive overtime in California.

New Hampshire firefighters paid millions in overtime

From 2009 to 2012, firefighters in Portsmouth, NH. were paid millions in overtime for their time and attendance.

Chicago murder rate drops as police overtime increases

Chicago police offers are clocking more employee time than ever, and the declining murder rates indicate that extended hours are proving beneficial for the city.

Report reveals employees not reading code of conduct

Whether it's a policy regarding employee attendance or the use of biometric time clocks, workers are not paying attention.

Judge rules against unpaid internships

Unpaid interns won a major fight in court this week, as a judge has decided that they should most often be compensated for their time and attendance.

Whole Foods employees claim discrimination

Two workers at a Whole Foods location in Albuquerque were recently suspended, negatively affecting their time and attendance.

Oregon passes social media law

Oregon recently passed a law that will significantly affect hiring processes and employee management.

Tennessee judge orders female lawyers to abide by new dress code

A Tennessee judge is now implementing his own controversial employee management program by ordering female lawyers to abide by a new dress code.

Judge rules against unpaid internships

Unpaid interns won a major fight in court this week, as a judge has decided that they should most often be compensated for their time and attendance.

Whole Foods employees claim discrimination

Two workers at a Whole Foods location in Albuquerque were recently suspended, negatively affecting their time and attendance.

Oregon passes social media law

Oregon recently passed a law that will significantly affect hiring processes and employee management.

Preliminary agreement reached in RBS Citizens Financial overtime case

A preliminary agreement has been reached in the RBS Citizens Financial Inc. employee time and payment case.

Workers file overtime suit against drone company

A lawsuit regarding employee time and attendance is being filed against AAI Corp.

Iowa back pay settlement drastically reduced to $1.6 million

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission settlement that was due to award $240 million to 32 workers for employee time back pay and abuses has been reduced to a total of $1.6 million.

Overtime pay increases for Kansas workers

Employee tracking efforts have revealed that Kansas state workers are working increasingly long hours, resulting in large overtime payments.

FLSA lawsuits skyrocketing

Wage and hour lawsuits have hit a record high as employee tracking statistics and violations have come to light.

Biometric time clocks end buddy punching

Biometric time clocks are being introduced at companies around the world, especially brands that rely on accuracy and security.

Disability access to be discussed on June 13

A meeting that will affect residents of Bennington, Vt., in terms of disabled employee time and access will be held by the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL) on June 13.

Oil company pays thousands to overtime workers

Honghua America has paid out $687,469 to employees who were not compensated for their time and attendance.

New York teachers union demands billions in back pay

Despite employee attendance and an increase in crowded classrooms, it has been more than four years since the 94,000 members of New York City's United Federation of Teachers (UFT) have received any pay raises.

Is your dress code policy legal?

With summertime comes a different dress code.

City owes firefighters back pay for overtime

The Department of Labor has ordered Battle Creek, Mich., to give its firefighters approximately $250,000 in back pay, as reported by The Battle Creek Enquirer

Energy company reaches settlement over FMLA violation

Alaskan energy company ASRC Energy Services Alaska has agreed to pay its employee $43,000 in back wages for wrongful termination.

City owes firefighters back pay for overtime

The Department of Labor has ordered Battle Creek, Mich., to give its firefighters approximately $250,000 in back pay, as reported by The Battle Creek Enquirer

Energy company reaches settlement over FMLA violation

Alaskan energy company ASRC Energy Services Alaska has agreed to pay its employee $43,000 in back wages for wrongful termination.

Courts to rule whether safety gear is clothing

Union workers are urging the Supreme Court to reconsider its classification of safety gear as clothing.

'Banning the box' gaining support in United States

A number of city and state legislators have recently taken a new measure into consideration that will affect employee recruiting practices.

Courts to rule whether safety gear is clothing

Union workers are urging the Supreme Court to reconsider its classification of safety gear as clothing.

'Banning the box' gaining support in United States

A number of city and state legislators have recently taken a new measure into consideration that will affect employee recruiting practices.

DOL to focus on tipping in restaurants

The Department of Labor has made a serious effort to crack down on more wage and hour violations lately.

Steakhouse owes workers almost $115,000 in back wages

The Department of Labor said it would crack down on labor violations in restaurants this year, and it seems as though it is already following through on its promise.

DOL to focus on tipping in restaurants

The Department of Labor has made a serious effort to crack down on more wage and hour violations lately.

Steakhouse owes workers almost $115,000 in back wages

The Department of Labor said it would crack down on labor violations in restaurants this year, and it seems as though it is already following through on its promise.

How to start an employee wellness program

This June will be the fifth annual National Employee Wellness Month, which means now is a better time than any for businesses to focus their efforts on the health of their workers.

County in Michigan switching to biometric time clocks

Genesee County, Mich., will be converting its current employee tracking structure into a biometric time clock system.

Bank violates Americans with Disabilities Act

Midwest bank BMO Harris has agreed to pay $400,000 to 14 former employees for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Are nurses exempt from overtime pay?

The Fair Labor Standards Act requires that most employees get paid minimum wage and overtime fees for their time and attendance.

Adult care facilities owe workers almost $600,000 for labor violations

Three adult care facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area have been caught violating wage and labor laws.

Are nurses exempt from overtime pay?

The Fair Labor Standards Act requires that most employees get paid minimum wage and overtime fees for their time and attendance.

Adult care facilities owe workers almost $600,000 for labor violations

Three adult care facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area have been caught violating wage and labor laws.

Should you use social media recruiting?

Due to the overwhelming prevalence of technology in the world, there are a lot more options for HR professionals when it comes to employee recruiting.

Chicago Metra cops' overtime pay accounts for over half of total income

Chicago Metra Police Department employees are raking in enormous amounts of overtime pay for their time and attendance, according to a recent report from The Chicago Sun-Times.

Fast food restaurants under pressure for higher wages

Fast food workers around the country are fighting for higher payroll with strikes and walkouts.

Two employees suspended for helping with time-card investigation

Two Madison County, Ga., employees have been suspended for assisting the sheriff in a time-card discrepancy investigation.

How does joint employment work?

Migrant and seasonal agricultural workers' rights are protected by a Department of Labor act specific to the industry, the MSPA.

Two employees suspended for helping with time-card investigation

Two Madison County, Ga., employees have been suspended for assisting the sheriff in a time-card discrepancy investigation.

How does joint employment work?

Migrant and seasonal agricultural workers' rights are protected by a Department of Labor act specific to the industry, the MSPA.

DOL cracks down on New Jersey blueberry industry

Blueberries are a major part of New Jersey's agricultural industry during the summer, and the Department of Labor has had to take special note of field laborers' time and attendance in the state.

Produce facility fined for denying wages to temporary workers

Lucca Freezer & Cold Storage, a company that stores and packages produce, has reached a settlement after being sued by the Department of Labor for failing to properly pay its temporary employees for their time and attendance.

DOL cracks down on New Jersey blueberry industry

Blueberries are a major part of New Jersey's agricultural industry during the summer, and the Department of Labor has had to take special note of field laborers' time and attendance in the state.

Produce facility fined for denying wages to temporary workers

Lucca Freezer & Cold Storage, a company that stores and packages produce, has reached a settlement after being sued by the Department of Labor for failing to properly pay its temporary employees for their time and attendance.

How to determine an employment relationship

Lawsuits over worker misclassifications are popping up all over the country.

Wage class actions against Starbucks and Prima Marketing

Workers are taking companies to court for violations of their wage rights.

How to determine an employment relationship

Lawsuits over worker misclassifications are popping up all over the country.

Louisiana parish found in violation of FMLA

The Caddo Parish Commission in Louisiana owes over $13,000 in back wages after the Department of Labor determined that it violated the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Legal summertime jobs for children

The Department of Labor has extensive and thorough regulations when it comes to children's time and attendance at a job.

Businesses illegally tamper with time sheets

What do Idaho and New York have in common?

Louisiana parish found in violation of FMLA

The Caddo Parish Commission in Louisiana owes over $13,000 in back wages after the Department of Labor determined that it violated the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Legal summertime jobs for children

The Department of Labor has extensive and thorough regulations when it comes to children's time and attendance at a job.

Businesses illegally tamper with time sheets

What do Idaho and New York have in common?

Montgomery County asked to get leave and overtime under control

Recent investigations by the Montgomery County Council in Maryland discovered that employees have been abusing overtime and sick leave privileges.

New York to require paid sick days

Today a bill passed through the New York City Council that will have a major effect on companies' payroll processes.

RadioShack goes to court for overtime claims

RadioShack might owe its workers some major cash for unpaid overtime.

Wage and hour lawsuits increasing

If it seems like lately there have been more law suits than usual filed against employers, it's because it's true.

Employers must give nursing mothers breaks under the FLSA

A senator in Oregon recently introduced new legislation that, if passed, will affect employee attendance tracking in the state.

RadioShack goes to court for overtime claims

RadioShack might owe its workers some major cash for unpaid overtime.

Wage and hour lawsuits increasing

If it seems like lately there have been more law suits than usual filed against employers, it's because it's true.

Employers must give nursing mothers breaks under the FLSA

A senator in Oregon recently introduced new legislation that, if passed, will affect employee attendance tracking in the state.

Are you required to pay your intern wages?

Internships are common among career-minded students, and they can provide excellent learning opportunities.

Russell Stover employees sue for overtime

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division differentiates between types of employees when regulating who has to be paid overtime for time and attendance above 40 hours in a week.

Are you required to pay your intern wages?

Internships are common among career-minded students, and they can provide excellent learning opportunities.

Russell Stover employees sue for overtime

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division differentiates between types of employees when regulating who has to be paid overtime for time and attendance above 40 hours in a week.

Subway franchisor pairs up with DOL

The Department of Labor is now working with the franchisor of sandwich restaurant Subway to educate the company's franchisees about federal labor laws.

Does your wellness program violate the law?

Wellness programs are common in the workplace because they can improve employees' well-being, lead to better employee attendance and also decrease health insurance and healthcare costs.

Subway franchisor pairs up with DOL

The Department of Labor is now working with the franchisor of sandwich restaurant Subway to educate the company's franchisees about federal labor laws.

How to prevent employee sick leave abuse

The Family and Medical Leave Act requires that employers allow workers to take unpaid sick leave.

Arizona county board considering employee time clocks

In Mohave County, Arizona, the board of supervisors is set to discuss the installment of time clocks for tracking time and attendance of all county employees on Monday.

How to prevent employee sick leave abuse

The Family and Medical Leave Act requires that employers allow workers to take unpaid sick leave.

Arizona county board considering employee time clocks

In Mohave County, Arizona, the board of supervisors is set to discuss the installment of time clocks for tracking time and attendance of all county employees on Monday.

Oklahoma gets new workers' comp system

On May 6, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed Senate Bill 1062 and made it into a law.

Avoid accidental religious discrimination

Religious discrimination may seem like a cut-and-dry situation, but there are parts of the law that employers may not know about - including some that will likely be a surprise.

Employment agency coughs up $2 million in back wages

Hutco Inc., a Louisiana-based industrial services and employment firm, is in trouble with the DOL's Wage and Hour Division for using improper payroll and employee tracking practices.

Avoid accidental religious discrimination

Religious discrimination may seem like a cut-and-dry situation, but there are parts of the law that employers may not know about - including some that will likely be a surprise.

Workers awarded largest verdict in EEOC history

On May 1, an Iowa jury made history when they announced their verdict on a disability discrimination case.

Employment agency coughs up $2 million in back wages

Hutco Inc., a Louisiana-based industrial services and employment firm, is in trouble with the DOL's Wage and Hour Division for using improper payroll and employee tracking practices.

13-year Louisville overtime war continues

In 2000, a group of firefighters from Louisville, Kentucky filed a complaint with the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, alleging that the city did not give them fair overtime pay for time and attendance.

Republicans push for option of paid time off

The Republican party is fighting to give workers in the private sector the option of taking paid time off instead of overtime pay for their time and attendance when they work more than 40 hours a week.

Don't fall into these four common mistakes when paying tipped employees

Tips are the property of the employee, so it might be a good idea for an employer to review their payroll policies and be sure not to commit these mistakes.

DOL's new military caregiver, exigency leave provisions

The Department of Labor recently expanded the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to include more veteran and employee coverage.

Are you complying with the FLSA requirements for daycare centers and preschools?

The Fair Labor Standards Act added preschools to its coverage in 1972, but many employers still might not be aware of their legal responsibilities in this type of workplace.

DOL's new military caregiver, exigency leave provisions

The Department of Labor recently expanded the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to include more veteran and employee coverage.

Are you complying with the FLSA requirements for daycare centers and preschools?

The Fair Labor Standards Act added preschools to its coverage in 1972, but many employers still might not be aware of their legal responsibilities in this type of workplace.

Don't fall into these four common mistakes when paying tipped employees

Tips are the property of the employee, so it might be a good idea for an employer to review their payroll policies and be sure not to commit these mistakes.

South African education system considering biometric time clocks

South Africa's Department of Basic Education is planning to improve its employee tracking techniques by utilizing a biometric time clock system for educators in its schools.

Construction contractor sued for hiring discrimination

The Department of Labor recently took construction corporation Bertucci Contracting to court for being racially discriminative in its employee recruiting and hiring practices.

South African education system considering biometric time clocks

South Africa's Department of Basic Education is planning to improve its employee tracking techniques by utilizing a biometric time clock system for educators in its schools.

Did T-Mobile commit pregnancy discrimination?

After its employee Kristi Rifkin became pregnant, a Nashville T-Mobile call center where she worked started requiring her to sign in and out with a time clock when she went to the restroom.

Construction contractor sued for hiring discrimination

The Department of Labor recently took construction corporation Bertucci Contracting to court for being racially discriminative in its employee recruiting and hiring practices.

Did T-Mobile commit pregnancy discrimination?

After its employee Kristi Rifkin became pregnant, a Nashville T-Mobile call center where she worked started requiring her to sign in and out with a time clock when she went to the restroom.

OSHA gives temporary employees added protection

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced an initiative that will use employee tracking tactics to give temporary workers more protection against workplace hazards.

New York increases overtime pay

After 2009 workforce cuts resulted in smaller staffs, New York state workers are increasing their employee attendance, meaning the state is dishing out more overtime pay.

Minnesota set to get minimum wage hike

For years, Minnesota employers have only been required to pay their minimum wage workers $6.15 an hour.

New York increases overtime pay

After 2009 workforce cuts resulted in smaller staffs, New York state workers are increasing their employee attendance, meaning the state is dishing out more overtime pay.

Minnesota set to get minimum wage hike

For years, Minnesota employers have only been required to pay their minimum wage workers $6.15 an hour.

OSHA gives temporary employees added protection

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced an initiative that will use employee tracking tactics to give temporary workers more protection against workplace hazards.

Florida deputies denied payroll requests

In Lee County, Florida, sheriff's deputies have been fighting hard for pay raises and overtime policy changes.

Employee social-media privacy at risk

If an employee has multiple personal social-media accounts, does his or her employer have a right to monitor the accounts? Can an employee even be required to divulge the accounts' passwords?

Are your employees' eyes wandering?

A recent poll by Right Management revealed that 64 percent of respondents were approached either directly or indirectly about a possible job opportunity in the past 12 months.

Construction employees regain $175,602 in back wages

Didion Milling, an ethanol production facility located in Cambria, Wis​consin, has been ordered by the Department of Labor to pay more than $175,000 in back wages to its construction employees.

What employers should know about the Americans with Disabilities Act

In early April, the behemoth American retail chain that is Wal-Mart fell into trouble with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for violating the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Although Wal-Mart denies all charges, the lawsuit is a good reminder for employers to review their responsibilities under the ADA.

Chinese Daily News overtime suit loses its class action certification

In March 2004, three employees of the Chinese Daily News filed suit against the news outlet in California, alleging that they were forced to work more than 8 hours a day and 40 hours per week but were not given any overtime payment for that time and attendance.

What employers should know about the Americans with Disabilities Act

In early April, the behemoth American retail chain that is Wal-Mart fell into trouble with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for violating the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Although Wal-Mart denies all charges, the lawsuit is a good reminder for employers to review their responsibilities under the ADA.

Chinese Daily News overtime suit loses its class action certification

In March 2004, three employees of the Chinese Daily News filed suit against the news outlet in California, alleging that they were forced to work more than 8 hours a day and 40 hours per week but were not given any overtime payment for that time and attendance.

Illinois cops suspended for overtime inflation

The Des Plaines Police Department suspended 13 of its officers today after determining that the group had inflated their reports of DUI arrests in order to obtain overtime pay, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Why you should use a mobile employee recruitment strategy

In today's fast-paced, internet-obsessed world, people have high expectations when it comes to the ease of connectivity and accessing information. Employee recruiting is no different.

Does your commission-based employee qualify for overtime exemption?

Employee misclassifications have been a hot topic lately, with business after business getting in trouble for failing to pay their workers overtime. One case in which a worker may be exempt from receiving overtime is when he/she works in the retail or service industry.

Congressman advocates simplified regulations to help small businesses

Small businesses may soon be getting a break from wordy, complicated regulations thanks to Iowa congressman Bruce Braley. The congressman is aiming to give his Plain Regulations Act a second wind this week by reintroducing the bill.

Does your commission-based employee qualify for overtime exemption?

Employee misclassifications have been a hot topic lately, with business after business getting in trouble for failing to pay their workers overtime. One case in which a worker may be exempt from receiving overtime is when he/she works in the retail or service industry.

Track employee absenteeism with timeclock records

When an employee can't make it in to work, managers must step in to ensure their responsibilities get done, whether that means performing the tasks themselves, assigning another staff member with extra duties for the day or accepting that they will be short-staffed.

Lifeguards try to save their paychecks in a recent dispute

Lifeguards at Ottawa's Ray Friel Recreation Complex recently alleged they were denied compensation for time that should have counted as employee attendance.

Rite Aid pays $20 million to right its payroll processes

Rite Aid, a drug store chain that has been in the United States since the early 1960s, announced earlier this year that it will pay $20.9 million to settle lawsuits that alleged the company paid its managers incorrectly for their time and attendance.

Utah companies get heat for payroll violations

A handful of companies in Salt Lake City recently received some bad news: They'd been served. The U.S. Department of Labor announced in April that two of the city's employment agencies and their clients committed willful violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Long Beach planning internal timekeeping study

The Long Beach City Council is planning to investigate the cost-effectiveness of its timekeeping system without the help of any prospective vendors.

Utah companies get heat for payroll violations

A handful of companies in Salt Lake City recently received some bad news: They'd been served. The U.S. Department of Labor announced in April that two of the city's employment agencies and their clients committed willful violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Employers need to keep a close eye on payroll policies in 2014

Employers might be uncertain about whether their payroll policies are in full compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for a number of reasons.

Correcting Puerto Rico's Department of Corrections employee attendance practices

Although it's meant to enforce laws, a recent Department of Labor settlement suggests that Puerto Rico's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation was violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regarding compensating employees for their time and attendance.

Even if it's complicated, define employment relationships

While this might seem like an idea that's exclusive to singles, it's actually prevalent in the workplace.

Dental assistant files claims for meal break denials

A dental assistant in California recently filed a lawsuit against her former employer to collect back wages for unpaid time and attendance.

Is telecommuting a blessing or a curse for employees?

With new mobile technology options in hand, employees can jet set across the country without missing deadlines, falling behind on projects or losing contact with their supervisors.

DOL drops the ax on companies that punish whistleblowers

There are measures in place that disrupt this balance. For better or worse, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was implemented to ensure workers receive all the wages they are owed for their time and attendance.

Will employers soon have overtime alternatives?

The House Subcommittee recently heard arguments about whether the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 should move forward to give businesses the right to offer comp time as an alternative to overtime.

Employees who are out of sight and out of mind may cause FLSA violations

Telecommuting has taken off as a way to increase efficiency and reduce operational expenses, but work from home policies can cause payroll problems for employers if they aren't compliant with the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA).

Think your business is safe from FLSA violations? Think again

An entrepreneur buys a business or invests in a franchise, assuming that he or she is starting with a clean slate when it comes to payroll processing, employee benefits administration and other basic duties.

Grocery store employees claim their pay was short

Employees of the H-E-B grocery chain in Texas recently alleged their employer wasn't properly paying them for their time and attendance.

Tips for correctly calculating compensatory time off

Any alternative might seem better than paying employees overtime for putting in more than 40 hours of time and attendance in a single workweek.

Shedding light on administrative exemptions

Provisions in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) can be difficult to interpret, even for human resources professionals. What might seem like simple guidelines for exemptions are often complicated.

Fire staff fighting excessive overtime allegations and flames

Fire departments across the United States are fighting more than flames, they are also battling claims that staff members and volunteers are taking too much overtime that's costing municipalities millions.

Think twice before docking employees' pay for broken dishes, missing money

Greater financial pressure also means employers are being forced to do more with less and have to prevent cash flow leakages in their employee attendance and payroll responsibilities.

Restaurant owners beware: Minimum wage for tipped employees varies by state

Unlike servers in other countries across Europe that do not accept gratuity for their work, waiters and waitresses in the U.S. are primarily compensated by the tips they receive.

Three common FLSA misconceptions to avoid

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets forth basic provisions to ensure employees are properly compensated for their time and attendance, however those rules are coupled with numerous specific provisions that can make it difficult to apply across industries.

Writers say fashion police broke labor laws

On E!'s Fashion Police, hosts Joan Rivers and Kelly Osbourne identify which celebrities are upstanding apparel citizens and point out those who are creating fashion felonies.

Knowledge is power for employers on a budget

Companies that are locked into leases or operate out of prime downtown storefronts might need to consider strategies for decreasing their employee overhead.

New England agricultural operation pays up for shorting wages

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced that it obtained a total of $305,000 from a New England agricultural operation for underpaying its workers for their time and attendance.

Time and attendance violations sprouting in Minnesota agriculture industry

There are allegations that employers in the state have been denying farm workers the wages they rightfully earned for their time and attendance.

Lawsuit reminds employees to be careful with classifications

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) dictates the pay is just one criteria that must be met for an employee to be classified as exempt from overtime pay.

Are your employees exempt as administrative workers? Perform this test to find out

Under-compensation as the result of employee misclassification has come to forefront of labor rights discussions. In fact, there is now a nation-wide initiative to crack down on these incidents.

Don't let seasonal employees eat into your bottom line

Summer is just around the corner, which means students will be let out of school, pools will open for the season and amusement parks will roar back to life.

Three reasons to comply with time and attendance laws

When money is tight and employers are cutting costs across every aspect of their businesses, they may feel they have no other choice than to trim back on payroll.

Steer clear of independent contractor/employee mix-ups this summer

With the summer season fast approaching, human resources teams will need to prepare for an influx of applications from recent college grads and vacation time requests from staff members.

Country club servers required to fork over tips

Restaurants have continued to be an important part of the American economy's recovery from the recent recession.

When improper classifications deny rightful compensation

Covered employees are guaranteed at least minimum wage for all of their time and attendance in addition to overtime if they work more than 40 hours in a single work week.

Tips to make telecommuting plans work

Business executives have a number of ideas about the best ways to foster collaborative and productive workplaces.

Shortage of Rhode Island state employees means overtime pay for staff

Payroll data that was recently released by the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity revealed that the Ocean State may be in need of a new employee tracking system and additional workers.

Employee tracking tools keep staff members honest

Some companies use employee tracking systems to identify any workers who are abusing their privileges.

The minimum wage debate rages on

A study by the Center For Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) alleges that today's minimum wage actually pales in comparison to the money employees should be earning for their time and attendance.

DOL shocked by electric company's time and attendance failures

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) includes numerous provisions that extend beyond that basic employee right.

North Carolina construction company using faulty payroll tools

Employees might agree, especially if they receive a competitive salary for their time and attendance.

When is it okay to deny minimum wage?

To be on the safe side, employers should pay their employees minimum wage for all of their time and attendance unless there are specific reasons not to.

Human resources teams must prepare for changes

Human resources professionals have a rocky road ahead, as a number of big changes are slated to take effect in workplaces across America.

Don't fall into an FMLA trap - use transparent employee benefits administration processes

Employees in the United States are supposed to benefit from a better work-life balance as the result of the Family Medical and Leave Act, which allows qualifying employees to take off up to 12 weeks of work a year without putting their positions in jeopardy.

Ensuring insurance claims adjusters are properly paid

Staff members who qualify for certain exceptions don't have receive minimum wage for all of their time and attendance or overtime (mostly because their salaries more than make up for these).

Employers setting sail on the apprenticeship

Unpaid internships may be all the rage in today's economy, but apprenticeships were popular not too long ago and are still a viable way for individuals to gain valuable on-the-job experience in professional fields.

Top human resources priorities in 2013

Thanks to new technology and analytics capabilities, HR professionals don't have to spend as much time monitoring and tracking employee attendance, but they must now use the information in their databases to discover valuable insights about absenteeism triggers, successful engagement strategies and better recruiting criteria.

Employers can fight overtime until they're blue in the face, but they still owe manual laborers

Creating strict schedules that are capped at 40 hours, establishing penalties for workers who disregard limits and paying staff members on a salary basis are some of the common tactics to navigate the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) provision that provides covered individuals with premium pay for extra time and attendance.

DOL says 'no' to children operating chainsaws

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was established in part to ensure employers didn't take advantage of youth employees.

Florida restaurants in the spotlight for payroll violations

Through upcoming investigations by Wage and Hour Division representatives, the DOL hopes to identify and penalize employers that are denying their staff members the earnings owed for their time and attendance on the job.

Tennessee restaurant chain cooking up employee attendance violations

Employees in a Tennessee restaurant didn't get the compensation they should have earned for their time and attendance, according to the DOL.

Employee misclassifications cost Atlanta employees benefits and wages

Employee misclassifications can wrongfully deny workers the benefits and wages they have rightfully earned, and they can put employers at risk for time and attendance violations or other labor rights issues.

Put teleworkers' time and attendance under a microscope

With a laundry list of benefits, some may wonder why CEOs like Melissa Mayer of Yahoo, aren't onboard the telecommuting train.

Benefits administration programs keep companies in compliance amidst changes

New technology makes it easier for employees to get work done faster and more cost-effectively, while also affording greater transparency.

Fingerprint scans and electronic entries replace timeclock punches

Employees of the Sullivan County government in Pennsylvania aren't tallying up their hours manually any longer, thanks to investments in advanced timeclocks.

DOL investigation says painters should be paid as team players

Outsourcing has become more popular in the past decade, thanks to advances in technology that make it easier for remote professionals to contribute to a central project.

Investigations says call center agents' pay was cut short

Customer call centers have become the primarily means of communication between companies and their clients.

Arkansas childcare providers not following golden rule for time and attendance pay

Childcare providers have an important impact on the success of the next generation, but recent investigations indicate they do not always receive wages that reflect the value of their work.

Home furnishings company keeps payroll records under wraps

In total, 57 employees will share $260,000 to make up for their unpaid time and attendance, a sum that includes $130,000 for the overtime pay they never received and a matching amount in liquidated damages.

Employees seeking major dough from pizza company for time and attendance violations

A pizza chain with locations in New York and Massachusetts is the focus of a lawsuit that is seeking class action status and perhaps millions of dollars in back wages.

Push for minimum wage increases gains traction

Discussions about potential increases to minimum wage could become louder as arguments gain traction.

South Carolina chain agrees to pay employees back wages for overtime

Miyo's, an Asian chain in Columbia, South Carolina, that has agreed to pay 97 employees a total of $44,000 in back wages for unpaid overtime, according to the Department of Labor.

DOL accuses restaurants of paying employees on island time

Six employees working at three restaurants on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina's coastal region allegedly didn't receive all the pay they were owed for their time and attendance.

Tools that can help employees determine if they're getting what they deserve

The Department of Labor is doing its part to ensure workers throughout the United States are getting what they deserve - fair pay for their time and attendance and basic benefits.

DOL digs up FLSA violations in Pennsylvania landscaping company

This is the outcome of a Department of Labor (DOL) investigation that found the company was cheating its workers out of extra pay for overtime employee attendance.

Tips from companies with great employee recruiting and retention programs

It's been noted that hiring the most talented employees is elemental to brand success - happy workers provide better customer service, refer other qualified individuals and are willing to put in the time and attendance to make sure jobs get done right.

DOL serves up back wage order to NY catering company

Chateau Briand, a New York catering company on Long Island's Carle Place prides itself on its elegant facilities, excellent service, world-class cooking and stylish facilities, but a recent consent order from the United States Department of Labor suggests that the finery came at at price.

Burger chain assistant managers spent more time taking orders than directing employees

Earlier this year, the award-winning fast food chain Five Guys Burgers was also recognized as a potential Fair Labor Standards Act violator.

Foreign students say exchange program included employee attendance exploitation

What was meant to be an enlightening cultural experience turned sour for Jorge Rios and other foreign students who participated in the U.S. Department of State's J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program.

Do minimum wage increases actually improve businesses' bottom lines?

Since President Barack Obama proposed a hike to the federal minimum wage to help the nation's hourly earners keep up with the rising cost-of-living, there have been arguments that increasing the base pay for time and attendance can jeopardize businesses' livelihoods.

Engagement can improve employee recruiting efforts

Employers who engage their workers may have an edge over competitors when it comes to both on-the-job productivity and recruiting.

Crowdsourced labor challenges time and attendance laws

A recent case highlights the fact that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) could use an update to reflect modern business strategies and ensure staff members receive compensation for their time and attendance

Tips that can keep construction companies from digging themselves an FLSA hole

The spring season is approaching, which may mean housing projects and renovation works kick off to take advantage of the warmer weather.

Employers must be careful about classifying professional creative workers

Complying with the Fair Labor Standards Act may seem simple enough - the three biggest rules require employers to respect child labor laws, pay employees hourly workers minimum wage for their time and attendance as well as time-and-a-half if their schedules exceed 40 hours in a single week.

New York labor union says 'Pay up' for Sandy overtime

A new claim alleges that some New York workers did not get paid for their time and attendance in Hurricane Sandy response efforts.

New Jersey gas station company to pay up

In a signal to all New Jersey gas station owners, the Department of Labor (DOL) has recovered $3 million in back pay and liquidated damages from Daniyal Enterprises and owner Waseem Chaudhary for time and attendance violations.

Biometric timeclocks provide accurate data about time and attendance

More companies are investing biometric time and attendance solutions to kill two birds with one stone - they can discourage employee fraud and safeguard themselves from expensive lawsuits.

It's Telework Week - How are companies tracking remote time and attendance?

Telecommuting is becoming a popular option for many companies because it offers benefits to both employers and employees.

Ever wonder how Hollywood navigates child labor laws?

The DOL ensures youth employees are not asked to perform dangerous work and are properly paid for their time and attendance.

Unpaid internships fire up yet again

Time and attendance violations involving unpaid internships have recently come into the spotlight.

Texas county approves investment in new timeclocks

After multiple meetings, the Kaufman County Commissioners Court announced its plans to invest in new timeclocks to keep closer tabs on employees' time and attendance.

Lawyer takes a stand against unpaid overtime

William Henig recently filed a complaint against California law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, alleging that the organization contracted a number of attorneys to perform document review.

Court case to shed light on what it means to "don and doff" on the job

Does donning and doffing seems like a confusing way to describe the process of putting on uniforms for work? That's how the Department of Labor chooses to define the activity in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Judge gives an OK to settling

Settling can be a bad thing when it comes to relationships between romantic partners, but it might just be the easiest way to deal with some employee lawsuits that don't require judicial intervention.

The dog days are just beginning for some employees (in a good way!)

There are many ways to show staff members they are appreciated without increasing the amount of wages they are issued for their time and attendance, such as offering telecommuting freedom and allowing employees to bring their pets to work.

Employers must be prepared to pay for additional training

Training isn't always free for employers, as they must compensate workers for educational programs just as they would for regular time and attendance.

How will a minimum wage increase impact employee's time and attendance?

The proposal called for a staggered series of increases that would raise acceptable hourly pay from $7.25 per hour to $9 per hour to accommodate for inflation, which would mean business owners have to fork over more for employees' time and attendance.

DOL sinks Texas pool company's straight-time pay policy

Everyone has heard of overtime, but not everyone knows when it's owed to employees or even who can qualify for extra wages if their time and attendance exceeds 40 hours in a single workweek.

Rail employees say employers' time and attendance policies were out of line

Employees of Chicago-based Amsted Rail Co. recently filed a lawsuit against their employer for failing to pay them for all of their time and attendance.

Positions you might not expect to be exempt from overtime and minimum wage

Most employees are guaranteed basic rights to minimum wage and overtime for their time and attendance, but there are some exceptions to the rules.

Common questions about FMLA employee benefits

The 20th anniversary of the Family Medical and Leave Act (FMLA) was recently celebrated, and the time and attendance industry has been abuzz with questions and insights about the law ever since.

A little leave is a good thing

Employee leave requests can present challenges for employers - they need to find other workers who can fill in during that time and perform the same level or work.

Local eatery stiffing its servers

Unfortunately, the restaurant may have been able to offer affordable prices by scrimping on payroll costs, according to allegations from the Department of Labor (DOL).

DOL finds supermarket pay isn't always so super

Getting a job with a local grocer or restaurant is much better than working for a nameless, faceless corporation, right?

Local pizza shop fails to deliver fair pay

Cecil Whittaker's Pizzeria may be a St. Louis mainstay, but the results of a recent Department of Labor investigation suggest it wasn't a great place for community members to get a job driving delivery orders.

Managing social reputations is crucial for recruiting success

Before a company's human resources team hits the "post" button for the latest opening, they might want to troll the internet to do a little reputation management.

Pay-per-text policies don't fly if employees miss out on minimum wage

The firm was recently ordered to pay 14,568 of its employees a total of $1.3 million to make up for lost wages, which resulted from its failure to comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Accounting firm's time and attendance calculations off, DOL finds

One case involving a West Virginia accounting firm and the Department of Labor shows that they aren't necessarily flawless when it comes to time and attendance payments.

San Francisco bakery accused of cooking its payroll books

Dick Lee Pastry, a restaurant in San Francisco's Chinatown neighborhood is currently involved in an employee lawsuit that yielded the biggest single settlement payment the city has ever received.

Construction company pays up for late paychecks

Being late is not usually a problem, but it can cause a huge hiccup if it causes businesses to pay their employees behind schedule.

Hawaii has premium coffee, but lackluster pay packages

Hawaiian coffee beans fetch a premium price in the United States. Known for the smooth, rich cup, Kona coffee has become a luxury in the rest of the country.

DOL pulls the plug on illegal practices in Silicon Valley

Bloom Energy, a clean energy power generating systems manufacturer, might be tied to big names like Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola and Google, but it doesn't function on such a grandiose scale where its payments for time and attendance are concerned.

