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Wage Claim Is Not a Unfair Trade Practices Claim Too, Rules Court

Posted in Highlight, Litigation, Wage & Hour

Management-side lawyers like myself like to joke that a former employee can sometimes sue any employer for any reason at any time. It’s not true, of course, but at times it feels like there is no limit to the creativity of lawyers filing claims against employers. One such tactic was recently rejected by the federal… Continue Reading

“Wage Theft”: The Trendy Phrase That May Not Mean What You Think It Means

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center, Wage & Hour

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been seeing more tweets from human resources types and mainstream reporters using the phrase “wage theft”.  Two recent examples? William Tincup (who runs the popular online DriveThruHR show that I appeared on a while ago) recently tweeted: RT Wage Theft Another Assault on Workers’ Compensation http://t.co/iXmbHnASUL @jongelman — William Tincup,… Continue Reading

Service Contract Act: Do Your Wages Comply With the Law?

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center, Wage & Hour

You would figure after six-plus years of doing this blog, I would’ve covered all the laws applicable to employers. But, perhaps in a testament to how many laws there are, there are still a few out there. One of them is the Service Contract Act, (Conn. Gen. Stat. 31-57f, for the attorneys out there.) The Hartford Business… Continue Reading

Second Circuit Leaves Some FLSA Issues Up For Grabs

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Litigation, Wage & Hour

A reminder: Employees are entitled to overtime for work over 40 hours a week, unless an exemption applies. For so-called white collar workers, there are three main exemptions: administrative, professional and executive.  Each of these categories looks at whether the employee had certain covered “duties” (known as the “duties” test) and a minimum guaranteed weekly… Continue Reading

You Might Have To Pay More Than Minimum Wage To Your Employees

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center, Wage & Hour

So, your employees are all paid at least minimum wage and overtime. You’re good, right? Not necessarily, as a recent column in the Connecticut Law Tribune points out.  You might need to pay a “prevailing” wage — if you have a contract with the State of Connecticut. Indeed, as many companies who do business with… Continue Reading

Claiming Overtime Pay? Some Specifics Are Required Says Second Circuit

Posted in Class Actions, Litigation, Wage & Hour

As I continue this week to recap some important FLSA decisions this summer by the Second Circuit, the next one will be important in the long run for employers. Wage and hour claims have been a thorn in employers side for a while now.  (My friend, Molly DiBianca of the always fabulous, Delaware Employment Law… Continue Reading

CEOs Beware: You’re Now in the Crosshairs of a Wage and Hour Complaint Under FLSA

Posted in Class Actions, Highlight, Litigation, Wage & Hour

As we wrap up summer and start returning from vacations, there are several important Second Circuit FLSA decisions decided over the last few weeks that employers need to be aware of.  I’ll cover them in posts over the next few days. Earlier this summer, the Second Circuit (which is the appeals court for the federal… Continue Reading

Sixteen Types of Wage & Hour Records Employers Need to Keep

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center, Wage & Hour

In helping employers on wage and hour issues, I’m struck sometimes by the occasional failure to maintain proper records on their employees. For employers, payroll companies now offer to help an employer with such records and can often provide some of the information once the employer shares it with them. The Connecticut Department of Labor… Continue Reading

Should You Care That Supreme Court Will Rule on Offers Of Judgment in Wage Cases?

Posted in Class Actions, Litigation, Wage & Hour

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Not all employment law cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court matter are of equal significance and importance to employers. What? How can that be, you say? It’s the SUPREME COURT!  Isn’t everything that they say important? Well, sort of. The truth is that sometimes… Continue Reading

Hybrid Wage-and-Hour Class Actions Blessed by Second Circuit

Posted in Class Actions, Litigation, Wage & Hour

Ok, bear with me for a second. If your employees want to bring a class action against your company claiming that they should’ve been paid overtime, there are typically two ways to do so: Bring a claim under state law, or bring a claim under federal law (Fair Labor Standards Act). There’s a big difference:… Continue Reading

Federal Arbitration Act Preempts Connecticut Sales Representative Commission Statute

Posted in Wage & Hour

My colleague, Joshua Hawks-Ladds, has this post regarding an important new case that further explains the breadth of the preemption effect of the Federal Arbitration Act, a case he handled on behalf of our client, Ulti-Mate Connector, Inc.  Last week was a watershed moment for arbitration preemption cases, both at the federal and state level…. Continue Reading

When a Storm Hits, What’s an Employer to Do In Connecticut?

Posted in Laws and Regulations

UPDATED 6/25/10 This afternoon, Bridgeport Connecticut either had a pretty bad microburst, or a tornado.  The National Weather Service has yet to make that determination, though having been right in the middle of it, it sure SEEMED like a tornado, with "whiteout" conditions.  (UPDATE: The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down in Main… Continue Reading

Retention Agreements: How the National Spotlight Now Shines on Connecticut’s Wage and Hour Laws

Posted in Wage & Hour

UPDATED Various blogs have started to link to this one today after AIG released a white paper to support its assertion that it was required to make payments to various executives and employees over the last week. It turns out that the retention plan at issue is to be construed under Connecticut’s wage and hour laws.  As bloggers and commentators will quickly realize,… Continue Reading

BREAKING: Conn. Supreme Court Rules That Bonuses Based on Subjective Factors Are Not Wages

Posted in Wage & Hour

Remember a Connecticut appellate decision a few weeks ago that suggested that a bonus allegedly promised to an associate could be "wages" under Connecticut’s wage statutes? Indeed, a fellow Connecticut blogger suggested that 2008 was shaping to be a banner year for employees. Well, not so fast. A new Connecticut Supreme Court decision today (and… Continue Reading

Did You Know? Connecticut Wage Claims Have 2-Year Time Limit

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Wage & Hour

One occasional feature of this blog is a short post on a law or regulation that is commonly overlooked. Today’s installment revolves around wage and hour claims in Connecticut.  Suppose that an employee claims that he is entitled to unpaid overtime wages for years because he has been misclassified as an exempt worker.  How far… Continue Reading