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Exempt Status, Discipline and Damage Deductions

July 1, 2006
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Employers are cautioned that deductions from the salaries of overtime-exempt employees risk the loss of such exemption, unless expressly authorized by FLSA, its regulations or applicable state law.
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Immigration Status Irrelevant in FLSA Case

May 12, 2006
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Employees of a Chicago restaurant filed suit against their employer for overtime pay, but before trial the employees asked the court for an order to bar testimony regarding the employees’ immigration status.
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Off the Clock Overtime Claims

March 23, 2006
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Computer records can be helpful. If, however, the records contain the incorrect information, they can be used as a sword against, instead of a shield for, the company.
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Increase the Minimum Wage

September 26, 2005
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In this opinion column, an advocate for employees argues that the federal minimum wage "still matters, and still has a useful role to play in the low end of our labor market."
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Overtime Pain and Gain

April 1, 2004
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Changes to federal overtime pay rules are moving toward implementation this spring. Can companies wring all possible payroll savings from the rules while still keeping employees happy with their compensation in a tightening labor market?
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Productivity's Fine Line

October 17, 2003
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The next move will have to be something other than longer hours worked by fewer people.
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The Bush Administration’s Proposal Weakens Overtime Protections

August 8, 2003
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In this opinion column, Sen. Edward Kennedy says he wants a law that no worker currently eligible for overtime can be denied it as a result of the new regulation.
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Common Pitfalls and Ways of Avoiding Wage Problems

September 30, 2001
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Make sure formal job descriptions match actual jobs, and review and update job descriptions periodically.
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