Employment Law

Automatic Meal Break Deductions

01.8.2015
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The Legal (and Illegal) Ways to Deduct Meal Breaks Automatically

Requiring employees to clock in and out for every unpaid meal break is the safest way to ensure your company doesn’t inadvertently violate labor law by under paying workers.  But when you’ve got a crew out in the field, tracking breaks can become a logistical tangle.  Many employers cut back on the paperwork by automatically deducting a 30-minute meal break for any employee who works a full shift.  If you use automatic break deductions, however, it’s important that you follow the law precisely.  Otherwise […]

What Not to Ask

11.18.2014
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7 Seemingly Harmless Topics to Avoid in Job Interviews

It can be tempting to start off every job interview with a little chit-chat, asking candidates about their family and private life.  But you should be cautious before asking personal questions—what would be harmless small talk in any other context can easily raise the specter of discrimination during a hiring process.

To help you figure out how to avoid legal headaches, I have put together this list of common questions that might be welcome at a cocktail party but should not be asked about in an interview […]

When to pay plow drivers for wait time

10.13.2014
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When storms happen, plow drivers must be ready to hit the ground running. Many drivers are on call, waiting for the snow to fall. It’s great to have a team at the ready. But are you required to pay on-call drivers for the hours they are on call?

No, most plow drivers do not need to be paid for the time they are on-call. As long as workers are allowed to use their time for their own purposes, you don’t need to pay them until they are called in. If your company […]

Landscapers beware, Pay Now or Pay Later

09.9.2014
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DOLI Requires Company to Pay $300,000.

A Connecticut-based landscaping company will have to pay $300,000 in back wages and penalties for alleged violations of the law in hiring H-2B visa workers. Under a consent order announced recently, they will pay $280,000 in back wages to workers the Department of Labor asserts were underpaid and another $20,000 in penalties for violating the law.

The federal H-2B program allows employers to hire temporary workers from oversees if they are unable to fill the positions with domestic workers. The law also requires that temporary […]