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New Jersey Fines Uber $649 Million For Employee Misclassification

For the so-called "gig economy" to be profitable, it relies on one fundamental idea. The workers who perform the gigs are not employees of the company but independent contractors.

Are Your Employees Checking Their Email At Home? Be Careful.

Whether surfing the web on their smartphones or checking their email on their laptops, people today are more connected than ever. But, while these devices have certainly made life much easier in many respects, they have also helped blur the lines when it comes to whether a person is considered "working" under the law -- and whether this person is therefore entitled to overtime pay.

DOL Policy Makes It Simpler For Employers To Claim Tip Credit

Some employees customarily receive tips, but those tips aren't always in addition to the worker's wage. Many tipped workers are minimum-wage earners, and the law allows some of those tips to be counted toward ensuring they earn that minimum wage.

Ocean City Restaurants Sued for Unpaid Wages

The popular restaurant, Harpoon Hanna's, located just across the Delaware line next to Ocean City, Maryland, has been sued for failure to pay proper wages to a tipped employee. Within the last year, a number of popular Ocean City restaurants have been sued by employees for failure to pay proper wages, including the failure to pay time-and-a-half for overtime.

Overtime for Out-of-Office Emails?

Chicago police officers sued in Federal Court requesting unpaid overtime for off-duty work done on their BlackBerry phones.  In a recent Opinion, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that while the BlackBerry work would have been compensable overtime, the Cops' claims failed because the City of Chicago had no knowledge of the unreported hours. 

Are Emotional Distress Damages Available in Retaliation Cases?

Another federal appeals court has held that employees who have faced illegal retaliation at work are eligible to recover damages for emotional distress under the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA). The FLSA governs wage and hour laws, such as overtime and minimum wage, for businesses across the United States. This holding could have significant implications for employers throughout the country.

How misclassification hurts working people

Some working people prefer the flexibility that comes with being an independent contractor. Many more people, however, prefer the stability that comes with being an employee. Sometimes employers wrongly classify employees as independent contractors. This practice is known as misclassification. Misclassification violates the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and many state laws as well. More importantly, misclassification exploits working people. 

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