“Youth Wage” Is a Thing

“Youth Wage” Is a Thing

Two weeks ago, I answered a reader who had questions about the employment rules that might apply to her 14 year-old who  landed a part-time job  in a power-washing  business.  I explained the  limitations on the number of hours allowed by our current law covering...
Can I Pay Overtime with “Comp Time”?

Can I Pay Overtime with “Comp Time”?

Q:  I manage hourly employees and I heard I could give them comp time instead of overtime pay.  Is this legal? A:  Not if you work in the private sector.  The Dept of Labor has made it clear that “comp time” –defined as “compensating later with time-off” in lieu...
How Will New Overtime Rule Affect You?

How Will New Overtime Rule Affect You?

Q:  I manage an office in a small company and supervise a small staff of hourly employees.  My salary is $37,440 and between coming-in early to open, covering lunch breaks and making sure everything gets done, on average I work 50 hours a week. How is the new overtime...
Should Hourly Workers Set Their Own Lunch Schedule?

Should Hourly Workers Set Their Own Lunch Schedule?

Q:  I’m one of six hourly employees, each working on different projects, who are expected to “cover” each other  for lunch.  The projects are such that they can’t be put on hold to accommodate standardized scheduling, and at least two employees should remain in the...