House Moves to Delay New Overtime Rule; Obama Administration Threatens Veto
October 6, 2016
On Sept. 28, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a measure that would delay the effective date of the new overtime rule by six months. The Republican-backed measure – known as H.R. 6094: Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act – passed by a vote of 246-177. But victory may be short-lived, […]
Minimum Wage Controversies Continue
September 8, 2016
In April 2016, we reported that California and New York became the first states to enact $15-per-hour minimum wage standards. Though no other state has adopted this precedent, New Jersey made an attempt – only to have it vetoed, and a handful of cities have passed similar minimum wage standards. Wage-related woes also loom large […]
Regulations and Compliance Trends Only Gaining Momentum
July 28, 2016
If the latest employment rule is any indication of what’s to come, regulations and compliance trends for employers aren’t going to slow down.
Exploring Overtime Expansion: Inside Sales Employees
May 24, 2016
The Department of Labor’s new rule is expected to extend overtime protections to 4.2 million white-collar workers beginning Dec. 1, 2016.
California and New York Set $15 Minimum Wage Precedent
April 11, 2016
In 2014 SeaTac, Washington became the first city to enact the nation’s highest minimum wage of $15 per hour.
U.S. Department of Labor Moves to Finalize Overtime Expansion
March 15, 2016
On March 14, 2016 the U.S. Department of Labor submitted its overtime rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. Once finalized, the rule is expected to expand
NYC Employers Must Offer Pre-Tax Transit Benefits in 2016
November 25, 2015
As of Jan. 1, 2016, New York City private employers with 20 or more full-time employees will be required to offer pretax transit benefits to their full-time employees. The new law is enforce
Supreme Court Ruling: Employer Motives Matter in Hiring… or Not Hiring
June 3, 2015
Imagine interviewing for a job and leaving confident you made a good impression, only to be told you didn’t get the position. Their reasoning, they say, was violating the “Look Policy.” This unfortunate turn of events is all too real and something Samantha Elauf, a 17-year-old Muslim, experienced.
Bet on Preparedness, Not Luck: 3 Legal Liabilities of Altering Time Sheets
March 10, 2015
If you are a manager, HR professional or anyone with a hand in the payroll process, you probably already know that altering employee payroll sheets can land an organization in a heap of litigation. According to a new ruling, even your personal assets can be targeted if you are found guilty.
Overtime Expansion Gets Heated as States Challenge Rule
September 21, 2016
Twenty-one states have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to halt the Department of Labor’s overtime expansion ruling. According to the complaint, the agency’s move to increase the salary threshold at which white-collar workers are eligible for overtime is unlawful, as it renders other statutory exemption requirements “virtually irrelevant.” A similar lawsuit was filed by […]
Employer Alert: Spotting Overtime Exemption Inconsistencies
September 1, 2016
It’s not every day that the U.S. Department of Labor changes its interpretation of overtime exemption. But when it happens, major confusion can ensue. This is resoundingly true in the case of Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro, et al., 136 S. Ct. 2117 (2016), in which costly uncertainty related to the classification of service advisors […]
Reader’s Weekly Picks: Top 3 Paycom Blog Posts
June 15, 2016
It is no surprise that two of the three top blogs are in regard to the new overtime expansion rule. With a Dec. 1 effective date approaching, employers are searching for news on how to mitig
Department of Labor Announces Details of Final Overtime Rule
May 18, 2016
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the final details of its overtime rule in a fact sheet issued prior to publication in the Federal Register.
Fight for $15: Tentative Deal for Minimum Wage Increase in California
March 30, 2016
Minimum wage will increase to $10.50 an hour next year in California and gradually increase to $15 in the years to come.
3 Things Employers Should Know About Wage Garnishments
January 11, 2016
Millions of Americans’ wages are garnished every year, meaning most employers have processed at least one wage garnishment.
California Governor Signs Bill to Close the Wage Gap
October 7, 2015
Yesterday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the California Fair Pay Act. “The inequities that have plagued our state and have burdened women forever are slowly being resolved with this kind of bill,” Brown said.
3 ACA Reporting Alternatives Unraveled
April 23, 2015
For many organizations, the employer mandate and the reporting requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) loom. Employers want to ensure they will be in compliance come January 2016, when the required forms are due to their full-time employees and the Internal Revenue Service. Yet many organizations remain confused by the law’s many complexities, especially […]
Get Your Act Together: Protection for Well-Earned Dollars
February 24, 2015
To anyone with a trained eye on the ebb and flow of government policies, it is easy to see that government regulations frequently are steered to affect corporate policy. Whether through mandated retirement savings accounts or “minimum-wage warriors,” the government wields legislative power to cause change in organizations.
Is it Legal to Request Compensation History during Job Interviews?
September 20, 2016
On a national scale, women working full-time earn 79 cents for every dollar earned by men. To seal the gender wage gap, states – such as California, New York and Maryland – have enacted aggressive equal pay laws. But, the boldest move comes from Massachusetts, which recently became the first state to ban employers from […]
Gender Discrimination: Achieving Equality in Job Interviews
August 31, 2016
Equal employment opportunity laws prohibit employers from discriminating against job candidates and employees based on their gender. But, gender discrimination has a tendency to surface during job interviews. As seen in the case of Joyce Dennis. (Dennis v. Columbia Colleton Medical Group, 290 F.3d 639 (4th Cir. 2002)), organizations can be found liable for gender-based […]
Exploring Overtime Expansion: Commissions and Bonuses
June 6, 2016
If you’re planning to implement a pay structure that includes bonuses and commissions – or if you already have one – it’s important to understand how the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) up
Exploring Overtime Expansion: Nonprofits
May 16, 2016
Currently, the provisions of the FLSA cover some nonprofit employees, but not others. Employees of nonprofits are covered by the FLSA, and are likely to be affected by the new rule if...
New Webinar Helps Employers Prepare for Fast-Approaching Overtime Expansion
March 22, 2016
Last week in the Paycom Blog, we covered the U.S. Department of Labor’s move to advance its proposed final rule on overtime expansion.
$1.75 Million Penalty Newest Evidence of Wage and Hour Crackdown
January 8, 2016
When it’s necessary to get a drink of water, quickly text a spouse or even answer nature’s call, most employees don’t think about tracking the time they spend seeing to these personal needs.
Obama’s Executive Order Guarantees Paid Sick Leave to Federal Contractors
September 11, 2015
While many around the country enjoyed a fun-filled, three-day weekend, not everyone had Labor Day off. On the day we celebrated America’s 120 million-plus workers, President Barack Obama signed an executive order making paid sick leave mandatory for employees of federal contractors.
Illinois Acts to Halt Wage Theft
April 1, 2015
What if we lived in a world in which organizations were held accountable for wages owed to their employees? Look no further than Cook County, Ill., whose board of commissioners recently approved a wage theft ordinance. The new ordinance was passed on behalf of low-income employees who increasingly have been plagued by businesses taking advantage of their hard work and abusing labor requirements.