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Warn supervisors: It's not your job to question why employees take FMLA leave - Business Management Daily

FMLA leave is an entitlement. Employees can’t be deprived of it as long as they meet the law’s requirements for length of employment and hours worked and must deal with their own or a family member’s serious health condition.

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Wage and hour laws apply to the rich and famous, too

Wage and hour laws apply to the rich and famous, too | SMBTime | Scoop.it

Lady Gaga's former personal assistant is claiming the megastar owes her hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid overtime. Interesting, considering she was reportedly making something like $75K a year. But if she wasn't properly classified as exempt, she would, in fact, be owed the OT.

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Labor secretary, IRS commissioner improve agencies’ coordination on employee misclassification

The IRS and Department of Labor - along with several states - will begin to coordinate and increase efforts to target employee misclassification http://t.co/93E68jL2... Make sure you're not treating people as employees but calling them "independent contractors" or you could find yourself in the cross-hairs of multiple agencies at both the federal and state level.

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Manufacturer’s Migration to Integrated Workforce Management Yields Important Lessons

Hoffmaster is a 1,100 employee manufacturer of specialty disposable tabletop products whose existing time and attendance system consisted of a mix of legacy solutions from a variety of vendors....
Hoffmaster’s effort has surfaced many key issues that can arise when a multitude of legacy systems are being replaced by a single Cloud SaaS solution.

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NOVAtime Introduces New Push Technology HandPunch GT400P ...

The push technology implemented by NOVAtime automatically pushes employee time punches to NOVAtimes Time and Attendance/Workforce Management solution without a dedicated data-collection computer. Brian Harris ...
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WHD News Release: Keeping track of wages: The US Labor Department has an app for that! [05/09/2011]

WHD News Release: Keeping track of wages: The US Labor Department has an app for that! [05/09/2011] | SMBTime | Scoop.it
Employees can keep a personal time sheet of work hours with a new smartphone app from the Labor Department. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, it's available in English and Spanish.

Risk management tip: Your employees may already be checking up on their paychecks. This app simply makes it a little more convenient. Make sure your business's time records are accurate and your employees are paid correctly!
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Employment Law: What to Expect in 2012

Employment Law: What to Expect in 2012 | SMBTime | Scoop.it

What to look out for in 2012 in employment law. Forewarned is forearmed!

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Investor's Business Daily Loses Wage and Hour Class Action ...

After nearly 5 years, a big class-action case is resolved in favor of the employees (appeals surely will foll0w)

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Employee Rights Notice Posting | NLRB

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has released a new poster businesses will be required to post after November 14. The poster is designed to inform employees of their rights to organize under the National Labor Relations Act. You can download a copy free from the NLRB to print yourself (just make sure it's printed at 11x17 inch size to conform to the law...)

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Marble Slab Creamery cited for FLSA violations

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The US Department of Labor today filed a petition with the Office of Administrative Law Judges seeking civil money penalties from Smita Inc., DBA Marble Slab Creamery in Austin, TX. The problem appears to be with kids under 18 performing hazardous jobs.

Risk management tip: this story illustrates why it's important to know the rules governing child labor if you employ anyone under the age of 18.
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Carving out class-action exceptions - Los Angeles Times

Carving out class-action exceptions - Los Angeles Times | SMBTime | Scoop.it
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is preparing to introduce legislation that would ban binding "pre-dispute" arbitration clauses in consumer, employment and civil rights contracts. This is in response to a recent Supreme Court decision that could make it harder to file class-action lawsuits (such as many wage and hour lawsuits).

Risk management tip: it's probably safer in the long run to treat your employees right than to rely on an arbitration clause to protect you from lawsuits.
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