The Fair Labor Standards Act – Paying employees for “hours worked”

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets forth federal minimum wage and overtime requirements. Although there are exceptions and exemptions to both minimum wage and overtime, most employers and employees are subject to those standards.* Thus, it is important that employers understand the rights and limitations imposed by this law so they may reduce liability … Read more

Portal to Portal Act: When an Employer Must Pay for Travel Time under the FLSA

One of the most common questions for employment lawyers is, when is an employee entitled to payment for travel time? In other words, when does the time an employee spends traveling be classified as hours worked for purposes of wage payment and/or overtime calculations? The Portal-to-Portal Act is an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards … Read more

Minimum Wage: The difference between Federal and State laws

  For some states, each new year brings changes to minimum wage laws. Also, state minimum wage laws may differ from the federal minimum wage. Thus, it is important to be aware of any changes to state minimum wage laws and how they differ from federal requirements. This is especially true because an employer is … Read more

Employment Law and Labor Law: There is a difference (at times)

As an attorney, I am often asked what the difference is between employment law and labor law. Frequently, the two are used interchangeably and, in most day-to-day usage, the interchange of the two words is accepted and appropriate. In the practice of law, however, there is a distinction between the two, and it is important … Read more

Employment Law Research: What you should know about SEO

Electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and notepads have changed the way most employers, small business owners, human resource (HR) professionals and other company representatives operate their business. Electronic devices make it possible to store, easily transport, and retrieve documents, such as employee records, contracts, and financial data. In addition, electronic devises enable us to … Read more

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