While it sounds terrible to withhold pay for employees who choose not to attend a political event during the work day, just because it’s terrible doesn’t make it illegal.
Says an employee, ‘ … if I don’t send him a picture or otherwise prove that I used the bathroom, I will lose 15 minutes of paid time. What recourse do I have?’
When employers fail, legislatures step in to fix. Recently Sen. Marco Rubio introduced an act that addresses employers’ misuse of non-compete agreements.
Off-the-clock pre-shift and post-shift cases are difficult, expensive and risky. If you lose, you’re not just paying your lawyer, but also the plaintiffs’ lawyer.
Generally speaking, it violates the Fair Labor Standards Act to take a deduction from the salary of an exempt employee.
When considering whether you are paying your employees correctly, the main consideration is always the FLSA.
At least for the next two-plus years, employers should be taking full advantage of the government’s focus on education for workplace compliance.
It should give employers some comfort that in closer FLSA cases, courts should not be so quick to conclude that they misclassified an employee.