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How Do We Get People to Work Overtime?

June 28, 2012
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Aside from a few people, we have a horrific time getting employees to work overtime. We have to practically beg for volunteers. We're considering a rotating schedule of mandatory on-call weeks in which the entire workforce shares the inconvenience of pulling extra hours. Would this work? What else could we try? —Frazzled in HR, software/systems, Knoxville, Tennessee
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The Midnight Shift Returns as Automakers Boost Output

June 8, 2012
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By the start of 2013, 22 of the 83 assembly plants in North America will operate with three shifts of workers, and nearly half of all vehicles built here will come from a three-shift plant.
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Wal-Mart to Pay $4.8M in Back Wages for Fair Labor Standards Act Violations

May 2, 2012
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The Labor Department said under terms of the settlement, Wal-Mart has agreed to pay all back wages the department determined are owed for violations in addition to paying liquidated damages to the employees and a penalty to the department.
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Lawsuits Put the Spotlight on Hiring of Interns

April 3, 2012
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High-profile media outlets are targeted by class-action lawsuits as questions of pay and hours draw attention.
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To Email or Not to Email?

April 3, 2012
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Limiting an employee's digital access can decrease an employer's legal liability, attorney Jennifer F. DiMarco writes.
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Employers Struggle to Control Wage-and-Hour Litigation

April 2, 2012
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Employers can minimize the chances of litigation by taking steps that include periodic audits to determine whether employees are being properly classified, as well as careful record-keeping.
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Staffing Firm to Pay $148,000 in Pregnancy Suit

March 5, 2012
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The lawsuit alleged HCS owner Charles Sisson discriminated against Roxy Leger, the company's bookkeeper, when he made offensive comments about her pregnancy and fired her because she needed to take maternity leave following the birth of her son, according to the EEOC.
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Apple and Foxconn: Beginning to See the Light

February 29, 2012
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In remarkable moves, Apple and its major supplier Foxconn recently gave into public demands for better treatment of the workers who assemble electronic gadgets in China.
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Study: Wage Bill Would Benefit 1M New Yorkers

February 17, 2012
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The study found that 880,100 New York employees earn less than $8.50 an hour. About 352,000 of those are in New York City, about 40 percent of the state total. In the city, 92 percent of those workers are at least 20 years of age.
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State Law Favored Over Feds in Overtime Case

February 13, 2012
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When involved in overtime claims based in state law, employers must initially review applicable state statutes and regulations before relying on federal tests, especially when in California.
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