DOL tells tire company to give payroll practices a tune-up

DJR Holding Corp., a tire company that has locations across Iowa, including Ankeny, Creston, Boone, Knoxville and Muscatine, violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime provisions, according to The Associated Press.

Public says it's about time for a minimum wage increase

Minimum wage laws went into effect in 1938, and since then, they have caused a slew of reactions from the American public every time an increase is proposed.

The dangers of employers offering free rides

Most companies do not provide transportation to and from job sites unless it's necessary. They usually require employees to find their own rides to business locations.

DOL gives North Carolina restaurant a tip - Pay your workers properly

Employees of Los Tres Magueyes in Cary, North Carolina, will receive the wages they were allegedly owed as the result of their employer's time and attendance violations, according to the Department of Labor.

Merrill Lynch employees to get money from overtime dispute

In June 2011, Merrill Lynch employee Nancy Martignago filed a lawsuit against her employer, alleging she and others in similar positions were regularly denied overtime pay for their extra time and attendance, as reported by Reuters.

Revenge isn't sweet when FLSA prohibits retaliation

Employers must always remember they have entered into an agreement with staff members to pay them for all of their time and attendance.

When parting isn't such sweet sorrow

Most employees have good relationships with their supervisors - relationships that are built on trust and mutual respect - but these can go sour for a number of reasons.

Twin cities cleaners expect to get overdue overtime pay

A group of workers who performed contracted janitorial labor for Target might soon receive some of the wages they were allegedly owed for working much more than 40 hours in a single week.

DHHS employees abuse payroll system, collect massive overtime

Human resources professionals are often responsible for verifying that employees receive the pay they have rightfully earned for their time and attendance, but they must also ensure workers are not taking advantage of payroll policies by monitoring records.

Perform a yearly check up on employee handbooks

Employers may find they seldom crack open their employee handbooks on a regular basis.

FLSA crack down forces 15 Boston restaurants to fork over cash

The Department of Labor (DOL) pays special attention to the way restaurant owners pay their employees because it can sometimes be difficult to properly calculate their correct pay.

Flexible scheduling demands close time and attendance monitoring

In some regards, today's corporate environments are relaxing.

Timeclock rounding flies as long as it's fair

Processing paperwork for numerous administrative tasks is hard enough without employers having to tally every last minute of employees' time and attendance and then determine the exact amount they've earned based on hourly pay rates.

Pressure to meet deadlines can lead to overtime pay

Employers want their workers to meet deadlines and in most cases, don't mind if it takes staff members few extra minutes or even another hour to complete the tasks they've been assigned.

Are payroll oversights giving your employees unexpected raises?

A recent audit of West Virginia employees' payroll records revealed that many employees' earnings are much higher than the totals they were originally offered.

Independence can be a good thing, unless it undermines employment  status

Supervisors may want responsible, motivated and self-driven employees who can perform tasks without micro-management, but they shouldn't confuse that sense of autonomy with independence when they are classifying employee relationships.

Enact more stringent policies to cut back on overtime

Some bus drivers in Dayton, Ohio, might receive smaller paychecks in the mail this year, according to the Dayton Daily News.

Punishment for punctuality can put employees' exemption statuses in jeopardy

Employers generally prefer that their employees show up on time or early.

Proper policies and timekeeping technology can keep employee lawsuits at bay

Employers set up timekeeping policies to confirm they are paying their workers for all of their time and attendance, but these payroll processing systems can ultimately help them defend against employee lawsuits.

Texas employers questioned about employee classifications

The economic recession put a lot of employers in a pinch.

Texas refinery contractor told to pay up for unpaid overtime

The Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division recently investigated Austin Industrial Inc., a contractor based in La Porte Texas that performs maintenance and construction work for the Phillips 66 Inc. oil and gas refinery.

Technology leading to time and attendance violations

As mobile technology has become more popular with consumers around the world, many businesses have followed suit and armed their employees with smartphones, tablets and laptops that enabled them to do work from anywhere.

Hospital asked to pay back wages for employee misclassification

An employee of Montrose Memorial Hospital in Colorado has filed a lawsuit in attempt to recollect wages he is allegedly owed for overtime employee attendance, according to The Montrose Daily Press.

When employers need work, but employees need a break

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require employers to offer paid vacation time.

Don't fall victim to overtime misconceptions - Salaried workers are not always exempt!

It's crucial that employers do not enact policies to avoid paying overtime at the risk of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Today's business culture demands more employee tracking

The corporate business environment is changing, with more consumers working remotely and doing the majority of their tasks on computers.

Critics call for better family leave protection

FMLA provides eligible employees job protection if they need to take time off to recover from a serious illness, care for a newborn child or ailing family member.

DOL celebrates 20 years of FMLA

The United States Department of Labor establishes laws that are intended to protect employees' rights on the job, from creating safe working environments to fair pay for their time and attendance.

Forward-thinking employers looking to biometrics for accurate time & attendance tracking

Payroll is often one of the most expensive costs for companies. As such, employers walk a fine line between paying employees more for their hard work and keeping time & attendance records down to the minute, so they aren't paying more than they have to.

Warehouse cited for not having enough timeclocks

The California Labor Commissioner recently cited a Chino warehouse and distribution company called Quetico, LLC, for not properly paying its employees for their time & attendance.

Alcon Laboratories owes for timekeeping mishaps

The United States Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division recently investigated Alcon Laboratories in Houston, Texas, as reported by The Pasadena Citizen.

Tips for improving employee recruiting

As companies anticipate hiring, they might want to take a step back and make sure they are using the most effective strategies as they move forward.

Benefits of outsourcing human resources

Outsourcing human resources has been around since the 1980's when small and medium sized businesses found they could free themselves the burdens of maintaining employees' time and attendance records, identifying information and benefits packages by hiring third-party professional services.

Lady Gaga denies overtime claims in fiery testimony

The New York Post recently release excerpts from a testimony in which singer Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, denied that she owed her former personal assistant overtime wages for 7,000 hours of time and attendance.

Companies need payroll processing tools to keep up with hiring

As consumers confidence increases and retail spending grows, companies are adding new individuals to their payroll.

Are employers staying up to date on meal and break laws?

In the throes of busy daily schedules, employers may not have time to read through their employee handbooks and make adjustments to reflect changes in their workplaces.

Sick leave pay mistakes can impact companies' wellness

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not include requirements that obligate employers to pay employees when they take time off because of illness.

DOL surveying employers about employee misclassifications

For the first time, the United States Department of Labor is surveying employers and employees about misclassifications.

Sportswear company cited for poor time and attendance conduct

GTM Sportswear, a company that creates custom apparel with screen printing, embroidering and other embellishments, was recently investigated by the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division and has been ordered to pay 133 affected employees $97,000 in back wages.

Employers must be careful about lunch break policies

There is a general consensus that lunch breaks are going away for the American workforce.

Company looks to old recruiting pool to fill new positions

You may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but Yahoo is looking to win back some of its top talent with fresh offers of "big opportunities,"

Residential care businesses in North Carolina under scrutiny by DOL

The residential care, or home healthcare, industry has recently drawn the interest of the United States Department of Labor where basic employee rights are concerned.

Avoid time and attendance problems in the flu season

The flu season can present many challenges for individuals - severe illness and healthcare visits - but it can also be very detrimental for companies that deal with higher levels of absenteeism and productivity losses.

DOL finds golf company's payroll practices are in the rough

After conducting an investigation of seven golf courses and country clubs, the United States Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division has asked that Carolina Trail Golf Partners provide 347 employees back wages for unpaid time and attendance.

Mississippi has to pay for overtime to avoid time and attendance violations

The Itawamba County Board of Supervisors in Mississippi recently agreed to pay Jacob Dye, a former part-time state prison employee, overtime pay for 108 hours of unauthorized employee attendance.

North Carolina company learns that salaries do not guarantee exemptions

A North Carolina construction company recently learned an expensive lesson - paying employees on a salary basis does not guarantee exemption status.

Mobile timeclocks can help employers avoid time and attendance violations

A recent Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) case highlights the need for employers to provide their employees with timetracking systems that meet the demands of their daily duties.

DOL blows whistle on insurance company's commission-only compensation

Premier Insurance Services recently agreed to a settlement with the United States Department of Labor that will require its branches throughout California to deploy a timekeeping system to avoid future time and attendance issues.

Azteca Restaurante Mexicano underpaying workers, says DOL

The Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division recently announced that Akron, Ohio-based Azteca Restaurante Mexicano and its manager and part-owner Salvador B. Alatorre agreed to pay 18 employees more than $45,000 in back wages.

DOL reigns in payroll practices at Kenneth McPeek Racing Stables

Following an investigation by the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, Lexington, Kentucky-based Kenneth McPeek Racing Stables has paid 142 of its employees a total of $59,339 for overtime and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Healthcare management companies in trouble with DOL again

The United States Department of Labor recently filed a civil contempt petition against healthcare management companies that were found in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) previously.

Widespread FLSA violations uprooted in Florida agricultural industry

The Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division has been investigating employers in Florida's agriculture industry as part of its ongoing efforts to crack down on time and attendance violations for low-wage workers.

Agricultural worker files suit against employer for unpaid employee attendance

Former Dole Food employee Jose L. Fernandez is the plaintiff of a class-action lawsuit that aims to recover back wages for alleged unfair pay practices.

Arkansas police department to pay 24 officers over $150,000 for overtime

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced the Wynne Police Department of Arkansas must pay 24 uniformed officers a total of $150,085 in back wages for allegedly failing to issues the proper compensation for overtime.

Georgia firefighters say department is behind on overtime pay

Firefighters in Richmond County, Georgia, are voicing their concerns about late overtime payments for employee attendance exceeding standard workweek allowances, according to WRDW-TV.

Companies brace for turnover, renewed employee recruiting efforts

Approximately one in three businessesare anticipating more employee turnover in 2013, according to a study by the AMA Enterprise, as reported by Business and Legal Resources.

Common time and attendance pay issues with maintenance workers

There are millions of Americans who work as maintenance employees and security guards every year, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

San Francisco city departments over their heads in overtime pay

The City and County of San Francisco's Office of the Controller Budget and Analysis Division recently released its Annual Overtime Report, which revealed that many workers were well-paid for their time and attendance throughout 2011 and 2012.

Texas maintenance worker looking to clean up overtime pay practices

Jerry Lee Holland, a former maintenance worker, recently filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District Courtof Texas, Beaumont Division, to reclaim lost overtime pay from his employer.

Employees' work-life balance goals demand 21st century payroll solutions

In today's technology-driven society, employees are asking to use their favorite devices on the job and off to make tasks more efficient and convenient.

Are employees guaranteed wages on down days?

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to pay workers for all of their time and attendance.

Justin Bieber in spotlight for unpaid overtime and abuse allegations

Although Justin Bieber is better known as a teen heartthrob, he recently gained unwanted attention as an employer.

Hewlett-Packard slammed with national lawsuit for employee misclassifications

Hewlett-Packard was recently slapped with a class action lawsuit.

Time and attendance violations that flag WHD investigations

The United States Department of Labor's (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) conducts investigations to determine if employers are properly paying employees for their time and attendance.

Make sure employee attendance records include all hours worked

The Department of Labor's Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) includes very specific information about employees' basic rights.

Utah pecan farm agrees to keep employee attendance policies in compliance

The Southern Utah Pecan Ranch was recently called into question for suspected child labor rights violations, but an investigation by the Department of Labor only found a supervisor who was willing to take responsibility for time and attendance practices.

Three New York restaurants to pay employees over $1 million in back wages

Three full-service New York restaurants in Nassau and Westchester counties were recently investigated and found in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) minimum wage, overtime and recordkeeping provisions.

Better employee recruiting plans for 2013

Many companies are gearing up for the year ahead and are solidifying their goals, which might include filling available positions or those they create to accommodate expected growth trends.

Hurricane Sandy wreaks havoc on NYC overtime budgets

A number of New York City agencies exceeded their overtime employee attendance budgets because of Hurricane Sandy, according to figures that were recently released by the Independent Budget Office (IBO).

Florida employee claims resort is great place to stay, not work

Ramon Aponte, who was formerly the maintenance director of the Lani Kai Island Resort in Fort Myers beach, Florida, alleges the employer did not pay him the wages he was owed for his time and attendance.

IT employee second guess exemption status and lack of overtime pay

An employee from Canada who works for an IT company based in California recently announced he and coworkers are seeking advice to determine whether their employer has been underpaying them for their time and attendance.

Peyton's Place restaurant found stiffing its servers

Peyton's Place, a fine dining and casual restaurant in Duncan, Oklahoma, recently agreed to pay its servers $84,864 in back wages after it was found in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) minimum wage and recordkeeping provisions.

Non-exempt employees earn overtime pay regardless of daily tasks

Some companies have recently attempted to fend off employee lawsuits by claiming they did not owe workers overtime pay for employee attendance past 40 hours because those individuals were performing more than one job function.

Dallas printing company pays employees more than $96,000 in back wages

Nieman Printing, a Dallas-based commercial printing and mailing service business, was recently found in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) following an investigation by the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division.

Memphis tent and awning company raises payroll practices into compliance

Mahaffey Tent and Awning Co. recently paid 28 employees a total of $133,285 in back wages for prevailing wages and fringe benefits, following an investigation by the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division.

DOL finds China Sea Restaurants' employee attendance practices are a wash

The Department of Labor recently investigated all of the establishments doing business as China Sea Restaurants in San Antonio and filed a lawsuit against the company to recover more than $1 million in back wages for 164 employees.

Outsourcing HR helps companies stay in compliance and on budget

It's should come as no surprise that the way companies do business is changing.

What to expect if you are investigated by the WHD (part 2)

Many employers are investigated by the Department of Labor's (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD).

What to expect if you are investigated by the WHD (part 1)

The Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is responsible for investigating employers to ensure they are complying with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Solid timekeeping policies can guard companies against FLSA violations

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations can be very damaging for companies. If the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division discovers payroll practices that are non-compliant, it can order employers to pay employees back wages and penalties.

Two ways for small businesses to avoid labor rights issues

When small businesses are starting out, their payrolls might consist of wages for just the company leader.

Mobile workforce demands portable timeclock solutions

Thanks to the proliferation of mobile technology, companies are allowing more of their employees to complete tasks from home or on the road.

South Carolina restaurants get heat for minimum wage violations

The Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division recently investigated three San Jose Mexican restaurants under separate ownership and found systematic time and attendance violations at all three.

Should employers automatically deduct time for meal breaks?

It may be easier for employers to automatically deduct 30 minutes worth of wages for required meal breaks from employees' time and attendance earnings, but it can lead to more trouble than the convenience is worth.

Oil and gas industry workers collect back pay for FLSA violations

Environmental consulting firm Groundwater and Environmental Services, Inc. (GES) is going to pay 69 employees more than $187,000 in back wages for alleged time and attendance violations as the result of misclassifications.

Is Santa owed overtime for his Christmas time and attendance?

If St. Nick's surge in hours worked in the months surrounding the winter season is considered compensable as non-exempt overtime work, or if his annual salary would cover it.

DOL uncovers minimum wage violations in Frisco auto detailing company

Genter's Detailing in Frisco, Texas was recently investigated by the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) and found in violation of record keeping and minimum wage standards.

DOL shines spotlight on Lighthouse Electric's illegal pay practices

Eighteen lighthouse electric employees will soon be seeing the wages for overtime they worked in the past, according to the Department of Labor (DOL).

Deerebuilt's overtime practices leave workers underpaid

Following an investigation by the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, Ardmore, Oklahoma-based manufacturer Deerebuilt has paid 112 employees a total of $85,105 in back wages for unpaid overtime.

DOL finds repeat overtime pay violations in SF grocery chain

This second incident is on a larger scale with the DOL ordering Gil to pay 25 employees $110,071 in back wages and liquidated damages.

Keep employee handbooks up to date to avoid labor rights disputes

A recent employee lawsuit involving Comcast workers highlights the need for employers to keep their handbooks and payroll policies up to date.

Sandy response work goes unpaid for 'clerical' reasons

New Jersey maintenance workers, physicians, nurses and other members of the AFSCME Local 1199J union have filed a class action grievance against Hudson County to recover overtime wages for time and attendance during Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Florida painting company paycheck's short because of employee misclassifications

Twenty-six Clark Cooper Painting employees will be receiving a share of $45,983 in back wages from their employer, which was found in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in a recent investigation by the Department of Labor.

Auto Cricket agrees to pay 414 employees back wages

Auto Cricket Corp., a web-based company that provides insurance, financing and selling services through the site AutoCricket.com, has agreed to pay a total of $76,589 in back wages.

Avoid time and attendance violations when winter weather hits

Inclement weather can wreak havoc on regular work schedules.

Honolulu's first responders sue city for unpaid wages

Emergency medical technicians and paramedics in Honolulu, Hawaii, recently filed a lawsuit against the city and county to recover back wages for unpaid overtime.

To pay or not to pay for winter holidays?

The fall and winter seasons host some of the year's biggest holidays, often signaling a time when paid time off (PTO) is in high demand and business is at its peak

Common human resources mistakes

If company decision makers went undercover and observed their human resource team's practices, they might find a number of unintentional violations, according to California Employer Daily.

Garment contractor crackdown highlights need for better payroll practices

The Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division and the California Division of Labor Standards announced they found overtime, minimum wage and recordkeeping violations.

DOL finds garment contractors in LA fashion district are underpaying workers

The United States Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division and the California Division of Labor Standards recently investigated 10 garment producers in Los Angeles' fashion district and found widespread violations of state and federal labor laws.

Tips for calculating overtime pay in California

Employers in any state might occasionally face challenges when it comes to compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), however, these issues can become exacerbated if they have operations in California or work solely out of the Golden State.

Oklahoma electric company pays almost $27,000 in back wages

An investigation by the United States Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division found violations of the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) at Third Generation Electric in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Three San Francisco restaurants get heat for underpaying workers

Xue Restaurant, Liu's Restaurant and Tsing Tao Restaurant in San Francisco recently settled a labor dispute for $339,719

Memphis clothing chain faces $25 million employee lawsuit for discounting overtime

A class action lawsuit was recently proposed against a Memphis-based clothing chain run by City Gear.

Ongoing DOL investigations reveal widespread violations

Through its efforts to protect the most vulnerable of the American workforce, the Department of Labor is continually investigating businesses that might not be complying with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

For compliant employee recruitment - It's not what you ask, it's how you ask it

Consumer spending has risen in November and the beginning of December with the holiday season in full swing.

Employment lawyers investigating call center for potential FLSA violations

Alorica call center locations across the United States are under scrutiny by employment lawyers Baron and Budd.

Iowa's overtime tops $25 million last year

Although the total paid overtime for the last fiscal year was improved from the last four years, when state employees collectively brought in $30 million of additional pay , Iowa businesses' still overpaid by $25 million.

DOL recovers more than $787,000 for misclassified auto contractors

The Department of Labor recently recovered $787,548 in total back wages that will be split among 124 employees allegedly hired as independent contractors while working for a Nissan plant in Smyrna, Tennessee.

Hospital secretary punished for falsifying time and attendance records

A court recently handed Susan Homewood, a former secretary at the Winchester Royal Hampshire's County Hospital, a community order for 100 unpaid hours of work for falsifying payroll records, according to The Hampshire Chronicle.

Chicago nursing home not paying employees for round-the-clock care

Nearly 300 employees of The Renaissance at South Shore, a Chicago nursing home, have received back pay as part of a $138,000 settlement for unpaid overtime.

DOL sounds off about radio payroll practices

Casper, Wyoming-based Mount Rushmore Broadcasting is making waves, but not for its excellent entertainment.

Denver McDonalds franchisee pays back wages for FLSA violations

Donald's franchises employ 859,978 workers throughout the United States at its 14,098 locations, according to the National Employment Law Project.

Work-from-home policies can reduce costs, but increase FLSA violations

Given advances in mobile technology, more businesses are breaking out of traditional office spaces and allowing their employees to telecommute. Many jobs can be performed remotely on laptops and meetings held via phone calls or video conferences.

New Jersey ice cream company gets popped by DOL

Following an investigation by the Department of Labor's (DOL) Wage and Hour Division, ice cream truck company Popsy Pop has agreed to pay 55 employees $34,200 in back wages.

First Med Family Clinic employees receive $22,000 in back wages

After investigating the payroll practice at five First Med Family Clinic offices across Tennessee, the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division claimed the employer was violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

China Wok restaurant failed to pay kitchen staff for overtime

An Albuquerque China Wok franchise owned by Hau Fu Chen was recently asked to pay 19 employees a total of $38,508 in back wages to recover lost overtime pay.

Out of control overtime blamed on payroll processing system

The high overtime pay totals noted at Malta's Mater Dei Hospital in the National Audit Office's annual report were caused, in part, by a deficient payroll system.

Correct employee classification is key to correct compensation

Employee classifications are more significant than simply giving a position a better title to attract more qualified candidates or boost its professional appearance on a resume.

Tips for navigating California's labor laws

Navigating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) can be a complicated endeavor by itself, let alone taking state requirements into consideration.

Boston Hides & Furs faces lawsuit for hairy payroll practices

Boston Hides & Furs from Chelsea, Massachusetts, was recently investigated by the United States Department of Labor (DOL) and now faces a lawsuit that aims to collect $500,000 in back wages for 18 employees who were not properly paid.

Can companies offer comp time for extra work over the holiday season?

As companies look to keep up with growing demand this holiday season, they extend hours of operation for more coverage.

Keep your office holiday parties in check to avoid liabilities

As the year-end approaches, many companies host holiday parties to show their appreciation for staff members' hard work.

North Carolina concrete company taking FLSA requirements lightly

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced RJ Concrete Inc., has agreed to pay a total of $37,783 in back wages to 12 employees for unpaid overtime.

DOL sues Los Arcos Mexican Grill & Seafood for time and attendance violations

In a recent investigation by the Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division representatives revealed employees were not being paid minimum wage for their time and attendance.

Why employee recruiting might be a smarter choice than internal advancement

When companies have a position to fill, it might seem natural to look within their current staff for a high-achieving candidate who is ready to advance.

Christmas Light Company not in the giving spirit, according to DOL investigation

The United States Department of Labor recently filed a lawsuit against Dallas-based Christmas Light Company for allegedly underpaying 200 members of its staff.

DOL recovers $1 million from First Republic Bank for unpaid overtime

The United States Department of Labor recently recovered over $1 million in back wages from First Republic Bank for unpaid overtime.

Uniform deductions land flight services providers in violation of FLSA

A recent investigation by the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) could cost Cleveland, Ohio-based Flight Services and Systems approximately $53,000 in back pay and penalties.

Time and attendance violations can occur when employers forget the basics

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) contains very specific requirements regarding employees' rights to certain employment benefits and employers may find it difficult to interpret the technical jargon.

Six industries prepare for employee recruitment in 2013

The construction industry is finally seeing new contracts, small businesses are becoming more optimistic and retailers are bringing on season staffers for the busiest time of the year.

Budget restraints putting pressure on in-house human resource teams

Chief human capital officers (CHCOs) indicated their employee recruitment efforts have been squeezed as they faced capital restraints, according to a recent Federal News Radio Survey.

Businesses using technology to monitor and manage employee attendance

A recent study by Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) reported that 68 percent of American now have mobile devices.

Bank loan officers raise questions about time and attendance laws

Two recent cases involving the employees of financial institutions in Charlotte, North Carolina, call employee classifications into questions, according to the Charlotte Observer.

Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse agrees to pay 18 employees more than $68,000

Following a recent investigation by the Department of Labor's (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse in Raleigh, North Carolina, has agreed to pay 18 employees $68,482 in back wages.

Popular Pittsburgh eatery receives poor review from DOL

Point Brugge Cafe, a popular Belgian eatery in Pittsburgh's Point Breeze Neighborhood, earns raving reviews from patrons on Yelp, but received a poor report from a recent Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division investigation.

NYPD Sergeants win $20 million in overtime settlement

Police sergeants in New York City will finally be receiving overtime pay for time and attendance dating back to 2002.

National Grid employees file lawsuit to reclaim overtime pay for Sandy restoration

National Grid's recent payroll glitch left many employees shortchanged after they worked overtime to restore power in some of the areas hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy.

Chipotle accused of misclassifying employees

A Chipotle employee, Maxcimo Scott, recently filed a lawsuit against the popular quick-service burrito chain, alleging the company wrongly classifies its "apprentices" as exempt workers, according to The Associated Press.

WHD investigations reveal violations in Colorado childcare providers

In an effort to crack down on Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations and wage theft, the United States Department of Labor's (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recently conducted 103 investigations of Colorado childcare service providers.

Yankees Stadium employees blow whistle on concession company

A group of employees of a Yankees Stadium vendor recently filed a lawsuit against Legends Hospitality, the concessions and management services company that runs that stadium's banquet services.

Tips for employee recruitment on a small business budget

Small businesses often run on tight budgets, which can make it difficult to add new employees to their payroll even when revenue is streaming in.

Foreign students to receive back pay for minimum wage and overtime violations

The United States Department of Labor recently announced it reached a settlement with three companies that were accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by underpaying foreign students for their time and attendance.

DoubleTree Hotel in North Dallas agrees to pay back wages totaling $102,000

The DoubleTree Hotel in Richardson, Texas, a neighborhood north of Dallas, was recently investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) and has agreed to pay 112 staff members back wages.

Former Texas A&M employee files lawsuit for alleged FLSA violations

During a regularly scheduled audit with a Texas A&M University representative in 2008, the director of the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at the school's Commerce, Texas, campus revealed concerns about employee comp time.

Texas assisted living homes sued by DOL for repeated violations

The United States Department of Labor recently filed a lawsuit against Lexington Place Assisted Living Homes in Dallas for allegedly violating overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

How are employee complaints lodged with the DOL?

Businesses might have heard that employee lawsuits are on the rise.

Investigation finds Atlanta mass transit drivers' overtime is extensive

A recent investigation by Channel 2 Action News found that Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) drivers have been accruing excessive amounts of overtime.

Payroll processing error leaves National Grid employees with empty pockets

National Grid's response to Hurricane Sandy was seen as a redemption to its efforts in Massachusetts following last year's Hurricane Irene.

Recordkeeping practices can leave companies vulnerable to employee lawsuits

Employers may be leaving themselves vulnerable to employee lawsuits if they have relaxed payroll practices or if human resources teams are not well-versed in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requirements and current on state labor laws.

Houston restaurant owners charged for attempting to bribe DOL investigators

Restaurant owners Kong Ji Wang, Kong Sheng Wang and Ying Hui Wang were recently charged by a Houston, Texas, grand jury with two counts of bribing a public official and one count of conspiracy to bribe a public official.

ZipRealty pays $5 million to settle wage lawsuit

ZipRealty, a software provider and online real estate brokerage, recently settled a lawsuit with the state of California regarding the company's alleged failure to pay employees minimum wage and overtime.

Upper Crust pizza chain owes employees $850,000 in back wages

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently filed court records alleging The Upper Crust Pizzeria, a gourmet pizza chain based in the Northeast, owes 67 employees an estimated $850,000 in back wages, according to the Boston Globe.

Top three reasons to outsource human resources

Small business owners that are first starting out with just a few employees may not have very much trouble organizing the necessary paperwork for payroll and income taxes, schedules and paychecks.

Complaint filed against West Virginia care provider for unpaid overtime

The U.S. District Court in Clarksburg, West Virginia, recently filed a complaint asking Judge Irene Kelley to recover back wages from RSCR West Virginia.

Hurricane Sandy means overtime work for many employees

Hurricane Sandy caused devastation along the Eastern Seaboard and left hundreds of thousands of individuals and companies without power.

Florida farm and produce workers to receive $221,000 in back wages

Swash Farms and Jalaram Produce were recently investigated by the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) as part of a larger effort to tighten up payroll compliance in South Florida's agriculture industry.

Survey: Companies looking to new HR structures

As the workforce continues to evolve and expand, companies are looking for new ways to make business processes more efficient and cost effective.

Two Pennsylvania restaurants investigated for FLSA violations

The Department of Labor recently announced that two Pennsylvania restaurants - NaBrasa Brazilian Steakhouse and Iron Abbey Gastro Pub - agreed to pay 42 workers $110,369 in back wages to recover lost pay.

How companies are recruiting and retaining top talent

The employee recruitment process is evolving. With the rise of social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, it's easier than ever for job seekers to sift through openings and for recruiters to find qualified candidates.

Florida pizza franchisee pays workers over $370,000 for labor rights violations

PDQ Pizza, a franchisee operating out of Melbourne, Florida, as Domino's Pizza, recently agreed to pay 401 employees working at 19 locations $371,675 in back wages.

Restaurants in Dayton, OH accused of FLSA violations

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently investigated the payroll practices at three Ohio restaurants operating as El Rancho Grande and Gran Fiesta.

Canadian Hockey League questioned about icy payroll practices

The Canadian Hockey League (CHL) recently came under scrutiny for the way its Ontario team is paying junior A players.

Departments can install timeclocks to regulate overtime accurately

If departments and agencies are concerned about their payroll costs and sticking to proposed budgets,

El Tequila restaurant owners to pay employees approximately $1 million

A recent investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division revealed El Tequila restaurant owner Carlos Aguirre is accused of not properly paying employees at three locations.

Nine employees suing Birmingham Water Works in overtime scandal

Nine former employees of the Birmingham, Alabama, Water Works Board have filed a lawsuit against their employer for wrongful termination following an overtime scandal, according to WBRC-TV.

Colorado manufacturing company found in violation of FLSA

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) guarantees workers at least $7.25 per hour for all of their employee attendance as well as time-and-a-half if they are on the clock for more than 40 hours during a single pay period.

DOL dispatches investigator to Battle Creek City Hall

The Battle Creek City Hall in Michigan was recently notified that an investigator from the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division was being dispatched to complete an audit, according to The Battle Creek Enquirer.

Alabama corrections facility pays employees nearly $104,000 in back wages

Following a recent investigation by the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, the Marengo County Detention Center in Linden, Alabama, tendered employees $92,261 for unpaid overtime and $11,726 for lost wages.

Wal-Mart under fire again for labor rights violations

Wal-Mart is once again in the spotlight for allegedly underpaying workers, following news of recent litigation in which 20 initial plaintiffs alleged they were not paid for all of their hours worked, according to The Huffington Post.

Engineer suing Scientel Wireless for unpaid overtime

Albert Aguirre, an engineer hired by Scientel Wireless, is suing the employer to recover back wages for unpaid overtime, according to the Southeast Texas Record.

Three Ohio restaurant locations found in violation of FLSA

Three restaurants in Ohio have been found in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime provisions, following an investigation by the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division

Texas landscapers owed nearly $107,000 in back wages

Texas landscaping company Turf Specialties has agreed to pay 70 workers $106,818 following an investigation by the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, which revealed minimum wage and overtime violations.

California agriculture workers center of $1.6 million lawsuit for labor rights violations

The Monterey Superior Court in California recently filed a $1.6 million lawsuit against Salvador Zavala Chavez dba Zavala Farms to reclaim wages for workers who were underpaid.

Some states have more stringent labor laws than others

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) established the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to ensure employees receive the proper amount of pay for the work they perform and are guaranteed a safe environment

Minneapolis subcontractors to receive $430,000 in back wages

The Department of Labor recently discovered workers at the Uptown at City Walk housing project and City Hall/Library and Senior Center construction project in Minneapolis were not receiving proper wages.

Employee recruitment requires due diligence and a personal touch

When businesses are expanding and leaders think it's time to bring on additional staff, there are a number of factors to consider.

South Carolina restaurant to pay back wages to servers, kitchen staff

A recent investigation by the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division revealed four restaurants in Columbia, South Carolina, were not properly paying employees the wages they were owed, resulting in violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

New report reveals Philadelphia restaurant workers not getting paid properly

Many employees in the industry are not only receiving wages that do not allow them to maintain financial stability, but they are often not being fairly compensated.

Violations found in childcare center result in $41,000 in back pay

The Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division is cracking down on childcare providers to weed out employers who are violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Homeland Security workers rake in overtime for manning phone lines

West Virginia's Homeland Security Office's inability to full staff its 24-hour emergency line has forced the state to cover surging overtime costs, according to a recent audit.

Richmond officers fire back with second overtime lawsuit

Although the city of Richmond, Virginia, just settled an employee lawsuit involving more than 600 current and former officers to the tune of $7 million, the department's payroll practices have once again come under fire as it faces a second suit.

Minnesota transit police on the fast-track for overtime pay

Minneapolis transit police are far outearning other officers in overtime pay, with five employees boosting their regular salaries by $30,000 annually.

Baltimore teachers claiming big overtime and leave payouts

Teachers in Baltimore are driving up costs for school departments as they file claims to recover overtime wages and leave pay upon retirement, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Labor rights issues that often arise in the real estate and rental sector

There were approximately 303,900 property, real estate and community associate management positions in the United States in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statics.

Grocery store employees get $500,000 for unpaid overtime

Employees of Farm Country, a grocery store in Brooklyn, New York, will receive approximately $9,000 each to settle a dispute regarding unpaid overtime, according to the New York Daily News.

Pennsylvania rules against fluctuating workweeks

The decisions in two recent cases have made it clear that Pennsylvania employers will not be allowed to calculate employees' overtime earnings based on fluctuating work weeks, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Construction equipment rental company sued for unfair overtime policies

Sunbelt Rentals, a national construction equipment rental company, was recently notified that workers in two of its retail offices had filed a lawsuit to recover back wages for unpaid overtime, according to employee law firm Baron and Budd.

Some states see minimum wage increases starting 2013

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) set minimum wage at 38 cents when it was first established in 1938.

New movement aims to end wage theft in Oregon

It appears that the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division isn't the only organization working to quell wage theft in low-paying industries, according to The Register Guard.

Nonprofits outsourcing human resources to cut costs

Nonprofits are joining a growing list of companies looking to cut costs without compromising productivity by outsourcing human resources, the Hawaii Business magazine reports.

Dog days are over for underpaid K-9 officers

The WHD discovered the employer was not properly paying workers for overtime or keeping accurate records of employee attendance, which are both violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Florida auto body shop to pay back wages for unfair payroll practices

The Brynn Marr Body Shop in Jacksonville, North Carolina, will pay 15 employees $19,174 in back wages for unpaid overtime, following an investigation by the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division.

America's Best Value Inn & Suites in Charlotte caught for improper payroll practices

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced an investigation of Veer Investments LLC of Charlotte, which was operating an America's Best Value Inn & Suites, revealed that the employer was not complying with the Fair Labor Standards Act.

