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2011′s biggest wage-and-hour issues–and what to do about them

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by John M. Bagyi, Esq.

This year is shaping up to be a tough one for organizations worried about employment law issues. So far, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided three big employment law cases—and every time, ruled in favor of employees.

The latest—Kasten v. Saint-Gobain—expanded employer retaliation liability under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The FLSA forbids employers from retaliating against workers because they’ve “filed any complaint” about their pay, perks or working conditions. In Kasten, the Supreme Court ruled that such complaints don’t even need to be in writing to be considered “protected activity.”

But that’s not this year’s only press­ing wage-and-hour problem. Pay atten­tion to these other issues:

Accounting for meal breaks

New York State law grants a meal period of at least 30 minutes to employees who work shifts longer than six hours. Penalties for noncompliance start at $1,000 per offense a...(register to read more)

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