The little things employees do while they’re getting ready for work—putting on safety gear, firing up their computers, standing in line to get equipment—can sometimes be considered paid work time. Courts often see such “preparatory work” as compensable, even if it benefits the employee, too. Consider this recent case involving making the morning coffee and breakfast before the start of a shift.
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Let’s say you’ve got one very good reason to fire an employee, plus several other halfway decent reasons. Why not wrap them all into one big package of employee shortcomings when it comes time to show her the door? Because such overkill could play badly in court if the dismissed employee ever sues you.
Most managers know that it’s against the law to discriminate against employees and applicants because of their race, gender, age, religion or disability. But they may not know that those same federal laws also make it illegal for employers and supervisors to retaliate in any way against employees who voice complaints about on-the-job discrimination.
In a case that’s sure to serve as a lightning rod, a district court has ruled that severance payments are not “wages” for purposes of the Social Security and Medicare taxes, collectively referred to as the FICA tax. This decision could open the door for refund claims by employers that have previously treated severance payments as wages. Still, if the ruling applies to your situation, approach it with a healthy dose of caution.