It's no secret that the Obama administration is taking a tougher approach to violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act () than its predecessor. Jani Eager, Workforce Consultant for Workforce Insight, Inc., and Ruben Rosalez, Department of Labor (DOL), Deputy Regional Administrator, Western Region, gave a crash course to attendees at the American Payroll Association's Annual Congress that highlighted common FLSA trouble areas and how you can survive an audit.
What hits the spot. According to Eager, there are three main audit triggers — employees who complain to the DOL, technological advancements that make employees more aware of their rights (e.g., the Internet and blogs), and the targeting of certain industries by the DOL. But auditors can just show up at your business. Eager highlighted some common FLSA violations.
Exempt misclassification, especially the administrative exemption. Hint: If e...(register to read more)