Am I an Independent Contractor or an Employee?

In recent years, companies have started classifying workers as independent contractors instead of employees.  Independent contractors have the ability to decide when they will work, which tasks they will person, and negotiate their pay per task. While some companies correctly classify its employees as independent contractors and do not have to pay those workers overtime …Read More

Posted by Michael Palitz on March 20, 2020. Filed under Employment Law. Comments Off on Am I an Independent Contractor or an Employee?

No Time Records: Why You Don’t Necessarily Need Proof to Claim Your Unpaid Overtime

Many employees hesitate to bring claims for unpaid overtime wages because of a fear that they cannot provide proof that they worked the overtime hours that they claim.  Especially if an employee is salaried, he or she will often only clock in and out for attendance purposes or may not even have to clock in …Read More

Posted by Logan Pardell on March 18, 2020. Filed under Employment Law. Comments Off on No Time Records: Why You Don’t Necessarily Need Proof to Claim Your Unpaid Overtime

Is Your Employer Complying with ERISA?

When the stock market takes a dive, your 401k suffers too.  While many employees allocate some of their earnings to their employer’s 401k plan without a second thought, employees still need to periodically review their accounts thoroughly to ensure that their employer is protecting their best interests. The federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) …Read More

Posted by Shavitz Law Staff on March 18, 2020. Filed under Employment Law. Comments Off on Is Your Employer Complying with ERISA?

Colorado strengthens worker protections with updated wage and hour laws

Colorado recently updated its wage laws and strengthened its protections for workers.  The new laws clarified that workers must be paid for all time worked, including time spent preparing to work, like booting up computer programs and timekeeping systems to clock in.  Employees who arrive at work and have pre-shift meetings must be paid for …Read More

Posted by Shavitz Law Staff on March 13, 2020. Filed under Employment Law. Comments Off on Colorado strengthens worker protections with updated wage and hour laws

Law Firms Can Violate Wage and Hour Laws, Too.

When you think about wage and hour compliance issues, you might overlook an entire group of employers which may be in violation: law firms.  While you might assume that attorneys would be in compliance with the law, remember they are businesses, too.  As with other businesses, it is not uncommon for law firms to cut …Read More

Posted by Christine M. Duignan on March 11, 2020. Filed under Employment Law. Comments Off on Law Firms Can Violate Wage and Hour Laws, Too.

Several States are Broadening Wage Laws to Protect Workers

The Fair Labor Standards Act is the federal law that requires employers to pay workers the federal minimum wage and requires that employers pay workers 1.5 times their hourly wage for overtime hours worked over 40 hours per week.  However, several states have their own laws that protect workers’ wages and, in many cases, offer …Read More

Posted by Alan Quiles on March 11, 2020. Filed under Employment Law. Comments Off on Several States are Broadening Wage Laws to Protect Workers

Coronavirus: Protecting Your Health and Your Employee Rights FAQ’s

As the coronavirus continues to spread both globally and within the United States, many companies have expanded measures to prevent their employees from exposure. You may have experienced these yourself – increased sick days due to being ill, requirements to work from home, or even furloughs. This virus is not going away anytime soon – …Read More

Posted by Shavitz Law Staff on March 11, 2020. Filed under Employment Law. Comments Off on Coronavirus: Protecting Your Health and Your Employee Rights FAQ’s

Should You Be Paid for That Break?

The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), and many state wage laws, require employers to provide non-exempt employees with a meal break. A bona fide meal break under the FLSA must be for a period of more than 20 minutes, and the employee must be “completely relieved of duty” during the break for the employer to …Read More

Posted by Camar Jones on February 28, 2020. Filed under Employment Law. Comments Off on Should You Be Paid for That Break?

Are You One of the Millions of Workers Now Entitled to Overtime?

As of January 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) new final rule becomes effective.  The new rule makes an additional 1.3 million American workers eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  The rules allow workers to make more money in a salary and still be eligible for overtime.  Specifically, …Read More

Posted by Christine M. Duignan on February 19, 2020. Filed under Employment Law. Comments Off on Are You One of the Millions of Workers Now Entitled to Overtime?

Required to Work Through Your Lunch Break? You Could Be Entitled to Compensation

Are you an hourly employee that works through your lunch break? Federal wage and hour law does not require employers to give employees lunch breaks; however, the laws of some states require that lunch breaks be provided. In either case, hourly employees who are given lunch breaks and are required to clock out for those …Read More

Posted by Shavitz Law Staff on February 19, 2020. Filed under Employment Law. Comments Off on Required to Work Through Your Lunch Break? You Could Be Entitled to Compensation