Election Day and Minimum Wage Increases

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Minimum wage increases have been a popular topic in the news lately as advocates have been campaigning for minimum wage increases both on state and federal levels. On Election Day 2014, advocates got their way in at least four states: Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota. In all four states, voters approved ballot measures increasing … Read more

Who is a full-time employee?

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One question that comes up with some regularity is, “How many hours does an employee have to work to be a full-time employee?” Unfortunately, the answer to the question is, “It depends.” Full-time employment is a term with many different definitions, each depending on both the factual and legal context in which it is used. … Read more

The Difference Between the Terms “At-Will” and “Right-to-Work”

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Some legal terms can be confusing and are misused or inappropriately interchanged. This is particularly true with legal terms associated with employment or labor laws. Two employment-related legal terms people regularly misuse are “at-will” and “right-to-work.” Many people use the terms interchangeably or confuse them for one another when in-fact they each have entirely different … Read more

Fair Labor Standards Act – Time suffered or permitted to work

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As we have discussed in our “FLSA – Hours Worked“, minimum wage and overtime compliance cover a variety of situations, such as travel time, waiting time, on-call time, rest and meal periods, sleeping time, meeting and training time, and show-up time. In this segment of our series, we will discuss time in which an employee … Read more

Fair Labor Standards Act – When show-up time is considered hours worked

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In our “FLSA – Hours Worked” series we have reviewed situations, such as travel time, waiting time, on-call time, etc., that raise the question of whether the time should be considered hours worked for purposes of minimum wage and overtime compliance under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In this segment of our series, we … Read more

Fair Labor Standards Act – When meeting and training time is considered hours worked

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As we discussed previously in our “FLSA – Hours Worked” series, there are circumstances when it may be unclear whether an employee’s time should be counted as hours worked for purposes of minimum wage and overtime requirements set forth in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). One of the more common situations when this question … Read more

Fair Labor Standards Act – When sleeping time is considered hours worked

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Continuing our “Hours Worked” series, we will discuss the topic sleeping time and when it should be counted as hours worked for purposes of minimum wage and overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Some occupations require an employee to be on the employer’s premises and available to work even though there are periods … Read more

Fair Labor Standards Act – When on-call time is recognized as hours worked

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There are many different employment positions and/or professions, such as nursing positions to repair type positions, etc., that may require an employee to remain available or on-call after their shift ends. The question most often asked is whether on-call time is hours worked for purposes of minimum wage and overtime. To answer this question we … Read more

FLSA – When to count “waiting time” as hours worked

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As indicated in our prior post, we are publishing a series of articles discussing various aspects of when employers should count time spent by an employee as hours worked for purposes of minimum wage and overtime calculations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Previously, we have covered the topic of travel time. Today, we … Read more

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