HR professionals must understand company to recruit with honesty

Recruitment can be done most effectively when human resources professionals present honest and accurate information about the open position, according to The Financial Post.

Common FLSA stumbling blocks in the manufacturing industry

The manufacturing industry encompasses a wide range of companies, including food, textile, chemical, electrical equipment, furniture and machinery.

Nannies, employers don't know about labor rights laws

Nannies in New York, and the employers who pay them, may not know about a law that guarantees them rights to the same wage benefits as workers in hourly positions, according to The Associated Press.

Are domestic care workers covered by the FLSA?

When the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was first introduced in 1938, it covered basic labor rights for employees such as minimum wage standards, overtime and protection for young workers.

Common hiring mistakes to avoid

In a survey of more than 100 CEOs and executives, recruiting top talent was listed as one of the key components to success, according to the Boulder County Business Report

How to calculate tipped employees overtime pay

Employees in the restaurant industry may pose problems for employers who are unfamiliar with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Austin restaurant settles employee lawsuit with $70,000

Hao Hao restaurants in Austin, Texas, recently settled an employee lawsuit by agreeing to pay 10 workers more than $70,000.

Realty Center to pay 14 employees nearly $30,000 for FLSA violations

Realty Center Property Management and Realty Lincoln, two businesses operating out of Lincoln, Nebraska, recently received a default judgment to pay 14 employees $29,284 in back wages after owner Gary T. Thompson failed to appear in court.

Typical payroll violations in professional office environments

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was introduced in 1938 to ensure employees were being paid fairly and receiving basic benefits from employers.

Businesses must adhere to FLSA when employing homeworkers

Given advancements in technology, a growing number of industries are untethering their employees and letting them work from home.

DOL cleans house in two non-compliant Michigan hotels

Best Western Plus Lansing and Red Roof Inn Muskegon were recently ordered to pay more than 700 workers will receive a portion of the $162,000 in back wages.

Under what conditions can employers reduce pay?

Employees often represent the most expensive aspect of companies' operational costs.

What happens if employers can't make payroll on time?

Employers are required to set up a standard pay system that ensure employees receive wages on a routine basis.

Industries with the most common FLSA violations

It's crucial for employers to follow provisions in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) if they want to avoid investigations by the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, which can result in back wages and penalties.

Wage theft problem sparking interest in labor rights reform

The recent rise in employee lawsuits comes at a bad time for companies and workers, according to The Huffington Post.

Celine Dion's employee overtime suit will not go on

Celine Dion has settled an employee dispute regarding overtime violations for an undisclosed sum.

Domestic workers in California pushing for overtime pay, meal breaks

Nannies and housekeepers are pressing for California Governor Jerry Brown to sign Assembly Bill 889, which would give domestic workers rights to overtime pay other labor benefits such as meal breaks, according to KPCC-FM.

Minneapolis bridge and other project build up overtime expenses

Minneapolis, Minnesota's Hennepin County is being forced to pay a big overtime bill this year, according to The Star Tribune.

School district exceeds overtime allowances for bus drivers

Broward County's already-troubled school transportation system recently came under fire, as it was revealed that drivers earned even more overtime pay this year, according to the Sun Sentinel.

Wage theft a common problem in Iowa

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was established in 1938 to ensure that workers received the wages they were owed for their time and attendance and were performing tasks in safe environments.

Recruiting through social networks can save companies time and money

LinkedIn has been growing at a very rapid rate, with revenue from the site's recruitment services growing 136 percent to $84.9 million at the start of 2012, according to Forbes.

Study uncovers widespread wage theft in Chicago carwashes

Employers at car washes have recently come under scrutiny as Department of Labor investigations have continued to turn up Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations.

When is it time to hire human resources professionals?

If a company is still growing, it may not have a bona fide human resources department. Entrepreneurs that have recently embarked on new business ventures may be the companies' only employees at first

Employees in low-wage and highly paid positions face different problems

Workers in low-paying and high-wage jobs may have varying concerns at first glance, according to The New York Times

Massachusetts liquor store pays ex-employee $33,000 in back wages

Juan Sam, an illegal immigrant and former employee of Trio Liquors in New Bedford, Massachusetts, recently received $8,500, the first portion of the $33,000 in back wages he's owed

Third La Nopalera restaurant found in violation of FLSA

A third La Nopalera location in Gainesville, Florida, was recently investigated by the Department of Labor's (DOL) Wage and Hour Division and found in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Popular restaurant chain facing labor rights violations

Darden Restaurants, the parent company of popular chains Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse and Red Lobster, was recently targeted by an employee lawsuit to recollect lost wages for approximately 300 employees.

Kansas DMV anticipates overtime costs, proposes customers pay extra

Due to a recent upgrade to the Kansas Department of Motor Vehicles' computer system, the state anticipates absorbing excessive overtime and has proposed passing costs along to customers, the Kansas City Star reports.

Factors to consider before recruiting new employees

When companies need additional employees to fill gaps that have opened up as the result of expansion or departures, they may want to act immediately so they don't suffer productivity loss

Family Dollar could pay $14 million to settle overtime dispute

Family Dollar, a nationwide discount chain, has made a preliminary offer to settle an employee overtime dispute for $14 million.

Cleveland fire department taking steps to reduce overtime costs

Earlier this year, an audit of the Cleveland Fire Department's payroll records revealed that many employees had been violating policies for years to boost their paychecks.

Boston restaurants get tapped by DOL for $675,000 in back wages and penalties

Three Boston restaurants all owned by Marc Kadish - the Sunset Grill, Sunset Cantina and Big City - were all found in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in a recent Wage and Hour Division investigation.

Employee recruiting tactics should promote benefits, balance

A recent study by the American Psychological Association (APA) suggests that businesses might have the most luck recruiting and retaining employees when they offer traditional benefits and promote a better work-life balance.

Los Angeles laundry company to pay nearly $104,000 in back wages

Following an investigation by the United States Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, Final Touch Laundries was found in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

New Jersey wholesaler agrees to pay more than $650,000 for labor violations

Frank Donio, a wholesale produce broker from Hammonton, New Jersey, recently agreed to pay 519 workers $657,069 in back wages for minimum wage and overtime violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Recruiting and retaining the best retail employees

Some companies don't have to worry about recruiting new employees because they are sought after by prospective employees, according to Smart Company.

El Paso daycare agrees to pay $23,000 in back wage for unpaid time and attendance

Ice Castles Too Learning Center and Child Care in El Paso, Texas, has agreed to pay 92 employees a total of $23,391 in back wages.

Boston jewelry company pays employees $15,000 in back wages

Following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, Boston-based jewelry company Shreve, Crump & Low agreed to pay 12 employees $15,000 in back wages for payroll violations.

Virginia construction company to pay $101,000 for time and attendance violations

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced A&M Drywall Construction, based out of Woodbridge, Virginia, was not complying with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and has agreed to pay 120 employees $101,000 in back wages.

Typical problems with employment relationships

The U.S. Department of Labor requires employers to pay workers at least minimum wage - $7.25 per hour - and time-and-a-half their regular pay rate if they work more than 40 hours in a week.

Factors that don't affect employment vs. independent contractor classifications

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) guarantees employees the rights to benefits, such as minimum wage rates - currently $7.25 per hour - and overtime for any hours worked in excess of 40.

Port Authority takes steps to curb overtime earnings

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey managed to reduce its overtime spending by 15 percent during the first half of the year when compared with the same timeframe in 2011, according to agency officials.

Star Ocean Foods pays employees more than $226,000 in back wages

The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Wage and Hour Division recently conducted an investigation and found labor violations in a Star Ocean Foods distribution center and two Sun Foods grocery stores.

DOL files penalties against Iowa casino for child labor and overtime violations

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced Peninsula Gaming in Dubuque, Iowa, will need to pay $9,300 as penalties for Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations.

Highly skilled computer workers not guaranteed premium pay for time and attendance

There are a number of exemptions to the rule that apply to positions in which employees are often highly trained and well compensated.

Iowa report reveals widespread time and attendance violations

A recently released report by the Iowa Policy Project revealed a growing wage theft problem in the state.

Senor Fish flops on overtime pay standards

Senor Fish, a Southern California-based restaurant chain, was recently subject to an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division.

Highly paid employees exempt from overtime provisions

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) includes overtime provisions that guarantee non-exempt employees receive premium pay (one-and-a-half times their regular wage) for any time and attendance beyond 40 hours.

Can employees perform tasks that don't fit in with their job descriptions?

The Department of Labor has very strict provisions when it comes to the way workers are paid, but employers may have some leeway when it comes to the tasks they ask employees to perform.

DOL says EMS companies in Houston have to pay back wages

The U.S. Department of Labor recently filed a lawsuit against emergency medical services (EMS) companies based in Houston, Texas, to collect $142,000 in back wages for 76 employees.

Employers must keep accurate records for day laborers

When economic conditions are not at their peak, businesses are often forced to cut corners to stay operational.

Contracted construction workers try to recover pay from CVS job

Construction workers who were subcontracted by the East Coast Executive Drywall company allege they were not properly paid for their overtime while working on a new CVS pharmacy, according to The Hartford Courant.

Tasks that young workers are not allowed to perform

The United States Department of Labor established the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in 1938 to protect employees from unfair practices.

Employers should avoid common recruitment that may cost money and talent

The internet has become a hotspot for hiring, but it can lead employee recruiting efforts astray if employers don't start their search with clear direction.

Do employers have to issue pay stubs to comply with recordkeeping standards?

Minimum wage, overtime and recordkeeping are three of the most common Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations.

Proposed bill aims to extend overtime rights to farm laborers

California is a state that's known for its stringent labor laws that typically supercede those outlined in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

California home healthcare firm to pay $654,082 in back wages

In a sign that the Department of Labor (DOL) is cracking down on overtime violations, the Wage and Hour Division in West Covina, California, recently investigated Extended Health Care and ordered employers to pay 108 employees $654,082 in back wages.

As employee lawsuits rise, employers may need to revise payroll practices

Employee lawsuits are on the rise, according to Federal Judicial Center data, as reported by the Seyfarth Shaw law firm.

Sushi restaurant in Ohio to pay employees $100,000 for poor payroll practices

Three Sushi Rock restaurant locations in Cleveland, Columbus and Beachwood, Ohio, were recently investigated by the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division.

Sloppy payroll leads to overpayment in New York fire department

A recent audit of the Lackawanna Fire Department in New York by the NYS Comptroller revealed disturbing discrepancies - some firefighters were receiving wages for shifts they didn't work, while others weren't being paid for hours on the job.

Happy Hands Carwash sued for not-so-pleasant payroll practices

The Department of Labor recently filed a lawsuit against Happy Hands Carwash, doing business as Z & H Happy Hands Corp.

California park employees misuse payroll codes to collect overtime

California park officials recently came under fire for using obscure payroll codes to receive overtime pay for their unused vacation hours.

Elk River home healthcare provider owes nearly $275,000 in back wages

The Department of Labor recently announced Accurate Home Care in Elk River, Minnesota, violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime standards.

Birmingham officers owed overtime pay, not comp time

The Department of Labor recently announced the Macon County Commission will pay 12 sheriff's department employees $104,159 in back wages for unpaid overtime.

Study: Texas state employees raked in overtime last year

State employees in Texas were able to boost their earnings by accruing overtime that cost the city $122 million throughout 2011, according to an analysis by the Houston Chronicle.

How often does minimum wage increase?

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), established in 1938, set the minimum wage for all non-exempt employees at 25 cents an hour.

Understanding the FLSA definition of a workweek

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was established by the Department of Labor to ensure employees received proper compensation.

Pittsburgh firefighters sue for unpaid overtime

Three Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, firefighters recently filed a lawsuit against the city to reclaim overtime wages they say they weren't paid.

Employee misclassifications cause problems for employers

Employee misclassifications can cause serious problems for employers, according to The Human Resources Journal.

AT&T agrees to pay $3.1 million to settle overtime dispute

AT&T recently agreed to pay $3.1 million to 83 customer service representatives to settle a dispute regarding the employees' earnings.

Law enforcement agencies receive overtime approval for Labor Day

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley recently approved $250,000 in grants for overtime among law enforcement agencies.

DOL announces crackdown on California sweatshops

The Department of Labor has stepped up its presence across a number of markets to reduce wage theft, and it recently announced the Wage and Hour Division will pay special attention to California's garment industry.

Priming the employee recruiting pool

The employee recruiting environment is becoming increasingly competitive, according to EConsultancy

New Mexico harvesting company violates FLSA

The Jimenez Custom Harvest company based in Clovis, New Mexico, has been found in violation in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by the Department of Labor and will pay $67,000 in back wages to 45 employees on top of $35,625 in penalties.

FLSA guide to proper tip policies

In certain service environments, employees receive tips in addition to the wages they are owed for their time attendance. Restaurant waitstaff and bartenders generally fall into this category.

Los Lomas Mexican Restaurant pays $60,000 in back wages

Investigators discovered the restaurant's payroll practices were violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime provisions.

Priming the employee recruiting pool

The employee recruiting environment is becoming increasingly competitive, according to EConsultancy.

Farm labor contracting company asked to pay $634,800 in back wages

Farm labor contracting company Diaz Contracting was recently investigated by the Department of Labor's (DOL) Wage and Hour Division and found in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime and minimum wages provisions.

A guide to FLSA compliance in the construction industry

The Department of Labor (DOL) has been cracking down on a number of low-wage industries that tend to contain Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations.

A guide to FLSA coverage

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was established in 1938 by the Department of Labor (DOL) to ensure workers receive the wages owed time attendance.

El Paso auto dealer to pay 480 workers back wages for labor violations

Viva Auto Group in El Paso, Texas, recently agreed to pay 480 employees $797,405 in back wages for unpaid minimum wages and overtime.

DOL cleaning up labor violations in Houston janitorial industry

Houston, Texas-based CAM Cleaning Services recently agreed to pay 81 employees $104,374 in back wages for unpaid overtime.

Small business owners advised to uphold labor rights

No matter how intimate the work environment or how small the staff, it's vital for business owners to remain in compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Lettire Construction held accountable for unfair payroll practices

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced it's holding Lettire Construction, a general contractor, responsible for Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations that took place on job sites, even when they were overseen by subcontractors.

Star Ocean Foods pays employees more than $226,000 in back wages

The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Wage and Hour Division recently conducted an investigation and found labor violations in a Star Ocean Foods distribution center and two Sun Foods grocery stores.

Minnesota satellite companies underpaying workers, DOL finds

Two satellite dish companies in Minnesota have been ordered to pay workers more than $200,000 in back wages following a recent investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), according to the Pioneer Press.

Tennessee assisted living facility to pay more than $151,000 in back wages

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division recently investigated Exceptional Enterprises, an assisted living facility in Tennessee.

Modesto fire department says overtime under control again

Modesto Regional Fire Authority Officials recently announced they have taken measures necessary to cut back on excessive overtime pay.

Hacker sentenced to five years in prison for skimming attack

Last week, Beneyam Asrat G-Sellassie was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay more than $400,000 in restitution for victimizing approximately 639 people through a string of ATM skimming attacks.

Employee recruitment metrics HR departments should report

Whether a company has an internal team or has decided to try human resource outsourcing, there are a number of key metrics emerging that every employer should note.

Private employees not eligible for comp time in place of overtime

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) guarantees employees the rights to certain benefits, such as minimum wage and overtime pay for any two-week period in which they work more than 40 hours.

Grille 54 to pay nearly $158,000 in back wages

The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced its plans to crack down on labor rights violations in the restaurant industry, which often represents some of the lowest paid employees.

Are employers required to provide employees with paid breaks?

To remain in compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers are not required to provide employees with rest or meal breaks.

Do charitable work projects count as hours worked?

Some businesses will participate or sponsor charitable activities in which employees are encouraged to participate.

Louisiana seafood company to pay $214,000 for FLSA violations

C.J.'s Seafood of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was recently ordered to pay workers $214,000 in back wages and penalties for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime and recordkeeping provisions.

Collective bargaining agreements don't mean overtime exemption

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was established by the Department of Labor in 1938 to guarantee workers - especially those in low-paying positions - earned the wages they deserved.

Employee referrals can be better than wanted ad

In today's uncertain economic environment, businesses are using any means necessary to get ahead, and one of the best ways to do so is through a comprehensive employee recruiting process.

California logistics industry suspected of unfair labor practices

A recent study by University of California Riverside sociologist Ellen Reese found working conditions at Inland Empire, a shipping and logistics hub in Southern California, may need additional attention from labor rights departments.

Employee referrals can be better than wanted ad

In today's uncertain economic environment, businesses are using any means necessary to get ahead, and one of the best ways to do so is through a comprehensive employee recruiting process.

Amerigroup to pay $4.5 million in overtime settlement

Amerigroup recently agreed to pay 940 marketing representatives $4.5 million for unpaid overtime wages, according to Bloomberg.

Home Depot workers filing lawsuit to recover $5 million in lost wages

Home Depot employees recently filed a class action lawsuit against the home and garden giant, accusing the company of wage theft, according to the San Diego Reader.

Wage and hour lawsuits hit record hit, study finds

It appears 2012 is becoming the year of the wage and hour lawsuit as numbers of these cases continue to rise, reaching the highest rates in more than 10 years, according to a recent report by employee attorneys Seyfarth and Shaw.

Texas nurse suing for overtime back pay

Aleshia Fatherree, a nurse in Tyler, Texas, who works for Lifecare Home Nursing recently filed a lawsuit against the employer, alleging she and others weren't properly paid for their overtime, according to the Southeast Texas Record.

Taxi cab drivers exempt from overtime under the FLSA

Most employees who receive hourly pay are covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which means they are owed additional pay for overtime hours worked and minimum wage for all of their time attendance.

More employers turn to social recruiting for new employees

A recent study by Jobvite found that most U.S. companies are turning to social media for their employee recruitment processes.

Aquarium company to pay for 'Fishy' wage violations

Something Fishy, a company that sells and services aquariums, was investigated by the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division earlier this year for Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations.

Special circumstances apply to some employees when calculating overtime

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers are required to pay workers at least minimum wage for all of their employee attendance as well as overtime premiums for hours worked exceeding 40.

A guide to overtime pay for student learners

There are certain exceptions to coverage, such as full-time students and student learners.

Texas diving company owes more than $117,000 in back wages

Following a recent investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, Central States Underwater was ordered to pay 38 employees $117,157 in back wages for unpaid overtime.

DOL files lawsuit against Austin restaurant to recover back wages

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently filed a lawsuit against the China Star restaurant in Austin, Texas for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) minimum wage, overtime and recordkeeping provisions.

Do all employers have to comply with the FLSA?

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) guarantees employees rights to certain benefits, such as overtime pay and minimum wage, if they work for certain covered enterprises.

Overtime claims on the rise in Idaho

There has recently been an uptick in the number of employee claims regarding unpaid overtime in Idaho.

Texas cleaning company to pay employees $53,000 in overtime back wages

Arlington, Texas-based Espitia Cleaning was recently investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division and agreed to pay 130 employees $53,095 in back wages for unpaid overtime.

Powerhouse Retail Services agrees to pay more than $60,000 in back wages

Powerhouse Retail Services, a construction company based out of Crowley, Texas, was recently investigated by the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division.

Pacific Quest to pay workers $225,000 in back wages

Pacific Quest, an overnight wilderness therapy center for adolescents and teens was recently ordered to pay 121 workers $225,413 in back wages for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime, record keeping and minimum wage provisions.

How FLSA compliance applies to employees residing on employers' premises

In a recent case, the U.S. Department of Labor ordered Pacific Quest, an overnight wilderness therapy program in Hawaii, to pay 121 employees more than $225,000 in back wages for unpaid overtime and minimum wage.

DOL finds improvement in Louisiana childcare payroll practices

he U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that its work in Louisiana childcare industry is paying off, as the percentage of employers found in violation of the Fair Labor Standards act has significantly dropped over the past year.

What situations are considered on duty waiting time?

Employers may be tempted to reduce pay at these times, during which it appears employees are not performing compensable work, but they should make sure they understand what's required by the Fair Labor Standards Act first.

Agricultural employees receive $2.3 million in back wages

Employees of onion grower Peri & Sons in Yerington, Nevada, will receive more than $2.3 million in back wages following a decision that was announced by the Department of Labor.

Vermont trooper accused of doctoring timesheets

Sgt. Jim Deeghan, a Vermont State Police patrol commander recently resigned from his position after he was accused of doctoring timesheets to bump up his overtime employee attendance.

El Paso restaurants ordered to pay nearly $73,000 in back wages

Two Vivar’s Villa Del Mar restaurants in El Paso, Texas have been investigated by the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division and found to be in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime, minimum wage and recordkeeping provisions.

DOL cracking down on construction industry in VA

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced plans to crack down on the construction industry in Richmond, Virginia.

Seafood processing employees to receive back wages

Following an investigation of Harvest Time Seafood in Abbeville, Louisiana, the Department of Labor has ordered the employer to pay 64 seafood processing employees back wages for totaling $52,750.

Courtney Love's former assistant suing for overtime back wages

In the latest employee lawsuit being brought against celebrity employers, Courtney Love is now being sued by former assistant Jessica Labrie.

Baton Rouge Community College to pay $34,000 for FMLA violation

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced the Baton Rouge Community College has agreed to pay $34,526 in back wages and benefits for violating the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Northridge Health Center ordered to pay caregivers back wages

The U.S. Department of Labor recently filed a lawsuit against the Northridge Health Center in North Ridgeville, Ohio, to reclaim wages that were illegally denied caregivers who worked there.

Colorado Springs wildfire to cost more than $4 million in overtime

Colorado Springs will have to figure out how to foot the $4 million bill for firefighters' overtime.

Northridge Health Center ordered to pay caregivers back wages

The U.S. Department of Labor recently filed a lawsuit against the Northridge Health Center in North Ridgeville, Ohio, to reclaim wages that were illegally denied caregivers who worked there.

Do meetings and training programs count as hours worked?

Employers often provide, and even require employees to participate in supplemental training programs.

San Francisco car wash settles employee wage lawsuit

Tower Car Wash was recently ordered to pay workers $500,000 to settle an employee wage dispute with the city of San Francisco.

Home healthcare workers win $1 million settlement for employee overtime

In a groundbreaking class action lawsuit against a New York City home healthcare agency, employees responsible for round-the-clock care of aged and infirm individuals were awarded more than $1 million for unpaid overtime.

Do meetings and training programs count as hours worked?

Employers often provide, and even require employees to participate in supplemental training programs.

FLSA laws regarding homeworkers

Among the growing list of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) provisions that may eventually need revision, including computer workers and home caregivers, are those regarding homeworkers.

Sunoco settles overtime dispute with $675,000

Pittsburgh-based oil refinery Sunoco was recently ordered to pay $675,000 to employees to settle an overtime dispute, according to Courthouse News.

Is time spent performing drug tests considered compensable?

Many employers require new hires to go through certain tests, including fingerprinting, drug testing and sometimes physical examinations, depending on the type of work.

California public works project contractor to pay $875,000 for overtime

Tadros & Youssef Construction was recently investigated by the California Department of Industrial Relations' (DIR) Division of Labor Standards Enforcement and found in violation of minimum wage and overtime rights on top of other labor violations.

Fireworks shows cost taxpayers more than $35,000 in overtime

The Fourth of July is an important celebration for many Americans, and families often gather to watch parades and fireworks put on by their communities.

Establishing payroll policies that prevent overtime violations

During 2011, the Department of Labor intervened on behalf of employees who were not paying workers for all of their time attendance, recovering nearly $225 million in back wages over the course of the year.

Is mobile technology increasing overtime?

More than half of Americans now own a smartphone and more than 80 percent of working adults admitted they use the devices to perform work-related tasks after they leave the office, according to a recent survey by Good Technology.

Titanic overtime lawsuit could sink singer

Keith Sturtevant recently filed charges against his former employer, Celine Dion, for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime provisions.

California supply chain management company sued for employee misclassifications

C.H. Robinson, a California-based supply chain and transportation management company, was recently notified of a class action lawsuit regarding employee misclassifications.

Pennsylvania K-9 officers sue for overtime pay

Two police officers from Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, recently filed a lawsuit to recover lost wages as the result of unpaid overtime.

Hi Tek car wash slapped with overtime and minimum wage lawsuit

The Hi Tek car wash in Brighton Beach, New York, is among the latest to be charged for improper payroll practices.

What to expect in the aftermath of a Wage and Hour Division investigation

The Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division is dedicated to weeding out employers violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Auburn transit drivers denied overtime pay

Groome Transportation, the company that operates Auburn University's Tiger Transit has amended its payroll policies to cut overtime allowances as the result of economic challenges.

Social media changing the way companies approach employee recruitment

Recruiters are using social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn more than even to identify new talent and facilitate hiring, according to recent survey by JobScience.

Pennsylvania hospital agrees to pay nurses $4.5 million for overtime

The Lehigh Valley Health Network in Philadelphia offered to pay nurses $4.5 million to settle overtime claims, according to the Morning Call.

Amusement park and fair workers not owed overtime

Many seasonal employees who work at amusement parks and fairs are not guaranteed the same rights to overtime pay for employee attendance.

Baldor Electric settles employee recruiting case for $2 million

The Baldor Electric Company recently agreed to settle a discrimination allegation for $2 million.

Brief history of minimum wage

As of June 25, 2012, the United States minimum wage laws have been in effect for 74 years. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) into action in 1938 to guarantee certain labor rights.

DOL on the lookout for businesses that don't pay back wages

The U.S. Department of Labor recently followed up with The Metropolis Diner in Medford, New York to ensure the restaurant issued employees checks for the back wages they were owed, but found it had disregarded the settlement.

Restaurants often violate meal-break provisions

In particular, the division has targeted the restaurant industry, which is often a source of non-compliant payroll practices due to the combination of tipped and non-tipped employee who fall under different Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) provisions.

Pennsylvania police officer abusing overtime

Pennsylvania Port Authority Police Department (PAPD) sergeant Edwin Rivera doubled his base salary last year by collecting over-the-top overtime wages.

Pennsylvania police officer abusing overtime

Pennsylvania Port Authority Police Department (PAPD) sergeant Edwin Rivera doubled his base salary last year by collecting over-the-top overtime wages.

Rite Aid agrees to pay employees more than $20 million in back wages

Rite Aid recently announced it will settle a class action employee lawsuit centering on the misclassification of assistant store managers and co-managers with $20.9 million payout.

Employees may not be owed overtime if employer doesn't know about work

Unauthorized tasks completed before a scheduled shift do not always count toward overtime, according to Business Management Daily.

GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceutical representatives not owed overtime

The Supreme Court denied pharmaceutical sales representatives the right to overtime pay in a lawsuit brought against drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline in a recent ruling.

Does preliminary and postliminary work counts toward overtime?

If they aren't properly compensating workers for their employee attendance, they could be investigated by the Wage and Hour Division and ordered to pay back wages or penalties.

Restaurant group in Connecticut ordered to pay $370,000 in back wages

Four diners in Connecticut were recently ordered to pay more than $370,000 in back wages and penalties for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime and child labor provisions.

Dallas-based Temp agency ordered to pay $244,000 in back wages

The Temp Team, a Dallas-based recruitment agency, recently agreed to pay 252 employees $244,104 in back wages for unpaid overtime.

FLSA violations could result in double pay

Employers without proper payroll processing services may be vulnerable to overtime and minimum wage violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which can result in double pay, as reported by Business Management Daily

Employers in California expected to pay for travel time

California business owners that occasionally send workers away on business to attend conferences or meet with clients must be familiar with state labor laws if they want to avoid employee lawsuits.

Recovering money from employees without violating FLSA

Employers can run into a labor rights dilemma when they realize they need to recover money from employees.

DOL to educate employers in Texas as recovery efforts continue

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the Wage and Hour Division will be working in the Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas area as recovery efforts continue to repair damage caused by recent tornadoes.

What to expect from a Wage and Hour Division investigation

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division is actively investigating employers to eliminate illegal payroll practices and ensure the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is being followed.

DOL cracks down on employers in natural gas industry

The U.S Department of Labor recently announced plans to crack down on employers in the natural gas industry.

Recovering money from employees without violating the FLSA

Employers can run into a labor rights dilemma when they realize they need to recover money from employees.

Novartis pharmaceutical reps to receive overtime pay

A federal judge in New York recently approved a $99 million settlement in favor of Novartis pharmaceutical sales representatives.

San Jose Restaurante Mexicano agrees to pay $170,000 in back wages

San Jose Restaurante Mexicano in Columbia, South Carolina recently agreed to pay 11 workers $170,666 in back wages for minimum wage and overtime violations.

DOL sues Serklan Inc. for overtime back wages

The U.S. Department of Labor recently filed a lawsuit against Yonkers, New York-based commercial laundry and cleaning company Serklan Inc.

Wage and Hour Division cracking down on California landscaping companies

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced that it will be cracking down on California landscaping businesses.

Common recordkeeping violations

The DOL often finds employers who are in violation of the FLSA's overtime or minimum wage provisions are also failing to keep required records.

DOL orders RM International to pay $376,000 in back wages

Portland-based freight broker R.M. International was recently ordered to pay 177 employees back wages totaling $376,380.

Low-paid workers subject to wage theft

Employees in low-wage industries are often victims of wage theft and violations of the labor rights violations.

Permian Basin Community Center to pay workers $69,000 in back wages

The Permian Basin Community Centers for Mental Health and Mental Retardation was recently investigated by the Department of Labor and found in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime provisions.

Arizona Attorney General to pay officers for overtime patrol

The Arizona Attorney General's Office recently announced that it will provide officers from the Mohave County Sheriff's Office overtime pay to patrol Colorado City.

Arizona Attorney General to pay officers for overtime patrol

The Arizona Attorney General's Office recently announced that it will provide officers from the Mohave County Sheriff's Office overtime pay to patrol Colorado City.

Walgreens sued for off-the-clock work time

Walgreens was recently slapped with a class action lawsuit for off-the-clock work time.

California restaurant companies sued for employee wage violations

Catalina Restaurant Group and JoJo's California Family Restaurants were recently notified that overtime attorneys had filed a class action complaint against them for labor law violations.

Hilton Hotel settles overtime lawsuit with $2.5 million

The Hilton Hotel near the Los Angeles Airport (LAX) recently settled an employee overtime lawsuit by paying workers $2.5 million in back wages.

Employees on the lookout for wage theft

Wage theft can come in a variety of forms - employers failing to pay workers properly for overtime, illegal tip pooling, misclassifying workers under exemptions for which they do not qualify or simply failing to pay workers minimum wage rates.

Employer facing overtime lawsuit from woman he didn't employ

Steven Miller, owner of Industrial Engineering & Development, recently received notice he was being sued for unpaid overtime by a former employee and a woman he didn't believe ever worked for him, reports The Tampa Bay Times.

Could restaurants see a push for higher minimum wage?

The minimum wage for tipped employees, including restaurant servers in many states, is set at $2.13 per hour, far below the $7.25 rate guaranteed to most non-tipped employees.

Police departments face overtime problem

Police officers are some of the highest paid professionals in Fall River, Massachusetts, reports The Herald News, with several earning six-figure salaries as the result of overtime hours worked.

Police investigation of lost iPhone costs department $740 in overtime wages

The phone was reported stolen out of a locker in a Berkeley school and Meehan ordered a search involving 10 officers, some member of the drug task force.

Overtime soaring for Minneapolis fire department

Recent budget cuts have left the Minneapolis Fire Department short staffed, and as a result, overtime pay for just April and May has totaled $190,000, according to KTSP-TV.

Little Rock Arkansas police officers boosting salaries with overtime

A recent investigation revealed that some police officers in Little Rock, Arkansas, are taking advantage of the city's lax payroll policies and boosting their standard salaries with overtime, according to KARK News.

Overtime soaring for Minneapolis fire department

Recent budget cuts have left the Minneapolis Fire Department short staffed, and as a result, overtime pay for just April and May has totaled $190,000, according to KTSP-TV.

A guide to professional exemptions

As part of the U.S. Department of Labor's Fair Standards Act (FLSA), employees are guaranteed minimum wage and premium overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours in a standard week.

Boston Market pays workers $3 million in back wages

Boston Market, a quick service restaurant chain based out of Golden, Colorado, recently agreed to pay $3 million to settle an employee lawsuit.

Businesses should approach unpaid summer internships with caution

Employers who usually recruit unpaid interns over the summer should approach with caution or consider offering paid positions instead.

Top employee overtime claims

Employee overtime claims are on the rise.

Employee overtime claims surge

Recent reports have indicated employee overtime lawsuits were on the rise, but CNN just revealed how much – 400 percent since 2000.

Updating employee handbooks and communicating changes

Employers may realize a need to update their employee handbook to reflect policy changes.

Manufacturing industry could see rise in overtime claims

Production line workers are not considered exempt by the Department of Labor if they primarily perform repetitive tasks that require energy and physical skill.

Focus on character to avoid fate of JP Morgan CEO

Human resources handle a variety of company problems, including training, recruiting and payroll.

More than one-tenth of U.S. employees skip work to watch sports

Companies continue to battle employee absenteeism, which can reduce productivity and even put a business behind schedule on key projects.

Employee absentee policies a delicate balancing act

Employee absenteeism is a given for most companies. A business can reduce the number of missed days, yet it’s unlikely they can do away with absenteeism entirely.

Focus on character to avoid fate of JP Morgan CEO

Human resources handle a variety of company problems, including training, recruiting and payroll.

HP announces largest payroll purge in history

During tightened economic times, companies and organizations must revisit their payroll activities to assess where money is being superfluously channeled.

Demolition contractor agrees to pay workers almost $217,000 in back wages

Following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, Bierlein Cos. has agreed to pay 147 workers back wages for recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that resulted in unpaid overtime.

Connecticut limo company ordered to pay back wages for overtime

A Berlin, Connecticut-based transportation company operating under the name Premier Limousine was recently investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and ordered to pay back wages to drivers.

More than one-tenth of U.S. employees skip work to watch sports

Companies continue to battle employee absenteeism, which can reduce productivity and even put a business behind schedule on key projects.

Employee absentee policies a delicate balancing act

Employee absenteeism is a given for most companies. A business can reduce the number of missed days, yet it’s unlikely they can do away with absenteeism entirely.

Are teachers owed overtime pay?

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was established in 1938 to guarantee workers' rights to certain labor benefits, including minimum wage and overtime pay.

HP announces largest payroll purge in history

During tightened economic times, companies and organizations must revisit their payroll activities to assess where money is being superfluously channeled.

