While the April 2nd Supreme Court ruling may only apply to a very small segment of workers and probably only affects a single wage and hour lawsuit currently, this departure from the longstanding approach at interpreting overtime exemptions will likely have broader implications and affect more workers in the future.
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It’s February, and if you’re in New York, that means you must now be compliant with the new Wage Theft Protection Act. On April 9, 2011, the New York State Wage Theft Prevention Act went into effect, becoming fully active on February 1, 2012.
The Wage Theft Prevention Act gives greater protection to workers and requires employers to provide notification of pay rates and yearly pay notices.
Every company needs to keep track of employee time – whether that’s accomplished with antiquated paper timesheets or sophisticated web-based applications, it is needed in order to know how many hours to pay their employees.
Time sheet documents are also required by the DOL and they can keep a company out of trouble if ever they are subpoenaed.
All of the time employees spend at work doesn’t necessarily match their job description. Sometimes employees have to wait around for instructions. They might have to run errands in their car. And some employees can go about with their normal business while on-call. While this time hardly feels like work, since it’s time spent for the benefit of the employer and required by the employer, it technically is work and so it is paid work time.
We get calls all the time from our customers who want help setting up “custom” overtime rules. I have heard a gamut of creative “overtime policies” and, while having secondary or even tertiary pay rates is great employee incentive, employers must understand that there are Federal laws governing overtime.