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Wage and Hour Violations in the Time of Coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic is changing the face of work. Many employees are working from home, while others are putting in double-time in essential roles. As the economy reopens, employers have implemented and will continue to implement measures designed to limit the spread of Covid-19. At their best, these myriad changes may make employees safer and […]

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Wait, Don’t They Have to Pay Me for That?!: The Compensability of Pre- and Post-Shift Screenings

Posted February 19th, 2020 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

Imagine the following:  You show up to work at your employer’s.  They require you to enter on the other side of the building, far away from your workstation.  At this distant entrance, you stand in a long line as your employer’s security guards do bag checks.  After 30 minutes of waiting and being searched, you […]

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Attention Minimum Wage Workers: Look to Your State Laws

Posted July 20th, 2018 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

By law, employees in the United States must be paid a base minimum for their work performed.  However, this protection varies widely depending on the state in which the employees are working. The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) provides the baseline protection for employees.  Regardless of state, employers generally must pay their employees at […]

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District of Columbia Voters Approved Eliminating the Tipped Minimum Wage in an Effort to Combat Wage Theft, but the Popular Measure May be Annulled

Posted July 16th, 2018 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

Hourly workers’ paychecks can be unpredictable, varying drastically depending on their hours. Unscrupulous employers exploit this variance to short hourly employees of their full wages for their labor, often undetected. Tipped workers in most states are uniquely vulnerable to wage theft.  Most tipped workers earn a reduced hourly rate – in Washington, D.C., the tipped […]

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Tipped Off: Recent Developments in Federal Wage Law Affecting Tipped Employees

Posted April 9th, 2018 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) generally requires that employers pay employees at least $7.25 per hour. One of the few exceptions to the rule is “tipped employees” – including waiters, bartenders, and other employees who regularly receive gratuities for performing their jobs. The FLSA allows employers to subsidize the minimum wage paid to […]

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Tell-Tale Signs of Independent Contractor Misclassification

Posted April 17th, 2017 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

Uber. Lyft. Instacart. Caviar. Homejoy. It seems hardly a month passes without news about a lawsuit alleging that these on-demand gig-economy services are ripping off their workers.  Uber and Lyft alone have been sued in dozens of lawsuits alleging that they misclassified their drivers as independent contractors.  Some drivers who sued Uber reached a class […]

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White-Collar Exemptions for Blue-Collar Workers

Posted July 21st, 2014 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

Did you know that a worker can make wages below the federal poverty line (currently $23,850 for a family of four), work long hours performing mostly manual labor, and still not necessarily qualify for overtime pay?  Strange but true. The federal wage and hour law (the Fair Labor Standards Act, or “FLSA”) celebrated its 75th anniversary […]

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