Last year, employers paid out nearly $180 million in back wages to more than 208,000 employees in minimum wage and overtime claims as a result of federal wage and hour law violations. With the number of complaints registered increasing more than 34% from 2008 to 2010 (24,000 to 32,000 cases annually), this trend is expected to grow again in 2011.
Establishing discipline procedures is critical to the effective enforcement of work rules. Progressive discipline is a discipline system where the severity of the penalty increases each time an employee breaks the rules. Typically the progression is from oral warnings to written warnings and finally to termination of employment.
I was working in San Antonio this week, thankful for rental car air conditioning in the 100 degree heat and humidity. With sweat rolling down my face and heat waves dancing off the asphalt, I realized that even though the official start of summer is still a few weeks away, it is time to begin thinking about raising awareness of the effects of working outside in the hot sun.
Is it ok to dock Billy’s pay if he comes to work late every day because the goldfish frowned at him? Can you dock Suzy’s paycheck is she leaves work early every day to buy lottery tickets? Well, the answer is…
Some of the most common, serious, and costly workplace injuries occur to the back. We only have one back – and as we get older it begins to complain more and more – especially when we fail to follow safe practices regarding lifting and overuse of muscles. This weeks safety topic comes to you from the fine folks at Business and Legal Reports, and highlights the five things that we all can do to AVOID injuring our backs.
Employees talk about a lot of things at work – who’s going to win “Dancing with the Stars”, which team won the game last night, who’s had plastic surgery – and how much money they are getting paid. Many companies have policies against employees discussing their pay. These policies violate federal labor law. The National […]