Time and Attendance News > February, 2014

Employer Pays $6.8 Million for Blatant FLSA Misconduct

A Pennsylvania-New Jersey restaurant chain recently agreed to a consent judgment where it will pay more than $6.8 million in back wages and damages for FLSA violations affecting more than 1,000 workers.

Hotel Pays Penalty for Manipulating Time System

A hotel operator deliberately kept two sets of time records in an effort to avoid paying overtime. The result was predictable. The employer was caught and had to pay almost $42,000 in back wages and penalties.

Hospital negotiating settlement over time and attendance with workers

A Pennsylvania hospital and health care system is in the process of negotiating a settlement with current and former employees over alleged improper overtime calculations.

Retail store gets out of time and attendance lawsuit

A national discount retail chain has successfully argued that its managers are exempt workers and do not earn overtime pay when putting in more than 40 hours during a given workweek.

Hospital negotiating settlement over time and attendance with workers

A Pennsylvania hospital and health care system is in the process of negotiating a settlement with current and former employees over alleged improper overtime calculations.

Settlement of six figures only settles half of firefighter overtime suit

An Alabama city government is working toward settling a lawsuit brought by the municipality's firefighters, but it will likely cost a significant amount of money.

Retail store gets out of time and attendance lawsuit

A national discount retail chain has successfully argued that its managers are exempt workers and do not earn overtime pay when putting in more than 40 hours during a given workweek.

Settlement of six figures only settles half of firefighter overtime suit

An Alabama city government is working toward settling a lawsuit brought by the municipality's firefighters, but it will likely cost a significant amount of money.

Attorney sues law firm over nature of work performed

Employee classification can be difficult, considering the multi-step tests that must apply in whole for workers to be exempt from the wage and overtime provisions of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

Minor league baseball players file suit against major league employers

Unless involved in an independent league, minor-league baseball players on teams across the country are employed by major league organizations.

Glass repair technician gets class-action status

An appeal in a labor lawsuit has made it possible for the former employee of an automotive glass repair company to possibly create a class-action lawsuit.

Attorney sues law firm over nature of work performed

Employee classification can be difficult, considering the multi-step tests that must apply in whole for workers to be exempt from the wage and overtime provisions of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

Overtime lawsuit from technical employees conditionally certified

A lawsuit over employee classification gained steam as a group of 9,800 current and former staff members at a major computer and electronics manufacturer received permission to conditionally function as a single class.

Time and attendance lawsuit filed by Ohio pro football cheerleader

A member of the cheerleading team for an Ohio-based professional football squad has filed a lawsuit based on alleged employee time and pay discrepancies, following the steps of another cheerleader from California who filed a similar suit in late January.

Large-scale sheriff's deputies time and attendance lawsuit dismissed

A class-action suit filed by a group of more than 100 current and former law enforcement personnel in Colorado's Jefferson County was dismissed by a federal judge.

Texas hotel has to pay out $50k in withheld overtime

A high-end hotel located near a Texas airport was recently ruled against in a time and attendance lawsuit that noted the business willfully violated various Fair Labor Standards Act provisions, including rules regulating minimum wage and overtime.

Large home improvement chain faces country-wide lawsuit

The recent certification of a national class for a lawsuit against a major tool, material and hardware chain may have added momentum to the legal action.

Overtime complaint settled in favor of plaintiffs for $4.7 million

A group of warehouse workers subcontracted by an intermediary for a major big box retail chain recently settled a legal complaint about overtime pay and other Fair Labor Standards Act issues.

W.Va. woman claims payment irregularities in suit

A lawsuit has been brought against a small pharmacy chain in West Virginia by a former employee who has claimed she wasn't properly paid based on Fair Labor Standards Act requirements.

Large home improvement chain faces country-wide lawsuit

The recent certification of a national class for a lawsuit against a major tool, material and hardware chain may have added momentum to the legal action.