New York car wash workers sue for overtime back wages

Ten employees at Xcellent Car Wash in the Bronx, New York, are suing their employer to collect back wages for unpaid overtime and minimum wages, according to the New York Daily News.

Sharon Stone sued by former nanny for overtime pay

A former nanny of actress Sharon Stone recently filed a lawsuit against her employer for wrongful termination following an overtime dispute.

St. Louis police sue for overtime back wages

Six police sergeants in St. Louis recently filed a lawsuit against the city's police board, claiming the department violated Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime and recordkeeping provisions, according to St. Louis Today.

Positions exempt from overtime and minimum wage

Employee misclassifications are a common problem for employers that can lead to labor rights violations.

Food service positions can be problematic for payroll

Restaurant owners and managers face the challenge of processing payroll for employees that receive varying pay rates.

Illinois maid company fails to answer DOL complaint, issued penalties

However, the company failed to respond to the Department of Labor's Complaint and has not been issued more than $70,000 in civil money penalties.

Employees suing meat packing company over unpaid wages

A lawsuit was recently filed on behalf of 2,000 employees of the National Beef Packing Company in Southwestern Kansas, according to The Associated Press.

How to cut labor costs without violating the FLSA

Employers are often pressed to find ways of reducing payroll costs to stay on budget.

How much does an overtime violation cost?

As a result of past labor law violations, employers in certain industries such as food service, healthcare and construction are often targeted by the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Massachusetts Department of Public Works pays employees $169,000 in overtime

The Department of Public Works in Methuen, Massachusetts, paid employees $169,000 between December and March for shoveling snow even though it was the second mildest on history in the state's history, according to the Eagle Tribune.

Employee misclassifications in the healthcare industry

Within the healthcare industry, some physicians do not think there is a significant difference between an employee and an independent contractor.

California police force costs state $2 million in overtime pay

A California Watch investigation recently revealed the Office of Protective Services racked up a $2 million overtime bill during 2011

Workers in steel industry denied overtime pay for donning and doffing time

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals recently tried a case involving 800 Indiana steel workers who were suing their employer for unpaid overtime employee attendance, according to Court House News.

California nursing agency agrees to pay more than $654,000 in back wages

Following an investigation by the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, Extended Healthcare was found in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime and recordkeeping provisions.

County proposes installing biometric timeclocks

District 9 Justice Gordon E. Thornsberry recently proposed that Pope County, Arkansas, departments install new biometric timeclocks, according to the Courier News.

Wage and Hour Division targeting industries in investigations

The Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division has been cracking down on companies that are violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Did the payroll tax cut pay off?

To explore the effectiveness of the measure, the Federal Reserve Bank followed up with taxcut recipients to find out how they ended up using the funds.

Las Vegas hotel worker files overtime lawsuit

Melodee Megia, a former Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas employee recently filed a lawsuit against the hotel claiming she, and potentially 3,000 other hotel workers, were not properly paid for their overtime employee attendance, reports Vegas Inc.

Employee benefits the FLSA does not cover

There has recently been a rise in the number of lawsuits employees are bringing against their employers for unpaid overtime.

Tips for correctly calculating overtime pay

The Department of Labor's Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) guarantees employees receive minimum wage and overtime pay (time-and-a-half) if they work more than 40 hours in a single workweek.

Are pharmaceutical sales representatives exempt from overtime pay?

Pharmaceutical companies might soon begin keeping more detailed records of their payroll following a rise in employee lawsuits that have raised questions about overtime pay exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Pharmaceutical sales representatives qualify for administrative exemption

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago recently tried two cases in which pharmaceutical companies were classifying sales representatives as exempt employees and ruled in favor of the employer.

Calculating overtime pay during summer holidays

Summer is approaching and along with it comes numerous employee vacation requests.

Alaska Communications sued for overtime pay

Alaska Communications was recently slapped with a class action lawsuit by a former worker who claims she was wrongfully denied overtime pay for her time attendance.

Avoiding FLSA violations with tipped employees

The restaurant industry is one of the most vulnerable to labor law violations since tipped employees are exempt from the benefits typically guaranteed by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

DOL mobile application informs consumers about labor violations

In the past, if a restaurant was investigated by the Department of Labor's (DOL) Wage and Hour Division and found in violation of federal labor rights, they would be charged fines and ordered to pay back wages.

Innovations in time attendance management improving businesses' bottom lines

Time is money in every industry, but the correlation is even more significant in the HR technology sector that develops timeclocks and payroll services, according to Workforce.

Avoiding FLSA violations with tipped employees

The restaurant industry is one of the most vulnerable to labor law violations since tipped employees are exempt from the benefits typically guaranteed by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Flaum Appetizing Corp settles employee overtime dispute with $577,000 in back wages

New York-based Flaum Appetizing Corp., a manufacturer of kosher food products such as hummus, pickles and cheeses, recently settled an overtime dispute with 20 of its former workers by paying $577,000 in back wages, according to Crain's New York.

Taco Bell manager files suit for unpaid overtime

Patricia Sloan, previously a shift manager at Taco Bell for eight years, recently filed a lawsuit against the company for overtime pay violations, according to The Huffington Post.

Illinois maid service ordered to pay $501,893 in back wages

Skokie Maid and Cleaning Services in Illinois was recently ordered to pay $501,893 in back wages to 75 workers for unpaid overtime, according to The Skokie Review.

Peaceful Living caregivers to receive $37,814 in back wages

Following an investigation by the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, residential care provider Peaceful Living was found in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), according to the Hudson Star-Observer.

Three tips for avoiding overtime pay violations

Employee overtime violations can be expensive mistakes that might be easily avoided with better payroll processing system that caught violations before they became more serious problems.

Walmart agrees to pay $4.8 million in back wages

To settle an employee overtime dispute, Walmart has agreed to pay workers $4.8 million in back wages and damages, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

Barton G. restaurants in Miami agree to pay workers $28,000 for overtime

Three Barton G. restaurants were recently investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division and found to be in violation the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime, minimum wage and recordkeeping provisions.

DOL withdraws proposed child labor law

The Department of Labor recently backed away from proposed legislation that aimed to protect child agricultural workers from on-the-job injuries.

Yelp settles overtime lawsuit with $1.25 million

Online review site Yelp recently announced that it will pay workers $1.25 million to settle employee overtime claims in California and national sales, according to GigaOm.

Real Housewives reality star being sued by employee for back wages

Reality TV star Adrienne Maloof is being sued by former employee Deanna Cesena for overtime, recordkeeeping and meal break violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), according to Radar Online.

DOL withdraws proposed child labor law DOL withdraws proposed child labor law

The Department of Labor recently backed away from proposed legislation that aimed to protect child agricultural workers from on-the-job injuries.

Publix being sued for FLSA violations

The grocery chain Publix Super Markets, which has been rated highest for customer satisfaction, might not receive such high marks from its workers given that non-exempt managers are filing lawsuits against the company for unpaid overtime.

Timeclocks can help manage varying pay rates in restaurants

Restaurants require a number of employees to provide their patrons with the most hospitable service. Servers, bartenders, chefs, cooks, dishwashers and managers are all key players in a dining experience.

Labor rights violations on the rise in the agricultural industry

The agricultural industry has come under scrutiny, according to Fox News Latino, because of employers' tendencies to hire undocumented immigrants as low-wage workers and pay them in cash, keeping no records of their employee attendance.

Companies are saving money by outsourcing human resources

There is a growing trend in which companies are outsourcing their human resources staff.

Get your business in shape by helping your employees shed pounds

Employee absenteeism takes a toll on every facet of business, from productivity to attitudes and the monetary bottomline. However, there are numerous ways companies are tackling the problem.

Georgia school district investigates $50,000 in 'overpayments'

Keeping accurate and up-to-date payroll records is essential to the successful functioning of any organization or business.

Cleveland fire department burned by payroll scandal

Part of the task of running a responsible and organized business or agency is keeping payroll records clear and up-to-date - a lesson the Cleveland Fire Department learned the hard way.

How time and attendance software can benefit small businesses

Time tracking software and equipment can provide many significant benefits for small business owners.

Minnesota landscape company ordered to pay $478,000 in back wages

The investigation revealed the company was not properly paying foremen, crew leaders, drivers and laborers for their employee attendance.

Possible overtime violations in call center

A national law firm in Dallas, Texas, is conducting investigations into the payroll practices of call centers.

Cleveland fire department burned by payroll scandal

Part of the task of running a responsible and organized business or agency is keeping payroll records clear and up-to-date - a lesson the Cleveland Fire Department learned the hard way.

Georgia school district investigates $50,000 in 'overpayments'

Keeping accurate and up-to-date payroll records is essential to the successful functioning of any organization or business.

Common FLSA violations in the retail industry

The Department of Labor established the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to ensure workers received the wages they were entitled to.

Louisiana shoring company pays workers nearly $431,000 in back wages

Elevations Shoring of Kenner, Louisiana, was recently investigated by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division in relation to suspected violations of federal standards.

Are your service providers employee or independent contractors?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), there is an alarming trend emerging in the workforce - employers are misclassifying service providers as independent contractors instead of employees.

FLSA violations common, costly in the restaurant industry

If restaurant owners or managers fail to keep a close watch on the business' payroll practices, they could end up owing employees thousands in back wages.

DOL plans to crack down on Los Angeles restaurants' FLSA violations

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division recently announced plans to crack down on labor rights violations in Los Angeles restaurants.

SuperShuttle drivers claim they are employees, not independent contractors

SuperShuttle drivers are fighting back against Veolia Transportation, the parent company of the airport shuttle service for its policies.

New Jersey property management company pays workers $74,000 in back wages

Applied Property Management Co. in Hoboken, New Jersey, has agreed to pay seven workers $73,990 in back wages for unpaid overtime.

Candyopolis pays more than $6,700 in back wages

Retail confectionary chain Candyopolis was recently ordered to pay $12,000 in civil penalties and $6,700 in back wages for labor rights violations.

Top 3 time issues involving non-exempt employees

Wage and hour claims surpass all other types of employment lawsuits, according to JD Supra.

More employers turning to social media for employee recruitment

Hiring managers at many companies are looking at more than a prospective employees' resume during the screening process.

Increases in overtime lawsuits could trigger changes to FLSA

Overtime claims are on the rise. Last year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) brought 11,990 cases against employers and collected approximately $140 million in back wages for employees.

Suspending an exempt employee could cost employers

While most lawsuits are generated by non-exempt employees who are wrongly being denied federal and state mandated minimum wage and overtime, exempt employees can also cause problems from employers.

Supreme court weighs in on drug sales representative case

The Supreme Court recently heard a case brought by two GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceutical employees against the employer for unpaid overtime.

Lawsuits for overtime on the rise

Lawsuit for unpaid overtime increased 32 percent last year compared with numbers from 2008, according to USA Today.

Lack of lunch break could be problematic for companies

Many employees are cutting down or even eliminating lunch breaks to be more productive at work, according to USA Today.

A guide to overtime pay

Employers might run into trouble if they do not know which federal and state overtime laws apply to their workers.

Alabama gas station agrees to pay $27,000 in back wages

Raceway 700 gas station on Mobile Highway in Montgomery, Alabama has agreed to pay six employees $27,236 in back wages after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division.

Subway franchisee pays $11,000 in back wages

A Subway franchisee in the Tampa Bay, Florida area was recently investigated by the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division and found to be in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) minimum wage provisions.

Sears Methodist Retirement Systems to pay workers $168,000 in back wages

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour division recently found Sears Methodist Retirement System Inc. in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) minimum wage, overtime and recordkeeping provisions.

Typical problems with FLSA overtime measures

The U.S. Department of Labor and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) states that employers are required to pay employees extra wages if they work more than 40 hours in a single workweek.

L.A. restaurant being sued by DOL

Investigators discovered that the Thai restaurants located on Larchmont and West Pico were not properly paying workers for overtime employee attendance.

Florida restaurants ordered to pay back wages to nearly 150 employees

A recent investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Wage and Hour Division revealed that two Florida restaurants are in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime and recordkeeping provisions.

Texas restaurants pay more than $132,000 in back wages

Two Texas restaurants, Mi Sombrero in Houston and El Ranchero Mexican Restaurant in La Porte, recently paid 27 employees more than $132,000 in back wages.

Empire gas to pay employees $583,000 to settle DOL lawsuit

A Long Island, New York, gas station chain was recently ordered to pay $583,000 in back wages to 35 employees to settle a lawsuit filed by the Department of Labor (DOL).

How much could an overtime violation cost an employer?

Some of the most common labor rights violations can also be the costliest.

A recap of March FLSA violations

It's important for employers to stay up-to-date about developments in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state labor laws.

Klaasmeyer Construction Company pays $222,602 in overtime

Klaasmeyer Construction Company in Conway, Arkansas, recently paid $222,602 in overtime backwages to 204 employees.

Balancing the books while staying in compliance

Balancing the budget of a small business can force owners to find creative ways of cutting costs. Some may find they can bring down operational costs when they re-assess their payroll practices.

Alabama truck drivers receive $63,000 in overtime

The Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division recently found Alabama trucking company R.L. Box in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Acts (FLSA) provisions.

Balancing the books while staying in compliance

Balancing the budget of a small business can force owners to find creative ways of cutting costs.

Occupy protests run California patrol into overtime

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) paid patrolmen an additional $166,000 in wages for their overtime employee attendance during last month's Occupy demonstration

New York state workers earned $469 million in overtime

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli recently released a report showing that New York state workers accumulated 12.2 million hours of overtime that earned them $469 million in extra wages last year.

Unauthorized overtime costs Postal Service $717 million

In the past two year, the U.S. Postal Service spent more than $717 million on unauthorized overtime pay.

Boston-area restaurant ordered to pay $57,653 for overtime

Following an investigation into Boston-area restaurants, the Department of Labor's (DOL) Wage and Hour Division found that Metropolitan Club in Chestnut Hill was in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime provisions.

Beer wholesale employee files lawsuit for unpaid overtime

Matthew Tobin filed a lawsuit against his employer, Sussex, Wisconsin-based Beer Capitol Distributing Inc. for failing to pay him proper wages for his employee overtime, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Fed Ex misclassifying drivers?

Delivery giant Federal Express has come under scrutiny for its practice of improperly classifying drivers as independent contractors

Five components every job description must contain

To avoid investigations by the Wage and Hour Division and avoid paying penalties, employers should take special care when writing job descriptions

Virginia childcare center under investigation by the DOL

Rainbow Riders Childcare Center in Blacksburg, Virginia, recently came under investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division for unpaid overtime.

34 Boston restaurants owe workers $1.3 million for overtime

Investigators said the Boston-area restaurants owed 478 workers back wages totaling $1,307,808.

Texas construction company pays $56,000 in overtime back wages

The DOL's investigation discovered the company wasn't paying laborers, machine operators and foreman for overtime employee attendance.

Focus on child labor laws during Farmworkers Awareness Week

Farmworkers Awareness Week is March 24 through March 29.

Ways restaurants can avoid FLSA violations

There have been an increasing number of investigations into restaurant labor law violations in California, according to the Inside Scoop San Francisco.

Time and attendance violations in the hospitality industry

Hotels and motels generally employ a large staff who fulfill a variety of roles. It might be difficult for employers to accurately track the time attendance of each employee, but a failure to do so could result in heavy fines from the Department of Labor

California security guard receives $425,000 for overtime

California security guard Ernesto Salamante was recently awarded $425,000 for unpaid overtime wages

Top 3 California labor law violations

A failure to do so, however, can leave a business vulnerable to employee claims for failing to properly compensate workers.

Meal breaks violations can cost employers

Violating meal break provisions can be an expensive mistake for employers, especially those who operate businesses in California, which enforces strict state labor laws.

Massachusetts retailer pays nearly $500,000 for meal break laws

The Gymboree Corporation recently agreed to pay $463,600 to settle a lawsuit filed by the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office for violating state labor laws.

Businesses should take optimistic economic indicators with a grain of salt, NY Fed says

While Congress finally came to an agreement on the much debated payroll tax, officials are cautioning businesses that the economy isn't at full speed yet.

300 restaurant workers pursuing lawsuit for unpaid overtime

The lawsuit first filed against the Back Bay Restaurant Group in fall 2010, is now making its way through the U.S. District Court in New Jersey, fueled by 300 employees who claim they were wrongly denied overtime pay and minimum wage.

Businesses should take optimistic economic indicators with a grain of salt, NY Fed says

While Congress finally came to an agreement on the much debated payroll tax, officials are cautioning businesses that the economy isn't at full speed yet.

Overtime pay costs Illinois tollway

Illinois toll workers have been exploiting payroll policies to inflate wages with overtime pay.

CarMax facing class action lawsuit for FLSA violations

An employee of CarMax in Fresno, California, recently filed a lawsuit against the used car company for misclassifying workers as exempt employees so they wouldn't earn extra pay for overtime employee attendance.

Home care providers worried about proposed wage standards

The home healthcare industry employs approximately 2 million people in roughly 12,000 firms nationwide.

Benefits at top of employees' payroll priorities

Employers continue to attract and retain employees with benefits despite economic turbulence, according to a survey by MetLife.

Reducing risk of BYOD policies at work

A growing number of employers are allowing employees to work on their own devices whether at home or in the office.

Tests for determining independent contractor exemption

Before a company decides to classify a worker as an independent contractor on their payroll, they should consider these measures for determining the exemption status.

Outside sales employee exemptions

While most employees are owed minimum wage and overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), there are certain positions that are exempt.

India ministry uses biometric clocks to cut down on overtime pay

To cut down on overtime pay, the Finance Ministry in New Delhi, India, installed a biometric timeclock.

California restaurant ordered to pay back wages for overtime

The U.S. Department of Labor recently ordered a restaurant in Sunnyvale, California, to pay $404,000 in unpaid overtime.

Walmart warehouse workers receive back wages for overtime violations

A subcontractor hired by Walmart is being sued by warehouse workers in Southern California who claim they weren't paid for overtime.

Three-part test to determining administrative exemption

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, employers were required to pay more than 7,700 back wages totaling $5.3 million as the results of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations.

Tips for hotels to stay in compliance with looming DOL audits

The Wage and Hour Division, a branch of the U.S Department of Labor (DOL), is launching an initiative to crack down on labor law violations in the Texas motel and hotel industry.

DOL's Wage and Hour Division investigating child care labor compliance

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division recently announced a multi-year initiative to crack down on Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations in Louisiana's child care industry.

County owes canine officers more than $500,000 in back wages

The Illinois Department of Labor (DOL) claims that Cook County canine officers are owed $528,061 in back wages for violating labor laws and failing to pay canine officers for overtime.

Are unpaid internships worth the risk for employers?

Recent litigation has left many companies wondering if they are going to continue offering students unpaid internships.

Fashion designer charged with FLSA violations

Fashion designer Alexander Wang has been charged with a $50 million lawsuit claiming Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations for failing to pay workers overtime.

Employee recruiting and Facebook - tips for human resource services

Many employers go to Facebook to find information about applicants before making a hiring decision- up to 45 percent, according to Harris Interactive study for CareerBuilder.com and the results may not be so far off.

Celebrity chef settles overtime dispute with $5.25 million payout

Celebrity chef Mario Batali has agreed to pay workers $5.25 million to settle a dispute over unpaid minimum wage and overtime.

California Restaurant ordered to pay $235,835 for unpaid wages

California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Sue recently reached a $235,835 settlement with Big Lantern Restaurant in San Francisco over Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations.

Department of Labor orders California agricultural employer to pay $457,000 in back wages

Following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, the Sierra-Cascade Nursery was charged with Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations and ordered to pay $457,000 in back wages to 430 employees.

Department of Labor crackdown - are your payroll practices compliant?

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced that they will be collaborating efforts to reduce employee misclassifications.

Interns suing for FLSA violations while working on set of Black Swan

Two interns have filed a lawsuit against Fox Searchlight for unpaid work they performed on the Oscar award-winning film, Black Swan.

L.A. car washes sued for FLSA violations

Three Los Angeles carwash business were recently taken to court by the California Labor Commissioner for payroll procedures that were in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA).

San Diego city employees earn more overtime pay

The number of San Diego public city employees who are earning more than $100,000 is up 9 percent from last year, following a five-year trend that signals a problematic payroll budget.

Japanese restaurants ordered to pay $765,000 in overtime back wages

A chain of five Japanese restaurants in Suffolk and Nassau counties, New York, were ordered to pay $764,796 following a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Labor.

California considers overtime pay for nannies

Nannies and other domestic care givers in California could become eligible for overtime pay and other payroll benefits under a new state law.

Overtime pay to be factored in some state workers retirement pensions

A bill that would factor an employee's overtime pay into retirement payments could lead to a crackdown in payroll monitoring and policy enforcement.

California considers overtime pay for nannies

Nannies and other domestic care givers in California could become eligible for overtime pay and other payroll benefits under a new state law.

A restaurant in New York forced to pay employees overtime back pay

Veranda, a hookah lounge and restaurant in the West Village of New York City, has been ordered by the New York attorney general to pay $200,000 to 25 current and former employees in back wages and penalties

Construction companies can use portable timeclocks to avoid overtime

It can be easy to lose track of time on a job site. Workers are moving fast and trucks are delivering shipments of supplies. However, losing track of employees' time and attendance can become a costly mistake for contractors.

City employee fired and punished for damaging a timeclock

A city worker in East Providence was punished for damaging a timeclock at the Department of Public Works in East Providence, Rhode Island.

Payroll problems in the prison system

In some Pennsylvania prisons, reports have surfaced indicating that guards are bypassing promotions because they are already making more than their superiors in overtime pay.

Understanding the companionship exemption

Employees that fall under the companionship exemption may not be guaranteed overtime pay or minimum wage for their time attendance.

Employees can use timeclock apps to account for remote work

Employers can avoid compliance violations by providing non-exempt workers with mobile timeclocks.

Employers can use timeclock to accurately track hours worked

Even though the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require the use of timeclocks to accurately record employee attendance, they can help employers avoid underpaying or overpaying workers.

Small business can benefit from outsourcing HR

Outsourcing HR services can offer small business owners key benefits- saving money, time and reducing the likelihood of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violation.

Detroit to hold payroll audit

In an attempt to keep the city's budget under control and prevent fraud, Detroit mayor Dave Bing has announced an payroll verification audit.

Employee engagement remains a top concern for 2012

As a result of the 2008 financial crisis and its lingering effects on the market, companies have had to accomplish more with less, whether that is through utilizing human resource software or outsourcing other tasks.

Recession prompts rise in work abseentism

It's no surprise to hear that when employees are stressed and under pressure they may be more likely to duck out of work. However, in a recession, employee time and attendance issues grew even greater.

Employee engagement remains a top concern for 2012

As a result of the 2008 financial crisis and its lingering effects on the market, companies have had to accomplish more with less, whether that is through utilizing human resource software or outsourcing other tasks.

Employers can position themselves as financial information resources for workers

The protracted payroll tax debate finally came to an end in Congress - at least for now.

Texas officers involved in overtime scandal

At least 18 officers in El Paso, Texas, have left the police force amidst an investigation into fraudulent overtime charges.

Small businesses can avoid legal claims with appropriate job titles

Accurate job descriptions not only help in the recruiting process, they can also help owners be sure they are paying employees correctly.

Recession prompts rise in work abseentism

It's no surprise to hear that when employees are stressed and under pressure they may be more likely to duck out of work. However, in a recession, employee time and attendance issues grew even greater.

Employers can position themselves as financial information resources for workers

The protracted payroll tax debate finally came to an end in Congress - at least for now.

Payroll tax cut signed into law

Yesterday, President Barack Obama signed the payroll tax cut into law without ceremony in the privacy of the White House.

Managers want overtime pay from Family Dollar

In a recent payroll dispute, a manager at a Family Dollar store charged the company for unpaid overtime employee attendance.

Non-exempt remote workers pose problems for payroll

Mobile devices have become increasingly popular among employers and employees for personal and business uses.

County in California pares back overtime pay to meet payroll

Marin County in California kept payroll on budget by restricting overtime allowances for employees.

Companionship exemption creates turmoil

Many have expressed opposition toward the proposed amendment of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that would change the companionship exemption.

Study finds that women working in restaurants are underpaid

A study by the Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC) showed that women who work in restaurants are among the most underpaid employees in the United States and receive the least benefits.

California restaurant pays workers $316,000 for unpaid wages

To settle disputes with workers over unpaid wages, Pho Clement and Pho Clement 2 in San Francisco have been ordered Labor Commission.

Recordkeeping that meets FLSA standards

To stay in compliance with the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) employers must following minimum wage laws, overtime pay, youth employment standards and recordkeeping.

Determining administrative exemption

Misinterpreting overtime exemption provisions can be a costly mistake for employers.

Home healthcare industry against proposed overtime laws

The homehealth care industry is fighting Fair Labor Standards Acts (FLSA) legislation that could increase minimum wage and regulate overtime pay.

City of Richmond owes officers overtime wages

Over 500 current and retired officers have filed charges against the city of Richmond, Virginia for unpaid overtime.

Misclassified employees to receive overtime benefits

The Department of Labor's Misclassification Initiative is seeking to correct the misclassification of workers as independent contractors that has cost them employee benefits.

Possible payroll tax cut agreement reached

A deal proposed late Tuesday could be the end of long-winded payroll tax cut negotiations.

High-tech employers backing bill to limit overtime

A new bill has been proposed by high-tech companies that would revise labor laws to limit overtime benefits for employees.

Payroll tax back-up plan in the works

On Monday, Republicans made an offer to extend the payroll tax cut without slicing budgets elsewhere.

Understanding FLSA minimum wage provisions

Employees that fall under both federal and state minimum wage laws are entitled to receive the higher rate of pay.

Payroll tax cuts could expire as negotiations drag on

The February 29 deadline is fast approaching for the payroll tax cut extension, but lawmakers hardly seem close to making an agreement.

Boston Police spent $1.4 million in 'Occupy' overtime

The city of Boston paid police officers $1.4 million in overtime last year as a result of extra time spent at the Occupy Boston site.

Grocery store owners violate FLSA overtime laws

Grocery store owners in Kenner, Lousiana, have been ordered to pay $65,000 in back wages after a Labor Department investigation revealed that they were in violations of Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA).

Payroll tax cuts stalled in negotiation

Payroll tax cuts negotiations continue as the February 29 deadline nears.

Study: Many top companies use employee recruiting technology

According to a recent report by business research firm Aberdeen Group, many best-in-class companies are using employee recruiting technology to identify top talent, improve customer satisfaction and boost worker engagement.

Analysis reveals high Border Patrol overtime

A recent analysis by The Associated Press revealed the United States Border Patrol has disbursed approximately $1.4 billion in compensation for overtime employee attendance since 2006.

Payroll package committee makes slow progress

With the deadline approaching, negotiations over a package that would extend the 2 percent payroll tax cut and other provisions through the rest of the year are reaching a critical point.

Bank sued for alleged time and attendance violations

A lawsuit recently filed in Texas federal court alleges that financial institution BBVA Compass violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by failing to adequately compensate its mortgage banking officers (MBOs) for overtime employee attendance.

Subway franchisee faces time and attendance lawsuit

A franchisee for restaurant chain Subway was recently sued by the United States Department of Labor for alleged violations of federal time and attendance legislation.

Supermarket seeks compensation for fraudulent overtime

A former ShopRite Supermarkets worker was recently sued for employee time theft after allegedly submitting fraudulent time sheets, according to the Staten Island Real-Time News.

Bank sued for alleged time and attendance violations

A lawsuit recently filed in Texas federal court alleges that financial institution BBVA Compass violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by failing to adequately compensate its mortgage banking officers (MBOs) for overtime employee attendance.

Connecticut weighs minimum wage hike

Connecticut is considering time and attendance legislation changes that would raise the state's minimum wage.

Subway franchisee faces time and attendance lawsuit

A franchisee for restaurant chain Subway was recently sued by the United States Department of Labor for alleged violations of federal time and attendance legislation.

Overtime debate continues for West Virginia firefighters

A disagreement over changes to firefighter overtime policies by the city of Charleston, West Virginia, is headed for court, WSAZ-TV reports.

Is it possible to sue for FLSA and state labor law violations simultaneously?

A 2011 decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit shed light on whether employers can be sued for violating both the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state labor laws.

Employee tracking records reveal high sick leave rates in Illinois county

Public workers in Cook County, Illinois, have an abnormally high rate of sick leave compared to state and local government workers across the nation, according to the Chicago News Cooperative.

Explaining unpaid internship exemptions from the FLSA

Companies in a range of industries offer internship programs to help give aspiring professionals hands-on experience in their chosen field.

Texas janitors sue for wage violations

Three companies were recently sued in San Antonio federal court by janitors alleging they were not paid in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Seguin Gazette reports.

Unpaid Harper's Bazaar intern seeks compensation

A recent lawsuit involving fashion publication Harper's Bazaar called the magazine's publisher into question for potentially violating time and attendance legislation, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Don't forget to include personal specifications in employee recruitment

When engaging in employee recruiting, it's important for companies to remember that there are two specifications to keep in mind - job and personal - according to HR Magazine.

Texas janitors sue for wage violations

Three companies were recently sued in San Antonio federal court by janitors alleging they were not paid in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Seguin Gazette reports.

Unpaid Harper's Bazaar intern seeks compensation

A recent lawsuit involving fashion publication Harper's Bazaar called the magazine's publisher into question for potentially violating time and attendance legislation, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The benefits of an HR information system

A human resources information system is comprised of a database or series of databases that allow companies to track information about current and former workers, as well as prospective employees.

California overhauls firefighter time and attendance policies to address unequal pay

Provisions in the contracts of California firefighters means they often take home more than their bosses, according to the Sacramento Bee. This recently led to a decision to boost pay for managerial positions in an effort to fill vacancies.

District court rules in employee payroll records case

A district court judge recently ordered the state of Montana to turn over payroll records requested by the Montana Policy Institute after a lengthy battle that began in August 2010.

The benefits of an HR information system

A human resources information system is comprised of a database or series of databases that allow companies to track information about current and former workers, as well as prospective employees.

District court rules in employee payroll records case

A district court judge recently ordered the state of Montana to turn over payroll records requested by the Montana Policy Institute after a lengthy battle that began in August 2010.

California overhauls firefighter time and attendance policies to address unequal pay

Provisions in the contracts of California firefighters means they often take home more than their bosses, according to the Sacramento Bee. This recently led to a decision to boost pay for managerial positions in an effort to fill vacancies.

HR working to help employees break down work-life barriers

While companies' human resources departments attend to problems such as employee recruiting, hiring and employee policies, as well as time and attendance issues, they also help promote the best working environment for the company.

HR may want to look to data for improved operations

In order to improve operations, one expert is asserting a companies need improve its HR information systems and employee recruiting strategies by using data more tactically.

HR may develop social media policies to police a company's good name

Social media has created a global network of users, consumers, businesses and marketing gurus that can help a company sink or swim.

Competency frameworks are reshaping the employee recruitment process

For human resources departments seeking to revamp their employee recruiting techniques to hire the perfect candidate for the job, many companies are turning to competency frameworks.

Remote working programs can help businesses deal with major disruptions

For big city-based companies, managing employee time and attendance can be difficult, especially in light of public transportation and citywide events.

HR working to help employees break down work-life barriers

While companies' human resources departments attend to problems such as employee recruiting, hiring and employee policies, as well as time and attendance issues, they also help promote the best working environment for the company.

HR may want to look to data for improved operations

In order to improve operations, one expert is asserting a companies need improve its HR information systems and employee recruiting strategies by using data more tactically.

HR may develop social media policies to police a company's good name

Social media has created a global network of users, consumers, businesses and marketing gurus that can help a company sink or swim.

Texas RV dealership faces time and attendance lawsuit

A recreational vehicle dealership in East Texas is being sued for allegedly violating the Fair Labor Standards Act's time and attendance provisions, according to the Southeast Texas Record.

Judge conditionally certifies overtime lawsuit

A United States District Judge recently conditionally certified a class action time and attendance lawsuit against Houston-based Mostyn Law Firm, Texas Lawyer reports.

Texas RV dealership faces time and attendance lawsuit

A recreational vehicle dealership in East Texas is being sued for allegedly violating the Fair Labor Standards Act's time and attendance provisions, according to the Southeast Texas Record.

Lawmakers hope to tag carried interest tax increases on to payroll tax bill

As lawmakers work to extend the payroll tax past its February 29 deadline, they continue to run up against the hurdle of compensating for lost revenues.

Payroll tax debate creates trouble for entrepreneurs and business owners

As lawmakers continue to debate the extension of the federal payroll tax breaks, which is set to expire at the end of February, employers and the self-employed are trying to deal with the uncertainty.

Competency frameworks are reshaping the employee recruitment process

For human resources departments seeking to revamp their employee recruiting techniques to hire the perfect candidate for the job, many companies are turning to competency frameworks.

Remote working programs can help businesses deal with major disruptions

For big city-based companies, managing employee time and attendance can be difficult, especially in light of public transportation and citywide events.

Cincinnati city government deals with abseentism

The City of Cincinnati is facing a budget bind in relation to questionable time and attendance policies and employees' usage of them.

Lawmakers hope to tag carried interest tax increases on to payroll tax bill

As lawmakers work to extend the payroll tax past its February 29 deadline, they continue to run up against the hurdle of compensating for lost revenues.

Payroll tax debate creates trouble for entrepreneurs and business owners

As lawmakers continue to debate the extension of the federal payroll tax breaks, which is set to expire at the end of February, employers and the self-employed are trying to deal with the uncertainty.

Judge conditionally certifies overtime lawsuit

A United States District Judge recently conditionally certified a class action time and attendance lawsuit against Houston-based Mostyn Law Firm, Texas Lawyer reports.

Cincinnati city government deals with abseentism

The City of Cincinnati is facing a budget bind in relation to questionable time and attendance policies and employees' usage of them.

Post-termination restrictions and employee recruiting

According to CareerBuilder's annual job forecast, this year's employee recruiting landscape will echo 2011.

City to vote on human resource outsourcing proposal

The city of Augusta, Georgia, is considering human resource outsourcing as a way to save money, according to the Augusta Chronicle.

Texas city approves time and attendance settlement

The city of Plano, Texas, recently approved a settlement in a time and attendance lawsuit involving several public works employees, according to the Louisville Leader.

Obama calls for 'no drama' in extending payroll tax cut

United States President Barack Obama said preventing a 2 percent payroll tax hike that would affect 160 million working Americans is the country's "most immediate priority" in his recent State of the Union address.

Hawaii lawmakers consider minimum wage hike

Hawaii's House Committee on Labor and Public Employment heard testimony earlier this month on a time and attendance proposal that would raise the state's minimum wage by one dollar.

