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Wisconsin Overtime Law

Thursday, February 24th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets guidelines for minimum wage and for overtime pay nationwide, including employers in Wisconsin. Under this federal law, managers are required to pay employees overtime when they work more than 40 hours in one payroll week. The law also requires employers to pay ... continue reading

Florida Overtime Warning Affects Employers Nationwide

Thursday, February 17th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
A statement made by an attorney for the SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) highlights an issue regarding the convenience of technology. The statement made was “An hourly employee with a handheld device such as a Blackberry or cell phone, supplied by the company, is a lawsuit waiting to ... continue reading

New Mexico Overtime Warning

Thursday, February 10th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
New Mexico employers should pay close attention to the results of a recent court case against Walt Disney World. The judgment required the entertainment company to pay over $400,000 in back pay to 69 Florida employees.

The payment was for time worked off the clock–before or after ... continue reading

South Carolina Overtime

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
Posted by Tamara
Employers in South Carolina and throughout the country are required to keep accurate records of all hours that employees work, whether on or off the premises. The relevant law is the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA) which mandates that employees be paid for all hours worked. In ... continue reading

Virginia Overtime Warning

Thursday, January 27th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
Virginia employers that provide workers with a handheld device, such as a Blackberry or a cell phone, should use the utmost caution. A recent lawsuit against Walt Disney World highlights is a case in point. Although this occurred in Florida, it could just as easily have involved a Virginia ... continue reading

Nevada Travel Time

Thursday, May 27th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
A Nevada employee asks, “My job requires me to travel from the warehouse to different work sites during the day. My employer wants to pay me separately for the travel time between sites. Does that affect my overtime?”

No it does not. In fact, if the employer ... continue reading

Colorado Overtime

Thursday, March 11th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Tina is an Colorado employee under a lot of pressure from her supervisor to finish a report by Friday. So, on Thursday, Tina stays late to complete it. These extra hours bring her total of 45 hours of “time worked” for the payroll week. If her boss didn’t grant ... continue reading

Hawaii Overtime

Thursday, March 4th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Hawaii employers want to know the definition of “time worked”, because Hawaii and federal minimum wage laws mandate that employees be paid for all “time worked.”

At first glance, “time worked” seems like a straightforward concept. An employee arrives at work on Monday at 8 am and ... continue reading

Illinois Overtime

Thursday, February 25th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
An Illinois employer asks, “If I employee a bike messenger to make deliveries to clients, do I have to pay the messenger for the time he waits between deliveries?”

The answer depends on the schedule requirements imposed by the employer. If Zac is required to be at ... continue reading

Kentucky Minimum Wage and Overtime

Thursday, February 18th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
A Kentucky employee asks, “If I stay late to finish a report the boss has been pressuring me to complete, will I be paid for the extra hours even if I wasn’t granted permission for overtime?”

The answer for all hourly employees is, “Absolutely!”

The ... continue reading

Nebraska Minimum Wage and Overtime

Thursday, February 11th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Though it seems self-explanatory, some Nebraska employers and employees are wondering exactly what constitutes “time worked”. The definition is crucial, because Nebraska and federal minimum wage laws require employers to pay employees for all time worked. Under law, employers must pay workers for any time they must wait for ... continue reading

Minnesota Travel Time

Friday, January 29th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
A Minnesota employer writes, “We have hourly employees who report to the warehouse each day, and then go out on service calls in company vehicles. The travel time is paid. Can we avoid paying overtime for travel by coding the travel time separately in our payroll system?”

... continue reading

Wisconsin Fluctuating Work Week

Thursday, January 8th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
In Wisconsin and other states, federal law permits employers to pay less than the normal overtime rate in some special circumstances.

The normal overtime rate, under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, is 1.5 times the average hourly rate (commonly called “time and a half”). There ... continue reading

Delaware Fluctuating Work Week

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Some workers in Delaware and elsewhere throughout the U.S. don’t work the “normal” work week. Instead, their weekly hours may fluctuate dramatically from one season or day to the next. In one week they may work just 20 hours and in another, 70 hours.

Many of these ... continue reading

Iowa Fluctuating Work Week

Thursday, January 1st, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Most employees in the U.S. and in Iowa are covered by the overtime rules of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 or FLSA. Under the FLSA, employees are paid “time and a half,” or 1.5 times their normal hourly rate, for any hours over 40.

