EEOC Flouts FLSA, and Makes Employees Sick

Turns out that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) borrowed a page out of the private sector and reclassified employees as exempt when they should’ve remained non-exempt employees eligible for overtime pay–a clear violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Affected employees didn’t like being awarded comp time instead of time-and-a-half and filed a […]

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Complying With Government Regulations the CD-ROM Way

Personnel Concepts, according to those I’ve spoken with there recently, is making a big push to create interactive tools for companies to create documents and posters to comply with OSHA and other regulations. First to come out was the Fire Prevention Program CD-ROM. OSHA requires that every place of business create, print and distribute to […]

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Does Starbucks CEO Now Punch the Time Clock?

After voluntarily surrendering his nearly $10-million yearly salary because of poor company performance, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is now earning less than one-percent of that, or $10,000 annually. Unfortunately, under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), that means that Schultzie is no longer an exempt employee and must start punching the time clock. Let’s look […]

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FMLA Marks 16th Anniversary Today

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) marks its 16th anniversary today (Feb. 5, 2009) in a beefed-up version that now allows family of service members to take up to 26 weeks of unpaid leave to care for their relatives in the military. Of course, provisions for 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for […]

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Hard to Keep These $93K-a-Year Guv Employees Happy

Gotta pity poor Randall Hinton, who says he’s running out of music to listen to on his $93,803-a-year guv job, where he otherwise has nothing to do from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oh, but he does also idle away his away counting cars passing by on the New York Thruway as he gazes out […]

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Vicky Crawford: Six Years to Get Her Day in Court

This week the U.S. Supreme Court reversed lower-court rulings in the case of Vicky* Crawford, allowing her suit against Metro Nashville Public Schools in Tennessee to go to trial. (*I’ve also seen her first name spelled Vicki, don’t know which is correct.) The way I read things, Ms. Crawford got royally screwed both by her […]

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Lilly Ledbetter Gets Her Revenge on Supreme Court

I‘m not sure how the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which zoomed through the Senate last night and is now on its way to the House for reconciliation, will benefit the law’s namesake, but it sure must be sweet to pull one over the head of Supreme Court justices. Five of the latter ruled in […]

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Lilly Ledbetter Triumps Over (In) Congress

A week ago I wrote that the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was being put on fast track for passage by the 111th Congress. With a snap of their fingers (actually, pushing their “yes” buttons), members of Congress did just that and sent Lilly over to the Senate, where Harry Reid and other leaders are […]

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A New Protected Class: The Beauty Challenged

Over at the Ohio Employer’s Law Blog, Jon Hyman has an interesting discussion on the proposal to add ugly to the protected classes under labor law and employment laws. To wit, Hyman writes: “Under the current state of the law, it is illegal to discharge, to refuse to hire, or otherwise to discriminate with respect […]

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ADA Amendments Act Will Greet the New Year

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), originally passed in 1990, sought to open up employment in the private sector to persons with physical or mental disabilities who were otherwise perfectly capable of performing the required duties. The ADA brought to private enterprise what the 1973 Rehabilitation Act did for federal agencies and firms carrying out […]

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