Employee recruiting in the age of the social network

As part of a new employee recruiting trend, resumes are becoming less important as employers focus on potential candidates' internet presence, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Explaining the provisions of the FMLA

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible workers to take unpaid leave for family or medical reasons without the risk of being permanently taken off the company's payroll.

Judge to rule on police time and attendance settlement

A U.S. District Judge is set to rule on a time and attendance lawsuit settlement levied against the city of Denver by approximately 850 current and former police officers, the Denver Post reports.

The origins of the FLSA

Most people know that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets time and attendance requirements for employers pertaining to minimum wage, compensation for overtime employee attendance, record-keeping and youth employment.

As unemployment falls, employee retention becomes important

According to some experts, 2012 is set to be the year of employee retention, Forbes reports.

California police departments face time and attendance lawsuits

Two years after a group of officers had their time and attendance lawsuit against the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) thrown out, the United States Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal.

Requirements for using the tip credit

The Fair Labor Standards Act does not permit employers to take workers' tips for any reason other than than to make up the difference between the required cash wage of $2.13 and the federal minimum wage of $7.25, which is known as the tip credit.

Transportation agency, union in talks over wage hikes, overtime

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is currently negotiating with the Transport Workers Union Local 100 over wage increases and changes to time and attendance regulations, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Navigating the tipped employee minefield

Workers employed in tipped professions are frequently awarded back wages and overtime pay after Department of Labor investigations or court cases determine their employers violated the requirements set by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Transportation agency, union in talks over wage hikes, overtime

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is currently negotiating with the Transport Workers Union Local 100 over wage increases and changes to time and attendance regulations, The Wall Street Journal reports.

How does a fingerprint time clock work?

Fingerprint time clocks are based on biometric technology used as part of a company's employee tracking system.

Less barriers for 2012 payroll holiday extension

Legislation that would extend the Social Security tax cut for 160 million Americans through the end of 2012 is likely to pass without an extended period of debate - unlike the two-month extension granted at the eleventh hour last year.

Navigating the tipped employee minefield

Workers employed in tipped professions are frequently awarded back wages and overtime pay after Department of Labor investigations or court cases determine their employers violated the requirements set by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

New Jersey township reviews time and attendance policies

The chief financial officer of Galloway Township, New Jersey, recently came under fire for accruing overtime hours by working through her lunch break, The Press of Atlantic City reports.

Judge favors union in ongoing debate over trooper numbers

A Superior Court Judge recently sided with the Connecticut police union in an ongoing payroll debate, according to The News-Times.

Tracking elected officials' time and attendance

Many associate an employee tracking system with keeping tabs on lower-level workers.

Restaurant sued for time and attendance violations

The United States Department of Labor recently sued a San Rafael, California, restaurant for allegedly committing repeated violations of time and attendance legislation.

Three of 'Big Four' accounting firms face overtime lawsuits

KPMG, Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers are three of the "Big Four" international professional services firms, along with Ernst & Young.

Tracking elected officials' time and attendance

Many associate an employee tracking system with keeping tabs on lower-level workers.

Restaurant sued for time and attendance violations

The United States Department of Labor recently sued a San Rafael, California, restaurant for allegedly committing repeated violations of time and attendance legislation.

Three of 'Big Four' accounting firms face overtime lawsuits

KPMG, Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers are three of the "Big Four" international professional services firms, along with Ernst & Young.

New Mexico county sued for alleged overtime violations

A federal class action lawsuit was recently filed against New Mexico's Valencia County Commission, accusing the county of violating time and attendance legislation, the Valencia County News-Bulletin reports.

Hotel workers file suit over alleged time and attendance violations

Indianapolis hotel workers recently filed a time and attendance lawsuit against 10 major hotel chains and human resources company Hospitality Staffing Solutions (HSS) over alleged wage and hour violations.

Potential minimum wage increases afoot in New York, New Jersey

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently proposed increasing the state's $7.25 minimum wage by $1 an hour to bring workers' earnings more in line with the current cost of living.

New Mexico county sued for alleged overtime violations

A federal class action lawsuit was recently filed against New Mexico's Valencia County Commission, accusing the county of violating time and attendance legislation, the Valencia County News-Bulletin reports.

Hotel workers file suit over alleged time and attendance violations

Indianapolis hotel workers recently filed a time and attendance lawsuit against 10 major hotel chains and human resources company Hospitality Staffing Solutions (HSS) over alleged wage and hour violations.

The duties of a benefits administrator

Benefits administration is a crucial part of many companies.

Temporary and contract hiring set to rise this year

Temporary and contract hiring will increase in 2012, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey.

The ramifications of the time and attendance lawsuit against KPMG

Professional services firm KPMG was recently sued for time and attendance violations for allegedly misclassifying thousands of entry-level audit workers as exempt from overtime provisions set by the Fair Labor Standards Act.

California car washes settle time and attendance lawsuit

A group of eight California car washes sued for time and attendance violations recently agreed to pay more than $1 million in back wages to their workers.

The ramifications of the time and attendance lawsuit against KPMG

Professional services firm KPMG was recently sued for time and attendance violations for allegedly misclassifying thousands of entry-level audit workers as exempt from overtime provisions set by the Fair Labor Standards Act.

California car washes settle time and attendance lawsuit

A group of eight California car washes sued for time and attendance violations recently agreed to pay more than $1 million in back wages to their workers.

The pros of setting up a timeclock system

Companies that use timeclocks enjoy a number of employee tracking benefits that aren't possible with a manual system.

Washington restaurant industry adapts to new minimum wage

Restaurateurs in the state of Washington are trying to deal with a recent change in time and attendance legislation that makes the state's minimum wage the highest in the country, the Edmonds Patch reports.

County clerk defends high payouts

Amid questions over payouts, the clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, maintains that while employees in her department were paid more money in December, they didn't receive a holiday bonus, according to the Morehead News.

Examining time and attendance legislation in Minnesota

Nearly 100,000 of Minnesota's 1.5 million hourly wage earners took home $7.25 or less for each hour of employee attendance, according to Minneapolis-based nonprofit news site MinnPost.

Washington restaurant industry adapts to new minimum wage

Restaurateurs in the state of Washington are trying to deal with a recent change in time and attendance legislation that makes the state's minimum wage the highest in the country, the Edmonds Patch reports.

Small business employee recruiting looking up for 2012

Small businesses have an employee recruiting advantage, according to Business Insider.

KPMG faces time and attendance lawsuit

Professional services firm KPMG was recently sued for the misclassification of thousands of entry-level audit workers, denying them proper overtime wages.

Adequately compensating short-term work in California

For companies based in California, the need to comply with the state's complex time and attendance legislation is an everyday reality.

Small business employee recruiting looking up for 2012

Small businesses have an employee recruiting advantage, according to Business Insider.

Outlook still uncertain for US payroll tax

After a long struggle, members of Congress finally agreed on a two-month extension of the current payroll tax extension just eight days before the existing legislation was set to expire.

Adequately compensating short-term work in California

For companies based in California, the need to comply with the state's complex time and attendance legislation is an everyday reality.

KPMG faces time and attendance lawsuit

Professional services firm KPMG was recently sued for the misclassification of thousands of entry-level audit workers, denying them proper overtime wages.

Bus driver overtime increases in Twin Cities

Metro Transit bus driver overtime in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area rose by more than 50 percent between 2008 and 2010, according to recent analysis by the Pioneer Press.

Paid sick leave law takes effect in Connecticut

A law affecting paid sick time accrual went into effect in Connecticut on January 1, making the state the first in the nation to mandate paid sick leave.

A history of paid sick leave legislation

Connecticut recently became the first state in the nation to enact a mandatory law that guarantees eligible employees the right to earn paid sick time.

Demystifying California's complex time and attendance laws

California's employee time and attendance laws and meal and break regulations impose strict restrictions on employers.

Paid sick leave law takes effect in Connecticut

A law affecting paid sick time accrual went into effect in Connecticut on January 1, making the state the first in the nation to mandate paid sick leave.

A history of paid sick leave legislation

Connecticut recently became the first state in the nation to enact a mandatory law that guarantees eligible employees the right to earn paid sick time.

Gentlemen's club faces time and attendance lawsuit

Three former employees of Fargo, North Dakota, gentlemen's club The Northern recently filed a time and attendance lawsuit against the club's parent company and owners, according to The Associated Press.

California Supreme Court: Claims adjusters exempt from overtime laws

California's Supreme Court recently reversed a state appellate court's 2007 ruling that claims adjusters are nonexempt from earning overtime employee attendance compensation.

Steak 'n Shake sued over alleged time and attendance violations

Two employees of restaurant chain Steak 'n Shake recently filed a class action lawsuit against the company in a Georgia federal court, alleging it failed to comply with federal time and attendance regulations.

California Supreme Court: Claims adjusters exempt from overtime laws

California's Supreme Court recently reversed a state appellate court's 2007 ruling that claims adjusters are nonexempt from earning overtime employee attendance compensation.

2012 set to outpace 2011's employee recruiting figures

The 2012 employee recruiting landscape is expected to be similar to 2011, according to CareerBuilder's annual job forecast, which found nearly one-quarter (23 percent) of surveyed hiring managers anticipating the hiring of workers this year.

Taking employee recruiting to the mobile space

Mobile technology may be the latest frontier for employee recruiting.

Walking programs result in employee and employer benefits

It may be hard to believe, but in a country with a national unemployment rate tip-toeing around 9 percent, employee recruiting can pose a challenge to human resources and owners.

Assistant sues Lady Gaga for unpaid overtime

The former assistant to Lady Gaga recently sued the superstar's touring company for $380,000 in unpaid overtime.

Walking programs result in employee and employer benefits

It may be hard to believe, but in a country with a national unemployment rate tip-toeing around 9 percent, employee recruiting can pose a challenge to human resources and owners.

Detective sues for wrongful dismissal, overtime employee attendance compensation

A Bedford County, Tennessee, detective recently sued the county and its sheriff, claiming she was wrongfully dismissed for demanding compensation for overtime employee attendance and supporting officers who were denied overtime pay.

Determining which bonuses count as 'additional renumeration'

At the end of every year, it's not uncommon for businesses to recognize employee time and effort by awarding bonuses.

Minimum wage declines 20 percent since 1967

The economic crisis precipitated a jump in unemployment rates and a contraction in consumer lending.

Determining which bonuses count as 'additional renumeration'

At the end of every year, it's not uncommon for businesses to recognize employee time and effort by awarding bonuses.

Minimum wage declines 20 percent since 1967

The economic crisis precipitated a jump in unemployment rates and a contraction in consumer lending.

Common FLSA violations

Some violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act are deliberate, and typically motivated by companies' desire to save money.

Assistant sues Lady Gaga for unpaid overtime

The former assistant to Lady Gaga recently sued the superstar's touring company for $380,000 in unpaid overtime.

The benefits of HR information system integration

Human resources professionals must juggle a number of tasks, from overseeing employee payroll services to managing accounting functions.

Overtime employee attendance dispute continues in Arizona county

An ongoing dispute related to overtime employee attendance compensation recently garnered a hefty back pay award, but the issue isn't resolved yet, according to the Arizona Republic.

Investigation reveals Oklahoma city's FLSA violations

Following an investigation by the United States Department of Labor's Wage and Hour division, the city of Frederick, Oklahoma, has agreed to pay more than $60,000 to 29 current and former employees for violations of time and attendance legislation.

Observing FLSA record-keeping requirements

The Fair Labor Standards Act is best known for setting rules pertaining to minimum wage, overtime pay and youth employment.

Overtime employee attendance dispute continues in Arizona county

An ongoing dispute related to overtime employee attendance compensation recently garnered a hefty back pay award, but the issue isn't resolved yet, according to the Arizona Republic.

Temporary payroll tax cut extension passes, but long-term outlook remains uncertain

After weeks of deadlock, Congress finally agreed to a two-month payroll tax cut extension just eight days before it was set to expire at the end of the year.

Legislative time and attendance changes to affect 1.4 million low-wage workers

Minimum wage will rise in six states as of New Year's Day, affecting more than 1.4 million people.

Defining 'hours worked' under the Fair Labor Standards Act

Eligible employees who are on the job for more than 40 hours in a work week are entitled to receive overtime compensation at a rate of at least one-and-a-half times their usual pay.

Healthcare worker sues over alleged time and attendance violations

A Mesquite, Texas, healthcare worker recently sued her employer over alleged violations of time and attendance laws, according to the Southeast Texas Record.

Apple employees file suit over alleged FLSA violations

Virtual at-home call center Apple employees recently filed a class action time and attendance lawsuit against the company, alleging it deliberately misclassified them as independent contractors in order to save money.

Benefits administration - what's mandatory and what's optional

Those in a company's benefits administration department should be aware of which employee allowances are required by law and which are optional.

Healthcare worker sues over alleged time and attendance violations

A Mesquite, Texas, healthcare worker recently sued her employer over alleged violations of time and attendance laws, according to the Southeast Texas Record.

Apple employees file suit over alleged FLSA violations

Virtual at-home call center Apple employees recently filed a class action time and attendance lawsuit against the company, alleging it deliberately misclassified them as independent contractors in order to save money.

Exotic dancers sue for overtime, minimum wage

Several exotic dancers are suing Texas-based Jaguars Gold Club for alleged time and attendance violations.

Former employee sues over FLSA violations, unfair termination

A Texas dry cleaning company was recently sued by a former employee for alleged overtime violations, according to the Southeast Texas Record.

Exotic dancers sue for overtime, minimum wage

Several exotic dancers are suing Texas-based Jaguars Gold Club for alleged time and attendance violations.

Former employee sues over FLSA violations, unfair termination

A Texas dry cleaning company was recently sued by a former employee for alleged overtime violations, according to the Southeast Texas Record.

Employment practices not covered by the FLSA

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) lays out regulations about minimum wage, overtime, record-keeping, youth employment standards and other time and attendance provisions.

Cleveland fire stations to upgrade to fingerprint time clock system

The mayor of Cleveland is pushing for all of the city's fire stations to install a fingerprint time clock following an audit that uncovered extensive employee time theft, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Payroll records reveal nurses' excessive employee attendance

Payroll data compiled by Bloomberg News revealed that 42 of California's state nurses made more than $1 million between 2005 and 2011, largely through overtime employee attendance.

Cleveland fire stations to upgrade to fingerprint time clock system

The mayor of Cleveland is pushing for all of the city's fire stations to install a fingerprint time clock following an audit that uncovered extensive employee time theft, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Florida man pleads guilty to time and attendance fraud

A meat processing company worker was recently arrested for timeclock fraud after pocketing former employees' paychecks, the Suwannee Democrat reports.

Payroll records reveal nurses' excessive employee attendance

Payroll data compiled by Bloomberg News revealed that 42 of California's state nurses made more than $1 million between 2005 and 2011, largely through overtime employee attendance.

Home care worker overtime could have unintended consequences

President Barack Obama is advocating the extension of overtime and minimum wage protections to workers in the home care industry, but some industry groups warn that the move may backfire, KSEE-TV reports.

Bill proposes inclusion of home care workers in time and attendance provisions

The Obama administration recently proposed extending overtime and minimum wage protections to employees in the home care industry.

Common problems with the FLSA's overtime requirements

Nonexempt employees must be compensated for working more than 40 hours in one week at a rate no less than time-and-a-half of their regular pay.

Harrisburg Fire Bureau grapples with high overtime employee attendance

Overtime employee attendance payouts for members of Pennsylvania's Harrisburg Fire Bureau have steadily increased over the past three years, according to the Patriot-News.

San Francisco's minimum wage to be highest in the nation

Payroll services in one California city will soon be pushed to the brink. The minimum hourly wage in San Francisco will reach $10.24 starting January 1, 2012, which is significantly higher than the $7.25 federal minimum wage and the state's $8 minimum.

Harrisburg Fire Bureau grapples with high overtime employee attendance

Overtime employee attendance payouts for members of Pennsylvania's Harrisburg Fire Bureau have steadily increased over the past three years, according to the Patriot-News.

Common problems with the FLSA's overtime requirements

Nonexempt employees must be compensated for working more than 40 hours in one week at a rate no less than time-and-a-half of their regular pay.

The most confusing aspects of time and attendance legislation

The Fair Labor Standards Act lays out regulations about minimum wage, overtime, record-keeping and youth employment standards that must be followed.

Benefits of human resource outsourcing

The owners of businesses that don't have their own human resources departments may spend as much as one-quarter of their time dealing with HR paperwork, according to Young HR Manager.

Bill would exempt IT professionals from overtime

A recently introduced bill would redefine time and attendance legislation by limiting information technology workers from claiming time-and-a-half for overtime employee attendance.

Employers can take steps to better manage worker benefits administration

Pharmacy and healthcare costs are skyrocketing, but businesses that offer these benefits to their employees don't have to break the bank to do so.

Port Authority payroll figures reveal excessive overtime

Recently released time and attendance records revealed that 66 police officers employed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey have earned more than $200,000 so far this year, The Associated Press reports.

Social media and employee recruiting

Social media is playing an increasingly important role in employee recruiting, according to recent research from global talent development leader Lee Hecht Harrison.

Louisville to investigate excessive overtime payouts

Louisville, Kentucky, officials will be reviewing time and attendance policies after revelations that 10 percent of city employees earned more than $15,000 in overtime this year.

City tightens overtime recording procedures

The Albertville City Council in Alabama recently approved a measure pertaining to the recording of overtime employee attendance, according to the Sand Mountain Reporter.

Louisville to investigate excessive overtime payouts

Louisville, Kentucky, officials will be reviewing time and attendance policies after revelations that 10 percent of city employees earned more than $15,000 in overtime this year.

City tightens overtime recording procedures

The Albertville City Council in Alabama recently approved a measure pertaining to the recording of overtime employee attendance, according to the Sand Mountain Reporter.

City passes new time and attendance policy, cuts firefighter overtime

West Virginia's Charleston Fire Department is facing overtime cuts under a plan recently passed by the city council, according to the Charleston Daily Mail.

Occupy Austin fuels concerns about police overtime

The Austin Police Department had hoped to reduce its overtime budget from $9.3 million to $8.3 million this fiscal year, according to the city's budget.

Senate defeats Republican payroll tax extension proposal

The Senate recently turned down a $120 billion proposal that would have placed an extra surtax on millionaires to fund an extension of the payroll tax holiday, The Associated Press reports.

Employee recruiting for small businesses

Small businesses looking to improve their employee recruiting success rates should address several key areas, according to business writer Susan Ward.

Bank sued for overtime violations

East Texas-based Great Western Financial Services bank was recently sued by a former employee for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act's overtime regulations, according to the Southeast Texas Record.

Employee recruiting for small businesses

Small businesses looking to improve their employee recruiting success rates should address several key areas, according to business writer Susan Ward.

Switching payroll services before 2012

As the fourth quarter draws to a close, business owners may be considering switching to a new payroll services provider ahead of the new year.

Bank sued for overtime violations

East Texas-based Great Western Financial Services bank was recently sued by a former employee for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act's overtime regulations, according to the Southeast Texas Record.

Motley Crue drummer sued for unpaid wages

The former assistant to Motley Crue's Tommy Lee recently filed suit against the rocker for making improper wage deductions and failing to adequately compensate him for overtime employee attendance.

County employee wins time and attendance lawsuit

A payroll clerk will receive more than $822,000 in front pay after a judge ruled she was unfairly fired, the Decatur Daily reports.

Motley Crue drummer sued for unpaid wages

The former assistant to Motley Crue's Tommy Lee recently filed suit against the rocker for making improper wage deductions and failing to adequately compensate him for overtime employee attendance.

County employee wins time and attendance lawsuit

A payroll clerk will receive more than $822,000 in front pay after a judge ruled she was unfairly fired, the Decatur Daily reports.

Explaining the minimum wage

The Fair Labor Standards Act lays out federal minimum wage provisions for covered, nonexempt employees.

Overtime - an overview

Organizations that don't observe federal time and attendance regulations may face costly lawsuits. Companies can avoid litigation by ensuring they have a thorough grasp of overtime legislation.

Study: Salary, benefit offerings mar small business employee recruiting success

A recent study by global professional recruiting group Hays revealed that less competitive salaries and benefits packages are reducing the success of small business' employee recruiting efforts.

Time and attendance lawsuit forces closure of vegan restaurant

A time and attendance lawsuit seeking overtime back pay from a vegan raw foods restaurant chain is partially responsible for the chain's decision to close all eight of its Northern California locations.

Study: Salary, benefit offerings mar small business employee recruiting success

A recent study by global professional recruiting group Hays revealed that less competitive salaries and benefits packages are reducing the success of small business' employee recruiting efforts.

California farm settles time and attendance lawsuit

A group of Fresno County farm workers will receive nearly $500,000 in compensation after their employer violated federal time and attendance legislation, according to the Fresno Bee.

ZipRealty settles time and attendance wage case

Real estate company ZipRealty recently reached a $586,000 settlement in a time and attendance case involving four of its agents.

City approves police overtime grants

The city of Merced, California, recently approved two grants to compensate police officers for overtime employee attendance spent cracking down on local residents who drive under the influence, according to the Merced Sun-Star.

Study: Smaller firms pay more for employee recruiting

Smaller firms pay significantly higher employee recruiting costs than their bigger counterparts, according to a recent study by human resources advisory firm Bersin & Associates, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Gauging the effects of a payroll tax holiday expiration

Pending further legislative changes, the current payroll tax holiday is set to expire at the end of the year.

ZipRealty settles time and attendance wage case

Real estate company ZipRealty recently reached a $586,000 settlement in a time and attendance case involving four of its agents.

Florida county continues budget-cutting talks

Police union representatives are continuing talks with Florida administrators over a contract agreement that would save the state $70 million, NBC reports.

Police departments' overtime costs rise as Occupy protests continue

Thousands of people have been participating in nationwide protests modeled on the Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York City, which began in mid-September.

Florida county continues budget-cutting talks

Police union representatives are continuing talks with Florida administrators over a contract agreement that would save the state $70 million, NBC reports.

Democrats, Republicans clash over proposed payroll tax cut

Under President Barack Obama's payroll tax cut plan, every worker in the country will have their Social Security payroll tax halved in 2012 from 6.2 percent to 3.1 percent.

Efforts to pass mandatory paid sick leave legislation deliver mixed results

Mandatory paid sick leave requirements are a hot topic in the United States as of late, with San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Seattle all adopting the policies.

Morgan Keegan sued for unpaid overtime, wrongful termination

Morgan Keegan & Company and its parent company, Regions Financial Corporation, were recently named in a time and attendance lawsuit by a former administrative assistant.

Department of Labor finds numerous FLSA violations at New Jersey gas stations

The United States Department of Labor recently announced that its continuing investigation into time and attendance violations within the New Jersey gas station industry has recovered more than $1 million for nearly 300 workers.

Dealing with rising employee churn rates

The October Jobs Report indicates that an increasing number of workers are voluntarily leaving their jobs.

Police sergeants investigated for alleged overtime fraud

Five members of the Troy, New York, police department are currently being investigated for alleged time and attendance fraud, according to the Albany Times Union.

Dealing with rising employee churn rates

The October Jobs Report indicates that an increasing number of workers are voluntarily leaving their jobs.

Audit uncovers lax employee policies within fire department

The time and attendance policies of the Cleveland, Ohio, fire department were recently called into question after an administrative audit uncovered numerous shortcomings, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Investigation offers insight into Arizona county's overtime payouts

The highest-paid employee in Maricopa County, Arizona, took home nearly double his salary in overtime last year, according to an investigation by the Arizona Republic.

Explaining holiday pay legislation

As the holiday season approaches, employers should ensure they're familiar with the paid vacation provisions of federal time and attendance legislation.

Texas workers' rights groups draw attention to wage theft

In an effort to bring visibility to the issue of wage theft, workers' rights groups in Texas have declared a Week of Action, according to the Public News Service.

Oracle settles time and attendance lawsuit

Oracle recently agreed to a $35 million settlement of a class action time and attendance lawsuit involving more than 1,700 of its California workers.

Texas nurse sues over alleged time and attendance double standard

A nurse recently filed a lawsuit claiming she was terminated by her former employer after pointing out racial discrimination in time and attendance policies, the Southeast Texas Record reports.

Examining the effect of labor legislation on Maryland's small businesses

Maryland delegate Kelly Schulz is looking into the effect of payroll-related labor laws on the state's small businesses in the flooring sector, according to the Gazette.

Obama addresses congressional opposition to American Jobs Act

At a recent news conference, President Barack Obama addressed Republicans' opposition to his $447 billion jobs package.

Oracle settles time and attendance lawsuit

Oracle recently agreed to a $35 million settlement of a class action time and attendance lawsuit involving more than 1,700 of its California workers.

Audit exposes MTA time and attendance scam

Pension-padding at a New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority unit inflated overtime employee attendance compensation by nearly $1 million, according to a recently released audit.

Audit uncovers Dallas fire department's excessive overtime expenditures

A recent audit found that the Dallas, Texas, fire department could have saved millions in overtime employee attendance payouts by hiring additional staff, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Audit exposes MTA time and attendance scam

Pension-padding at a New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority unit inflated overtime employee attendance compensation by nearly $1 million, according to a recently released audit.

Audit uncovers Dallas fire department's excessive overtime expenditures

A recent audit found that the Dallas, Texas, fire department could have saved millions in overtime employee attendance payouts by hiring additional staff, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Overcoming corporate employee recruiting obstacles

Recruitment news website ERE.net recently identified several obstacles that corporate employee recruiting departments often struggle with.

County's time and attendance policies scrutinized by Labor Department

The U.S. Department of Labor recently launched an investigation into the time and attendance policies of the Erie County, New York, Bureau of Police, the Erie Times-News reports.

Overcoming corporate employee recruiting obstacles

Recruitment news website ERE.net recently identified several obstacles that corporate employee recruiting departments often struggle with.

Firefighter overtime to be cut as part of city's budget overhaul

In an effort to cut costs, the Charleston, West Virginia, city council will be considering a proposal to overhaul its time and attendance policies, the Charleston Gazette reports.

Oilfield services company sued for time and attendance violations

A former oilfield services company technician has filed suit against his ex-employer, claiming he was fired for complaining about time and attendance violations, the Southeast Texas Record reports.

Firefighter overtime to be cut as part of city's budget overhaul

In an effort to cut costs, the Charleston, West Virginia, city council will be considering a proposal to overhaul its time and attendance policies, the Charleston Gazette reports.

Guam Police Department criticized for high executive security overtime

The Guam Police Department is dealing with the latest in a long line of time and attendance issues, according to the Pacific Daily News.

Oilfield services company sued for time and attendance violations

A former oilfield services company technician has filed suit against his ex-employer, claiming he was fired for complaining about time and attendance violations, the Southeast Texas Record reports.

California Supreme Court to hear time and attendance lawsuit

The California Supreme Court is set to rule on a class action time and attendance lawsuit involving employees' meal and break allowances, the Mercury News reports.

Kentucky city comes to a crossroads in firefighter overtime debate

The question of whether Kentucky cities must pay several years' worth of overtime employee attendance back wages is yet to be resolved, the Commonwealth Journal reports.

Town questions worker's excessive overtime

A Tonawanda, New York, employee recently came under scrutiny after the town's time and attendance records revealed excessive overtime compensation, according to the Buffalo News.

British Columbia increases minimum wage

Christy Clark, the premier of British Columbia, announced an end to the province's decade-long wage freeze earlier this year.

Kentucky city comes to a crossroads in firefighter overtime debate

The question of whether Kentucky cities must pay several years' worth of overtime employee attendance back wages is yet to be resolved, the Commonwealth Journal reports.

California Supreme Court to hear time and attendance lawsuit

The California Supreme Court is set to rule on a class action time and attendance lawsuit involving employees' meal and break allowances, the Mercury News reports.

Los Angeles settles with former police officer over employee attendance investigation

The Los Angeles City Council recently approved a $3.2 million settlement with an L.A. Police Department officer regarding his involvement in a time and attendance lawsuit, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

Department of Labor launches FLSA compliance investigation in Georgia

Over the next month, the Department of Labor will be investigating restaurants in northeast Georgia to ensure they are in compliance with time and attendance laws.

Defining split shift regulations in California

A time and attendance lawsuit in California raised the question of whether overnight shifts qualify for split-shift pay, BLR reports.

California Supreme Court rules on time and attendance case

In August, a California court ruled against an attorney who claimed he was improperly exempted from state time and attendance regulations while working as a law clerk.

Defining split shift regulations in California

A time and attendance lawsuit in California raised the question of whether overnight shifts qualify for split-shift pay, BLR reports.

California Supreme Court rules on time and attendance case

In August, a California court ruled against an attorney who claimed he was improperly exempted from state time and attendance regulations while working as a law clerk.

Police department tries to balance layoffs and overtime

A New Jersey township is trying to contain rising overtime employee attendance costs after layoffs decreased the size of its police department by nearly one-third, according to the Cinnaminson Patch.

Renowned restaurant sued over alleged time and attendance violations

An Italian restaurant in the New York City borough of Queens was recently sued over alleged time and attendance violations by eight former employees, according to the Times Ledger.

Louisiana sheriff's deputy arrested for time and attendance fraud

A St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, sheriff's deputy was recently arrested for fraudulently making overtime employee attendance claims and issuing false seatbelt citations to motorists, according to The Times-Picayune.

The benefits of continuous employee recruiting

According to a recent CareerBuilder survey, 43 percent of U.S. companies engage in continuous employee recruiting.

Louisiana sheriff's deputy arrested for time and attendance fraud

A St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, sheriff's deputy was recently arrested for fraudulently making overtime employee attendance claims and issuing false seatbelt citations to motorists, according to The Times-Picayune.

Renowned restaurant sued over alleged time and attendance violations

An Italian restaurant in the New York City borough of Queens was recently sued over alleged time and attendance violations by eight former employees, according to the Times Ledger.

Survey gives insight into employers' holiday time and attendance policies

According to a recent BNA survey, employers' approaches to holiday time and attendance have become less generous for the second year in a row.

Fire department to eliminate overtime

The St. Paul, Minneapolis, Fire Department is looking to cut $1 million from its budget by scaling down time and attendance payouts, according to KSTP-TV.

911 program manager sues over alleged FLSA violations

The Texoma, Texas, Council of Governments has been accused of intentionally misclassifying a worker in order to avoid compensating her for overtime employee attendance, according to the Southeast Texas Record.

Tennessee restaurateur settles time and attendance violations

Atlas Incorporated, which operates two La Campina Mexican Grill locations in Tennessee, recently agreed to pay nearly $40,000 in overtime employee attendance back wages following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Time and attendance lawsuit brought against Orthodox Union

A National Conference of Synagogue Youth chapter adviser recently filed a class action lawsuit against the Orthodox Union, alleging her employer violated federal time and attendance regulations.

Overtime pay spikes following university layoffs

Personnel cuts at Miami University, Ohio, have led to an increase in overtime employee attendance payouts, according to the Middletown Journal.

El Paso time and attendance scandal widens, unit chief put on leave

Alfred Lowe, the head of the El Paso Police Department's Crimes Against Persons Unit, was recently put on leave in connection with an overtime employee attendance scandal, according to the El Paso Times.

Overtime pay spikes following university layoffs

Personnel cuts at Miami University, Ohio, have led to an increase in overtime employee attendance payouts, according to the Middletown Journal.

Wisconsin governor's pay plan would overhaul time and attendance policies

For years, Wisconsin prison guards who worked the next shift after calling in sick received regular pay for one shift and time-and-a-half for the other.

Texas railing company sued for time and attendance violations

A former employee of Lewisville, Texas-based Viva Railings recently sued the architectural and hardware company for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act, according to the Southeast Texas Record.

Wisconsin governor's pay plan would overhaul time and attendance policies

For years, Wisconsin prison guards who worked the next shift after calling in sick received regular pay for one shift and time-and-a-half for the other.

California governor to crack down on pension spiking

California Governor Jerry Brown recently introduced a comprehensive overhaul of the state's pension system in a bid to drastically reduce costs and address time and attendance manipulations.

Texas railing company sued for time and attendance violations

A former employee of Lewisville, Texas-based Viva Railings recently sued the architectural and hardware company for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act, according to the Southeast Texas Record.

California governor to crack down on pension spiking

California Governor Jerry Brown recently introduced a comprehensive overhaul of the state's pension system in a bid to drastically reduce costs and address time and attendance manipulations.

Union clashes with Maine officials during contract negotiations

The Maine State Employees Association recently filed a complaint alleging that state officials made unreasonable proposals during contract talks, the Portland Press Herald reports.

Restaurant chain to issue employee attendance back pay

Georgia-based restaurant chain Huddle House recently agreed to pay more than $60,000 in back wages to 128 employees following a Department of Labor investigation that uncovered widespread noncompliance of Fair Labor Standards Act provisions.

Questions persist about Toronto city workers' overtime earnings

Last year, Toronto, Ontario's auditor general questioned the city's time and attendance expenditures after it was found that 34 workers earned more than half of their base salary in overtime, according to the Toronto Sun.

Police overtime an issue in Rochester, New York, nightspot

City officials in Rochester, New York, are considering charging businesses in the town's Upper East End district for weekend police patrols, the Democrat and Chronicle reports.

Questions persist about Toronto city workers' overtime earnings

Last year, Toronto, Ontario's auditor general questioned the city's time and attendance expenditures after it was found that 34 workers earned more than half of their base salary in overtime, according to the Toronto Sun.

Police overtime an issue in Rochester, New York, nightspot

City officials in Rochester, New York, are considering charging businesses in the town's Upper East End district for weekend police patrols, the Democrat and Chronicle reports.

Iowa town contemplates closing police department amid overtime concerns

In response to concerns about overtime employee attendance compensation rates, the town of Northwood, Iowa, is considering eliminating its police force, the Mason City Globe Gazette reports.

California warehouse workers file time and attendance lawsuit

California Group Warehouse Workers United recently filed a class action lawsuit against several logistics companies, claiming violations of time and attendance laws.

New Jersey governor announces 2012 payroll tax cut

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie recently announced a payroll tax reduction that will provide savings of $87 per New Jersey worker next year.

California warehouse workers file time and attendance lawsuit

California Group Warehouse Workers United recently filed a class action lawsuit against several logistics companies, claiming violations of time and attendance laws.

Upcoming time and attendance changes to the California Labor Code

Assembly Bill 592 and Senate Bill 299, which are set to go into effect in 2012, make a number of additions and amendments to the California Labor Code.

Older workers are new targets of seasonal employee recruiting

When it comes to employee recruiting, the attributes of older workers are often more attractive to companies.

Upcoming time and attendance changes to the California Labor Code

Assembly Bill 592 and Senate Bill 299, which are set to go into effect in 2012, make a number of additions and amendments to the California Labor Code.

