Overtime Labor Laws

Federal overtime laws, designed to help end the exempt vs. non-exempt debate, have made things worse. To non-exempt and exempt employees, labor laws continue to confuse.

Business Management Daily can help you comply with federal overtime laws. Learn when you have to pay overtime, and when you don’t.

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Los Angeles-area restaurant chain Señor Fish has agreed to a settle a Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuit with the DOL. An investigation by the department’s Wage and Hour Division revealed the taquería business paid its employees “straight time” for all hours worked ...
The El Nacho Grande chain, with restaurants in Cincinnati and Dayton, faces a U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit after investigators found evidence that the company’s pay policies violate the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Q. I need to send a nonexempt employee to training for two days out of town. We’ll pay his mileage, hotel, meals and training costs. We plan to pay him for a normal eight-hour workday for both days ... Do we have to pay for off-duty hours since the employee needs to stay at the training venue?

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division will deduct unpaid wages and benefits from future government payments to Lettire Construction Corp. to settle violations of the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts ...
A federal judge has certified a class-action lawsuit against Manhattan’s hip Adrianne’s Pizza Bar. Current and former workers allege they were not paid minimum wage, overtime and “spread-of-hours” premiums required for restaurant employees who work long split shifts.
You’ve just received notice that the DOL has launched an investigation into wage-and-hour issues at your company. It’s time to whip into action: Employers get just 72 hours’ notice of an FLSA investigation. Then investigators will be knocking on your door. That’s not much time ...

The DOL generally takes a dim view of any attempt to negotiate away employees’ rights under the FLSA. For example, unions can’t say “no thanks” to the minimum wage or overtime pay during collective bargaining. However, there’s a difference between losing rights through the bargaining process and accepting a settlement that resolves conflicting wage claims.

According to the FLSA, even if you don’t know someone is working overtime, you can be sued if you underpay. The good news is you can crack down on unauthorized overtime by punishing an em­­ployee for failing to follow your clearly articulated no-unauthorized-overtime rule.
Employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act must keep rec­­ords for both nonexempt and exempt employees. The regulations don’t say which types of record-keeping or time­­keeping methods you should use, but they do specify the necessary data you need to maintain on all employees. Here's the guidance you need to stay in compliance.

Q. Our company pays overtime to salaried supervisors for hours they work over 40 in a week. I have never heard of this compensation practice. Is it legal?

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