TOP CHEF OR PERFECT STORM?

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If the governmental alphabet soup was competing on Top Chef, it might win the competition for its several layers of flavor.  To the many regulated businesses dealing with the 2015 version of Big Brother, those layers feel more like so many squalls, a perfect storm one wave away from sinking even the most seaworthy ship. The first layer is the … Read More

WHEN THE FEDS WON’T LET YOU MAKE A HANDSHAKE AGREEMENT

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Successful businesses, especially smaller ones, often rely on a casual, cooperative culture among their employees.  Those businesses rue over-regulation, common as it may be in our modern world.  Bureaucratic edicts get in the way of good people skills. Yet businesses who exceed a statutory gross revenue trigger find themselves subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act, which imposes both obligations … Read More

WHEN THE WORKDAY ENDS

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Warehouse employees spend their days lifting, moving, loading and unloading sometimes heavy merchandise.  It is not an easy job.  They might be cranky at the end of the day.  And when, after their shift, they need to stand in line for close to a half hour for a security screening on their way out of the warehouse, they get crankier … Read More

BUSINESSES GROWING UP

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Knowing how much to pay your employees should be simple: hourly workers are paid time and a half for hours worked over 40; salaried employees are not.  Of course, it is not that simple.  Not all hourly employees are necessarily non-exempt (meaning they must be paid overtime) nor are all salaried ones exempt.  What is more, companies big enough to … Read More

LEAVES LABYRINTH, PART II

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It has been some time since we first pointed out the maze of laws that govern to whom employers must grant leaves of absence, when, and whether an employee, if entitled to a leave, must also be paid.  Even businesses in strong right-to-work states like Florida will deal with Federal laws that are not only numerous but also, adding more … Read More