Texas companies faced overtime employee attendance lawsuits

A Lindale, Texas-based freight shipping and trucking company was recently sued for time and attendance violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act, according to the Southeast Texas Record.

Florida county's fire department sees time and attendance costs fall

Thanks to a 2009 workforce expansion, overtime employee attendance payouts for the Martin County, Florida, Fire Rescue Department reached a 15-year low in fiscal year 2011, according to the Treasure Coast Palm.

Study: Online employee recruiting is on the rise

According to a recent Elance study, an increasing number of small business owners are engaging in online employee recruiting.

Investigation into police chief's overtime continues

Earlier this month, the overtime employee attendance earned by the police chief of Elmwood Park, New Jersey, was called into question, according to the North Jersey Record.

New Jersey city mayor walks out of time and attendance hearing

Last month, employee attendance policies in the city of Paterson, New Jersey, were called into question after four officials received overtime checks.

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency experiences overtime woes

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is projected to spend more than $56 million compensating overtime employee attendance this year - nearly $25 million over its original budget, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

The importance of mitigating overtime hospital employee attendance

According to Mark Bogen, vice president of finance at Oceanside, New York-based South Nassau Communities Hospital, monitoring overtime pay can help hospitals cut costs, Becker's Hospital Review reports.

Tech support workers sue over alleged misclassification

Singapore-based electronic manufacturing services company Flextronics Corporation is being sued by a Providence, Rhode Island, attorney for allegedly withholding overtime employee attendance pay for three workers.

Bronx Internal Affairs detective racks up more than $71,000 in overtime

Last fiscal year, an Internal Affairs Bureau detective earned more than $71,000 in overtime employee attendance by spearheading an investigation into ticket-fixing within the Bronx, New York, police department.

Arby's employees to receive $57,000 in overtime back pay

More than 750 current and former employees of fast food restaurant chain Arby's are set to receive nearly $57,000 in back wages following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, according to The Associated Press.

Bronx medical center janitors' overtime questioned

Jacobi Medical Center in the New York City borough of the Bronx recently came under fire after records revealed that several members of its janitorial staff took home an excessive amount of overtime employee attendance compensation.

Occupy Wall Street causes NYC police overtime to rise

The Occupy Wall Street protest has been going on for nearly a month and has cost the New York Police Department approximately $2 million in overtime employee attendance compensation, according to Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

Texas county jail systems struggling to reduce overtime

In order to mitigate overtime employee attendance expenses, additional workers are set to be hired for the short-staffed Harris County, Texas, jail, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Arby's employees to receive $57,000 in overtime back pay

More than 750 current and former employees of fast food restaurant chain Arby's are set to receive nearly $57,000 in back wages following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, according to The Associated Press.

Bronx medical center janitors' overtime questioned

Jacobi Medical Center in the New York City borough of the Bronx recently came under fire after records revealed that several members of its janitorial staff took home an excessive amount of overtime employee attendance compensation.

Occupy Wall Street causes NYC police overtime to rise

The Occupy Wall Street protest has been going on for nearly a month and has cost the New York Police Department approximately $2 million in overtime employee attendance compensation, according to Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

Police chief's overtime eligibility questioned

The police chief of Elmwood Park, New Jersey, is being investigated for possible time and attendance compensation violations after it was revealed that he took home more than $21,000 in overtime pay this year.

Wisconsin fire department may alter overtime policies to save money

The fire department of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is considering altering its time and attendance policies to absorb budget cuts caused by the nearly $1.5 million deficit the city is set to face in 2012.

Controversial California bill would ban payroll cards

California Governor Jerry Brown recently vetoed Senate Bill 931, which would have banned employers from giving workers the option of having their wages loaded onto a debit-style payroll card.

Union defends Muslim employees' right to pray on the clock

A dispute has erupted between a union representing 34 Muslims working at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and their employer, Hertz, regarding whether they have to clock out in order to pray during the work day.

New York court to rule on legality of GPS employee tracking

The director of the New York Department of Labor's Office of Staff and Organizational Development was investigated for potential time and attendance fraud using a GPS tracking device that was installed on his car without his knowledge.

Union defends Muslim employees' right to pray on the clock

A dispute has erupted between a union representing 34 Muslims working at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and their employer, Hertz, regarding whether they have to clock out in order to pray during the work day.

Texas county cuts overtime funds in response to crime wave

Limestone County, Texas, is in the midst of a crime wave that has racked up double the usual number of murders over the past year, according to KXXV-TV.

Union files suit regarding officers' employee attendance compensation

The Police Benevolent Association recently filed a time and attendance lawsuit against the Southern New York village of Monticello.

AT&T faces overtime employee attendance lawsuit

A class action suit involving 200 AT&T front-line managers in Connecticut is scheduled to go to trial later this month, according to the Hartford Courant.

Firefighter overtime still an issue in DC

Since Washington, D.C., fire chief Kenneth Ellerbe took over the Fire and Emergency Medical Services department, overtime employee attendance expenses have decreased by more than 50 percent.

Union files suit regarding officers' employee attendance compensation

The Police Benevolent Association recently filed a time and attendance lawsuit against the Southern New York village of Monticello.

Study: Most companies use social media for employee recruiting

According to the results of the most recent ROI of Social Media in the Enterprise survey, conducted by SelectMinds, nearly three-quarters of companies are actively engaged in employee recruiting via social media initiatives.

Firefighter overtime still an issue in DC

Since Washington, D.C., fire chief Kenneth Ellerbe took over the Fire and Emergency Medical Services department, overtime employee attendance expenses have decreased by more than 50 percent.

AT&T faces overtime employee attendance lawsuit

A class action suit involving 200 AT&T front-line managers in Connecticut is scheduled to go to trial later this month, according to the Hartford Courant.

Electrician sues employer over time and attendance violations

An electrician from LaFourche Parish, Louisiana, recently filed a lawsuit against his employer for alleged violations of the time and attendance provisions set by the Fair Labor Standards Act, according to the Louisiana Record.

Tennessee contractor to pay nearly $100,000 in back wages

Fort Scott, Kansas-based contractor Mid-Continental Restoration was recently ordered to pay more than $99,000 in employee attendance back pay to 47 workers at its Murfreesboro, Tennessee, location.

State Patrol lieutenant investigated for potential time and attendance fraud

A Washington State Patrol lieutenant whose employee attendance compensation earnings were unusually high has been placed on administrative reassignment pending the results of a criminal investigation, according to the Seattle Times.

Nurses become San Francisco's highest paid city workers

High time and attendance compensation has led to nurses overtaking police officers and firefighters as San Francisco's highest paid city workers, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

State Patrol lieutenant investigated for potential time and attendance fraud

A Washington State Patrol lieutenant whose employee attendance compensation earnings were unusually high has been placed on administrative reassignment pending the results of a criminal investigation, according to the Seattle Times.

Tennessee contractor to pay nearly $100,000 in back wages

Fort Scott, Kansas-based contractor Mid-Continental Restoration was recently ordered to pay more than $99,000 in employee attendance back pay to 47 workers at its Murfreesboro, Tennessee, location.

Actress' candy store sued for time and attendance violations, discrimination

A former employee of Los Angeles, California candy store Sweet Harts recently sued the establishment for racial discrimination and violations of time and attendance legislation.

Connecticut releases overtime state employee attendance records

According to a recent report by Connecticut budget officials, state employees were paid $250 million in overtime over a 12-month period that ended on June 30, the Hartford Courant reports.

Overtime at issue in Texas county jail system

In order to meet guard-to-inmate ratios set by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, the Cameron County jail division increased its overtime employee attendance payouts between 2008 and 2010.

Connecticut releases overtime state employee attendance records

According to a recent report by Connecticut budget officials, state employees were paid $250 million in overtime over a 12-month period that ended on June 30, the Hartford Courant reports.

Overtime at issue in Texas county jail system

In order to meet guard-to-inmate ratios set by the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, the Cameron County jail division increased its overtime employee attendance payouts between 2008 and 2010.

Turkey plant contests fine for violating employee attendance compensation laws

Earlier this year, Texas-based Hill Country Farms was ordered to pay $1.76 million in overtime back wages and damages for repeatedly violating time and attendance compensation requirements.

Realtor sued by California for employee attendance compensation infractions

The labor commissioner of California recently filed a $17 million lawsuit against real estate company ZipRealty, claiming that it failed to observe state and federal time and attendance regulations.

Turkey plant contests fine for violating employee attendance compensation laws

Earlier this year, Texas-based Hill Country Farms was ordered to pay $1.76 million in overtime back wages and damages for repeatedly violating time and attendance compensation requirements.

Realtor sued by California for employee attendance compensation infractions

The labor commissioner of California recently filed a $17 million lawsuit against real estate company ZipRealty, claiming that it failed to observe state and federal time and attendance regulations.

Department of Labor recovers wrongly withheld employee attendance compensation

The U.S. Department of Labor recently recovered $22,000 in back wages and damages for 26 janitors employed by Knights Facilities Management at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, New York.

Department of Labor sues coffee kiosk company for FLSA violations

Seattle-based Baristas Coffee Company is being sued by the U.S. Department of Labor over its time and attendance compensation practices, which allegedly violate federal laws.

Department of Labor recovers wrongly withheld employee attendance compensation

The U.S. Department of Labor recently recovered $22,000 in back wages and damages for 26 janitors employed by Knights Facilities Management at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo, New York.

Department of Labor sues coffee kiosk company for FLSA violations

Seattle-based Baristas Coffee Company is being sued by the U.S. Department of Labor over its time and attendance compensation practices, which allegedly violate federal laws.

Ohio State University police chief defends overtime employee attendance payouts

According to a recent investigation by the Dayton Daily News, 16 police officers employed by Ohio State University made more than $100,000 in overtime last year.

District Court judge rules against blocking Arizona union payroll deductions

A U.S. District Court judge recently upheld the right of Arizona unions to take payroll deductions from their members for political contributions.

Illinois county exceeds overtime budget

Cook County, Illinois, is grappling with major time and attendance pay overages, according to the Chicago News Cooperative.

Virginia police officers sue for unpaid overtime

A total of 73 current and former police officers recently filed a class action time and attendance lawsuit against the city of Richmond, Virginia, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

City mayor's overtime earnings questioned

The city of Paterson, New Jersey's overtime payouts for extra employee attendance during Hurricane Irene are being questioned.

Virginia police officers sue for unpaid overtime

A total of 73 current and former police officers recently filed a class action time and attendance lawsuit against the city of Richmond, Virginia, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Loan processor sues Texas bank for overtime violations

A loan processor for East Texas-based Bank of the West and GSB Mortgage recently filed a class action lawsuit against the company for inaccurately calculating her overtime employee attendance rate.

Time and attendance lawsuit could benefit 86,000 Alabama workers

Approximately 86,000 of Alabama's public sector employees may qualify for a class action time and attendance lawsuit against the state pension program.

Loan processor sues Texas bank for overtime violations

A loan processor for East Texas-based Bank of the West and GSB Mortgage recently filed a class action lawsuit against the company for inaccurately calculating her overtime employee attendance rate.

Police union at odds with Philadelphia over political committee payroll deductions

Although the Philadelphia City Council and the mayor both signed off on legislation to authorize automatic payroll deductions for the Fraternal Order of Police's political action committee five years ago, the city's charter is at odds with the practice.

Florida city's unions consider budget-balancing payroll cuts

The Cape Coral, Florida, firefighters union recently proposed payroll cuts of $1.2 million to reduce the city's $4 million budget shortfall - $600,000 less than the city's original request, WZVN-TV reports.

Time and attendance lawsuit could benefit 86,000 Alabama workers

Approximately 86,000 of Alabama's public sector employees may qualify for a class action time and attendance lawsuit against the state pension program.

San Francisco enacts wage theft legislation

San Francisco, California, recently enacted a wage theft law that bolsters the city's ability to investigate violations of employee time and attendance laws that are particularly prevalent in low-wage industries.

Agency's employee attendance policies come under fire

The Pasco County Housing Authority in Florida is facing a lawsuit related to its time and attendance policies, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

Department of Labor: New York town misclassified seven employees

A U.S. Department of Labor investigation into a time and attendance complaint filed by the United Public Service Employees Union in 2009 has determined that the New York town of Colonie improperly classified seven of its employees as exempt from overtime.

Agency's employee attendance policies come under fire

The Pasco County Housing Authority in Florida is facing a lawsuit related to its time and attendance policies, according to the St. Petersburg Times.

Department of Labor: New York town misclassified seven employees

A U.S. Department of Labor investigation into a time and attendance complaint filed by the United Public Service Employees Union in 2009 has determined that the New York town of Colonie improperly classified seven of its employees as exempt from overtime.

California salon chain sued for overtime violations

A class action lawsuit related to time and attendance violations was recently levied against California-based nail salon chain Natalie Salon by four of its current and former employees.

Police department cuts employee attendance for speeding, DUI patrol

In an effort to comply with its tight budget for the next fiscal year, the police department of Lubbock, Texas, is cutting the time and attendance requirements for patrols tasked with enforcing speeding and drunken driving laws.

Judge denies KFC overtime back pay settlement

A U.S. District Judge recently ruled that a time and attendance lawsuit brought against a KFC franchise in Florida by a former assistant manager cannot be dismissed.

Police department cuts employee attendance for speeding, DUI patrol

In an effort to comply with its tight budget for the next fiscal year, the police department of Lubbock, Texas, is cutting the time and attendance requirements for patrols tasked with enforcing speeding and drunken driving laws.

Massachusetts car dealer pays $450,000 in time and attendance-related restitution

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley recently ordered a Springfield-based car dealership to pay more than $450,000 in restitution for alleged violations related to time and attendance compensation.

Judge denies KFC overtime back pay settlement

A U.S. District Judge recently ruled that a time and attendance lawsuit brought against a KFC franchise in Florida by a former assistant manager cannot be dismissed.

Verizon faces time and attendance litigation

Earlier this month, Verizon workers in the New York North West area claimed the company refused to pay time-and-a-half to union workers who racked up overtime employee attendance by repairing telephone lines in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Michigan lawmakers to vote on union dues collection requirements at schools

Earlier this month, Michigan state senators Arlan Meekhof and Joe Haveman proposed payroll legislation that would prevent public school resources from being used to collect union dues.

Inconsistent time and attendance policies can cause payroll havoc

According to a recent audit by the New York comptroller's office, the board of supervisors overseeing Warren County's financial management failed to institute county-wide time and attendance policies, resulting in employee attendance discrepancies.

Verizon faces time and attendance litigation

Earlier this month, Verizon workers in the New York North West area claimed the company refused to pay time-and-a-half to union workers who racked up overtime employee attendance by repairing telephone lines in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Financially strapped Florida city considers altering pension calculation method

Citizens of Hollywood, Florida, recently took to the polls to vote on a variety of measures intended to reduce the city's $38 million budget gap, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

West Virginia grapples with rising overtime, understaffing in prisons

West Virginia's prison system is overcrowded, resulting in a $6.6 million overtime bill, the Register-Herald reports

Tennessee county sheriff denies alleged overtime violations

Last month, four sheriff detectives from Bedford County, Tennessee, filed a lawsuit claiming they had not been paid overtime or compensatory time off in two years and were forced to work off the timeclock.

Groupon hit with time and attendance lawsuit

A former sales representative employed by discount website Groupon recently filed a class action lawsuit against the company, alleging that she and nearly 1,000 of her colleagues were not paid overtime.

Tennessee county sheriff denies alleged overtime violations

Last month, four sheriff detectives from Bedford County, Tennessee, filed a lawsuit claiming they had not been paid overtime or compensatory time off in two years and were forced to work off the timeclock.

Tank truck drivers in Texas may be victims of overtime violations

A recent time and attendance lawsuit involving drivers employed by tank truck transportation provider KAG West resulted in the company agreeing to pay a $14 million settlement.

Former firefighters sue for overtime violations

Two former employees of Corpus Christi, Texas-based Refinery Terminal Fire recently filed a time and attendance lawsuit against the industrial fire group, according to the Corpus Christi Caller Times.

Groupon hit with time and attendance lawsuit

A former sales representative employed by discount website Groupon recently filed a class action lawsuit against the company, alleging that she and nearly 1,000 of her colleagues were not paid overtime.

Employee recruiting goes mobile

Mobile recruitment is set to become the next big thing in human resources, as an increasing number of people are leveraging their smartphones to hunt for jobs.

Tank truck drivers in Texas may be victims of overtime violations

A recent time and attendance lawsuit involving drivers employed by tank truck transportation provider KAG West resulted in the company agreeing to pay a $14 million settlement.

California Supreme Court to rule on claims adjuster overtime exemption

Next month, the California Supreme Court will determine whether compensation claims adjusters are entitled to overtime pay.

Proposed legislation would relieve Michigan schools of union funds collection

Payroll legislation to prevent public school resources from being used to collect union dues was recently proposed in Michigan, The Associated Press reports.

California Supreme Court to rule on claims adjuster overtime exemption

Next month, the California Supreme Court will determine whether compensation claims adjusters are entitled to overtime pay.

Local union clashes with Verizon over employee attendance payments

Tracey Edwards, regional president of the New York North West area for Verizon, recently denied claims that the company refused to give overtime payments to union workers.

Georgia restaurant chain to pay $104,000 in back wages

Following an investigation by the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor, a Fayetteville, Georgia-based restaurant chain was ordered to provide 230 workers with more than $100,000 in back wages.

U.S. Open umpires sue for overtime back pay

Four U.S. Open umpires recently sued the U.S. Tennis Association over wage and hour violations committed over the past six years.

Local union clashes with Verizon over employee attendance payments

Tracey Edwards, regional president of the New York North West area for Verizon, recently denied claims that the company refused to give overtime payments to union workers.

Georgia restaurant chain to pay $104,000 in back wages

Following an investigation by the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor, a Fayetteville, Georgia-based restaurant chain was ordered to provide 230 workers with more than $100,000 in back wages.

Illinois releases list of top state-employed earners

According to recently released figures, the top earner on the Illinois state payroll last year was the assistant medical director and staff psychiatrist at the Rockford-based Singer Mental Health Center.

Study identifies worldwide finance professionals shortage

A recent study by Robert Half International found that there is a worldwide shortage of skilled accountancy and finance professionals.

Video game developed sued for alleged FLSA infractions

Video game publisher, developer and distributor Take-Two Interactive is currently embroiled in a time and attendance lawsuit after a former employee sued the company over its employee attendance policies.

Workers who lose overtime cases may have to cover employer's court fees

Workers who sue on the grounds of alleged time and attendance legislation violations are responsible for paying their employer's legal fees if they lose the case, according to a precedent-setting decision by the California Court of Appeal.

Union sues Texas county over political action committee payroll deductions

The union representing many of Bexar County, Texas' law enforcement officials recently filed suit against the county over payroll deductions.

Explaining federal break and meal time legislation

Employers are not required by federal time and attendance law to offer employees short rest periods during the work day.

"Babysitter bill" causes conflict in California

A bill that is currently pending in the California State Senate would require mandatory breaks and minimum wage pay to be given to all domestic employees, including nannies, housekeepers and babysitters.

Explaining federal break and meal time legislation

Employers are not required by federal time and attendance law to offer employees short rest periods during the work day.

"Babysitter bill" causes conflict in California

A bill that is currently pending in the California State Senate would require mandatory breaks and minimum wage pay to be given to all domestic employees, including nannies, housekeepers and babysitters.

Survey: 69 percent of small businesses not planning to hire within next year

A recently released Small Business Authority survey indicates that more than two-thirds of small businesses do not anticipate engaging in employee recruiting over the next 12 months.

Arkansas police officers sue for unpaid overtime

Two former police officers are suing the town of Alexander, Arkansas, for unpaid overtime, vacation time and holiday pay, according to The Associated Press.

Two California time and attendance lawsuits yield different outcomes

A federal judge recently approved a $1.5 million overtime employee attendance settlement to more than 1,200 employees of pest-control company Terminix, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Arkansas police officers sue for unpaid overtime

Two former police officers are suing the town of Alexander, Arkansas, for unpaid overtime, vacation time and holiday pay, according to The Associated Press.

Two California time and attendance lawsuits yield different outcomes

A federal judge recently approved a $1.5 million overtime employee attendance settlement to more than 1,200 employees of pest-control company Terminix, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The importance of avoiding FLSA violations for startups

The costs associated with a lawsuit over time and attendance pay can sink a small business. Despite this, violations of the wage and hour provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act are common among startups.

Texas law firm sued over time and attendance compensation

Houston-based Mostyn Law Firm, which has offices throughout Southeast Texas, was recently sued by one of its paralegals for allegedly violating overtime provisions set by the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The importance of avoiding FLSA violations for startups

The costs associated with a lawsuit over time and attendance pay can sink a small business. Despite this, violations of the wage and hour provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act are common among startups.

Californian Starbucks employees file overtime lawsuit

Starbucks recently found itself embroiled in a class action lawsuit related to employee attendance compensation.

Auditor criticizes New York and New Jersey Port Authority's overtime expenditures

A recent audit by the office of New York comptroller Thomas DiNapoli found that employees of the New York and New Jersey Port Authority pocketed $85.7 million in overtime last year.

Californian Starbucks employees file overtime lawsuit

Starbucks recently found itself embroiled in a class action lawsuit related to employee attendance compensation.

Payroll dispute divides teachers' union, school district

A payroll dispute between Washington's Tacoma School District and the local teachers' union may result in a delayed start for public school students, according to KAYU-TV.

Investigation exposes New Orleans police officer's overtime fraud

A New Orleans police officer was recently arrested after an investigation by the city's police department uncovered his scheme of writing false tickets in order to collect overtime pay, according to The Times-Picayune.

Florida restaurants cited for incorrect employee overtime exemption

Two Jacksonville, Florida-based Mexican restaurants were recently ordered to pay 30 employees nearly $1 million in employee attendance back wages and liquidated damages following an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department.

Connecticut restaurant owner fined, ordered to pay back wages to employees

The United States Labor Department recently recovered more than $23,000 in minimum wages and overtime back pay following a second investigation of Goodfellas Cafe - a restaurant in New Haven, Connecticut.

New York state employees union accepts wage-freezing contract agreement

New York's largest union of state employees recently voted to approve a contract agreement between union leaders and state Governor Andrew Cuomo that would freeze their wages and increase the cost of health benefits.

California appeals court overturns law clerk overtime ruling

The First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco, California, recently ruled against an attorney who sued his former firm on the grounds that he was improperly exempted from overtime regulations set by state legislation while working as a law clerk.

The benefits of HR software for small business

Busy small business owners tend to let the documentation of human resources procedures fall by the wayside. However, this can become a costly choice if an employee later sues for wrongful dismissal.

AT&T faces class action lawsuit

A federal judge in Georgia recently approved a class action lawsuit against telecommunications giant AT&T by field managers working for its BellSouth unit.

Worker sues over employee misclassification

A former worker for a Texas oil field equipment company recently filed a lawsuit claiming his employment was unfairly terminated after he complained that he was inaccurately classified as a salaried employee in order to be exempted from overtime.

Study: Most Americans don't use all their vacation time

According to a recent survey by Expedia, only 38 percent of employed adults in the United States used all of the vacation time they accrued in 2010.

Florida school district grapples with high overtime payouts

Despite a $171 million budget shortfall, the school district of Broward County, Florida, continues to pay employees with two jobs overtime at the hourly rate of their primary positions, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Alberta to crack down on employment regulations enforcement

The Canadian province of Alberta is in the process of hiring six additional employment standards officers and increasing its use of third-party auditors in an effort to address a rising number of complaints about unfairness in the workplace.

Texan cable installer sues over alleged FLSA overtime violation

A Texan cable installer recently filed a lawsuit against his former employer, alleging that the company deliberately misclassified him to avoid paying him extra for his overtime employee attendance, according to the Southeast Texas Record.

Newark Fire Department grapples with overtime budget

The Newark Fire Department is perilously close to consuming the overtime funds set aside in its annual budget, with just $2,350 remaining of the more than $230,000 it was originally apportioned, according to the Newark Advocate.

Florida school district grapples with high overtime payouts

Despite a $171 million budget shortfall, the school district of Broward County, Florida, continues to pay employees with two jobs overtime at the hourly rate of their primary positions, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Newark Fire Department grapples with overtime budget

The Newark Fire Department is perilously close to consuming the overtime funds set aside in its annual budget, with just $2,350 remaining of the more than $230,000 it was originally apportioned, according to the Newark Advocate.

Texan cable installer sues over alleged FLSA overtime violation

A Texan cable installer recently filed a lawsuit against his former employer, alleging that the company deliberately misclassified him to avoid paying him extra for his overtime employee attendance, according to the Southeast Texas Record.

Alberta to crack down on employment regulations enforcement

The Canadian province of Alberta is in the process of hiring six additional employment standards officers and increasing its use of third-party auditors in an effort to address a rising number of complaints about unfairness in the workplace.

NYPD sergeants eligible for retroactive overtime pay

According to a recent federal appeals court decision, more than 4,000 sergeants working for the New York City Police Department are eligible to receive overtime back pay, Reuters reports.

Maryland county grapples with elevated overtime pay, understaffing

The four agencies in Montgomery County, Maryland, that spent the most on overtime in 2010 were found to have increased their spending in the last quarter of the fiscal year that ended on June 30, according to the Washington Examiner.

Employee recruitment effort causes controversy in California water district

In a bid to improve its employee recruiting and retention rates, the Otay Water District in San Diego County, California, recently approved lifetime healthcare benefits for its union workers.

Maryland county grapples with elevated overtime pay, understaffing

The four agencies in Montgomery County, Maryland, that spent the most on overtime in 2010 were found to have increased their spending in the last quarter of the fiscal year that ended on June 30, according to the Washington Examiner.

California Governor signs payroll bill to preserve entertainment industry jobs

California Governor Jerry Brown recently ratified legislation to let production companies hire payroll companies.

Social Security and payroll tax

According to a recently released Congressional Budget Office report, a permanent payroll tax increase of 1.6 percent would need to go into effect immediately in order to maintain the solvency of the Social Security system for the next 75 years.

California Governor signs payroll bill to preserve entertainment industry jobs

California Governor Jerry Brown recently ratified legislation to let production companies hire payroll companies.

Social Security and payroll tax

According to a recently released Congressional Budget Office report, a permanent payroll tax increase of 1.6 percent would need to go into effect immediately in order to maintain the solvency of the Social Security system for the next 75 years.

American Airlines Federal Credit Union to compensate employees for lost overtime

The Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines Federal Credit Union recently agreed to pay more than $83,000 in overtime back wages after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division.

Missouri company agrees to pay overtime back wages

Following an investigation by the Missouri Labor Department's Division of Labor Standards, Franklin County-based Spray Services recently agreed to reimburse workers for more than $24,000 in unpaid overtime.

Employee churn is on the rise, surveys suggest

Despite lingering economic uncertainty, a rising number of Americans are quitting their jobs in favor of something better, the Delaware News Journal reports.

Missouri company agrees to pay overtime back wages

Following an investigation by the Missouri Labor Department's Division of Labor Standards, Franklin County-based Spray Services recently agreed to reimburse workers for more than $24,000 in unpaid overtime.

Equity firm employee pleads guilty to payroll fraud

The former controller of a Greenwich, Connecticut-based private equity firm recently pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud after abusing his position as employee payroll services supervisor, embezzling more than $85,000.

Protestors rally over Orthodox cheese company worker payment dispute

Members of Orthodox social justice group Uri L'Tzedek recently picketed in response to a kosher cheese company challenging a ruling that it should pay approximately $270,000 in overtime back pay to its workers.

Employee time theft, payroll fraud subject of Florida county investigation

Southwest Florida's Lee County recently began looking into alleged employee time theft and payroll fraud within its Department of Transportation, WBBH-TV reports.

City employee may receive more than $57,000 in unpaid overtime

A payroll discrepancy that led to a Bossier City, Louisiana, building maintenance employee not being paid overtime for years was discovered last month.

Proposed payroll tax cut could help economy

With the debt limit bill signed, President Obama is moving on to other pressing issues such as the possibility of extending payroll tax cuts for another year - an initiative he advocates.

Kansas City sued over EMT payment practices

An emergency medical technician employed by the Kansas City, Missouri, fire department recently filed a class action lawsuit against the city alleging that its policies for calculating overtime violated provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Texas car delivery company sued over worker misclassification

A lawsuit was recently filed against Texas-based M.S.J.E. Enterprises alleging that it misclassified its workers as independent contractors, wrongly exempting them from minimum wage and overtime requirements dictated by the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Kansas City sued over EMT payment practices

An emergency medical technician employed by the Kansas City, Missouri, fire department recently filed a class action lawsuit against the city alleging that its policies for calculating overtime violated provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Pharmaceutical testing company addresses internal time and attendance fraud

Drug testing lab Cetero Research recently offered assurances following an announcement by the United States Food and Drug Administration regarding the deliberate misreporting of dates by chemists seeking to falsify their employee attendance records.

Texas car delivery company sued over worker misclassification

A lawsuit was recently filed against Texas-based M.S.J.E. Enterprises alleging that it misclassified its workers as independent contractors, wrongly exempting them from minimum wage and overtime requirements dictated by the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Guaranteed Rate faces wage and hour lawsuit

A class action lawsuit was recently filed against mortgage lender Guaranteed Rate alleging that the company had failed to comply with California time and attendance laws when compensating its loan officers.

Detroit police officer's timesheet fraud exposed

Officer Kim Mosby Colbert was recently suspended from her job at the Detroit Police Department after she allegedly embezzled more than $70,000 over a period of three-and-a-half years by deliberately submitting incorrect time and attendance records.

The cost of hiring

A recent Harvard Business School survey found that it takes an average of more than six months for companies to see a return on the investment they made in a new mid-level manager, according to Investopedia.

Novo Nordisk faces overtime lawsuit

A lawsuit was recently filed against pharmaceutical corporation Novo Nordisk alleging that the company had violated time and attendance regulations set by the state of California, as well as the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Audit exposes insufficient payroll practices in North Carolina town

A recent audit of the town of Smithfield, North Carolina, determined that a multitude of its practices increased the likelihood of payroll fraud, according to The Johnson County Herald.

Thousands of Kinder Morgan employees to receive overtime back pay

Pipeline transportation and energy storage company Kinder Morgan recently agreed to pay more than $830,000 in overtime back wages to nearly 4,700 of its current and former workers.

Payroll records reveal surprising salary truths

Despite the economic downturn, recently released payroll records from states across the nation indicate that some public service workers don't appear to be feeling the pinch.

Philadelphia School District employees face payroll processing troubles

People on the Philadelphia School District's payroll recently faced problems picking up their scheduled paychecks after a payroll processing service error resulted in some checks being skipped, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Audit raises questions about N.C. sales director's overtime

A recent investigation by the office of North Carolina State Auditor Beth Wood criticized the payment of more than $75,000 in overtime to the facility sales director at the N.C. State Fair as being "excessive," according to The News & Observer.

Audit uncovers erroneous overtime payments to ineligible NH state workers

A recent legislative audit found that workers on New Hampshire's state payroll may have received up to $36,000 in overtime pay despite not being eligible for it, according to the Nashua Telegraph.

Texas company settles overtime, minimum wage violations

Texas-based Hill Country Farms recently agreed to a settlement after being ordered to pay $1.76 million in overtime back wages and damages for repeatedly violating requirements set by the Fair Labor Standards Act, according to The Associated Press.

AT&T sued for deliberate employee misclassification

A class-action lawsuit was recently filed against AT&T on behalf of at-home virtual call center employees in the Northern District of California.

Benefits of outsourcing payroll services and other HR tasks

As a result of the economic downturn, many firms are looking to an outside payroll processing service with the aim of saving money. However, there are many other advantages to outsourcing employee payroll services as well.

Providence's financial troubles may affect payroll

To mitigate the effects of what Providence, Rhode Island, Mayor Angel Taveras has referred to as a "Category 5 fiscal storm," the city recently passed a $613.8 million budget for the new fiscal year.

Michigan Supreme Court outlaws union payroll deductions

The Michigan Supreme Court recently ruled that union employee payroll deductions are prohibited when a portion of the funds is distributed into a political action committee, according to the Michigan Messenger.

Kentucky city's overtime policy at issue

Sergeant Shawn Helbig of the Bowling Green, Kentucky, police department is suing the city for two hours of overtime compensation that he received at a normal pay rate, according to the Bowling Green Daily News.

Texas hurricane cleanup workers receive overtime back pay

The United States Department of Labor recently recovered more than $100,000 in overtime back wages for 57 Hurricane Ike cleanup workers who had been inaccurately classified as independent contractors by their Anahuac, Texas, employer.

Kindergarten teacher sues for overtime back pay and wrongful dismissal

A former Texas kindergarten teacher recently filed a lawsuit against the company alleging that she was fired for complaining about not being awarded the correct overtime compensation, according to the Southeast Texas Record.

Bookkeeper charged for stealing nearly $456,000 from Oklahoma business

The former bookkeeper for a Norman, Oklahoma-based company was recently sentenced to 30 months' imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release on the charges of embezzling from her employer, according to the Norman Transcript.

St. Louis suburb to recoup improperly awarded firefighter overtime pay

Brentwood, Missouri, officials recently struck a deal to reclaim overtime payments erroneously made to firefighters on the suburb's payroll over a period of more than two decades, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Study: The length of employee tenure is decreasing

A recent employee recruiting survey by Jobvite found that 21st century workers are likely to switch jobs considerably more often than their 20th century counterparts.

Texas hurricane cleanup workers receive overtime back pay

The United States Department of Labor recently recovered more than $100,000 in overtime back wages for 57 Hurricane Ike cleanup workers who had been inaccurately classified as independent contractors by their Anahuac, Texas, employer.

Kindergarten teacher sues for overtime back pay and wrongful dismissal

A former Texas kindergarten teacher recently filed a lawsuit against the company alleging that she was fired for complaining about not being awarded the correct overtime compensation, according to the Southeast Texas Record.

Wells Fargo agrees to settlement in Nevada overtime suit

Wells Fargo Bank recently agreed to pay $105,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit claiming that some of its Nevada business banking specialists were required to work off the clock and denied overtime.

Overtime dispute erupts over Texas companies' exemption of employees

Class action suits were recently filed against Enterprise Products Partners and American Commercial Lines for failing to pay their employees overtime, according to the Southeast Texas Record.

Las Vegas Sands sued in overtime dispute

A lawsuit was recently filed against the Las Vegas Sands Corporation and its CEO, Sheldon Adelson, alleging that nine security agents and a driver on its payroll had not been paid overtime in accordance with provisions set by the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Investigation exposes Missouri business manager's payroll fraud

The former business manager of a Sharp County, Missouri-based company was recently found to have increased her weekly payroll amounts without authorization, the Area Wide News reports.

