Susan E. Prince, JD, is a Legal Editor for BLR’s human resources and employment law publications. Ms. Prince has several years of experience as an attorney and writer in the field of human resources and has published numerous articles on a variety of human resources and employment topics, including compensation, benefits, workers’ compensation, discrimination, work/life issues, termination, and military leave. Ms. Prince also served as an expert on several audio conferences discussing the 2004 changes to the federal regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Before starting her career in publishing, Ms. Prince practiced law for several years in the insurance industry and served as president of a retail sales business. Ms. Prince received her law degree from Vermont Law School.
Video: Watch Susan's recent video on overtime and sales employees.
The Department of Labor (DOL) is currently undergoing the rulemaking process. Proposed rules were originally due out in November 2014 according to the Agenda, but now have been delayed until early 2015. DOL changes to the overtime regulations could increase the number of employees nationwide who qualify for overtime in several ways.
Recent years have seen an increase in the number of class and collective actions filed under the federal and state wage and hour laws. Collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), often appended with class actions for state law claims, have received much attention in this growing litigation.
Employers get ready! Minimum wage increases will affect numerous states across the country during the remainder of 2014 and into 2015. The map below shows the states that are increasing their minimum wages, including the new rate and amount of the increase.
The key to identifying whether travel time during the workday is compensable is determining whether the employees are engaged in travel as part of the employer's principal activity or for the convenience of the employer. Here are 10 tips for employers when dealing with the issue of travel time.
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