The 1.3 Trillion Dollar Spending Bill signed by the President on March 23, 2018 contains a pair of provisions that significantly affect tip-pooling, especially within the restaurant, hotel and bar industries. These provisions entirely negate a Department of Labor (DOL) proposal from late 2017 that would have enabled employers inRead more
The Tip Credit is a popular method of payment used by restaurants, bars, and other businesses. However, a surprisingly large percentage of business owners do not fully understand how to properly apply the Tip Credit in terms of overtime, minimum wage and participation. In this three part series, we willRead more
Employee handbooks: love ’em or hate ’em, they are a powerful tool for employers and employees alike. Handbooks benefit employees by letting them know at the outset how they are expected to conduct themselves, how they may be rewarded for good work, how to properly request leave, and so on.Read more
While many women have easy-going, uneventful pregnancies, many others develop medical issues while their body changes during pregnancy. These issues can be as common and harmless as frequent bathroom use to more serious, like preeclampsia. While such issues can be hard enough to deal with in the comforts of home,Read more
In July 2015, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) proposed significant changes to the Executive, Administrative, Professional (“EAP”) or “white-collar” exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The FLSA makes it illegal for an employer to pay under the minimum wage and forces employers to pay overtime to those employeesRead more
The familiar signs of December are all around; from the red cups at my favorite coffee shop, to the holiday lights and flags decorating the streets. Generally, the holidays mean parties, family, friends. However, to those who work in retail, the holidays mean extended mall hours, crazed shoppers, over-crowded parkingRead more
I often encounter clients who firmly believe that an employer’s human resources (HR) department is a safe haven for employees. While it is true that if you have a problem at work, your first stop should be to your HR rep, employees should remember that, at the end of theRead more
Hopefully the first post in a new series, “Did you Know?” which will serve to inform employers and employees about new (or maybe just lesser known) facts about work.
For all our friends in the Sunshine State, the minimum wage will be raised to $8.05 beginning January 1, 2015 and theRead more
The October Term for the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is underway. This term, the Justices have been petitioned to review cases involving interpretations of the McDonnell Douglas framework, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, 42 U.S.C. section 2000e(k), religious accommodations, and the EEOC’s policies and procedures.
To set the stageRead more