Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Archives

Understanding the rights of independent contractors

As an employer, you may occasionally need to hire independent contractors in order to get the job done. While this can be an economically efficient way to bring in extra resources for a particular project, it is important to understand the intricacies of employee classification under the law, and how you can work to avoid any legal breaches and litigation as a result.

Wage violations in the gas drilling industry

All workers in the United States are protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This means that they have certain rights such as having a minimum wage and in many cases, being paid at a rate of 1.5 times their normal wage for overtime hours worked.

Do employers owe back pay for a wage violation?

It can sometimes take months for an employee to notice that they have not been paid what they are owed or what they are entitled to. During those months, they may have missed out on a significant amount of income. It will also take them a considerable amount of time to go through the legal process of correcting the mistake if the employer does not agree.

What are tipped employees’ rights?

As an employer of tipped workers, you may be confused about where the law stands and what rights your employees have in regard to pay. If you accidentally fail to abide by the law, you might find yourself in the middle of a costly lawsuit; therefore, it's a good idea to exercise prevention.

Complying with fair labor standards as an employer

It can be difficult as an employer to ensure that all of your employees are given the rights that they are legally entitled to under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). As an employer, it pays off to make sure that all employees are covered.

The dangers of oil and gas extraction

If you participate in oil and gas extraction activities as part of your work activities, then you will be aware that there are some risks and dangers associated to them. However, your employer has the legal duty to mitigate these risks as much as is reasonably possible. There are also many protections in place for you as an oil and gas extraction worker.

How is overtime pay regulated?

As an employer, understanding the law when it comes to minimum wage, overtime and the classification of workers is vital. Wage and hour laws determine how much employers must legally pay their workers for hourly work. Employers run the risk of being subject to expensive lawsuits if they underpay their employees or deny them of overtime benefits when they are entitled to them. As employers, therefore, it is important to always stay updated.

Is tip sharing illegal?

When you are working in a bar or restaurant, the tips that you make from high quality customer service are likely to be what you depend on in order to pay your rent. Therefore, you will put a lot of effort into ensuring that your customers have a great experience. But when your hard-earned tips are being pooled and shared with other members of staff, you might feel like you have been short-changed. Here's a short overview of the legalities of tip pooling and what you can do about it.