In May 2016, the City of Minneapolis passed a highly-publicized ordinance requiring most employers to provide paid sick and safe leave for many employees. The ordinance resurfaced in Minnesota headlines this week when a Hennepin County judge prevented the City from enforcing the ordinance against nonresident employers when it goes into effect in July.
Recap: The ordinance
Minneapolis Ordinance No. 2016-040 requires employers to provide their employees with 1 hour of paid sick/safe leave for every 30 hours worked, with annual caps and some rollover. Leave can be used for various illness- or safety-related […]
Misclassifying employees as independent contractors is a costly mistake. Under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the difference between an employee and an independent contractor depends on the circumstances under which work is performed. The distinction has major implications for wage and benefit structures. Unfortunately, businesses routinely fall into the trap of classifying workers based on external criteria – such as cost savings, independent contractor agreements, or franchise operation – rather than on work circumstances.
This winter, in an effort to reach both businesses and workers, the DOL added several misclassification resources to its website. The additions include a mythbusters page […]
The City of St. Paul recently passed an ordinance requiring employers to provide sick leave for employees. The ordinance, St. Paul City Ordinance 16-29 (available here), will be phased in beginning July 1, 2017. The ordinance is very similar to one passed earlier this year by the city of Minneapolis, but applies to all employers, regardless of size. If you’re an employer in the Twin Cities metro area, familiarize yourself with these requirements.
The ordinance requires employers to provide employees with one hour of sick/safe leave for every 30 hours worked. Employees may […]
The Fluctuating Workweek
Calculating and trying to budget overtime for salaried employees can be a headache. However, implementing a Fluctuating Workweek (FWW) method of calculation may alleviate some of your stress and help add predictability to your budget. The Fluctuating Workweek method of calculating overtime is an alternative to the traditional “time and one-half” method used for paying non-exempt employees who consistently work 40 or more hours in one week. It allows you, as an employer, to set the employee’s salary upfront and make the employee’s regular pay rate dependent of the number of […]