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Florida Overtime Update

Monday, April 18th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
State and federal agencies have been cracking down on Florida employers regarding wage and hour issues. Under particular scrutiny are misclassification of employees as independent contractors, exempt status and overtime.

An example is a recent case heard in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, where the court ... continue reading

Georgia Overtime Update

Monday, April 11th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
Georgia employers need to be aware of several recent courts cases involving companies attempting to artificially lower the hourly wage for straight time to avoid paying overtime.

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals recently heard the case of Gagnon v. United Technisource. In this case, when United ... continue reading

Maryland Overtime Per Diem Update

Thursday, April 7th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
Recent court rulings show that state and federal agencies are coming down hard on employers regarding wage and hour issues, including misclassifying employees as independent contractors, exempt status and now overtime. An example is a recent case in the 5 th Circuit Court of Appeals.

This case ... continue reading

Idaho Overtime Update

Monday, April 4th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
A few Idaho employers have been manipulating hourly wages to avoid paying overtime. Federal and state agencies have been getting tough with employers on overtime issues, and with misclassifying employees as exempt or as independent contractors.

A recent overtime case was heard by the 5 th Circuit ... continue reading

Florida Minimum Wage Unchanged in 2011

Monday, January 10th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
In November of 2004, the voters of Florida voted for an annual minimum wage adjustment. The increase was to be enacted based on the annual CPI ending in August. That law went into effect on January 1, 2005, raising the state minimum to $5.15 per hour. At that time ... continue reading

Missouri 2011 Minimum Wage Still $7.25

Friday, January 7th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
The current Missouri minimum wage is the same as the federal minimum wage and applies to employers with $500,000 or more in annual revenue, and to businesses engaged in interstate commerce. Any Missouri retail or service business which earns less than $500,000 per year and does not engage in ... continue reading

Ohio Minimum Wage Increase 2011

Thursday, January 6th, 2011
Posted by Tamara
Director of the Ohio Department of Commerce, Kimberly Zurz, reported that the Ohio minimum wage increased from $7.30 to $7.40 per hour on January 1, 2011. The Ohio minimum wage was unchanged from August 2009 to January 2011, remaining at $7.30 per hour for 17 months.

According ... continue reading

Washington Minimum Wage is $8.67 in 2011

Thursday, December 30th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
All employers, including those in Washington, are required to display current labor law posters. After January 1, 2011, each Washington company will be required to post an updated 2011 minimum wage poster. On that day, the Washington minimum wage will increase from $8.55 per hour to $8.67 per hour. ... continue reading

Arizona Minimum Wage Increases to $7.35 in 2011

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Labor Commissioner Laura L. McGrory recently announced that Arizona’s minimum wage will go from $7.25 to $7.35 per hour on January 1, 2011. This 10 cent increase is based on a resolution issued by the board of the Industrial Commission of Arizona.

Arizona minimum wage applies to ... continue reading

Oregon Minimum Wage Increases to $8.50 for 2011

Friday, December 17th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian recently announced the Oregon minimum wage will increase 10 cents per hour from $8.40 per hour to $8.50 per hour on January 1, 2011. The increase is based on a 1.15% increase in the Consumer Price Index for the year ending September 1, 2010.

... continue reading

New Mexico Travel Time

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
According to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) each employee who works more than 40 hours in one week is entitled to overtime pay. The pay is calculated at 1.5 times the worker’s usual hourly rate.

There is confusion about this law, however, when considering travel time ... continue reading

Indiana Travel Time

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
An hourly Indiana employee works as a service technician and travels between each service call. His employer asks, “Can we pay the travel time separately and avoid overtime? Is it legal to pay less for paid travel time? If so, how is overtime calculated for employees being paid two ... continue reading

Kentucky Travel Time

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Kentucky employers ask, “Exactly what is the definition of paid travel time, and does it count toward total hours, including overtime?”

Many employers find paid travel time a confusing subject, because the federal regulations regarding this type of time are quite complex.

The basic definition ... continue reading

Montana Travel Time

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
A Montana employee asks, “I’m a carpenter and travel during the day between service calls. My employer pays me for travel time, but at a different rate than my work time. Is that legal?”

Yes. Federal travel time regulations are fairly complex. An employee’s time from home ... continue reading

Texas Travel Time

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Employers in Texas and elsewhere in the U.S. must count all paid travel as work time. As such, it is subject to laws about overtime.

