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money and watchProperly paying employees is one of the most basic employer responsibilities, yet wage-and-hour cases continue to flood the legal system. It’s critical to understand the laws that govern when workers must be paid.

THE LAW: Among other things, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) governs employee pay and overtime issues for hourly employees. In 1947, Congress passed the Portal-to-Portal Act to help define which hours are compensable under the FLSA.

The Portal-to-Portal Act provides that actions that are “preliminary” or “postliminary” to the “employee’s “principal activity or activities” are not compensable unless they are “integral and indispensible” to those principal activities. Courts have defined “integral and indispensible” activities to be those that are “necessary to the principal work performed” and “done for the benefit of the employer.”

WHAT’S NEW: The Supreme Court has addressed several issues related to compensabl...(register to read more)

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