Despite most of the government being occupied with the "shutdown" dilemma, the unaffected USDOL has remained busy and gifted us with two opinion letters today.
Perhaps the conditions are right for a coalition drawn from employees, employers, and government representatives to wrestle the FLSA into the 21st century.
Notwithstanding incomplete or over-simplified U.S. Department of Labor "guidance", employers should recognize that the FLSA overtime regular rate will almost always vary as the overtime hours worked in a workweek vary.
Some employers have adopted one or more of a variety of percentage-based approaches to dealing with the FLSA overtime ramifications of bonuses.
A federal appellate court has rejected the argument that FLSA overtime should be based upon a higher rate that was not actually used to compute the employee's straight-time compensation.
The answer to our September 22, 2014 Quick Quiz is, "Yes, even though the payments are not tied to the on-call hours he works."
Do payments for being in "on-call" status affect an employee's FLSA overtime compensation?
A recent U.S. Labor Department press release highlights a growing area of scrutiny under the FLSA: Paying "per diem" amounts to non-exempt employees.
A recent $4 million settlement between the U.S. Labor Department and a Texas healthcare employer highlights a recurring overtime issue under the FLSA.
The best answer to our October 8 Quick Quiz is, "Either Of The Above".