Not all travel time is paid travel time, of course, and the difference will be discussed further on, but if it is ... continue reading

Colorado Travel Time

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Many employees in Colorado and elsewhere are entitled to paid travel time. When those employees do qualify for it, their travel pay is subject to the same overtime and minimum wage laws as the rest of their work time is.

The relevant law is the Fair Labor ... continue reading

Georgia Travel Time

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010
Posted by Tamara
The laws about travel time for employees can be complex. Whether or not a worker is entitled to paid travel time is subject to a whole series of variables.

One thing is not hard to understand, however. It is that, if the travel time is paid travel ... continue reading

Kansas Travel Time

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
Posted by Tamara

As the saying goes, “It’s all in a day’s work.” If it is, in fact, all in a day’s work, it is subject to federal labor laws, even if it involves paid travel time.

Federal law is quite clear on the matter. All paid travel ... continue reading

Ohio Travel Time

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010
Posted by Tamara
Many Ohio employers are wondering whether paid travel time is subject to federal overtime laws or whether the hours spent traveling may be counted separately.

There are two kinds of employee travel time, paid and unpaid, depending on the nature of the travel and from where it ... continue reading

Iowa Minimum Wage

Thursday, January 21st, 2010
Posted by Tamara
The federal and Iowa minimum wage laws require employers to pay employees for all time worked. That seems like a fairly straight-forward requirement, but it can be difficult to determine what counts as time worked.

Under the federal FLSA or Fair Labor Standards Act, work time includes ... continue reading

Wisconsin Minimum Wage Increase 2009

Monday, August 3rd, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Many Wisconsin workers were entitled to a pay increase to $7.25 per hour in July, even though the state minimum wage remains $6.50 per hour.

For ten years, while the federal minimum wage sat at $5.15 an hour, members of Congress voted themselves raises that hiked their ... continue reading

Arkansas Minimum Wage Increase 2009

Friday, July 31st, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Although the Arkansas minimum wage remains at $6.25 per hour, many employees are entitled to $7.25 per hour under the federal minimum wage law, beginning July 24, 2009.

The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 mandated that the federal minimum wage would increase 70 cents an hour ... continue reading

Nebraska Minimum Wage Increase 2009

Thursday, July 30th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
On July 24, 2009, more than a dozen states in the U.S. will hike their minimum wages.

Those 12 states mirror the increase in the federal minimum wage , which goes up on the same day.

Among those states is Nebraska, where the pay will ... continue reading

Georgia Minimum Wage Increase 2009

Monday, July 27th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
Virtually every Georgia employee is entitled to the federal minimum wage, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

On July 24, the federal minimum wage increased by 70 cents from $6.55 per hour to $7.25 per hour. Again, most Georgia employees are entitled to this minimum wage. ... continue reading

Federal Minimum Wage Increase 2009

Friday, July 24th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
The federal minimum wage increases from $6.55 to $7.25 on July 24, 2009, the last of the increases that started in 2007 with a hike from $5.15 to $5.85 per hour. The next was from $5.85 to $6.55 in 2008.

With the third and final increase in ... continue reading

North Carolina Minimum Wage Increase 2009

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
Posted by Tamara
There is good news for both employers and employees in North Carolina.

The good news for employees is that the North Carolina minimum wage will increase from $6.55 an hour to $7.25 an hour. The change represents an hourly hike of 70 cents per hour.

... continue reading

North Dakota Minimum Wage

Monday, July 20th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
When the North Dakota minimum wage increases, the state will join many others in the U.S. with increases falling on the same day as the hike in the federal minimum wage .

On July 24, 2009 the North Dakota minimum wage increases from $6.55 to $7.25 per ... continue reading

Texas Minimum Wage

Friday, July 17th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
The minimum wage in Texas will increase this summer.

On July 24, 2009, the Texas minimum wage increases from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour, a hike of 70 cents.

July 24, 2009 is also the date that the federal minimum wage increases. Texas is one ... continue reading

Oklahoma Minimum Wage Increase 2009

Thursday, July 16th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
On July 24, 2009 the Oklahoma minimum wage increases from $6.55 to $7.25 per hour, along with the federal minimum wage. That is an increase of 70 cents, and an increase of $2.10 in just over two years.

By statute, when the federal minimum wage increases, the ... continue reading

Idaho Minimum Wage Increase 2009

Monday, July 13th, 2009
Posted by Tamara
The Idaho minimum wage law applies not only to those covered by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), but to smaller employers in the state also.

Otherwise, the Idaho law mirrors the rate and schedule of the federal minimum wage law. For example, on July 24, ... continue reading