Tag Archives: hourly employees

How overtime pay went from labor right to a rarity | Fast Company

While in the White House, Barack Obama had ambitious plans to expand overtime pay to millions of American workers who didn’t receive it, seeking to revive the New Deal promise of a fair wage for a fair day’s work. He was partly inspired by a single mom working at a sandwich shop in Tucson, Arizona.

Elizabeth Paredes was 23 and raising a 3-year-old boy in 2015 when she concluded it was unfair that she didn’t get paid time and a half for the extra hours she put in as an assistant manager at Baggin’s Gourmet Sandwiches. She was working at least 50 hours a week at the deli chain but still wasn’t earning a higher wage for those overtime hours, leaving her struggling to pay her rent, buy groceries, and afford childcare. Paredes went to her manager to complain, but she says he replied with the words: “That’ll never happen.”

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Salaried vs. Hourly Personnel Issues | Lobb and Cliff

Tim Plewe of Lobb and Cliff wrote this brief and to the point discussion of some problems that businesses face when classifying employees as salaried and hourly employees.

I advise many of my business clients on employment issues and have found over the years that many of the same issues keep coming up over and over with employers.  I am seeing a wave of wage and hour claims, that start with threats of claims (often at termination), move on to Labor Commissioner complaints, and often even result in lawsuits.  These claims generally revolve around two issues: 1) misclassification of employees as exempt or non-exempt, and 2) meal and rest break periods.

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