Time and Attendance News > January, 2014

The ACA, Time & Attendance and Part-Timers

Target Corp. recently announced that, starting on April 1, 2014, it will no longer offer health coverage to part-time employees. Other employers with significant part-time employee populations need to make a similar assessment.

U.S. Supreme Court provides decision on changing clothes

The high court of the U.S. decided that time spent by workers changing in and out of protective gear isn't compensable.

Work off the clock complaints hit appliance service company

Uncompensated time and attendance complaints from service technicians in four states, with four more state-based classes pending addition to the class-action suit, may be a headache for a prominent appliance production and service company.

NY town pays out $2.6 million in overtime

A city in eastern New York saw overtime costs rise by approximately $200,000 in the most recent fiscal year.

Worker pay issues at end of employment

A recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has impacted how employers can take pay deductions from terminated workers in California.

Legal worker sues over classification of duties performed

A temporary legal worker at a New York-based law firm believes the work he performed is eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Out-of-control overtime costs NY municipality nearly $50k

The lack of a city engineer has significantly impacted the finances of a municipality near the Ontario border in N.Y.

Calif. increases worker protections, raises hourly value of employee time

A slate of legislation aimed at increasing the welfare, job security and profitability of workers in California that was approved in 2014 is now in effect.

Ill. minimum wage hike proposal would increase value of worker time and attendance

Illinois is considering a raise to the state's minimum wage but the idea hasn't won universal acclaim.

Conn. town faces snow-day pay arbitration confusion

Drastically different rulings about a similar pay issue have left officials in a central Conn. town puzzled.

Worker pay issues at end of employment

A recent ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has impacted how employers can take pay deductions from terminated workers in California.

Legal worker sues over classification of duties performed

A temporary legal worker at a New York-based law firm believes the work he performed is eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Out-of-control overtime costs NY municipality nearly $50k

The lack of a city engineer has significantly impacted the finances of a municipality near the Ontario border in N.Y.

Exemptions for highly-paid employees can be confusing

The wage and overtime exemptions of the Fair Labor Standards Act are often considered in terms of occupation - administrative, professional and outside sales being common applications.

Make sure titles and duties match under the FLSA

When categorizing employees, businesses should make sure that titles are indicators of work performed and not just a possibly inaccurate descriptor.

Calif. increases worker protections, raises hourly value of employee time

A slate of legislation aimed at increasing the welfare, job security and profitability of workers in California that was approved in 2014 is now in effect.

Ill. minimum wage hike proposal would increase value of worker time and attendance

Illinois is considering a raise to the state's minimum wage but the idea hasn't won universal acclaim.

Conn. town faces snow-day pay arbitration confusion

Drastically different rulings about a similar pay issue have left officials in a central Conn. town puzzled.

Exemptions for highly-paid employees can be confusing

The wage and overtime exemptions of the Fair Labor Standards Act are often considered in terms of occupation - administrative, professional and outside sales being common applications.

Make sure titles and duties match under the FLSA

When categorizing employees, businesses should make sure that titles are indicators of work performed and not just a possibly inaccurate descriptor.

Wash. state may raise minimum wage again

Although Wash. already has the highest state-level minimum wage in the nation - outmatched only by a few cities and municipalities that have better rates - the Evergreen State could again increase its pay floor and make time and attendance worth more for workers.

Fla. fast food franchisee employee files labor suit

A worker at a fast food restaurant in Fla. has filed a class action lawsuit alleging that employees were paid less than the minimum wage in violation of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

Mortgage officers win seven-figure settlement over employee classification

A bank that operates across more than 20 states in the U.S. and a group of employees have reached a settlement over unpaid overtime.

Trucking trainer company faces accusations of improper time and attendance management

A class-action filing by a group of truckers who had been trained at a Wisconsin company has been brought to U.S. District Court.

Economists call for federal minimum wage hike

A drive to increase the federal minimum wage, which currently sits at $7.25 an hour and lags behind 22 individual states and other U.S. jurisdictions with higher pay rates, was bolstered by a group of prominent economists contacting President Obama and members of the federal legislature.

