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The DOL Changes the Rules For Tipped Employees

Published November 29, 2018 by Employment and Consumer Law Group
The DOL Changes the Rules For Tipped Employees

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, an employer can take what is known as a “tip credit” for tipped employees. This means they can pay them an hourly rate less than the Federally proscribed minimum wage.  Tipped employees must be paid…

Am I Entitled To Overtime Pay For Time Spent in Wellness Activities or Exercise Programs Sponsored By My Employer?

Published September 4, 2018 by Employment and Consumer Law Group

The Department of Labor states “meetings, training programs and similar activities” are compensable time unless all 4 of the following factors are met: Attendance is outside of the employee’s regular working hours. Attendance is voluntary. (see below) The event is…

The Unpaid Intern and the Music Industry

Published June 18, 2018 by Employment and Consumer Law Group
The Unpaid Intern and the Music Industry

Nashville is undoubtedly the center of the country music industry universe. It has been known as “Music City” since the early 1950s. Nashville citizens take great pride in the number of artists who live and work among us. However, the…

America’s Most Wanted - “Wage Theft” Edition

Published June 6, 2018 by Employment and Consumer Law Group
America’s Most Wanted – “Wage Theft” Edition

We talk a lot about “wage theft” of overtime and minimum wage pay- like here, here, and here. We have written about servers, construction workers and interns who have their money stolen by their employers. However a recent report identified the 12 employers that paid the most in legal disputes over…

Supreme Court Ruling Allows Employers to Steal from Employees

Published June 4, 2018 by Employment and Consumer Law Group
Supreme Court Ruling Allows Employers to Steal from Employees

Last month the Supreme Court severely limited workers’ rights to fight employers who commit “wage theft” from their employees. It didn’t get the fanfare it should have since it didn’t involve any celebrities or the latest must-see video. However it’s…

Are Short Breaks Taken at Work For Health Reasons Compensable? What About Time Spent Traveling to and from Work?

Published April 18, 2018 by Employment and Consumer Law Group
Are Short Breaks Taken at Work For Health Reasons Compensable? What About Time Spent Traveling to and from Work?

Wage theft occurs when employers don’t pay employees everything they are owed by law. Generally, the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) requires employers to pay employees for all work time. There are common issues in FLSA and some gray areas…

Burberry Pays $2.54 million in Overtime Settlement

Published November 12, 2017 by Employment and Consumer Law Group
Burberry Pays $2.54 million in Overtime Settlement

Luxury retailer Burberry has agreed to pay $2.54 million to its workers in settlement for its failure to pay employees overtime , aka “wage theft“. The class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of employees who say they were regularly…

The Unpaid Intern - Am I Owed Overtime or Minimum Wage?

Published November 11, 2017 by Employment and Consumer Law Group
The Unpaid Intern – Am I Owed Overtime or Minimum Wage?

Job prospects are tough for young people these days, especially in some of the “glamour” industries like professional sports and the music industry- as a result employers in these and other industries are using these unpaid interns for free labor….

Overtime for Truckers, Drivers, and Loaders

Published November 10, 2017 by Employment and Consumer Law Group
Overtime for Truckers, Drivers, and Loaders

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, many types of workers are not guaranteed overtime pay due to exemptions ranging from computer professionals to sugar processing employees. One of the largest exemptions includes folks working in the over the road transportation…

Tip Pools - Whose Tips Are They Anyway???

Published November 8, 2017 by Employment and Consumer Law Group
Tip Pools – Whose Tips Are They Anyway???

Tip pools are common in the service industries; tips are important to service employees obviously as the industry has a lower required minimum wage than other industries. The minimum wage for tipped employees is only $2.13 and has not been…

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