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Here is a portion of an article from Think HR.  I thought this was useful and practical information.

Does an employer need to pay a group of non-exempt employees who attended an optional training over the weekend? Can the employer offer them "comp" time if pay is not "required"?   A: Training programs conducted during regular working hours constitute work time and must be compensated as such, according to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. After-hours training need not be compensated if... Read More » Please provide information regarding the new minimum wage just announced by the White House and to whom it applies.   A: Here is the basic information as outlined in the President’s Executive Order announced February 12, 2014 and the White House Fact Sheet (both links are available below if you need more information)...  Read More » Does an employee who will be taking FMLA need to provide the company notice if she doesn’t intend to return?  Would that notice allow the employer to then hire a new employee for that position before the 12 weeks of FMLA leave are exhausted?    A: During an FMLA leave an employer may periodically request reports on the employee’s status and intent to return to work. An employer, however, may not refuse to reinstate an employee able to return within the 12-week leave period because he or she failed to report... Read More » What are the rules for payroll tax withholding when an employee lives and works in two different states?   

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Can an employer deduct a full or half day pay from exempt employees if they have exhausted their PTO and still take time off for non-medical reasons?   A: The area of Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) rules on exempt employee deductions from salary are often an area of confusion for employers. As a general rule under federal law, an exempt employee must be paid full salary for any workweek in which he/she performs...  Read More »

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