Wash. state may raise minimum wage again

Although Wash. already has the highest state-level minimum wage in the nation - outmatched only by a few cities and municipalities that have better rates - the Evergreen State could again increase its pay floor and make time and attendance worth more for workers.

Fla. fast food franchisee employee files labor suit

A worker at a fast food restaurant in Fla. has filed a class action lawsuit alleging that employees were paid less than the minimum wage in violation of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

Mortgage officers win seven-figure settlement over employee classification

A bank that operates across more than 20 states in the U.S. and a group of employees have reached a settlement over unpaid overtime.

Trucking trainer company faces accusations of improper time and attendance management

A class-action filing by a group of truckers who had been trained at a Wisconsin company has been brought to U.S. District Court.

Economists call for federal minimum wage hike

A drive to increase the federal minimum wage, which currently sits at $7.25 an hour and lags behind 22 individual states and other U.S. jurisdictions with higher pay rates, was bolstered by a group of prominent economists contacting President Obama and members of the federal legislature.

Advice for businesses using interns

Internships can be a benefit to the young people learning about a certain field and company, as well as the business that's helping to educate them.

National restaurant chain location in Ky. sued by workers

A lawsuit filed against the multi-state franchisee and a manager of a Kentucky-based location of a casual restaurant has grown to include 58 plaintiffs.

PA Health care company faces class action lawsuit over FLSA claims

A former employee of a Pennsylvania-based health care organization has filed suit against the business, alleging violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

Shifting workweek claim leads to lawsuit

An argument by a group of former and current workers that their employer moved the start and end dates of their workweek led to a civil suit that was eventually ruled for in favor of the employer.

Upper Northeast convenience store chain faces massive time and attendance lawsuit

A gas station and convenience store chain located in the Northeast U.S. is facing a lawsuit from about 4,000 current and former workers.

Advice for businesses using interns

Internships can be a benefit to the young people learning about a certain field and company, as well as the business that's helping to educate them.

National restaurant chain location in Ky. sued by workers

A lawsuit filed against the multi-state franchisee and a manager of a Kentucky-based location of a casual restaurant has grown to include 58 plaintiffs.

New York state passes new worker classification law

Employee classification can be a contentious issue for workers, businesses and the court system.

Washington, D.C. raises minimum wage

Employee time will soon be worth more in the nation's capitol following the recent signing of a bill by Washington, D.C. Mayor Vince Gray.

Shifting workweek claim leads to lawsuit

An argument by a group of former and current workers that their employer moved the start and end dates of their workweek led to a civil suit that was eventually ruled for in favor of the employer.

Upper Northeast convenience store chain faces massive time and attendance lawsuit

A gas station and convenience store chain located in the Northeast U.S. is facing a lawsuit from about 4,000 current and former workers.

New York state passes new worker classification law

Employee classification can be a contentious issue for workers, businesses and the court system.

Washington, D.C. raises minimum wage

Employee time will soon be worth more in the nation's capitol following the recent signing of a bill by Washington, D.C. Mayor Vince Gray.

Protective clothing pay dispute goes to high court

An disagreement over whether employee time spent putting on and taking off protective garments that led to a lawsuit is heading to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Keep track of minimum wage changes

For companies to properly manage and correctly pay employees, they need to be aware of changes to basic compensation for employee time.

Protective clothing pay dispute goes to high court

An disagreement over whether employee time spent putting on and taking off protective garments that led to a lawsuit is heading to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Don't use exempt positions as a reward

A salaried position is desirable for a variety of reasons, including the stability that an income freed from many employee time considerations provides.

Regulations change for tipped employees

While the federal minimum tipped wage won't change soon, a new law regulating mandatory gratuities, also known as service charges, may influence how employers at service-related businesses set up their tip plan.

Keep track of minimum wage changes

For companies to properly manage and correctly pay employees, they need to be aware of changes to basic compensation for employee time.