W.Va. woman claims payment irregularities in suit

A lawsuit has been brought against a small pharmacy chain in West Virginia by a former employee who has claimed she wasn't properly paid based on Fair Labor Standards Act requirements.

Realty company settles class-action lawsuit over employee attendance

A Calif.-based company involved in real estate sales and online referrals has agreed to a settlement with a group of current and former employees that will cost the business approximately $1.7 million.

Va. sheriff's deputies settle employee attendance lawsuit

A small group of former law enforcement workers in Middlesex County, Va. has settled with their employer after filing a lawsuit that reached the local Federal District Court.

Ore. TV reporter claims improper time and attendance tracking

A news anchor working for local stations in Oregon has claimed that his employers improperly compensated him and his colleagues for the amount of time put in on the job.

Chef brings lawsuit over time and attendance discrepancies

A chef formerly employed at a New Jersey restaurant has claimed that he was improperly compensated for work he put in at the facility, with employee attendance and pay discrepancies at the heart of the suit.

Va. sheriff's deputies settle employee attendance lawsuit

A small group of former law enforcement workers in Middlesex County, Va. has settled with their employer after filing a lawsuit that reached the local Federal District Court.

Ore. TV reporter claims improper time and attendance tracking

A news anchor working for local stations in Oregon has claimed that his employers improperly compensated him and his colleagues for the amount of time put in on the job.

Chef brings lawsuit over time and attendance discrepancies

A chef formerly employed at a New Jersey restaurant has claimed that he was improperly compensated for work he put in at the facility, with employee attendance and pay discrepancies at the heart of the suit.

Pa. town's public works employees consider using comp time

A possible change to the pay structure of a union representing eight employees of an east-central Pennsylvania city could positively impact both parties.

Realty company settles class-action lawsuit over employee attendance

A Calif.-based company involved in real estate sales and online referrals has agreed to a settlement with a group of current and former employees that will cost the business approximately $1.7 million.

Pa. town's public works employees consider using comp time

A possible change to the pay structure of a union representing eight employees of an east-central Pennsylvania city could positively impact both parties.

U.S. labor market slowly adds jobs

Overall employment in the U.S. saw positive growth in January, although the increase was slight and not up to the expectations of some pundits.

Multimillion dollar lawsuit filed against German industrial company

More than $10 million is at stake in a class-action lawsuit filed in California that includes at least 300 current and former workers as plaintiffs.

Wage dispute for tour guides settled

A lawsuit over payment and exemption status for a California tourism company was recently settled, with compensation for the affected employees totaling about $250,000.

Back pay lawsuit highlights need for employee management software

A management company in Louisiana is being sued by a former employee over claims that the business owes back pay for work done at the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013.

Multimillion dollar lawsuit filed against German industrial company

More than $10 million is at stake in a class-action lawsuit filed in California that includes at least 300 current and former workers as plaintiffs.

Wage dispute for tour guides settled

A lawsuit over payment and exemption status for a California tourism company was recently settled, with compensation for the affected employees totaling about $250,000.

Proposed law would increase worker misclassification penalties

Although improperly categorizing staff already can lead to large penalties and costly legal entanglements, a new proposed federal law would increase the price paid by businesses that incorrectly designate non-exempt workers as independent contractors or as exempt from hourly time and attendance compensation requirements.

Internship ruling may upset film industry

Companies that produce films, television shows and stage performances may have to change their approach to learning opportunities in light of a ruling by a federal district court that found interns working on a wide-release film were actually employees and deserved wages for their time and attendance.

Fla. timeshare company under fire for alleged overtime irregularities

A prominent timeshare company could face nonpayment litigation from a large group of employees in a lawsuit alleging improper compensation for employee time worked across a multi-year period.

Employee lawsuit against computer parts producer denied class-action status

A lawsuit filed by current and former workers against a company that produces electronic components in California was denied an application for class-action status, although the suit itself will go forward.

