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Overtime Rule Changes: What Does the FLSA Say?

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor updated their rules on overtime pay. This could end up affecting more than four million workers nationwide. The rule changes the standard for determining which workers are eligible for overtime pay under the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA governs both public and private workers.


Communication and Overtime: What Your Employer Legally Has to Tell You

Wages, hours, and overtime: These are common concerns of employees starting a new job. New employees might assume that their employer will follow the law when it comes to communicating issues about wages. However, unfortunately, many do not. Some don’t follow the law out of ignorance of their legal obligations, and others don’t follow protocol because they know that it is to their benefit to keep their employees in the dark. Worse still, many employees put up with situations where their rights are violated because they may lack other financial and employment options.


Overtime: What Are My Rights?

In Georgia, whether an employee is entitled to overtime wages is governed by the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Fair Labor Standards Act is a federal law that sets the minimum standards. The law applied nationwide. Individual states are able to pass laws, which provide their citizens with greater protections than are provided by federal laws. According to the Georgia Department of Labor, the FLSA is more exacting than Georgia law. Therefore, employers in Georgia will be in compliance with Georgia laws and federal laws if they comply with the FLSA.


What Obama Administration’s Expansion of Overtime Means for You

The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) was passed in 1938 in an effort to address concerns about the exploitation of blue-collar workers made to work more than the standard 40 hours a week without extra pay. Almost a century later, the White House just announced its plan to propose new rules that will drastically increase the number of people eligible to receive overtime pay. This plan focuses on bringing relief to America’s middle class and memorializes the Administration’s observation that: “[a] hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.”


The Holiday Nobody is Celebrating

You may not know that today – April 8, 2014 – is actually a holiday.  But it’s one that doesn’t exactly call for a celebration.

Equal Pay Day is a date chosen each year that symbolizes how far into the new year a woman must work to earn what her male counterparts earned during the prior year.  It falls each year on a Tuesday, to symbolize how far into the new work week women must work to earn what mean earned the previous week.


Top Five Mistakes Employers Make When Violating Overtime Laws

clock picIf you work more than 40 hours in a work week, in most cases the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires your employer to pay an overtime rate of 1.5 times your regular pay rate. Employers who fail to do this may have to pay fines to the government as well as compensate you for the missed overtime. Many employers try to find creative ways to work around this law, but in many cases these shortcuts are still in violation of the FLSA.READ MORE