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.
The time in which employees spend waiting, being on call, and traveling is all compensable even when it may seem the employee is not actually “working.”
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.