Manager convicted of stealing hospital funds

A former nurses' manager at Virginia's Lynchburg General Hospital was recently convicted of embezzlement after being accused of stealing from her employer by falsifying payroll records.

SuperMedia sued for overtime back pay

Dallas, Texas-based SuperMedia, which sells print and online advertising to small and medium-sized businesses, recently became the subject of a time and attendance-related class action law suit involving hundreds of its sales employees.

Citizens Bank sued for overtime back pay

A former Citizens Bank assistant branch manager recently filed a class-action law suit against the bank on behalf of the more than 200 people who held her position at Citizens branches in Massachusetts since March 2008.

Iowa woman convicted of embezzlement

The former office manager for Sibley, Iowa-based company Ellerbroek and Associates was recently ordered to pay nearly $28,000 in restitution and serve 100 days behind bars for third-degree fraudulent practice.

Citizens Bank sued for overtime back pay

A former Citizens Bank assistant branch manager recently filed a class-action law suit against the bank on behalf of the more than 200 people who held her position at Citizens branches in Massachusetts since March 2008.

Pennsylvania woman earns weekly average of $1,094 in overtime

A woman in Pennsylvania has consistently earned a weekly average of $1,094 in overtime on top of a $90,000 salary, despite the fact that her time and attendance while on the job clocks in at 42.6 hours per week.

Study: Employee recruitment rates continue to rise

CareerBuilder’s recently released 2011 Mid-Year Job Forecast offers those in the employee recruiting industry important insights into the current state of hiring.

Italian workers face pay cuts for smoke breaks

Employees at the registry office in Florence, Italy, are now required to punch the timeclock when they take a cigarette break, according to Italian newspaper La Stampa.

California releases 2010 state employee compensation figures

According to recently released payroll figures, the 10 highest-paid state employees in California each earned more than $500,000 in 2010 - a combined total of $6.2 million, according to Bloomberg.

Farmers Insurance to pay workers $1.5 million in back wages

California-based Farmers Insurance recently agreed to pay more than $1.5 million in overtime back wages to nearly 3,500 employees at 11 of its customer service call centers in six states.

Human resources administrator found guilty of tax evasion

A former payroll specialist and contract administrator from Rio Vista, California, was recently found guilty on five counts of tax evasion, according to The Reporter.

Farmers Insurance to pay workers $1.5 million in back wages

California-based Farmers Insurance recently agreed to pay more than $1.5 million in overtime back wages to nearly 3,500 employees at 11 of its customer service call centers in six states.

Texas company to repay workers after FLSA violations

Following an investigation by the United States Department of Labor, C and K Supply has agreed to pay more than $433,000 in minimum wage and overtime back wages to 124 current and former workers.

NYC mayor requests refund for CityTime payroll project

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently ordered the lead contractor of the company in charge of the city's beleaguered time and attendance software project to refund the $600 million it has been paid for the project since 2003.

Texas company to repay workers after FLSA violations

Following an investigation by the United States Department of Labor, C and K Supply has agreed to pay more than $433,000 in minimum wage and overtime back wages to 124 current and former workers.

Delaware state troopers admit overtime fraud

Three former members of the Delaware State Police recently pleaded guilty to falsifying their payroll records in order to receive more overtime pay, according to the Delaware News Journal.

California clarifies overtime law pertaining to out-of-state workers

The California Supreme Court recently ruled that out-of-state employees on the payroll of California-based companies are protected by the state's overtime laws during business trips to the Golden State.

Number of Louisiana state workers continues to decrease

Since Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal took office in July 2008, more than 7,000 jobs have been eliminated from the state payroll, leaving the total number at 82,842, the Times-Picayune reports.

Failure to pay employee taxes lands New Jersey business owner in prison

The owner of Cedarbrook, New Jersey-based patient transport company Wellness Enterprises was recently sentenced to five years in prison after failing to remit nearly $488,000 worth of payroll taxes to employees.

Illinois county agency overhauls policies following executive director's fund misappropriation

The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County, Illinois, recently announced changes to its policies regarding reimbursement requests and payroll after its former executive director was accused of embezzlement.

Orange County lifeguards set to take benefits cuts

After the findings of a report on the earnings of Newport Beach, California's lifeguards last month, the city council is slated to approve a scaled-down benefits plan.

Improper payments compromise Chicago's furlough program

A recent report by Chicago's inspector general found that the city's fire department's furlough program savings had been significantly reduced because of overtime and holiday pay being improperly awarded.

Arkansas county settles overtime pay lawsuit

A settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit filed by a former Garland County, Arkansas, sheriff's deputy regarding overtime pay, the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record reports.

Upper Crust cited for overtime violations

The United States Department of Labor recently fined an Upper Crust franchise in Salem, Massachusetts, for violating federal time and attendance laws, according to the Boston Globe.

Overtime lawsuit invokes "seventh day" rule

Two employees of Ventura, California-based Metson Marine recently took the company to court over its overtime wage practices, Compensation BLR reports.

Arkansas city lowers qualification for police overtime

The Fort Smith, Arkansas, board of directors recently approved an overtime policy change for the city's police officers, The City Wire reports.

Bill to repeal MTA payroll tax stalls

The New York Senate recently discussed a bill that eliminates the payroll tax for the Metropolitan Transportation Association. However, concerns about subway and bus fare hikes resulted in the proposal stalling in the Assembly Ways & Means Committee.

Legislators object to temporary payroll tax cut proposition

House Budget Committee Chairman and Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan recently denounced a temporary employer payroll cut that is being considered by the Obama administration as "sugar-high economics," according to The Hill.

Former Roadrunner Records employee accused of embezzlement

A former payroll manager for Roadrunner Records recently pleaded not guilty to second-degree grand larceny and falsifying business records in the first degree after being accused of embezzling more than $420,000 from the company.

Officer fired for overtime fraud collects pension

An officer who was fired from his job as a member of the Connecticut Valley Hospital police force in March for payroll fraud recently began collecting a lifetime pension of $73,800, the Hartford Courant reports.

Human resources frontrunners recognized for employee recruitment achievements

The Atlanta Association of Health Care Recruiters recently honored nine of its members at the inaugural ajcjobs 2011 Outstanding Recruiter Awards earlier this month, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

New York's CityTime scandal rages on

Two executives at New Jersey-based technology company TechnoDyne - which was a major subcontractor for New York City's beleaguered time and attendance software project, CityTime - were recently indicted on federal fraud and kickback charges.

Federal and state laws differ on Save-A-Lot's overtime policy

Missouri-based discount supermarket chain Save-A-Lot recently came under fire for its overtime policy, which involved lowering the hourly rate of pay for each hour worked that exceeded 40 hours per week, according to the Fairfield County Weekly.

New York restaurant chain agrees to record-breaking overtime back pay

New York City-based sandwich chain Lenny's recently reached a $5.1 million agreement with the Department of Labor regarding overtime back pay.

Nursing homes experience fallout from owner's embezzlement

Following the arrest of the owner of two New York nursing homes on embezzlement charges, the state's Department of Health is currently in the process of putting one of the facilities into receivership, the Daily News Online reports.

Embezzling employees face trial in Alaska

The former bookkeeper for Alaska's Chuloonawick Native Village was recently sentenced to five years' probation and four months of home confinement after being convicted of embezzlement, the Tundra Drums reports.

Carpenters union bookkeeper pleads guilty to embezzlement

The former bookkeeper for the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, chapter of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters recently pleaded guilty in federal court to embezzling more than $30,000 from the organization over a period of four years.

Arkansas police officers may be granted more overtime pay

Fort Smith, Arkansas, city administrator Ray Gosack's recent proposal regarding bringing overtime pay practices for police officers in line with those for other city employees is set to be reviewed by the town's Board of Directors.

LAPD to eliminate overtime pay

Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa recently signed a $6.9 billion city service-cutting budget in order to avoid layoffs. As part of the budget, overtime will be eliminated for members of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Ashley Furniture to reimburse former, current workers with overtime back pay

The owner of Ashley Furniture HomeStores in Lubbock, Texas, recently agreed to pay more than $57,000 worth of back wages to 170 current and former employees of the company's Texas locations.

Former transportation union treasurer accused of embezzlement

A Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority inspector was recently accused of misappropriating more than $250,000 from the MBTA Inspectors Union - known as Local 600 - WCVB-TV reports.

Ashley Furniture to reimburse former, current workers with overtime back pay

The owner of Ashley Furniture HomeStores in Lubbock, Texas, recently agreed to pay more than $57,000 worth of back wages to 170 current and former employees of the company's Texas locations.

Social networking and employee recruitment

Social networking has become a central component to employee recruiting.

Texas Child Protective Services sued over FLSA violations

A recent investigation into the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services' Child Protective Services' time and attendance policies found that employees are owed more than $1 million in back overtime wages.

University of California reaches labor agreement with nurses

University of California nurses recently voted to ratify a 26-month labor agreement with the educational institution after prolonged disagreements over salary and retirement benefits, the Daily Californian reports.

Texas Child Protective Services sued over FLSA violations

A recent investigation into the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services' Child Protective Services' time and attendance policies found that employees are owed more than $1 million in back overtime wages.

University of California reaches labor agreement with nurses

University of California nurses recently voted to ratify a 26-month labor agreement with the educational institution after prolonged disagreements over salary and retirement benefits, the Daily Californian reports.

Texas healthcare provider issues overtime back pay

Following an audit by the United States Department of Labor, Texas-based Valley Baptist Medical Center recently sent out checks to compensate employees for unpaid overtime and skipped meal breaks, KRGV-TV reports.

Payroll pension deductions set to increase for Alabama public employees

Under recent legislation passed by the Alabama Senate, state agency employees and those who work at schools, colleges and universities would contribute an additional 2.5 percent of their paychecks toward retirement coverage, the Birmingham News reports.

Texas healthcare provider issues overtime back pay

Following an audit by the United States Department of Labor, Texas-based Valley Baptist Medical Center recently sent out checks to compensate employees for unpaid overtime and skipped meal breaks, KRGV-TV reports.

The complexities of the FLSA

In a recent webinar for M. Lee Smith Publishers, McAfee & Taft employment law and labor relations attorney Charles S. Plumb offered insight into the intricacies of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

"Real Housewives of New Jersey" husbands involved in overtime lawsuit

A former head waiter at the Paterson, New Jersey-based The Brownstone recently filed a lawsuit against the restaurant, claiming that he was never compensated for the 850 hours of overtime he worked per year between 2005 and his resignation last month.

Scotiabank overtime dispute rages on

Canada's Bank of Nova Scotia, also known as Scotiabank, recently lost an appeal of a class action lawsuit alleging that it denied overtime pay to more than 5,000 of its employees, the Globe and Mail reports.

City of Poughkeepsie to reduce police overtime costs

Poughkeepsie, New York, officials are working with the city's police department to formulate a plan that will help the department cut costs, according to the Poughkeepsie Journal.

Overtime pay at issue in Texas, Bermuda

A time and attendance dispute has erupted in the city of Tyler, Texas, after an employee of the Hospice of East Texas filed suit over unpaid overtime wages, the Southeast Texas Record reports.

Hawaiian police officer acquitted of payroll fraud

A Honolulu police officer was recently found not guilty of tampering with a government record and being an accomplice to third-degree theft after he was accused of falsifying a police report for his supervisor to collect six hours of overtime pay.

Overtime pay at issue in Texas, Bermuda

A time and attendance dispute has erupted in the city of Tyler, Texas, after an employee of the Hospice of East Texas filed suit over unpaid overtime wages, the Southeast Texas Record reports.

Time theft uncovered within Trenton Parks Department

A recent payroll investigation by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs found that at least 17 Trenton Parks and Recreation Department employees may have committed time theft, the Times of Trenton reports.

Scottsdale city council approves controversial overtime policy change

The Scottsdale, Arizona, city council recently approved an overtime policy that has prompted protests from local police union representatives.

Relaxing workplace regulations may help California economically

California's stringent workplace regulations are thought to have contributed to the loss of more than 600,000 private sector jobs over the past decade - the highest loss in the U.S.

Texas police officer indicted for overtime fraud

A former police officer was recently indicted on 12 counts of tampering with a governmental record and one count of theft by a public servant after traffic supervisors discovered that he had received nearly $22,000 in overtime for hours he had not worked.

California to address pension spiking loopholes

The practice of pension spiking was highlighted by the recent revelation that former Upland, California, city manager Robb Quincey made $460,000 last year.

Relaxing workplace regulations may help California economically

California's stringent workplace regulations are thought to have contributed to the loss of more than 600,000 private sector jobs over the past decade - the highest loss in the U.S.

Project manager for NYC employee tracking project fired for payroll fraud

New York City's time and attendance software project, CityTime, drew more negative attention recently as the company overseeing the project, Science Applications International Corporation, announced that it had fired a senior employee for payroll fraud.

Postal union officer sentenced for his part in embezzlement scheme

A former postal union officer from Hawthorne, New Jersey, accused stealing more than $780,000 from the union's payroll account was recently sentenced for the crime, according to The Record.

Missouri Mental Health Department overhauls overtime policies

In response to high overtime payments identified in a 2009 payroll audit by then-Missouri State Auditor Susan Montee, the Missouri Department of Mental Health recently reviewed its overtime procedures.

Second defendant sentenced in Oklahoma embezzlement case

Former Maud, Oklahoma, employee Justin Horton recently pleaded guilty to felony embezzlement after stealing more than $50,000 in city funds between April 2007 and November 2009, according to the Shawnee News-Star.

Woodland Fire Department to take on new hires, reduce overtime

The city manager of Woodland, California, recently announced that the local fire department will be receiving a $1.2 million grant in order to add six more firefighters to its payroll for a three-year period, according to the Woodland Daily Democrat.

Legislation against automatic union dues deduction temporarily halted

The Alabama cities of Mobile and Jacksonville were recently prevented from applying a recently enacted state law regarding union employee payroll deductions after a preliminary injunction was granted by a federal judge.

New Jersey police officers rack up overtime pay

Police officers in Jersey City, New Jersey, earned $6.6 million in overtime last year, with the five top earners bringing home more than $50,000 each, the Jersey Journal reports.

Fire department treasurer allegedly embezzled $11,000

A volunteer fire department treasurer for the town of East Haven, Vermont, recently turned herself in to local police after an independent audit uncovered an alleged embezzlement scheme.

Louisiana delivery company to pay more than $271k in overtime back wages

A Hammond, Louisiana-based commercial delivery service company has agreed to pay $271,303 in overtime back wages to more than 100 of its current and former employees after being found in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, reports KATC-TV.

Kentucky bookkeeper collaborates with sheriff on embezzlement scheme

A former bookkeeper for Kentucky's Whitley County Sheriff's Office recently pleaded guilty to one felony charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Louisiana delivery company to pay more than $271k in overtime back wages

A Hammond, Louisiana-based commercial delivery service company has agreed to pay $271,303 in overtime back wages to more than 100 of its current and former employees after being found in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, reports KATC-TV.

Study: Summer job market to remain competitive

According to a recent study by Careerbuilder, 21 percent of employers surveyed said that they plan to engage in seasonal employee recruiting, with 57 percent of those indicating that they may consider summer hires for permanent positions.

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency predicted to exceed overtime

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is set to overrun its annual overtime budget by 55 percent - the equivalent of almost $18 million.

Teachers union clashes with Florida school district

A Palm Beach County School District proposal that would provide raises for half of the teachers on the Florida county's payroll was recently rejected by union officials, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Proposed payroll deductions unpopular with federal workers

A budget-trimming proposal to increase federal workers' payroll deductions in order to contribute to the federal pension fund may spur employees to leave the federal service, according to the Washington Post.

Orange County lifeguard earnings questioned

A recent Newport Beach, California, report on lifeguard pay in 2010 found that all but one of the 14 full-time lifeguards on the city's payroll made more than $100,000.

Minnesota pastor charged with stealing church funds

A pastor was recently charged with seven counts of theft-by-swindle for fabricating expenses and stealing money from the Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, chapter of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Church Synod, according to the Southwest Review-News.

Former principal charged with embezzlement

A Danville, Pennsylvania, woman was recently ordered to pay a fine of nearly $2 million and serve 30 months in prison for embezzling more than $3 million in healthcare benefits from a Mount Carmel fire department ambulance company.

Orange County lifeguard earnings questioned

A recent Newport Beach, California, report on lifeguard pay in 2010 found that all but one of the 14 full-time lifeguards on the city's payroll made more than $100,000.

New York transportation workers take home excessive overtime pay

Last year, an engineer for New York's Long Island Rail Road earned more than triple his base salary as a result of overtime and other perks, according to recent payroll analysis by the New York Daily News.

City tightens overtime policies in wake of double-dipping detective

The city of Kingston, located in New York's Hudson Valley region, recently approved measures to tighten authorization and recording regulations related to police overtime in the wake of a double-dipping scandal, according to the Times-Herald Record.

Study: Overtime could be harmful to workers' health

A continuing study by University College London has found that those who typically clock in employee attendance of 11 hours or longer are more than two-thirds more likely to develop heart disease compared to those who worked seven- to eight-hour days.

New York transportation workers take home excessive overtime pay

Last year, an engineer for New York's Long Island Rail Road earned more than triple his base salary as a result of overtime and other perks, according to recent payroll analysis by the New York Daily News.

City tightens overtime policies in wake of double-dipping detective

The city of Kingston, located in New York's Hudson Valley region, recently approved measures to tighten authorization and recording regulations related to police overtime in the wake of a double-dipping scandal, according to the Times-Herald Record.

Virginia nurse charged with embezzlement

A former nurse at Virginia's Lynchburg General Hospital was recently charged with embezzlement after allegedly stealing more than $46,000 from the healthcare provider's parent organization, according to WSLS.

Fast food chain steps up employee recruitment

As part of its recent employee recruiting efforts, McDonald's recently held a National Hiring Day with the aim of taking on 50,000 new workers.

Proposed San Francisco legislation to enforce minimum wage

San Francisco Supervisor David Campos recently proposed new legislation to crack down on employers who pay their workers less than minimum wage, according to the San Francisco Appeal.

Massachusetts school official pleads guilty to payroll fraud

A Watertown, Massachusetts school official was recently convicted of stealing money from the town, committing federal program fraud and filing false tax returns, according to the Watertown Patch.

Postmaster accused of payroll fraud

The former postmaster of Bridgeton, New Jersey was recently charged with one count of misappropriation of postal funds and one count of aiding and abetting in connection with an alleged payroll scheme, the Daily Journal reports.

California employers may owe up to two hours' pay for skipping employee breaks

In the first appellate-level case to address denying break requirements to employees, the California Court of Appeals ruled that workers can recover up to two hours of pay for each day that they were not allowed to take the meal and rest breaks.

Wisconsin payroll analysis reveals excessive overtime

According to recent analysis by the Wisconsin Reporter, the state of Wisconsin paid its employees almost $53 million in overtime last year - the equivalent of 1,200 workers making the average state salary.

Embezzlement uncovered at Boston neighborhood health center

A former payroll consultant for the Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center in Massachusetts was recently indicted for allegedly manipulating the center's records in order to conceal his embezzlement, according to the Boston Globe.

Wisconsin payroll analysis reveals excessive overtime

According to recent analysis by the Wisconsin Reporter, the state of Wisconsin paid its employees almost $53 million in overtime last year - the equivalent of 1,200 workers making the average state salary.

Outsourcing HR duties offers multiple benefits

The development of cloud-based solutions has resulted in an increase in human resource outsourcing, according to Sourcing Focus.

New York fair workers could lose overtime under proposed legislation

The New York state legislature is presently considering a law that would exempt fairs and their vendors from having to pay overtime to employees who work more than 40 hours per week, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard.

Arizona shop owner indicted for failure to pay overtime

The owner of a Yuma, Arizona-based doughnut shop was recently indicted by a grand jury for concealment by trick, making false statements and willful failure to pay more than $27,000 in back wages to eight employees over a two-year period.

Louisiana school system employee denies committing payroll fraud

A former Louisiana school employee recently pleaded not guilty to charges of obstruction of justice, first degree injuring public record, theft, malfeasance in office and public payroll fraud after being accused of embezzlement last year.

New Jersey pays heavy price in overtime salaries

Thanks to a reduction in the number of state workers over the past decade, overtime payouts have increased. This has allowed a lieutenant in the juvenile corrections system to become the ninth-highest-paid employee in all of New Jersey's state government.

Land development company CFO charged with embezzlement

The chief financial officer of Charlotte, North Carolina-based Harris Land Company was recently charged with embezzlement, WBTV reports.

Los Angeles restaurant agrees to pay back wages to workers

A Thai restaurant in the Westchester area of Los Angeles recently agreed to pay more than $162,000 in overtime back wages to employees who worked up to 12 hours a day and were paid as little as $45, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Complex state regulations a factor in California's employment struggles

Companies are choosing to grow their businesses in states such as Texas rather than having to face California's complex tax and regulatory issues, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Unscheduled absenteeism takes a toll on companies' payroll

The most recent CCH Unscheduled Absence Survey has found that large-sized companies can lose as much as $765,000 in direct payroll costs as a result of unscheduled employee absenteeism every year, the Northwest Indiana Times reports.

New York town evens out overtime

The highway department superintendent for the town of Bethlehem in Albany County, New York, is rescheduling employees' duties in order to more equally balance overtime, according to the Times Union.

Los Angeles restaurant agrees to pay back wages to workers

A Thai restaurant in the Westchester area of Los Angeles recently agreed to pay more than $162,000 in overtime back wages to employees who worked up to 12 hours a day and were paid as little as $45, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Complex state regulations a factor in California's employment struggles

Companies are choosing to grow their businesses in states such as Texas rather than having to face California's complex tax and regulatory issues, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Advantages of employee time and attendance software

Controlling payroll-related costs can be facilitated by the implementation of software to track employee time and attendance. Software can also free up human resources employees by negating the need to sort through time cards.

Massachusetts town settles with firefighters over overtime back pay

The town of Natick, Massachusetts has reached an agreement with local firefighters' unions regarding overtime back pay, according to the Metro West Daily News.

Public works department employees earn high overtime in California city

The city of Brentwood, California, has been found to allocate an high number of overtime hours to employees of its public works department, according to the Oakland Tribune.

Meal and break laws an issue in U.S., Macau

A total of 773 employees at The Venetian Macau Resort Hotel recently complained to the Macau Labor Affairs Bureau regarding meal breaks and overtime pay, according to the Macau Daily Times.

Georgia city settles overtime claim

The city of Temple, Georgia, has settled a claim by a former wastewater plant operator that he worked overtime without being compensated, according to the Times-Georgian.

Half of CFO's don't use social networking sites for employee recruiting

According to a recent survey conducted by recruitment specialist Robert Half International, 52 percent of chief financial officers said their companies have not used social networking sites in the employee recruiting process in the past six months.

Meal and break laws an issue in U.S., Macau

A total of 773 employees at The Venetian Macau Resort Hotel recently complained to the Macau Labor Affairs Bureau regarding meal breaks and overtime pay, according to the Macau Daily Times.

Pennsylvania county to upgrade payroll system

Northeastern Pennsylvania's Luzerne County may have an upgraded timeclock and payroll system in place by August, according to the Hazleton Standard Speaker.

Massachusetts city limits overtime despite surplus of funds

A dispute about overtime is brewing between the emergency medical services division and the mayor's office of Fall River, Massachusetts, according to the Herald News.

Indiana city sued amid overtime dispute

A former assistant superintendent for the Parks and Recreation Department in Jeffersonville, Indiana, recently filed a lawsuit against the city for more than $31,000 in overtime pay, according to the Evening News and Tribune.

City workers' overtime fraud uncovered in Virginia

Nine city workers in Richmond, Virginia, have been charged with fraudulently claiming overtime pay as part of an ongoing investigation.

Maryland county audit turns up missing overtime records

A recent audit found that the police department of Montgomery County, Maryland, has been paying its employees overtime even when they fail to submit required documentation, according to the Washington Examiner.

New York village's public works chief erroneously receives extra overtime

The village of Mamaroneck in Westchester County, New York, was recently found to have paid the chief of its Department of Public Works more than $150,000 in overtime that he was not authorized to receive, according to the Lower Hudson Journal.

Boys and Girls Club employee convicted of embezzlement

A former employee of the Boys and Girls Club in La Habra, California, was recently sentenced to three years in prison for embezzling more than $134,000, including about $25,000 in extra payroll to herself.

California company sued for payroll and insurance premium fraud

The California Department of Insurance is suing a San Mateo-based janitorial and pest control company for payroll and insurance premium fraud.

Pennsylvania county to upgrade payroll system

Northeastern Pennsylvania's Luzerne County may have an upgraded timeclock and payroll system in place by August, according to the Hazleton Standard Speaker.

Payroll legislation can get complicated

With payroll legislation in the news recently, the American Payroll Association has identified baffling payroll laws from 10 different states.

Payroll system blamed for Arizona county's alleged inappropriate spending

An outdated payroll system is being blamed for circumstances resulting in the office of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio being accused of inappropriately spending almost $100 million of funds over the past eight years.

Alabama county streamlines payroll process

In order to increase payroll process efficiency, employees in Etowah County, Alabama, will be required to enroll in a direct deposit program, according to the Gadsden Times.

Employee used FEMA's payroll processing system to embezzle

A Federal Emergency Management Agency human resources employee has been charged with using the agency's payroll processing system to embezzle almost $150,000, according to government news site GovExec.com.

Theft prevention act becomes law in New York

The New York Wage Theft Prevention Act, which was passed last December, has recently gone into effect in the state. The act requires employers to comply with a set of new rules designed to prevent them from stealing from workers.

Arizona imposes two-year employer tax increase

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer recently signed legislation that will impose a surcharge on what companies pay in unemployment insurance after the state's unemployment trust fund went broke over a year ago.

Some workers may be entitled to overtime pay despite not receiving it

Confusion about overtime laws is leading to some employees being exploited, according to WTVT-TV.

Alabama police officers accused of double dipping on city's payroll

An internal investigation of the Mobile Police Department (MPD) in Mobile, Alabama, found that several of its officers were allegedly double dipping - working side jobs while on the city's payroll - and one was triple dipping.

North Dakota men arrested for attempting to cash counterfeit check

Two men face potential felony charges after one allegedly attempted to cash a fraudulent payroll check at a bank in Jamestown, North Dakota, according to the Jamestown Sun.

New York county's time and attendance system needs an upgrade, say officials

State employees in Saratoga County, New York, are using an antiquated timeclock system that officials are calling to be updated, according to the Saratoga Post Star.

Audit: New Mexico police officers moonlighted on city payroll

A recent audit found that two officers who worked privately for a school while on the payroll of the Hobbs Police Department in New Mexico took home almost a week's worth of extra wages as a result of bookkeeping errors.

Police officers removed from city payroll after joyriding incident

Three officers from the Glendale Police Department in California have been fired after a weeks-long misconduct investigation, according to the Glendale News-Press.

Massachusetts city's fire department racks up overtime

According to The Daily Item, Lynn Fire Department in Massachusetts - which employs 165 firefighters - has reported that it awarded more than $1.8 million in overtime and $26,779 in details last year, and 20 firefighters earned more than $100,000.

Anti-payroll fraud legislation introduced in Senate

U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown, Tom Harkin and Richard Blumenthal recently introduced legislation that is intended to reduce payroll fraud and protect employees' rights by providing them with their rightful protections, benefits and wages.

Business owners personally liable for payroll taxes, says court

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently ruled that two business owners were personally liable for more than $2 million in unpaid payroll taxes, despite allegedly having no idea that their accountant was embezzling money.

Pennsylvania's legislative payroll is on the increase

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pennsylvania General Assembly's payroll has grown by 22 percent over the past six years, and the number of staffers making triple-figure salaries rose from 36 in 2005 to 69 this year.

Police overtime on the increase in Massachusetts town

A recently released list of the top 50 municipal wage-earners in Danvers, Massachusetts, indicates that police overtime increased in 2010, according to the Salem News.

San Francisco to revise payroll tax, keep tech startups in city

In an effort to keep startup technology companies from leaving San Francisco, city supervisor Mark Farrell is drafting significant changes to the current payroll tax in order to keep employee stock options from being taxed by 1.5 percent when cashed out.

Florida police departments restructure to cut overtime

The police departments of two Florida cities have restructured patrol shift staffing and rotation in order to reduce overtime costs, according to Florida Today.

School administrator accused of funds misuse, payroll fraud

A lawsuit recently filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court accuses a former administrator of a nonprofit school in Santa Monica, California of misusing as much as $1 million of school funds.

Louisiana police officer admits payroll fraud

A former police officer in Harahan, Louisiana recently pleaded guilty to committing payroll fraud, which resulted in her collecting more than $20,000 in false overtime, according to the Times-Picayune.

Massachusetts town's payroll processing could be changed by ballot

An upcoming election in Dedham, Massachusetts includes a ballot question that could alter the town's Home Rule Charter in an effort to expedite the payroll process, according to The Dedham Transcript.

New York courts will close earlier to reduce overtime

In response to state budget cuts, New York judges were recently told to shut down their court rooms half an hour earlier to decrease overtime for courthouse staff and personnel, according to The New York Times.

Alabama firefighters' union will sue over payroll deduction legislation

The Mobile, Alabama firefighters' union will be suing the city over the enactment of a law banning the deduction of union dues from payroll, according to state news site al.com.

Overtime waivers are exceeding San Francisco's budget

Waivers for San Francisco's 624-hour overtime cap are contributing to the city exceeding overtime budget by nearly $40 million this year, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

Disagreement over union officials flares up in Connecticut

State union officials were recently targeted by Republican lawmakers in Connecticut, who objected to paying union representatives to do union business on the job and argued that it should be done on state time, according to BusinessWeek.

Lack of funding leads to overtime penalties in Guam

The Department of Labor is fining the Guam Police Department (GPD) $49,500 for failing to pay more than $208,000 in overtime to its employees, according to the Pacific News Center.

Nevada's minimum wage and overtime remain unchanged this year

According to KOLO TV, Nevada Labor Commissioner Michael Tanchek recently released the annual bulletins for the state's minimum wage and daily overtime requirements, which will become effective as of this summer.

Virginia law enforcement officers file suit over unpaid overtime

A total of 71 law enforcement officers in Chesterfield County, Virginia, recently filed a law suit alleging they were not properly compensated for overtime hours, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Nevada bill proposed to end daily overtime

In response to workers' requests for more schedule flexibility, Nevada Senator James Settelmeyer (R-Gardnerville) has proposed a bill that would remove overtime provisions for employees who work more than eight hours a day.

Employee benefits claims are a large contributor to Postal Service losses

According to the Government Accountability Office, employee benefits and compensation claims made up almost 80 percent of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS)'s total costs for the last fiscal year, contributing to a record loss of $8.5 billion.

Arizona Pipeline to pay $750,000 in back wages following Labor Department investigation

Underground utility contractor Arizona Pipeline has agreed to pay $750,000 in overtime back wages after an investigation by the Department of Labor.

Payroll tax break bill proposed in Nevada

A bill that would give payroll tax breaks to Nevada employers who hire unemployed workers has been proposed by Assemblyman Steven Brooks (D-Las Vegas).

Pennsylvania survey finds half of midstate manufacturers offer overtime to ineligible employees

A recent survey by the Manufacturers' Association of South Central Pennsylvania has found that 48 percent of the midstate's largest manufacturers offer overtime to employees who are legally exempt from it, according to Central Penn Business.

Outsourcing human resources can benefit companies

Company executives are always looking for ways to cut costs and maximize efficiency and productivity, especially in the present economic climate.

Levi Strauss ordered to pay over $1 million in overtime back wages

The Department of Labor has ordered clothing company Levi Strauss to pay employees $1,011,413 in overtime back wages after finding that the company had violated portions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Connecticut police officer fired for payroll fraud

Lieutenant Benjamin Quinones was recently fired from his job as a member of the Connecticut Valley Hospital police force after evidence of payroll fraud was uncovered, according to the Hartford Courant.

Employee recruiting: Five things to consider

Finding qualified people to hire can be a struggle, even in a bad economy. However, certain things will hold true no matter the economic climate.

Payroll processing mistake uncovered in South Carolina county

According to the Charleston Post and Courier, a payroll processing mistake has resulted in at least 90 teachers in South Carolina's Charleston County School District being overpaid by an estimated total of $100,000 since August 2010.

City's broken timeclock means work attendance goes unchecked

A state examination of the Department of Public Works (DPW) in Mechanicville, New York, recently revealed that the department's timeclock had been out of order for several years, according to the Times Union.

Qqest's time and attendance mobile application facilitates off-site employee monitoring

Recently, Qqest announced the release of the TimeForce II mobile application, which is designed to improve time and attendance monitoring of employees who work remotely.

Green Bay city council approves benefits extension

The city council in Green Bay, Wisconsin, reached an agreement with public employees to extend their current benefits package, the Green Bay Press Gazette reports.

Fire fighters' union challenges recent Alabama payroll legislation

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) have filed suit in Alabama to challenge the recently passed state law regarding the deduction of union dues from government workers' paychecks.

Payroll processing mistake affects 1,400 Massachusetts teachers

Springfield, Massachusetts' superintendent of schools Dr. Alan J. Ingram has announced that disciplinary action was taken against those responsible for an erroneous payroll increase for teachers, MassLive reports.

Florida House bans automatic deduction of union dues from government workers' payrolls

On March 25, the Florida State House voted 73-40 to prohibit union dues from being automatically deducted from the paychecks of all government workers.

Military base has financial benefits for New York community

A military base in Upstate New York is responsible for the economic well being of the region, according to the Watertown Daily Times.

Study examines how much money needed for a safe retirement

As public employees throughout the country watch their state governments attempt to pare down their benefits policies, a new study from Employee Benefits Research Institute reveals just how much a person may need to retire comfortably.

New Hampshire next in line to slash union benefits?

It appears no state is immune to the union turmoil that began in Wisconsin and has since spread to many parts of the country.

Study examines how much money needed for a safe retirement

As public employees throughout the country watch their state governments attempt to pare down their benefits policies, a new study from Employee Benefits Research Institute reveals just how much a person may need to retire comfortably.

Union members claim Florida lawmaker is playing both sides

Union members in Florida are expressing outrage at a member of the state House of Representatives for what they claim are contradictory statements, following the introduction of a bill that would limit union payroll processing.

