Record Retention Guide: types, documents, and timeline

Dealing with personnel files can be a daunting, yet rewarding task. Having all documents together in the event of an audit or worse, a lawsuit, could save your company costly fines and mounds of legal trouble down the road. This chart will offer a brief explanation of what items need to be kept and for how long.*

Are you ready for when the $h!t (or FLSA) hits the fan?

Do you have employees that are salaried and making less than $50,000 per year? Are you sure they qualify for exempt status? Are you ready to pay them over 100% more when the FLSA changes go into effect later this year?

US DOL Again Awarding Grants to States to Reduce Worker Misclassification.

  The Department of Labor has for the second year in a row awarded grants to states to attack worker misclassification. This year, ten million dollars ($10,000,000.00) has been awarded to 23 states. The Department states that these grants are to be used to “increase the ability of state unemployment insurance tax programs to identify instances where employers improperly classify …

More Action on Employee Misclassification

It’s not just the overtime changes that the DOL is looking at this summer.  As many of you may know, the big talk in HR circles is about the changes that the DOL have proposed to the minimum compensation requirements of the white-collar exempt statuses. Well the DOL is not only actively working on this change; they have also thrown …

FLSA Cases Hit Record High in 2014

Lawsuits filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) hit another record high in 2014, according to information from Seyfarth Shaw law firm. The number of federal wage-and-hour lawsuits for the period of April 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014 (the Federal Judicial Center’s reporting year) increased to 8,126. This is an increase of almost 5% from 2013 and a …

Devastating Labor Initiatives on the November Ballot

Several labor law initiatives heat up Colorado’s ballot in November. The 2008 general election ballot will have a battle between organized labor and business interests competing to get ballot initiatives passed for their side. The battle began when business interests, led by Jonathan Coors, filed a “Right to Work” initiative. Organized labor then filed offsetting initiatives, four of which would …

Department of Labor’s response to the July employment report

US Labor Secretary, Elaine Chao, recently spoke concerning July employment numbers. Recently reported on the US Department of Labor’s website, Elaine Chao comments about the July employment situation: “While we are concerned about continued job losses, the overall economic picture, including the second quarter GDP’s increase of nearly two percent, demonstrates that our economy continues to work its way through …

Summer Jobs & Child Labor

A little-noticed provision of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act increased child labor penalties under the Fair Labor Standards Act and added a significant penalty should an under-aged employee be seriously injured. Penalties for violations have been increased to a possible $11,000 and there is a new $50,000 potential penalty if there is a death or serious injury of any employee …

Hiring Minors

In the summertime, the number of minors working increases. Here are some basic guidelines when it comes to hiring minors in the state of Colorado. Minors are any person under the age of 18, unless they have received a high school diploma or received a passing scored on the GED. No minors are allowed to work more than 40 hours …

Child Labor Rules Updated for the 21st Century

US Department of Labor proposing to update child labor rules. On 4-17-2007, the US Department of Labor published a proposal to update the child labor regulations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  The proposal includes additional bans on hazardous activities as well as prohibiting 14 and 15-year-olds from employment in youth peddling activities or door-to-door sales.  The department is …