Linda Heyen successfully convinced a trial court that her employer, Safeway, had misclassified her during at least part of her working hours as "exempt" meaning she should not be paid overtime wages. Heyen was employed as an Assistant Manager, an exempt position, but spent many of her working hours completing tasks that should have been classified as non-exempt, such as bagging or cashiering.
After working for a month at a Pennsylvania McDonald's, Natalie Gunshannon had not been paid. The franchisee for whom Gunshannon worked required all employees to receive their earned wages on a debit card but Gunshannon refused to activate hers.
Maybe, although that's not the stated intent behind a bill that would allow employers to 'pay' workers with comp time - or additional paid time off - for hours that are now required to be paid at an overtime rate of time-and-a-half. The bill recently passed the House by a fairly narrow margin of only 19 votes.
The City of San Jose had a sick leave policy that allowed workers who had been with the City for 15 or more years to bank up to 30 weeks of sick time that would be paid out upon retirement. The policy was a unique savings opportunity for City employees that allowed them to earn sick time throughout their careers that would be paid out at their final rate when they left the City.
The U.S. Supreme Court is tackling whether workers who must wear specific safety or protective gear in the course of their employment must be paid for the time spent gearing up before shift and gearing down after. In essences, the Supreme Court will be determining what "changing clothes" means for the purposes of hourly pay for unionized workers.
Assembly Bill 10 has been revised and is back on the 2013 agenda for the California legislature. Sponsored by Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, the latest version of AB 10 would call for a $.50 raise in California's minimum wage in 2014, bringing it to $8.25.
Throughout Los Angeles County and San Francisco, restaurant owners have been consistently underpaying cooks, bus boys, servers and other restaurant staff, according the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division. The issues with employee compensation were violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Summer is here, school is out for those that still have summer break and many teens are looking for jobs to fill their free time, make some extra money and get out of the house. Parents should be aware, however, that there are drawbacks to summer employment for teens. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that 70,000 teens are injured on the job each year, 70 are fatally injured.
Pharmaceutical sales reps are not entitled to overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act, according to the Supreme Court of the United States. The Court held, in Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., that pharmaceutical sales reps are properly considered "outside sales" and are exempt from overtime pay requirements.