The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and overtime regulations have been in the headlines lately, with a focus on the evolving nature of labor laws and little-known details that could surprise you. Of special note are potential changes to FLSA, the overtime rule and increasing civil penalties.
This month we bring you important headlines from around the web that could affect the way your company handles your payroll policies. Check out the articles below.
Via SHRM. A construction employee was paid fixed amounts for certain tasks, not paid for other tasks, and not paid overtime for certain paid tasks. A federal court has determined that a jury should hear the case and determine whether his employer violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). But the termination of his employment after raising concerns regarding his compensation was not retaliatory, the court ruled. Could your construction company be violating FLSA too?
Via HR Source. In 2016, employers were scrambling to ready themselves for seismic overtime rule changes that affected salaried employees. The changes were stalled, but the U.S. Department of Labor is moving closer to releasing updated proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime rules. The DOL plans to release a proposed rule in March 2019. Get the details here.
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Via The Balance. The IRS looks carefully at the way businesses classify workers—as independent contractors or as employees. Recently, that careful scrutiny has included a new way to test worker status and more narrowly define who is an "independent contractor." It's called the ABC test. Any business that hires independent contractors needs to be aware of the implications of this test.
Via EG Conley. Every employer knows that failing to comply with federal laws is costly, but it’s getting even more so. The Department of Labor recently issued a final rule that revises civil penalties for many violations of federal labor laws for 2019. Here are some of the major areas to be aware of.
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