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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Five Rockingham firefighters are suing the city, claiming it violated the FLSA when it instituted a new system for calculating overtime in 2010. The change occurred following a lawsuit filed by 10 firefighters in 2009. The city claims the current system is the one firefighters sought in their 2009 suit.

Q. Are employers required to pay for overtime hours that result when an employee voluntarily switches shifts with a co-worker?

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that pharmaceutical sales representatives qualify as exempt outside salespeople under the FLSA, even though they technically can’t and don’t sell anything. While this case directly affects drug companies, it could have a wider impact.
Q: A client has two stores that are separate franchises. Both stores share employees, including the store manager. How can we calculate overtime when an employee works at both stores, and how do we allocate those hours between the stores?
The most common and costliest wage-and-hour mistakes made by employers involve failure to correctly adhere to overtime pay requirements under the FLSA.  Among the common mistakes: paying time-and-a-half for weekends and holidays; calculating overtime on a pay period basis instead of the workweek; and failure to pay overtime when employees weren't authorized to work the additional hours.
Brooklyn’s Flaum Appetizing has settled a long-running pay dispute with 20 Hispanic employees at its Williams­burg plant. The kosher food maker and deli agreed to pay the workers $577,000 to settle the dispute.
A lawsuit prompted by a DOL investigation has resulted in a court order requiring Extended Health Care Inc. of Downey to pay $654,082 to 108 nurses who alleged they missed out on overtime pay in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
A settlement has ended a class-action wage-and-hour suit filed on behalf of nearly 1,000 employees at Yelp!, the website that allows consumers to submit reviews of  restaurants, stores and health care professionals.
Here’s a caution for employers tempted to ignore a wage-and-hour lawsuit: Do so and you might as well just admit to the employees’ allegations. All the court has to do is determine the damages—plus figure out how much in legal fees the employer owes the employees.

Employers are responsible for keeping track of the hours and minutes their employees work. If they can’t show their records are accurate, an underpaid overtime case can get costly. That’s because—absent reliable employer records—courts will let employees fill in the timekeeping details.

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