Don't use exempt positions as a reward

A salaried position is desirable for a variety of reasons, including the stability that an income freed from many employee time considerations provides.

Regulations change for tipped employees

While the federal minimum tipped wage won't change soon, a new law regulating mandatory gratuities, also known as service charges, may influence how employers at service-related businesses set up their tip plan.

Court rules on security checkpoint time

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that the time workers spend going through a security checkpoint after the completion of work duties is compensable time.

Time and attendance missteps cost Neb. employer millions

A $3.3 million dollar ruling against a Nebraska meat processing plant over the exact definition of working time has benefited about 8,900 employees.

Possible federal legislation will affect wages, employer conduct

A host of bills are being considered on Capitol Hill that would change portions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and impact hiring practices.

Compliance advice that helps protect employers

Being compliant with the Fair Labor Standards Act is a priority for businesses that want to avoid penalties, fines and lawsuits.

Mass. restaurant owner has to compensate employees

A violation of federal and state labor laws, including time and attendance components of the Fair Labor Standards Act, has led to a Mass. restaurant owner being liable for $100,000 in restitution.

Court rules on security checkpoint time

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that the time workers spend going through a security checkpoint after the completion of work duties is compensable time.

Time and attendance missteps cost Neb. employer millions

A $3.3 million dollar ruling against a Nebraska meat processing plant over the exact definition of working time has benefited about 8,900 employees.

Possible federal legislation will affect wages, employer conduct

A host of bills are being considered on Capitol Hill that would change portions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and impact hiring practices.

Compliance advice that helps protect employers

Being compliant with the Fair Labor Standards Act is a priority for businesses that want to avoid penalties, fines and lawsuits.

Mass. restaurant owner has to compensate employees

A violation of federal and state labor laws, including time and attendance components of the Fair Labor Standards Act, has led to a Mass. restaurant owner being liable for $100,000 in restitution.

Chain retailer pays $1.34 million to end class action suit

A national chain recently settled a class action lawsuit in a New York district court with a group of employees who claimed employee attendance wasn't tracked properly, leading to unjust compensation.

Delivery drivers contest employee attendance issues

A group of delivery drivers for a Pennsylvania-based food distributor are arguing their exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act in U.S. District Court.

Construction subcontractor faces legal challenge over employee pay

Time and attendance issues are driving a lawsuit against a subcontractor involved in rebuilding the boardwalk of a New Jersey town.

R.I. emergency service providers fight city hall over time and attendance issues

The Providence, R.I. city government is facing the prospect of a possible reimbursement of more than $2 million to the city's firefighters and police officers.

Chain retailer pays $1.34 million to end class action suit

A national chain recently settled a class action lawsuit in a New York district court with a group of employees who claimed employee attendance wasn't tracked properly, leading to unjust compensation.

Delivery drivers contest employee attendance issues

A group of delivery drivers for a Pennsylvania-based food distributor are arguing their exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act in U.S. District Court.

Construction subcontractor faces legal challenge over employee pay

Time and attendance issues are driving a lawsuit against a subcontractor involved in rebuilding the boardwalk of a New Jersey town.

R.I. emergency service providers fight city hall over time and attendance issues

The Providence, R.I. city government is facing the prospect of a possible reimbursement of more than $2 million to the city's firefighters and police officers.

Don't get tripped up on time and attendance during employee training

While promoting paid training for new hires isn't wrong by any means, employers should know that they have no other options except to compensate fresh employees while they learn the ropes of a business.

Volunteer labor for businesses can lead to consequences, litigation

While all businesses should be concerned with using accurate time and attendance software to successfully track shifts and pay, a few businesses are using volunteer labor to augment their paid staff.

Don't get tripped up on time and attendance during employee training

While promoting paid training for new hires isn't wrong by any means, employers should know that they have no other options except to compensate fresh employees while they learn the ropes of a business.

Restaurant sued over unpaid wage claim

Employee time tracking and wage payment are two issues involved in a lawsuit filed by employees of an Ohio restaurant.