Kansas lawmakers seek to reform workers compensation laws

Members of the Kansas House of Representatives and Senate are engaging in a debate that could significantly improve the financial value of workers' compensation benefits

Alabama lawmakers blocked in attempt to bar teaching association dues

An Alabama high court ruled on Friday that Alabama lawmakers could not prevent teachers in the state from paying dues into their association, the Huntsville Times reports.

Californians believe public employees' benefits are too generous

A greater number of California residents believe the employee benefits packages for public workers are too high, according to a recent survey by the University of California-Berkeley.

Georgia city to review all payroll, benefits policies

Officials in Gwinnett, Georgia, have agreed to move ahead with a complete audit of the city's payroll and employee benefits policies, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Californians believe public employees' benefits are too generous

A greater number of California residents believe the employee benefits packages for public workers are too high, according to a recent survey by the University of California-Berkeley.

Georgia city to review all payroll, benefits policies

Officials in Gwinnett, Georgia, have agreed to move ahead with a complete audit of the city's payroll and employee benefits policies, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Florida reveals salary figures for state employees

Following up on one of his campaign pledges, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced a new website that will post the salaries and pension packages of all state employees.

Payroll tax could make San Francisco businesses reconsider their locations

In February, San Francisco lawmakers introduced a bill that would create a payroll tax exemption zone in two areas of the city.

New Jersey lawmaker takes steps to modernize payroll systems

A New Jersey lawmaker is proposing a bill that will modernize the state's payroll system, The Jersey Journal reports.

Pennsylvania governor considers freezing pay for teachers

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has asked teachers to consider a pay freeze, which he contends will save school districts more than $400 million, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

New Jersey lawmaker takes steps to modernize payroll systems

A New Jersey lawmaker is proposing a bill that will modernize the state's payroll system, The Jersey Journal reports.

New Jersey insurer faces costs of lifetime benefits

A private insurer in New Jersey had made available lifetime payments for employee benefits, should members of the New Jersey School Boards Association Insurance Group be found eligible, the Bergen Record reports.

Missouri Senate moves to change workers compensation laws

The Missouri Senate took steps to reform workers compensation laws on Tuesday, following a four-hour filibuster that nearly derailed the proceedings, the Southeast Missourian reports

Missouri school board increases wages, benefits for staff

Teachers in a number of states have received the brunt of legislative changes to payrolls and employee benefits, typically resulting in a decrease of both.

Michigan city faces payroll crunch

City officials in Flint, Michigan, have notified lawmakers that the city has only enough cash on hand to meet payroll through mid-April, WJRT-TV reports.

Critics of California pension reform say proposals would increase costs

More than 2 million public employees, their dependents and families will require approximately $240 billion dollars worth of retirement benefits and pensions in the state's 10 large union plans, according to Business Week.

Number of job openings fell in February

Employee recruiting hit a snag in February following a report from the U.S. Department of Labor that revealed job openings fell by 161,000.

Critics of California pension reform say proposals would increase costs

More than 2 million public employees, their dependents and families will require approximately $240 billion dollars worth of retirement benefits and pensions in the state's 10 large union plans, according to Business Week.

Number of job openings fell in February

Employee recruiting hit a snag in February following a report from the U.S. Department of Labor that revealed job openings fell by 161,000.

Wisconsin union battle could lead to large layoffs

It appears the battle in Wisconsin is not over despite the recently passed bill restricting collective bargaining rights to unions.

Critics of California pension reform say proposals would increase costs

More than 2 million public employees, their dependents and families will require approximately $240 billion dollars worth of retirement benefits and pensions in the state's 10 large union plans, according to Business Week.

West Virginia workers compensation group wants to drop public employees

BrickStreet Mutual Insurance, a state-created company in West Virginia, has alerted lawmakers that it no longer wants to cover public employees in workers' compensation cases, Forbes magazine reports.

West Virginia workers compensation group wants to drop public employees

BrickStreet Mutual Insurance, a state-created company in West Virginia, has alerted lawmakers that it no longer wants to cover public employees in workers' compensation cases, Forbes magazine reports.

Wisconsin union battle could lead to large layoffs

It appears the battle in Wisconsin is not over despite the recently passed bill restricting collective bargaining rights to unions.

Tennessee moves forward on removing income tax

Tennessee residents could soon receive a significant boost to their paychecks as the state legislature moves ahead with a measure to repeal the state's income tax, The Tennessean reports.

Idaho, Washington review workers' compensation rules

The Idaho and Washington state legislatures are currently discussing bills that will reform workers compensation rules and make it easier for workers to receive settlements.

Sacramento airport boosts local economy

Sacramento, California, isn't known as a sprawling metropolis like other cities in the Golden State. However, new reports show that its airport contributes a significant amount to the local economy.

Michigan unions protest outside capitol

The potential stripping of collective bargaining rights has already turned Wisconsin into a labor battleground, and now that energy is spilling over into neighboring Michigan.

New Jersey employees pushing lawmakers to reconsider changes

The largest public employee union in New Jersey will meet this week with members of the state's legislature to discuss potential changes in the amount of money they pay into the state's benefits and pension plans

Kaiser Permanente Center recognized for its policies

The Kaiser Permanente Center Health Research was recognized by the American Psychological Association as a "Psychologically Healthy Workplace,

School district seeks to repair payroll mistake

A school district in western Massachusetts is seeking to recoup more than $1.2 million that was inadvertently added to payroll, WGGB-TV reports.

Supreme Court mandates overtime pay for sales reps

Pharmaceutical companies seeking to deny overtime pay to outside sales representatives were overturned by a recent Supreme Court decision. The ruling mandates outside reps be covered by the federal hourly wage laws, Bloomberg reports.

Michigan child care providers will no longer pay union dues

Child care providers in Michigan will have more money in their pocket, thanks to a new measure that will eliminate union deductions from providers who work in private homes

Union battles stretche to Maine

Union leaders in Maine are ready to square off with Governor Paul LePage and the state's Appropriations Committee in a battle over retirement benefits.

Ohio shedding state payroll

Ohio lawmakers are continuing to search for ways to decrease the state's deficit. In the meantime, the state continues to cut its government payroll to help mitigate costs, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Employees need to know more about their benefits

Many employees worry about a loss of benefits, but a new survey from Prudential shows that workers are mixed when it comes to understanding their employee benefits.

California making gains in small business jobs

California is one of the state's hit hardest by the downturn in the economy, but recent figures show that small businesses are making gains.

Poll shows majority back rights of public unions

Public unions in a number of states are under fire from governors weighing the option of slashing their collective bargaining rights.

Payroll tax reduction leads to more consumer spending

The federal government's decision to reduce the payroll tax on companies has led to increased consumer spending, according to MarketWatch. The 2 percent cut in the payroll tax led to a 1 percent rise in personal income at an annualized rate.

Rate of New Jersey public employee retirement may shock system

While New Jersey Governor Chris Christie formulates a new budget, the state's pension system may be shocked by the retirement of more than 20,000 public employees in 2010, according to the Cumberland County News.

Employers should be aware of how they classify employees

The federal tax deadline is rapidly approaching and small businesses owners are already compiling their payroll information. However, one detail entrepreneurs should be very cognisant of is how they classify their employees.

Honolulu mayor stresses benefits reform

The nationwide battle to control employee benefit spending has reached Honolulu, Hawaii, as lawmakers confront budget deficit issues.

Providence fires its entire teaching force

Teachers in Providence, Rhode Island, did not receive the opportunity to fight for their jobs, after a decision from the superintendent's office dismissed all of the city's teachers on Thursday, WPRI-TV reports.

Savings on benefits to create jobs in Connecticut school district

At a time when school districts throughout the country are feeling the pinch of the increasing cost of employee benefits, the superintendent of schools in Stamford, Connecticut, has managed to not only sustain a reasonable budget, but add jobs as well.

New Orleans-area cop charged with fudging payroll numbers

A former police offer in Harahan, Louisiana, was charged with altering the department's payroll numbers, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Staffing firms play important during economic recovery

The recession cost Americans millions of jobs between 2008 and 2009, but the staffing industry is one market that has experienced a speedy recovery from the collapse of the job market.

Scottsdale public employees to pay more into benefits

The rage about public employees and how their benefits are paid for is sweeping the nation and has not left Scottsdale, Arizona, immune to the issues.

New York City comptroller lands huge overtime sum for workers

Construction workers fighting to collect owed overtime pay will finally get their share, thanks to the efforts of New York City comptroller John Liu.

New Jersey union taking proactive approach to benefit reform

With states throughout the country facing significant budget gaps due in part to public employee benefit packages, one New Jersey union is taking a proactive approach

Payroll employee caught stealing funds

In what is an example of how the lack of a trusted payroll processing service can affect one's business

Added income to firefighters, police, drive up Boston's payroll

Massachusetts is already facing a significant budget crisis and those advocating cuts are pointing to payroll bumps among Boston firefighters and policemen as a culprit for the commonwealth's increased spending.

Wisconsin state worker attendance to be closely monitored

Wisconsin officials are pushing back against the increasing number of public employees leaving their jobs behind to protest Governor Scott Walker's plan to increase financial requirements among state workers.

Florida bill would cut benefits for public employees

Florida is facing significant deficits due to public employee benefits, but lawmakers in the panhandle are working to curb the problem.

Federal lawmakers considering pay cuts

Members of Congress are presenting plans to cut their own payroll as a gesture that lawmakers need to get serious about the deficits facing the federal government.

Massachusetts faces huge deficits for employee healthcare

The cost of ensuring public employees in Massachusetts receive their long-term healthcare could bury the Bay State in a sea of debt.

Home Depot to boost temporary payroll figures

With spring approaching, many consumers are planning what kind of projects they will undertake in and around the home. To assist them, Home Depot announced that they will add 60,000 temporary workers to their payroll ahead of the spring season.

Firefighters benefit from city's payroll error

A simple computing error has cost the city of McKinney, Texas, $3.5 million since 2005, the McKinney Courier-Gazette reports. A third party analysis of the city's payroll revealed that the city's firefighters were paid an additional nine hours of work

State universities face payroll cuts

Administrators and educators at state universities in Illinois face steep budget cuts as the state grapples with a widening budget deficit, the Evansville Courier & Press reports

Maine Turnpike employees taking home huge payroll increases

Employees of the Maine Turnpike Authority received some of the largest pay increases anywhere in the state over the last 12 years, according to a recent report from Maine Heritage Policy Center.

Houston firm sued by Labor Department for overtime pay failures

Kinder Morgan, an industry leader in pipeline transportation and energy storage, has been sued by the U.S. Department of Labor

Idaho, California cities consider tax credits to jolt hiring

Idaho is rarely thought of as a center for commerce, but local lawmakers are trying to shake that belief and improve employee recruiting and hiring with the passage of a new tax credit.

Furloughs continue to hit state payrolls in California

Since furloughs for California public employees began in 2008, workers have seen their total revenue continue to decline, the Sacramento Bee reports.

Florida cities face crushing weight of expected benefits

Cities throughout Florida need to find a way to fund employee pensions or they will face a crushing economic shortfall that could cripple retirement benefits for thousands of workers, the Miami Herald reports.

Hawaii working to plug the gap in retirement benefits

Years of borrowing from the state's employee retirement fund has left Hawaii $7.1 billion short of its current responsibilities to public workers KITV-TV reports.

Employment expert says businesses should craft cell phone policies

Texting and social media applications can easily divert an employee's attention. In response, employers should fight back with a company cell phone policy, Steven I. Alder, an employment lawyer in Bergen County, New Jersey, wrote for the Bergen Record.

Industry expert calls for 2 million new jobs in U.S. in 2011

National employment figures are churning in a positive direction, but one economist says U.S. payrolls will surge forward with 2 million new jobs in 2011.

Department of Labor recoups nearly $1 million for Connecticut workers

The U.S. Department of Labor intervened in a case against UnitedHealthcare and recouped approximately $934,000 in overtime pay that was owed to its workers.

Administration pushes for more payroll tax collection

States throughout the country have been crushed by the burden of paying out unemployment insurance from a rapidly shrinking pool of funds or taking on more debt to meet the payments.

Chipotle in trouble for sketchy employee recruiting

Chipotle restaurants employ an army of burrito makers at thousands of locations throughout the country. However, the chain now finds itself in hot water thanks to allegedly questionable employee recruiting and hiring practices.

Georgia governor's staff payroll spikes 30 percent

At a time when states are trying to trim their budgets, the Georgia governor's office has seen nothing but increases in its payroll, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

New Jersey governor cleans up scandal-laden commission

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has built his reputation upon cost-saving measures and other budgetary constraints.

NLRB endorses union growth during economic recovery

At a time when unions are taking heat as sources of wasteful spending, the National Labor Relations Board has voiced its support for union expansion during the economy recovery, the Wisconsin Law Journal reports.

New York City security group accused of overtime pay failure

A large amount of security workers throughout New York City are turning their attention to their employer, Harvard Protection Services, claiming that it has failed to issue overtime pay

Yonkers school district to re-examine payroll systems

The Yonkers School District will restructure its payroll methodology after an audit found the district responsible for five deficiencies in its financial management.

Hiring stalled at hospitals during January

Hospitals nationwide may soon be increasing their employee recruiting efforts after a report showed hiring stalled during January.

Companies should craft social media guidelines

Social media is becoming a permanent fixture in the workplace, whether employers like it or not. Therefore, to clear any confusion regarding its use, companies should create an employee policy

Payroll numbers slash unemployment

The national unemployment rate fell to 9 percent in January after the government released data showing non-farm payrolls added 36,000 jobs during the month. It marks the first time since April 2009 that the unemployment rate has reached this level.

Toll takers in Massachusetts earning big money

Toll takers do not have the most physically demanding or complicated job, but a few in Massachusetts are earning big dollars in the position.

Alabama county facing overtime pay crunch

Local lawmakers in Madison County, Alabama, are growing frustrated with the significant amounts of overtime pay being issued to county employees, WAFF-TV reports.

South Carolina diaper company bounces employee checks

One company in South Carolina learned the hard way the results of poor payroll processing.

Hiring credits could boost California's unemployed

Employee recruiting in California has stagnated due to one of the nation's highest unemployment rates.

City running out of funds to clear snow

Blizzards that have pummeled the northeast this winter have also pummeled the budgets of many cities.

Orchestra able to meet its payroll

Musicians in the Louisville Orchestra faced an uncertain week after initial reports that it could not make payroll.

Toyota looking to shed payroll

Toyota is making a drastic move to cut payroll by asking many of its higher-level employees to leave the company, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Mississippi health workers clean up in overtime pay

Workers in Mississippi's healthcare industry have cleaned up in overtime pay over the last five years, according to the Jackson Clarion Ledger.

Working poor not feeling relief of payroll tax cut

For many of the nation's working poor, the payroll tax reduction that became law on January 1 has shown no effect.

Nebraska employers lose background check tool

Businesses in the throes of employee recruiting may have one less tool to judge prospective employees with a new bill currently being discussed in the state legislature.

IRS to target businesses that fail to file payroll taxes

Small business owners have through the end of the day on Monday, January 31, to file Form 1099s for independent contractors

Ohio bill may redefine pay for small business employees

A group of Ohio state lawmakers is crafting a bill that could redefine how employees at small businesses in the state can be paid, the Mansfield News-Journal reports.

County jail guards accrue unsustainable overtime pay

Guards for the Allegheny County Jail accumulated more than double the budgeted amount in overtime pay during 2009, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

IRS goes after Texas executive in a payroll scam

The Internal Revenue Service has ramped up its case against an executive in San Antonio, Texas, who is accused of pilfering nearly $66 million through an elaborate payroll tax scheme, KENS-TV reports.

City officials repair payroll glitch

The city of Nitro, West Virginia, endured a significant payroll glitch when officials accidentally overdrew the city's payroll account earlier this week, the Charleston Gazette reports.

University faculty to receive pay increases

Tight state budgets nationwide have affected the ability for college and university professors to receive annual increases.

Northern California recruiting gaining momentum

California has been subject to one of the worst statewide unemployment rates in the country. However, there may finally be some good news for hopeful jobseekers in the Sacramento region, according to the Sacramento Bee.

New York City facing massive overtime pay commitments

New York City is on the hook for approximately $30 million in overtime pay to city employees and lost Metropolitan Transit Authority revenue from the December 26 storm that forced cleanup crews and MTA employees to work around the clock

Google will add to payroll

Google will continue its hiring surge by adding 6,000 new jobs to its payroll in 2011, the Los Angeles Times reports.

New York Governor denounces payroll tax clause

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo shot back at a payroll tax that he believes is affecting the way the state's Metropolitan Transit Authority can save money, the New York Post reports.

Online employee recruiting continues to change

Millions of resumes have been sent to countless companies nationwide as unemployed workers hope to take advantage of improving economic conditions.

Storms putting pressure on overtime pay in Boston

Recent snowstorms have pummeled both the streets of Boston and the city's wallet. The high costs of plowing and street maintenance have forced nearby Somerville, Massachusetts, to nearly eclipse its annual budget

County moves its payroll processing

Hoping to clarify its payroll processing, the Madison County, Illinois, government decided to move its payroll department from the treasurer's office

Payroll numbers still vary by state

Despite continued unpredictably in the national employment rate, Oregon added to its payroll in 2010, the Oregonian reports.

Honolulu city supervisor busted in overtime pay scheme

A city supervisor in Honolulu, Hawaii, was sentenced to jail for stealing thousands of dollars in an overtime pay collection scheme, KGMB-TV reports.

Minnesota lawmakers discussing payroll cuts

Officials in the Minnesota state legislature will convene on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of a 15 percent payroll cut across the board for all state employees, according to the Valley News Live.

Federal agencies may want to focus on employee retention

Now is an especially important time for federal agencies to increase their employee retention efforts and internal recruiting, especially with a two-year pay freeze for all federal employees forthcoming

City in Kansas to alter overtime pay format

City commissioners in Lawrence, Kansas, will meet to re-organize the schedules of city employees, making it more difficult for them to accumulate overtime pay, the Lawrence Journal-World reports.

Loudoun County revamps overtime pay structure

Loudoun County, Virginia, has enacted a new policy that will extend salary hours for public safety officials and limit the amount of overtime pay they can earn, according to Leesburg Today.

Camden County to slash payroll of public employees

Camden County, New Jersey, has never been a bastion of economic viability. Now, the county will be forced to cut payroll for nearly 25 percent of its public workforce, The Associated Press reports.

Florida county slashes payroll to save

St. Lucie County, Florida, officials cut back payroll for some of the county's highest earners as a cost-saving measure, Treasure Coast News reports.

New Jersey employers accused of wage theft

New Jersey employers are taking advantage of day laborers by failing to properly live up to payroll responsibilities, according to a new study from the Center for Social Justice at Seton Hall University.

Court rules employers can be held negligent

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that businesses can be held negligent in cases where employee recruiting and hiring has compromised workplace safety and competency.

Court says Army contractors must fulfill overtime pay

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division ruled that three Army contractors must complete their obligation to compensate workers for their earned overtime pay, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Yale payroll errors costs same-sex couples thousands

A payroll error at Yale University will cost same-sex couples thousands in tax withholdings this upcoming year, the New York Times reports.

Illinois residents, businesses hit by tax hikes

On Wednesday, Illinois residents and businesses received the unwelcome news of a significant tax hike as state government officials try to balance Illinois' deficit, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Overtime pay spikes for Columbus workers

City workers in Columbus, Ohio, racked up huge overtime dollars in 2010, totaling more than $6 million, according to a report by WBNS-TV.

California small business tax credit money left on the table

Entrepreneurs in California have the opportunity to receive a small business tax credit, but so far the fund has gone underutilized, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Medical residents must pay payroll tax

Medical residents already scraping the bottom of the barrel to pay bills will receive no benefit from the newly-instituted payroll tax reduction, according to UPI.

New York City recoups $26 million from payroll scandal

Investigations into the broad timeclock and payroll scandal that struck New York City officials have led to the recovery of more than $26 million dollars, according to the New York Daily News.

Payroll outsourcing saves time for small businesses

Entrepreneurs have enough on their plates and often don't have enough time to properly manage and file their payrolls.

Employee recruiting figures show positive gains

Despite the stagnating national unemployment rate, employee recruiting opportunities are still strong, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

New York state employee accumulates six figures in overtime pay

Budget-tightening, hiring restrictions and other economic conditions led employers throughout New York to dole out millions in overtime pay last year, but one employee surpassed all.

Port Authority employees sentenced in attendance scam

Three Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officials, including one supervisor, were sentenced after they were found guilty of running an employee attendance scam, according to the Jersey Journal.

Michigan hiring rebounds as payrolls strengthen

Michigan residents received good news on Monday when the Center for Automotive Research announced hiring statewide is expected to result in positive gains for the first time in a decade, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Snowstorms costing small towns in overtime pay

The snowstorms that battered the Northeast in recent weeks are costing small towns large sums in overtime pay, according to the Atlantic City Press.

Payroll data leads to drop in unemployment rate

The total number of jobs added to the national economy did not meet expectations, but the overall payroll additions lowered the unemployment rate by 0.4 percent in December, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Louisiana mayor to review overtime pay of city officials

Monroe, Louisiana, mayor Jamie Mayo will review the city's practice of overtime pay after a discrepancy in the city's engineering department allowed a worker on sick leave to collect unconfirmed amounts of overtime earnings, the Monroe News-Star reports.

Maine economist says new payroll tax code will help state

Growth of Maine's economy will lag behind national trends, but state employees will receive a boost due to the payroll tax holiday, stated Charles Colgan, an economist at the University of Southern Maine, to the Bangor Daily News.

Lucasfilm reaches settlement over employee recruiting practices

Lucasfilm, the filmmaking company led by renowned director George Lucas, reached a settlement with the United States Department of Justice after it was targeted for inappropriate employee recruiting practices, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Madison Square Garden security workers successfully sue for overtime pay

Madison Square Garden will be required to pay approximately $1.3 million in overtime pay to more than 300 security guards after a settlement was reached in Manhattan Federal Court.

Casino employee pinched for forging payroll documents

Former Connecticut state employee Lisa E. Bloomer will be serving time at a state facility after she was found guilty of forging payroll and time and attendance documents, the Norwich Bulletin reports.

Some employees may not see immediate results of tax cuts

The newly mandated 2 percent cut in social security taxes will eventually put more money in the pocket of employees.

Fort Worth taxpayers on the hook for municipal payroll mistakes

Payroll errors stemming from a December misallocation of payroll will cost Fort Worth, Texas, residents approximately $1.8 million, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Employee recruiting trends for 2011

Improving economic conditions have many analysts forecasting stronger employment numbers for 2011. Yet, while forecasts may predict stronger job growth, how it will be attained will depend on employee recruiting trends.

Purdue University cuts payroll to maintain spending levels

Purdue University staff saw no salary increases in 2010, thanks to a university mission to cut costs and reduce spending, the West Lafayette Journal & Courier reports.

South Carolina cement workers to receive owed overtime pay

Houston-based Cemex Inc. has been ordered by the U.S. Department of Labor to pay backlogged overtime pay to 1,705 employees in South Carolina and eight additional states, the Spartanburg Herald-Journal reports.

Local union, government trade overtime pay for layoff halt

Rather than receive overtime pay, the union workers will instead earn compensatory pay through the end of the current fiscal year, which runs until April 30, 2011.

New payroll tax reduction means more saving opportunities for workers

The newly minted federal payroll tax deduction means an instant pay increase for employees nationwide. Soon, workers can expect a bump in pay that may provide an added $2,136 in 2011

California cleanup crews racking up overtime pay

The storms that slammed California in recent weeks have spiked cleanup costs around the state, but officials budgeting money to clear roads and neighborhoods have another cost to worry about - overtime pay.

California average pay up, total compensation down

Californians are getting paid more on average, but total compensation in numerous counties has fallen, according to The Business Journal.

Costco employees want their overtime pay

Costco employees suing to recoup overtime pay received a significant boost to their case when a federal judge ruled that the company had not acted in the best interest of the employees.

Outsourcing payroll is right for some businesses

Businesses small and large trying to reduce expenses should weigh the option of payroll outsourcing. Such alternative payroll processing allows employers to cut costs and direct actions to other day-to-day needs, writes John Edwards for HRWorld.

Employee productivity gains in Q3 2010

Despite wavering employment numbers, work productivity in the United States climbed 2.3 percent at an annual rate during the third quarter of 2010, according to data from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Important end-of-year tax filing tips

While small businesses are hopefully counting up the revenue made from a successful holiday season, they must also manage the painstaking task of end-of-year payroll processing and other business expenditures.

New York City firefighters racking up record overtime pay

The New York City Fire Department will seek alternative means to control the amount of overtime pay, which is on pace to near a city record, the New York Daily News reports

IRS releases new guide to help employers with new codes

While the announcement of a 2 percent payroll tax reduction is good news for those taking home paychecks, it may also serve as an end-of-year headache for those who work on payroll.

Shipping employees working overtime during holiday rush

To meet the demand of the Christmas week rush of shipping, FedEx will be paying all 285,000 of its employees to work overtime, the Dickinson Press Reports

Silicon Valley payrolls fluctuate

Silicon Valley is a bastion of engineering and ingenuity in the United States, but even it could not withstand a rash of layoffs due to changing economic conditions.

Truck drivers face challenges in receiving overtime pay

A Winfield, Indiana, trucking company was forced to reimburse $51,000 in overtime pay to its employees after a local judge ruled the company improperly with held payments, the Northwest Indiana Times reports.

Wisconsin county officials trying to curb overtime spending

Officials in Brown County, Wisconsin, are attempting to stem the amount of money going toward paying overtime workers in the area, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Businesses must improve efforts to protect payroll data

Many small businesses are leaving themselves exposed to security breaches when it comes to payroll and employee information, according to a new survey from the CFO Daily News.

Newly passed tax cuts creating headaches for year-end filings

The ink has yet to dry on the tax cuts recently passed by Congress, and though the benefits will help the average employee, the new laws have left small business owners and payroll services in a state of limbo.

Employee recruiting, hiring to pick up in 2011

A new survey from AppleOne reveals that 95 percent of small and medium-sized businesses will not lay off any more employees over the next 18 months, while employee recruiting and hiring efforts will increase during 2011.

Major airline creates employee attendance program

In a move to incentivize employee attendance, United Continental Holdings introduced a new program that will reward employees who have perfect time and attendance.

Texas small businesses to pay more in unemployment insurances taxes

While the payroll tax for Texas small businesses will decline in 2011, employers in the state will pay slightly more in unemployment insurance taxes next year, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Properly calculating payroll taxes

Payroll taxes can be one of the trickier parts of running a small business. Not only are proper payroll calculations important to ensure employees receive their just earnings, but accuracy is equally important for government filings.

Payroll errors costs Fort Worth cops

Issues with the city's payroll processing has left Fort Worth, Texas, police offers in financial limbo thanks to the delivery of hundreds of erroneous paychecks, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Governor of New York secures overtime pay for workers

On Tuesday, New York governor David Paterson signed the Wage Theft Prevention Act to fight back against employers who may cheat their employees out of required minimum-wage salaries or overtime pay.

Employer hiring trends optimistic for 2011

There are a few reasons for job seekers to be more optimistic following a tumultuous hiring year in 2010, Bloomberg reports.

Company-provided social workers help Target's employee attendance rates

Target recently announced the decision to employ social workers who will twice a week service employees at the retail giant's Compton, California, location.

Majority of employees ready to bail on current jobs

The current economic climate would make one think employee recruiting and holding on to one's job would be in the hand's of the employer

Are internships taking over for entry-level jobs?

One demographic hit very hard during the recession was recent college graduates. With jobs evaporating and the demand for inexperienced workers decreasing, new graduates were left to seek out internships rather than a first full-time job.

Business steps up employee tracking measures through social media

As the use of social media continues to rise among individuals, so too does it for employers who are increasingly using the sites for employee tracking.

Three Phoenix police officers face time theft charges

Three police officers and one former officer all pled not guilty to charges that included time theft relating to negligent absenteeism from their beats, the Phoenix New Times reports.

Common mistakes in employee handbooks

For many companies, the employee handbook is a necessary tool that lays out the rules and expectations of employee conduct.

New payroll tax reduction helps employees

Part of the extended tax cuts currently up for debate in Washington is a one-year payroll tax reduction that will put more money in the hands of employees.

Employee recruiting trends for 2011

Though the national economy and business hiring continues to churn at a less than desired pace, active employee recruiting has shown no signs of slowing down.

Time and attendance tools control labor costs

Employee compensation is a leading expenditure for many small businesses, but one that is also prone to miscalculations.

Businesses should prepare for new healthcare laws

The new federally mandated healthcare policies will not go into law until January 1, 2014, but companies are already preparing for how the new regulations will affect their bottom lines

LAPD faces challenges regarding overtime pay

The Los Angeles Police Department is struggling with its officers' union to find middle ground between hiring new officers and providing existing officers with their deserved overtime pay, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Thousands of New Jersey small business quality for healthcare credit

The Internal Revenue Service informed 144,000 small businesses in New Jersey that they may be eligible for healthcare credits under the Affordable Care Act.

Small businesses feel bottom line burdens of federal tax compliance

Federal tax compliance is costing small businesses 36 percent more than large businesses, according to new data from the Small Business Administration.

Temporary worker rate skyrockets in 2010

The amount and rate of hiring of temporary workers has jumped significantly over the last year as companies remain hesitant to increase permanent employment in light of shaky economic trends, according to MoneyNews.

Businesses increasing incentives in wellness programs

In order for individuals to get more and pay less of their employer-sponsored healthcare plans, businesses are adding incentives to wellness programs, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Importance of GPS to track remote employees

Monitoring remote employees is vital to the profitability of one's small business. As a result of faulty employee-tracking, business owners risk diminishing returns from their staff, customer service complaints and even a negatively affected bottom line.

Failure to repeal 1099 makes tax compliance more burdensome for small businesses

The Senate's failure to approval the repeal of Form 1099 will make tax compliance more cumbersome for small businesses across the country, according to the Small Business Administration.

Importance of GPS to track remote employees

Monitoring remote employees is vital to the profitability of one's small business. As a result of faulty employee-tracking, business owners risk diminishing returns from their staff, customer service complaints and even a negatively affected bottom line.

Social development good for employee productivity

Businesses that focus on integrating a new employee into the social fabric of the company stand to increase that person's productivity, Kim Covert writes for the Vancouver Sun.

Common mistakes when filing payroll

For small business owners, payroll filing can be a painstaking task, especially when the responsibility falls to one individual.

Social development good for employee productivity

Businesses that focus on integrating a new employee into the social fabric of the company stand to increase that person's productivity, Kim Covert writes for the Vancouver Sun.

City announced new employee attendance tracking program.

The Plattsburgh, New York, Common Council passed a measure geared at improving employee attendance tracking methods and saving the city money that was otherwise incorrectly allocated to employees, reports the Plattsburgh Press-Republican.

Family health benefits rates skyrocket

Employer-sponsored family health insurance rates surged an average of 41 percent across the country between 2003 and 2009, according to new data released by the Commonwealth Fund.

Important payroll processing steps for small businesses

Payroll can be one of the trickier elements in the operation of a small business. It is an absolute necessity in nearly every business, but if completed incorrectly can lead to a number of financial issues.

State of New York passes new domestic employee benefits law

A law guaranteeing benefits and workers' rights to domestic employees went into effect on Monday, providing financial security to thousands of previously unprotected domestic workers.

Knowing the warning signs of poor employee attendance

Employers invest valuable resources in an employee, so the very least a company can expect is for that employee to maintain proper time and attendance.

Employer turning to GPS to track employees

Disciplinary action against 15 Brevard County, Florida Mosquito Control workers in early November shined a light on one way technology can assist in employee tracking, especially in businesses that distribute company vehicles.

Weighing the option to outsource payroll

Payroll processing can be a troublesome part of the job for small business owners. It is often a time-consuming effort for entrepreneurs with limited time and resources to ensure the task is correctly completed.

Employer turning to GPS to track employees

Disciplinary action against 15 Brevard County, Florida Mosquito Control workers in early November shined a light on one way technology can assist in employee tracking, especially in businesses that distribute company vehicles.

Employer benefits costs climb in 2010

The costs incurred by companies that provide employee benefits increased in 2010, according to the 2010 National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans by Mercer, a healthcare benefits consulting firm.

HR costs returning to pre-recession levels

Companies weighing the option of human resource outsourcing have a key indicator to assist in decision making, thanks to data from PricewaterhouseCoopers/Saratoga's 2010-2011 U.S. Human Capital Effectiveness Report.

Choosing the right human resources software

The alternative of an in-house human resources team is to utilize human resource software. Yet, how does a company know which program will meet its needs? Fortunately, there are a few tips that can help HR departments select the ideal software.

HR costs returning to pre-recession levels

Companies weighing the option of human resource outsourcing have a key indicator to assist in decision making, thanks to data from PricewaterhouseCoopers/Saratoga's 2010-2011 U.S. Human Capital Effectiveness Report.

Employer benefits costs climb in 2010

The costs incurred by companies that provide employee benefits increased in 2010, according to the 2010 National Survey of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans by Mercer, a healthcare benefits consulting firm.

Choosing the right human resources software

The alternative of an in-house human resources team is to utilize human resource software. Yet, how does a company know which program will meet its needs? Fortunately, there are a few tips that can help HR departments select the ideal software.

Employee benefits a hot HR trend for 2011

Human resources directors, like other members of management, are already planning for what they may encounter in the new year.

Effectively managing employee overtime

Managing an employee's overtime hours and pay can be one of the trickier tasks for a business owner.

Enhancing employee recruiting

Human resources directors flip through hundreds of resumes during employee recruiting, but finding the right talent is easier said than done.

Improving employee attendance

Employee missed days not only come at the cost of his or her personal productivity, but also to the company as a whole.

Tips for combating time theft

Employers want their staff to produce at the highest level, but the increase in web-based work and mobile devices offer attractive distractions in the workplace. Time theft is not only wasteful, but can effect a company's bottom line as well.

Enhancing employee recruiting

Human resources directors flip through hundreds of resumes during employee recruiting, but finding the right talent is easier said than done.

Tips for combating time theft

Employers want their staff to produce at the highest level, but the increase in web-based work and mobile devices offer attractive distractions in the workplace. Time theft is not only wasteful, but can effect a company's bottom line as well.

Improving employee attendance

Employee missed days not only come at the cost of his or her personal productivity, but also to the company as a whole.

Benefits of human resources outsourcing

Small businesses with a limited staff can look to outsourcing their human resources department as a means to cut costs and receive maximum productivity.

When working overtime is too much

Working overtime can be an inevitability for many workers. However, at what point does overtime work go beyond its acceptable limits?

Advantages of employee wellness programs

Companies looking to maximize their human resources are adopting employee wellness programs.

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