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.

The plaintiff filed the suit in December 2013 over wages earned at the end of 2012 and the beginning of the following year, according to legal source the Louisiana Record. The worker had his employment status changed from salaried to hourly pay near the end of his time with the defendant, going from a salary of $728.25 per week to an hourly rate of $30 per hour, or $1,200 dollars for a 40-hour workweek.

The former employee claims that he was never compensated for his time and attendance during the final week under the salary agreement and that 60 hours of work performed in a roughly month-long period that spanned the end of 2012 and beginning of 2013.

Although it's unusual to switch an employee from a salary to an hourly pay scale without also altering duties, such a change may have been made to enhance compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act. The FLSA only allows salaried workers exemption from the overtime and hour tracking requirements when they fulfill a set of conditions relating to specific types of employment.

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