Female Employees Must Put “Action” in the Equal Pay Act

On September 12, 2019, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it does not intend to renew its request for authorization to collect employers’ pay data on the EEO-1 form in future years.  The announcement comes less than three weeks before the September 30, 2019, deadline for employers nationwide to submit massive amounts of …Read More

Posted by Abram Kreeger on October 8, 2019. Filed under Employment Law. Comments Off on Female Employees Must Put “Action” in the Equal Pay Act

Uber and Lyft spend millions to bypass labor costs with CA’s groundbreaking gig worker law

In defiance of the soon-to-be-enacted California law which would transform gig economy workers from independent contractors to employees, Uber and Lyft are refusing to reclassify their employees. This tactic is questionable, given that the new law essentially codifies the California Supreme Court’s decision last year in Dynamex. Perhaps recognizing the futility of such court challenges, …Read More

Posted by Abram Kreeger on September 26, 2019. Filed under Employment Law. Comments Off on Uber and Lyft spend millions to bypass labor costs with CA’s groundbreaking gig worker law

Off the clock but not off the hook: Connecting without compensation?

In this electronic age, there is an abundance of devices and apps to keep us constantly connected to everything and everyone.  But staying connected may be costing you. Employees who put in a full day of work, many of whom work in excess of the typical eight-hour day, are often still required by their employers …Read More

Posted by Abram Kreeger on September 25, 2019. Filed under Employment Law. Comments Off on Off the clock but not off the hook: Connecting without compensation?

Wage Violations and the Hospitality Industry

The hospitality industry, and hotels and motels particularly, are hotbeds for wage and hour violations, with unscrupulous or unknowledgeable employers cheating employees out of hard-earned wages. If you are a hotel or motel employee, here are some common violations to watch out for: Employee Sharing: Many hotel owners own multiple hotels or multiple locations of one …Read More

Posted by Abram Kreeger on September 20, 2019. Filed under Employment Law. Comments Off on Wage Violations and the Hospitality Industry

Take a tip: Raise the Wage 

By now, most of us have heard about the drive to raise the nationwide minimum wage to $15 per hour. In July, the House of Representatives passed Raise the Wage Act, which would increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25, the rate where it has been set since 2009. The bill is now in the …Read More

Posted by Abram Kreeger on September 19, 2019. Filed under Employment Law. Comments Off on Take a tip: Raise the Wage 

California Transformation of Gig Workers Into Employees:

California is on the cusp of passing a law, AB 5, which would effectively make gig workers, contractors who work for organizations on a short-term basis like Uber and Lyft drivers, employees and not independent contractors.  The law – which California Governor Gavin Newsom has endorsed – essentially codifies the California Supreme Court’s 2018 Dynamex …Read More

Posted by Abram Kreeger on September 19, 2019. Filed under Employment Law. Comments Off on California Transformation of Gig Workers Into Employees:

Is Booting Up Costing You More Than Just Your Patience?

When you are paid by the hour, every minute counts. Each of these minutes becomes even more valuable when you are an hourly paid worker who is entitled to overtime pay for working more than 40 hours in a week, which is required to be paid at a time-and-a-half rate under federal law. Many hourly …Read More

Posted by Abram Kreeger on September 12, 2019. Filed under Employment Law. Comments Off on Is Booting Up Costing You More Than Just Your Patience?

Employees working digitally outside the office are entitled to overtime pay

In today’s connected world, workers leave the office but don’t leave their work behind. Bosses send e-mails asking about projects, and co-workers send text messages about work tasks.  Employees communicate outside of regular working hours about work via group messaging applications like WhatsApp and GroupMe.  Employees participate in conference calls before or after work, and …Read More

Posted by Abram Kreeger on September 3, 2019. Filed under Employment Law. Comments Off on Employees working digitally outside the office are entitled to overtime pay

Is restaurant management putting their hand in your tip jar?

The restaurant industry is a breeding ground for wage theft. For many restaurant workers, such as servers and bartenders, the only way to earn a livable wage is through hard-earned tips.  While the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers are permitted to take a “tip credit” …Read More

Posted by Abram Kreeger on August 27, 2019. Filed under Employment Law. Comments Off on Is restaurant management putting their hand in your tip jar?

No Free Lunch! Why onboarding employees may be entitled to overtime.

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA), an employer must pay its employees overtime at a rate of one-and-a-half times the employee’s regular rate of pay, unless that employee qualifies for an exemption under the law.  The FLSA provides multiple different exemptions upon which employers rely to avoid having to pay their employees overtime. Two …Read More

Posted by Abram Kreeger on August 27, 2019. Filed under Employment Law. Comments Off on No Free Lunch! Why onboarding employees may be entitled to overtime.