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Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Archives

Has recent federal legislation shaped how tip pooling is handled?

The U.S. Congress made changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in the spring of 2018. One of the primary matters that the legislators addressed with these policy updates is how tip pooling should be handled.

Know the contents of the Fair Labor Standards Act

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a group of regulations that govern how employers treat employees. The ones related to pay are often cited, so it is imperative that employers know what's contained in the FLSA. This enables them to take the necessary steps to reduce the chance that they will face litigation for violations.

Hourly workers count on protections of labor laws

The Fair Labor Standards Act is meant to protect employees, so it is imperative that any employer that has employees who qualify for these protections ensures that the terms are complied with. The FLSA covers pay for these employees, which is a common source of contention with some individuals. Understanding what you are required to pay them is imperative, so you are able handle payroll properly and minimize the chance of litigation in the future.

Minimize the risk that pay issues will cause a company problems

Your employees count on your company to have the payroll set up so that they can always have their pay when they are supposed to get it. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has specific guidelines that you must ensure are being followed at all times. You should learn all about the FLSA so that you can be sure that your employees are getting what's due to them and that your company isn't facing legal issues because of violations.

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.

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.

Ministries aren't usually exempt from overtime laws

There is a fine line drawn between businesses and ministries. When it comes to employee pay and compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), churches and ministries must be especially careful because of the nuances in the law that mean that certain things apply to the ministries and others might not.

Department of Labor issues opinion on gig worker classification

The United States Department of Labor issued an important opinion recently about who is considered an employee of a company. The question the department was answering was whether or not workers in the gig economy qualify for the protections that the Fair Labor Standards Act provides to employees. The DOL has stated that in a letter that gig workers are contractors, so they don't qualify for the same protections as employees.

Labor laws and worker classifications

Some companies have employees and independent contractors working for them. There are specific differences between these two classifications that are important because employers who don't follow the divisions can actually misclassify individuals, which is a very serious matter.

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