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The Family and Medical Leave Act / FMLA: Eligibility and Benefits

A federal law named the Family and Medical Leave Act — frequently referred to as the FMLA — provides eligible employees with unpaid leave for specific family and medical reasons, as well as job protection after the leave. The intent of FMLA is to… Read More
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Working Families Flexibility Act: Pending Legislation That Could Change Overtime Options

Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill, H.R. 1108, entitled “The Working Families Flexibility Act.” The bill is now in the Senate, awaiting action by the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. The legislation woul… Read More
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Violation of Equal Pay Rights: Blue pawn on higher stack of coins than pink pawn

Equal Pay Rights and Compensation Discrimination

Since 1963, employees have had the right to be free from compensation discrimination in the workplace. This right is conferred and enforced primarily under the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which requires that men and women receive equal pay for equal work.… Read More
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The Oxford Comma Case: Comma Costs Millions in Wage Dispute

In law school I learned that words, and punctuation, matter. When it comes to questions of contract interpretation, details are important. That’s just one reason it can be money well-spent to have an experienced lawyer review a contract before you… Read More
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Getting Paid Less Than Minimum Wage: When Is It Legal?

Some jobs, including workers that receive tips, workers who are students in high school or college, certain laborers, seasonal workers, people performing informal work like babysitting, and certain workers with disabilities, are exempt from minimum w… Read More
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How to Report Tips on Your Taxes

As April 15 draws near, Americans are busy preparing their tax returns. If you receive tips as a significant part of your income, you may have questions about whether you are required to report your tips as income, how to report tips on your taxes, w… Read More
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Do I Get a Break or Meal Period at Work?

You may wonder whether the law requires break periods or a meal period at work. Meal periods or break periods at work are a common practice, but are not required everywhere. In fact, under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) employers are no… Read More
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Employee Misclassification: W-2 Employee or 1099 Independent Contractor?

Whether you should be a W-2 employee or 1099 independent contractor is becoming a very common question. In today’s ever-changing economic environment, more and more people are participating in the “gig-economy” – an environme… Read More
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Class Action

Ninth Circuit Court Finds Class Action Waivers Unenforceable

On September 6, 2016, in Morris v. Ernst & Young, LLP, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals joined the Seventh Circuit and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in finding that employers violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when, as a co… Read More
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Salary and Overtime

New Overtime Rules for Salaried Employees Earning Less than $47,476 Per Year

On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor announced much-anticipated changes to exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations governing “white collar” workers. Read More
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