There ... continue reading

Michigan Fluctuating Work Week

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Michigan workers who are paid under the fluctuating work week method may discover that the more hours they work, the smaller their overtime premium becomes.

Sometimes called the “Belo plan” method for the company that first defended it in court successfully, the fluctuating work week depends on ... continue reading

New Mexico Fluctuating Work Week

Friday, December 26th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Employers and workers in New Mexico who are confused by the so-called “fluctuating work week” are not alone. The complex system can be baffling.

The fluctuating work week is a method of overtime payment for employees whose hours vary widely from one week to the next. Normally, ... continue reading

Tennessee Fluctuating Work Week

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Tennessee businesses that have weekly payrolls that have significant fluctuations during the course of a year might do well to look into a payment system known as the “fluctuating work week” or Belo plan.   Some companies experience times during the year when they are hit with a significant ... continue reading

Arkansas Fluctuating Work Week

Monday, July 21st, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Some Arkansas employers wonder if the Belo plan for paying overtime is applicable for their particular business situation.   This plan, also known as the “fluctuating work week”, allows certain employers an alternative to the standard payment for overtime established in 1938 by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. ... continue reading

Kentucky Fluctuating Work Week

Thursday, July 17th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
The Belo plan provides some Kentucky employers with an alternative way of handling overtime for a few hourly employees.   The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 established that American workers would be paid a normal hourly wage for the first 40 hours in any given work week.   ... continue reading

Montana Fluctuating Work Week

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008
Posted by Tamara
Some Montana employers wonder if there are any alternatives to paying workers 1.5 times their normal hourly rate for overtime.   The short answer is that in a few cases there may be an alternative plan.   The payment system goes by a variety of names.   It has ... continue reading

Salaried Exempt in West Virginia

Monday, April 14th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act oversees the regulation of overtime in West Virginia, as well as throughout the United States. Though some questions have arisen in regards to whether salaried employees might be entitled to receive overtime payments, the answer is not a simple one.

First of all, ... continue reading

Salaried Exempt in Utah

Friday, April 11th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Overtime issues for salaried employees have become a concern for some workers in Utah. It may be surprising to some to find out that some salaried workers may actually be entitled to receive overtime.

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act, otherwise known as FLSA, is the applicable law. It ... continue reading

Salaried Exempt in Pennsylvania

Thursday, April 10th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Are salaried employees in Pennsylvania entitled to receive overtime? This is a question that has many workers confused, and in search of answers. Surprisingly, some salaried workers are entitled to receive overtime payments, but there are some extenuating factors.

Basically, there are two different types of salaried employees. Salaried ... continue reading

Salaried Exempt in Maine

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Maine employees have increasingly presented questions about whether or not salaried workers are entitled to receive overtime. The simple answer is that yes, some salaried workers are legally entitled to receive overtime payments. There are, however, different criteria that must be met in order for this to hold true.

... continue reading

Salaried Exempt in Louisiana

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Some salaried employees in Louisiana have questions regarding the issue of overtime. Is it true that some salaried workers may have a right to get paid for overtime? The answer is yes.

The Fair Labor Standards Act is a federal law that makes it a requirement for employers to ... continue reading

Oregon Minimum Wage

Monday, January 28th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Effective January 1, 2008 the minimum wage in Oregon is $7.95. California, Oregon, Arizona, and Missouri, along with 10 other states, changed their state minimum wage on the first day of January, 2008.

In the month of July in 2008, many other states will be changing their state minimum ... continue reading

Kansas Minimum Wage

Thursday, January 24th, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Minimum wage is often handled differently for those who receive tips for their work, like waiters and bartenders.  Many states, as we as federal law, provide a separate minimum wage rate for these employees. 

The Kansas minimum wage for tipped employees is just $1.69 per hour. Kansas workers who ... continue reading

West Virginia Minimum Wage

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008
Posted by Tamara

Overtime laws and minimum wage for tipped workers vary from state to state. 

Under West Virginia law, tipped employees must be paid at least $5.24 per hour. This is significantly more than the federal rate for tipped employees, which is $2.13 per hour.

By state and federal law, ... continue reading

Posting Requirements in Washington, DC

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008
Posted by Diane

Employees in Washington, DC have a right to learn about the labor laws that impact them at work by reviewing labor law posters. These labor law posters should be posted in an area of the workplace that is visible to all employees, such as an employee break room or a ... continue reading