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July 2019 Archives

Understand the difference between exempt and nonexempt employees

One of the protection laws that employers have to abide by is the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Under this act, employees are due specific points, such as overtime pay. As an employer, it is necessary that you think carefully about how you will ensure compliance at your company.

Retaliation must be forbidden at your company

You need to ensure that your business avoids any retaliation against employees who are participating in protected activities. It is easy to understand that a manager might get upset when a complaint is filed against them for something like violating wage and hour laws or harassment laws -- but they can't be permitted to act on those feelings in a way that could be construed as retaliation. Under the bounds of federal law, retaliation is something that can lead to litigation against your company.

Responding to EEOC complaints

When a complaint is made to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against your company, you will need to defend against that charge. You will receive notification within 10 days of the complaint being made. Remember that this is nothing more than notification that there are allegations against you. It doesn't mean that you have been found guilty, so you should start to find ways to defend against the accusations.

Employers can't just take tips from tipped employees

Tipped employees count on the generosity of others to make ends meet. Unfortunately, not all of the tips these hard-earned workers make will go to them in all cases. If the workers are paid minimum wage, they might be forced to share their tips with others. This isn't a good thing for the most part because they have worked hard for those tips.

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