With all the talk this week about Title VII and what I would call slightly more "advanced" issues in employment law, it’s always wise to make sure that you, as an employer, have the basics down.
One issue, for example, that employers sometimes wonder about but rarely figure out is "What Records Must I Keep Related to Wage & Hour Laws?"
Fortunately, the Connecticut Department of Labor website contains a concise summary. These records, listed below, must be kept at the employer’s place of business. They are:
- The employee’s name and address;
- The employee’s occupation;
- The total daily and total weekly hours worked, showing the beginning and ending time of each work period, computed to the nearest unit of 15 minutes;
- The total hourly, daily or weekly basic wage;
- The overtime wage as a separate item from the basic wage;
- Additions to, or deductions from, wages each pay period;
- Total wages paid each pay period;
- Working papers/statements of age for each employee under the age of 18.
That’s not to say that these are the only records that must be kept. There are a whole host of other regulations (both state and federal) that may apply, including safety records and the like. But for smaller employers in particular, there’s no time like the present to make sure you have the basics down correctly.
For more answers to Frequently Asked Questions, the Connecticut DOL has redesigned their webpage to answer 21 common questions in a short, concise manner. It’s worth checking out.