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2018 Florida Minimum Wage Poster released
On October 13, 2017, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced that the 2018 Florida minimum wage will be increased to $8.25 per hour, effective January 1, 2018. The agency is mandated to calculate a minimum wage rate each year based on the percentage increase in the federal Consumer Price Index in the South Region......
Is a Company required to pay employees for weather closings?
Last Saturday and Sunday, Hurricane Irma stormed its way across Florida closing businesses, forcing evacuations and crashing power lines. Almost all businesses were closed Friday through Tuesday, and some even longer if power was lost. What are the rules for paying employees when a company is forced to close due to severe weather? The answer......
Assistant GMs at Wawa Sue for Overtime in NJ, PA
CAMDEN, NJ – In late January 2017, four (4) former Wawa employees filed a proposed class-action lawsuit contending the firm improperly denied overtime pay to some workers at its convenience stores.  The men contend Wawa’s pay practices for assistant general managers (AGMs) violate federal and state laws in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Mar...
Tip Pooling – the Do’s and Don’ts
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) permits an employer to take a tip credit toward its minimum wage obligation for tipped employees equal to the difference between the required cash wage (which must be at least $2.13) and the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25).  However, Florida employers must follow the state minimum wage because it is hig...
Uniform Deduction Policy violation at Life Time Fitness costs $976k
MINNEAPOLIS – Life Time Fitness, a Minnesota-based company, has agreed to pay 15,909 employees nationwide a total of $976,765 – $488,229 in back wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages – after a federal investigation found the employer violated federal minimum wage requirements at its health clubs and fitness center locations in 26 st...
Federal judge puts new DOL Salary rules on hold
On November 22, 2016, a federal judge in the Eastern District of Texas granted a motion that temporarily bars the regulations from going into effect nationwide (State of Nevada et al. v. U.S. Department of Labor, Civil Action No. 4:16-cv-00731-ALM). The injunction is expressly nationwide in scope, including and applying to states that did not......
Paying all Workers only fixed salaries leads to $424k back wage settlement
An Orlando based plastic recycling company agreed to pay $424,000 in back wages to almost 200 employees after a Department of Labor investigation alleged violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  The investigation revealed that Ravago Americas LLC failed to pay overtime to employees and failed to record and track employee work time.  Th...
Plastering contractor misclassified workers from labor “broker”
The Wage and Hour Division in Louisiana announced a recent settlement with Brownlow Plastering LLC in Hammond, LA regarding violations of the overtime and recordkeeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  The Company misclassified its workers as independent contractors (instead of employees) and failed to pay overtime.  The compan...
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