Manufacturing News and Trends

Do you know about the training that’s exempt from OT pay?

In most instances, employees who receive training outside of a normal workweek have to be given overtime pay for the training period. There is an exception, however, and it’s a big one if you hire workers whose first language isn’t English.

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Congress takes aim at worker classification

On the heels of stepped-up Labor Dept. audits, Congress introduced a bill to punish employers that misclassify workers and, as a result, fail to pay legally mandated overtime.

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Got employees who work OT? Watch out for this trap

Huddle with Payroll to make sure you don’t commit this almost-unknown federal pay violation.

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Another new court ruling on ‘donning and doffing’

In the latest decision, a federal court sharply disagrees with the U.S. Labor Dept.’s definition of “clothing.”

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Why job descriptions really do matter

Now may be the time to dust off your job descriptions and see if they’re accurate. If they’re not you’re looking at an employer’s nightmare – and lawyer’s dream.

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High Court ruling warns about handling complaints

If an employee walks up to you and says he’s having problems with the time clock, is that a legal “complaint”? The U.S. Supreme Court just answered the question.

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Don’t forget the rules when employing new moms

As part of healthcare reform, the federal government created an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act providing for reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for a nursing child. Here’s a quick Q&A on the rules of the amendment: [Read more...]

Is it time to simplify complicated overtime rules?

A business group has asked the U.S. Labor Dept. to make significant changes to Fair Labor Standards Act. Here’s what the group is asking for and how the changes would affect employers.

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Time-clock trouble: ‘Rounding’ hours could lead to labor violation

Watch for this legal trap, under the Fair Labor Standards Act, if your company allows “rounding” up or down when employees punch in or out. [Read more...]

Feds clarify meaning of ‘clothing’ in the workplace

The U.S. Department of Labor ruled that employers in some instances don’t have to pay employees for time spent changing clothes before and after work. Now, DOL is backpedaling on the ruling.

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