Hurricane Days: Should You Be Paid If Your Employer Closes?

Hurricane Days: Should You Be Paid If Your Employer Closes? For those of us living near the coast, the threat of hurricanes is a common yearly occurrence, and while most employers have contingency plans for maintaining production and service during workplace closures, many won’t address the manner in which employees should be paid in such…


Undocumented Workers Rights At Their Workplace

The Supreme Court in United States v. Texas, rendered a split decision (4-4) on the expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA+), as well as the Deferred Action for Parent Accountability (DAPA). DACA+ would have expanded the population eligible for the DACA program to people of any current age who entered the United…


The Family and Medical Leave Act has now extended its coverage to include Married Same-Sex Couples!

The office of Personnel Management issued a final rule revising the definition of “spouse” in its regulations on the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), to include legally married same-sex couples.  The announcement states, “The Final Rule amends the regulatory definition of spouse under the FMLA so that eligible employees in legal same-sex marriages will…


Equal Pay Day: Because Women Make $.79 For Every Dollar Men Make

Today marks the 20th year since President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act of 1963.  Today, President Barack Obama officially proclaimed April 12th as National Equal Pay Day and announced that a national monument is set to unveil in order to seek increased attention to the pay inequalities in the United States, and…


Breaching the Gender Gap: Obama Wants Companies to Disclose Pay Data.

The Obama administration is proposing a new rule to address unequal pay practices by requiring companies with more than 100 employees to submit salary data by race, gender and ethnicity. The announcement comes seven years after President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act — his first piece of legislation as president — which…


Do You Work In The Healthcare Industry? How To Make Sure You Are Being Paid Correctly

The U.S. Department of Labor explains in Fact Sheet #17N when Nurses are considered exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  The FLSA requires that most employees be paid the federal minimum wage for all hours worked, and overtime pay at time and one half of the regular rate of pay for…


Overtime Pay For Answering Late Night Emails?

Overtime Pay For Answering Late Night Emails? Company-issued smartphones have obliterated the line between the workday and off hours. For employers and workers, 8 p.m. emails from the boss aren’t just disrupting home life. They’re raising legal questions, too. Several lawsuits have alleged that companies expect employees to work unpaid and off hours via iPhones,…


Amazon Workers Lose Supreme Court Fight Over Pay

Amazon Workers Lose Supreme Court Fight Over Pay The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday that workers who fill orders in Amazon.com warehouses need not be paid for the time they spend going through security checks to ensure they have not stolen any products. The court reversed a lower-court ruling for the workers, who alleged they spent…