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Can my boss make me work on Christmas?

Each state has its own legal holidays—and its own laws with respect to employer obligations on such days. In addition to federal holidays—New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas—Texas also observes other state holidays. These include:

Am I really a contractor or an employee?

Independent contractor jobs are becoming increasingly common. They’re cheaper for an employer than hiring employees—as contractors are exempt from overtime pay as well as health and vacation benefits. However, simply labeling a worker as an independent contractor isn’t sufficient to actually classify them as such. There are certain traits that distinguish an employee from an independent contractor.

SCOTUS rules in favor of employers on overtime exemption

The U.S. Supreme Court recently made a key ruling that may have a ripple effect in future overtime disputes. The case involved a car dealership in California and five of its employees, who work as service advisors. The lawsuit arose when the dealership refused to pay these employees overtime pay.

Can I get paid time off of work to vote?

The mid-term elections are just around the corner. Polling places will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. If you’re an employee who works long shifts, this timeframe may leave you with insufficient time to vote. What are your legal rights surrounding your ability to cast your ballot?

When is an employer not required to pay minimum wage?

In a previous post, we discussed the minimum basic compensation that most employers are legally required to pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In today’s post, we discuss common exceptions to the rule—job categories where requisite compensation is not as cut and dried.

How timekeeping software can cheat hourly workers out of wages

If you’re an hourly employee, you’re probably required to punch in and out and the start and end of each work day. If you’re clocking in using an ID badge, computer login or any other electronic system, your working hours are likely automatically calculated using a timekeeping software.

New federal program provides faster resolution to FLSA breaches

If you are an employer who has inadvertently violated the overtime or minimum wage standards set forth in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Department of Labor (DOL) has just released a new program that could help you out. The program—currently in the pilot stage—is called the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) program.

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