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Not All Deductions Are "Uniform" Under The FLSA

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes minimum wage and overtime requirements, period. The FLSA does not explicitly require that employers cover all work-related costs, nor, does it do so by specifically prohibiting employers from imposing work-related costs on employees. Indeed, the FLSA permits an employer to impose these costs in their entirety on non-exempt employees. In other words, at least for FLSA purposes, it is not a matter of whether the employer can impose a cost, but the extent to which it can be imposed at one time depending on an employee's wages.

Don’t Be Bulldozed by Snow Days: What to Consider Before Docking Pay for Weather-Related Absences

With thanks likely to the polar vortex, states across the nation are experiencing record low temperatures this winter. The bitterly cold winter has caused employees to call off work (or show up late) and employers to voluntarily close down for a day or more. In these situations, employers are often left wondering whether they must pay employees who have taken time off for reasons related to bad weather. Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the answer depends on a couple of factors.

FLSA Regulations: The Impact of Improper Salary Deductions

In this second part of our series, we explain how to avoid improper salary deductions that could destroy the overtime exemption of an employee who otherwise meets the applicable “duties test” for one of the so-called “white collar” exemptions.

Can We Suspend An Exempt Employee Without Pay? [Wage & Hour FAQ]

One of our salaried exempt employees appears to have violated our sexual harassment policy. We would like to suspend him without pay for 3 days. Is this allowed under the FLSA?

Quick Quiz Answer: Recovering Losses From Non-Exempt Employees

The answer to our March 14 Quick Quiz is "$110". The federal Fair Labor Standards Act does not prohibit the employer from recouping some of the loss in that workweek, but it does restrict the amount.

Quick Quiz: Recovering Losses From Non-Exempt Employees

Store Associate Alex is paid on an hourly basis at the rate of $10 per hour. On Monday, he accepts a $150 check in payment for merchandise. He was so busy that he forgot to get the necessary customer information, and now the check has been returned because the account is closed. Alex's employer is unable to contact the customer.

Wage & Hour Insights: Salary Deductions of Exempt Employees.

If you missed our webinar, “Are You Ready For A Wage & Hour Audit,” earlier this month a recording of the program is available here.