Worker misclassification led to auto rental company lawsuit

A particularly tough mistake for businesses to rectify is the misclassification of employees, falsely believing that a worker who should be paid hourly under the regulations of the Fair Labor Standards Act qualifies as a salaried staff member.

Fla. timeshare company under fire for alleged overtime irregularities

A prominent timeshare company could face nonpayment litigation from a large group of employees in a lawsuit alleging improper compensation for employee time worked across a multi-year period.

Unconventional wage payment scheme draws regulatory attention

The U.S. arm of a Chinese auto manufacturer recently paid a small financial penalty after the resolution of an investigation into its payment practices.

Employee lawsuit against computer parts producer denied class-action status

A lawsuit filed by current and former workers against a company that produces electronic components in California was denied an application for class-action status, although the suit itself will go forward.

Pro football cheerleader lawsuit over wages, time and attendance attracts regulatory attention

A legal action filed by a former cheerleader for a California professional football team has created enough attention to initiate an investigation into the situation by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Proposed law would increase worker misclassification penalties

Although improperly categorizing staff already can lead to large penalties and costly legal entanglements, a new proposed federal law would increase the price paid by businesses that incorrectly designate non-exempt workers as independent contractors or as exempt from hourly time and attendance compensation requirements.

Internship ruling may upset film industry

Companies that produce films, television shows and stage performances may have to change their approach to learning opportunities in light of a ruling by a federal district court that found interns working on a wide-release film were actually employees and deserved wages for their time and attendance.

Worker misclassification led to auto rental company lawsuit

A particularly tough mistake for businesses to rectify is the misclassification of employees, falsely believing that a worker who should be paid hourly under the regulations of the Fair Labor Standards Act qualifies as a salaried staff member.

Unconventional wage payment scheme draws regulatory attention

The U.S. arm of a Chinese auto manufacturer recently paid a small financial penalty after the resolution of an investigation into its payment practices.

Pro football cheerleader lawsuit over wages, time and attendance attracts regulatory attention

A legal action filed by a former cheerleader for a California professional football team has created enough attention to initiate an investigation into the situation by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Overtime bill for longer-distance bus drivers introduced

A senator from New York has introduced legislation backed by major labor union for bus drivers that would provide some workers who drive large, over-the-road transport vehicles with overtime pay.

Heavy winter weather means more overtime pay for many municipalities

Local governments in cold weather locales often have difficulty budgeting money for the various costs caused by ice, sleet and other forms of winter conditions.

NY pizza delivery franchisee pays out more than $1 million in time and attendance lawsuit

The franchisee of a pizza delivery business in New York City was found to have incorrectly recorded hours worked by employees, leading to a class-action lawsuit that cost the local company $1.28 million.

Overtime bill for longer-distance bus drivers introduced

A senator from New York has introduced legislation backed by major labor union for bus drivers that would provide some workers who drive large, over-the-road transport vehicles with overtime pay.

Heavy winter weather means more overtime pay for many municipalities

Local governments in cold weather locales often have difficulty budgeting money for the various costs caused by ice, sleet and other forms of winter conditions.

Ore. court rules for employees in case of new management at old establishment

The new owners of an existing restaurant and bar in Oregon are responsible for paying the back wages of workers who were employed at the same location and in the same general capacity, according to a ruling from the Ore. Supreme Court.

NY pizza delivery franchisee pays out more than $1 million in time and attendance lawsuit

The franchisee of a pizza delivery business in New York City was found to have incorrectly recorded hours worked by employees, leading to a class-action lawsuit that cost the local company $1.28 million.

Study Shows FLSA Cases Are Up 500 Percent

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report recently concluded that from 1991 to 2012, FLSA litigation increased by 514 percent and over 300 percent since 2001.

Unpaid overtime claims lead to lawsuit in Texas

A woman who worked for three different companies in a variety of capacities is alleging that all three failed to properly compensate her time and attendance and didn't provide correct overtime wages.

