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Shedding Tiers: Auto Union Looks to Change Pay Gears

March 9, 2014
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United Auto Workers wants to eliminate the wage system that pays less-tenured workers at a significantly reduced rate for the same work, but challenges abound.
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When are Preliminary and Postliminary Compensable? Supremes to let us Know (Maybe).

March 4, 2014
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There are lots of preliminary of postliminary activities that could be occurring in your workplaces. I am hopeful that this case will provide employers needed guidance on the compensability of these activities.
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Another One Bites the Dust: NLRB Invalidates Confidentiality Policy

February 11, 2014
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Limiting discussion of trade secrets and other confidential, proprietary information is fine. Wages and other terms and conditions of employment, however, are off limits.
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Deterring the Wage-and-Hour Scofflaw

February 4, 2014
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Education on the FLSA, not stronger wage-and-hour laws, will help prevent wage theft issues.
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Protesters Enlist the Grinch to Get Some More Green

December 5, 2013
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In Chicago and across the nation fast-food workers protested on Dec. 5 seeking $15 an hour wages.
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Are Graduate Assistants Employees or Students?

November 21, 2013
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The status of a graduate assistant must be analyzed based on the 'economic realities' of each individual.


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The Fluctuating Rules for the Fluctuating Workweek

November 13, 2013
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There is a clear advantage to paying your salaried non-exempt employees via the fluctuating workweek. Just make sure you meet the FLSA’s four-pronged test.


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SpongeBob SquarePants, Employment Law Professor

November 12, 2013
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Bravo to Eugene Krabs for bringing the plight of the unpaid intern to the forefront of pop culture. Employees are not allowed to volunteer their time or work for free.
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Clothes Make the Man, and the Wage-and-Hour Lawsuit

November 11, 2013
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Look for the Court to craft a rule that any gear, whether typically worn as clothing or not, is compensable 'protective gear' if it’s intended use is for protection for the specific needs of the job in question.
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Must You Pay Your Employees for Civic and Charitable Work?

October 2, 2013
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Before you send that next email or memo requiring employees’ presence at a charitable event, don’t, unless you want to pay employees for their time.
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