The new overtime rules, which will go into effect December 1, have been challenged by two lawsuits this past week. The first suit against the Department of Labor and its Wage and Hour Division was filed by a coalition of 21 states, lead by Texas and Nevada. The second is from a collective group of business groups lead by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
According to current overtime laws, agricultural workers receive overtime pay if they work more than 10 hours in a day and more than 6 days per work week. This is a different standard than the overtime laws that most California employers must comply with of more than 8 hours a day and 40 hours a work week.
The IRS is calling - or are they?
Last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a news release announcing that three subsidiaries of Chevron Corporation - one in California and two in Texas - must pay $1.5 million in back wages and penalties to 750 of its employees. The subsidiaries, it was determined, were acting in direct violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which provides protection to workers with regard to minimum wage and overtime pay.
Employee misclassification is one of the most serious problems faced by workers, employers, and the economy as a whole. In fact, employee misclassification is such a huge problem that California legislature passed laws designed specifically to outlaw the practice. Under this legislation, employers face penalties of up to $25,000 for every violation.
Earlier this month, a convenience store in Salem, New Hampshire, was ordered to pay $18,222 in back wages and another $18,222 in damages to 11 former employees. This was the result of unpaid overtime wages the employer hid from the government for years.
Telephone scams remain one of the biggest threats to consumers and their finances. Callers will talk fast and act friendly, promising a free gift, prize or vacation - all they need is to obtain your account information.