Volunteer labor for businesses can lead to consequences, litigation

While all businesses should be concerned with using accurate time and attendance software to successfully track shifts and pay, a few businesses are using volunteer labor to augment their paid staff.

Restaurant sued over unpaid wage claim

Employee time tracking and wage payment are two issues involved in a lawsuit filed by employees of an Ohio restaurant.

FL business accused of missed overtime payments

A group of four current and former employees of a company that manages residences for disabled adults is alleging that the business didn't pay them the proper amount of overtime.

MA couple only pays domestic worker $2,500 for 13 years of work

A husband and wife in Mass. are facing severe financial penalties after a federal court found the couple paid a laborer less than $150 per month for 13 years.

Tip pooling a complicated issue under FLSA

A small pizzeria chain is facing a class action lawsuit after a former employee alleged that the company illegally distributes pooled tips.

Comp time bill could provide alternative to overtime in private sector

A common employee benefit for government workers is being considered for expansion to the private sector.

Focus on wage and hour issues in the new year

Employee attendance, hour tracking and pay are components of a business that managers and owners need to be aware of.

Comp time bill could provide alternative to overtime in private sector

A common employee benefit for government workers is being considered for expansion to the private sector.

Focus on wage and hour issues in the new year

Employee attendance, hour tracking and pay are components of a business that managers and owners need to be aware of.

How overtime applies when holidays are involved

The Fair Labor Standards Act doesn't require any sort of compensation when time off is taken for any reason, be it sick days, vacation or holidays.

Miscalculated overtime pay leads to $4​ million in restitution

A Texas health care system's incorrect method of overtime distribution means a lot of money is owed to a large group of employees.

Holiday bonuses may boost overtime pay scales

Although tracking employee pay is simple when the only compensation workers receive is an hourly wage, bonuses can complicate the matter.

How overtime applies when holidays are involved

The Fair Labor Standards Act doesn't require any sort of compensation when time off is taken for any reason, be it sick days, vacation or holidays.

Holiday bonuses may boost overtime pay scales

Although tracking employee pay is simple when the only compensation workers receive is an hourly wage, bonuses can complicate the matter.

Even temporary workers need to have their hours tracked

Hourly employment provided with the stipulation that a job may only last a few days or weeks is regulated just like an ongoing position.

Federal, state governments placing more scrutiny on employee classification

The government is placing more emphasis on finding the misclassification of employees as independent contractors and exempt workers, according to labor attorney Frank J. Morris.

Florida spa pays more than $30,000 in back wages

A group of 37 workers at a Florida health resort was awarded more than $30,000 because a federal investigation found the company had violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Even temporary workers need to have their hours tracked

Hourly employment provided with the stipulation that a job may only last a few days or weeks is regulated just like an ongoing position.

Florida spa pays more than $30,000 in back wages

A group of 37 workers at a Florida health resort was awarded more than $30,000 because a federal investigation found the company had violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Correctional officer pay dispute continues in Wis.

A dispute over whether or not some employees of Wisconsin's penal system should be paid for small amounts of time at the beginning of a shift may go to court.

Employees can't waive the right to overtime

Unless an employee fits into one of the exemptions for salaried workers, they have to be paid overtime - even if the workers say they don't want to be receive the higher rate or sign forms to that effect.

Common small business misconceptions

Whether your business has to track employee attendance for just a few workers or hundreds of members of a dozen different departments, overtime standards almost always apply.

Correctional officer pay dispute continues in Wis.

A dispute over whether or not some employees of Wisconsin's penal system should be paid for small amounts of time at the beginning of a shift may go to court.

Employees can't waive the right to overtime

Unless an employee fits into one of the exemptions for salaried workers, they have to be paid overtime - even if the workers say they don't want to be receive the higher rate or sign forms to that effect.

Common small business misconceptions

Whether your business has to track employee attendance for just a few workers or hundreds of members of a dozen different departments, overtime standards almost always apply.

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