Overtime for firefighters in Sacramento scrutinized

Working beyond the regular 40-hour workweek can be an eventuality for many emergency service providers. The unpredictable nature of the occupations involved mean spending extra time on duty or at the site of a crisis without much forewarning or planning.

Government health care call center employees sue for overtime

A group of workers at a call center that works with insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act have claimed that they were denied earned overtime pay.

Study Shows FLSA Cases Are Up 500 Percent

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report recently concluded that from 1991 to 2012, FLSA litigation increased by 514 percent and over 300 percent since 2001.

FLSA changes will significantly affect companion workers

A drastic change to compensation rules for companionship workers means that employers of people providing the service will likely have more use for attendance tracking software.

Pay dispute by government workers over shutdown builds

Employees deemed to be essential by the federal government worked during the governing body's shutdown in October and were compensated, although not in accordance with their regular pay schedules.

Unpaid overtime claims lead to lawsuit in Texas

A woman who worked for three different companies in a variety of capacities is alleging that all three failed to properly compensate her time and attendance and didn't provide correct overtime wages.

Government health care call center employees sue for overtime

A group of workers at a call center that works with insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act have claimed that they were denied earned overtime pay.

Study Shows FLSA Cases Are Up 500 Percent

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report recently concluded that from 1991 to 2012, FLSA litigation increased by 514 percent and over 300 percent since 2001.

Determining the start of the workday

Calculating hours worked by employees may seem simple, but the Fair Labor Standards Act has some rather involved nuances when it comes to tracking worker time and attendance.

FLSA changes will significantly affect companion workers

A drastic change to compensation rules for companionship workers means that employers of people providing the service will likely have more use for attendance tracking software.

Pay dispute by government workers over shutdown builds

Employees deemed to be essential by the federal government worked during the governing body's shutdown in October and were compensated, although not in accordance with their regular pay schedules.

Sick day buyback proposal highlights need for time and attendance management

The city of Quincy, Ill. is trying to end a sick-day buyback program that hits the municipal budget with an approximate cost of $130,000 each fiscal year.

Settlement over minimum wage, overtime pay reached with NY employer

A dispute over employee time and attendance that led to a court case in New York has reached a provisional conclusion, based on a request submitted to a state court at the end of January.

Time rounding complaint moving through NY court

A group of current and former workers at a property management group that handles a high-profile apartment building in New York City have alleged that supervisors improperly recorded employee time and didn't provide them with adequate compensation.

EMS employees sue over employee attendance and pay allegations

Emergency medical providers in a South Carolina county have filed a lawsuit alleging pay discrepancies, with the action taking place in federal court.

Settlement over minimum wage, overtime pay reached with NY employer

A dispute over employee time and attendance that led to a court case in New York has reached a provisional conclusion, based on a request submitted to a state court at the end of January.

Time rounding complaint moving through NY court

A group of current and former workers at a property management group that handles a high-profile apartment building in New York City have alleged that supervisors improperly recorded employee time and didn't provide them with adequate compensation.

EMS employees sue over employee attendance and pay allegations

Emergency medical providers in a South Carolina county have filed a lawsuit alleging pay discrepancies, with the action taking place in federal court.

Statewide paid vacation requirement considered in Wash.

A proposal for mandatory paid vacation that would apply to many workers in Washington is being considered by the state legislature in Olympia.

Lawsuit filed over minimum wage claims by restaurant server

Concern and confusion over tip-sharing agreements at restaurants and other service industry locations where workers customarily receive gratuities have recently cropped up in the news.

FLSA panel provides employee time advice

In many respects, the Fair Labor Standards Act is straightforward in terms of requirements for companies and workers. Interpreting the act's application to modern business practices can be more involved, however.

Statewide paid vacation requirement considered in Wash.

A proposal for mandatory paid vacation that would apply to many workers in Washington is being considered by the state legislature in Olympia.

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.

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