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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.

When are children under 14 permitted to work in Texas?

The labor laws protecting children vary widely across the United States. In Texas, 14 is generally considered the minimum age of employment. One exception to this rule, however, is children working in the entertainment industry. Child actors of any age are permitted to work in Texas. However, the law has certain protections in place for such children.

The Labor Department wants to know your opinion on overtime law

The Department of Labor has been debating whether to change how it currently defines exempt vs. non-exempt employees. In general, non-exempt employees work for an hourly wage, while exempt employees work for an annual salary. As an exempt employee, you are prohibited from earning overtime pay—time-and-a-half pay for working more than 40 hours in a week.

Working over the holidays? What to know about your pay

The holidays are just around the corner, and for many people this time of year comes with a lot of financial stress. Between the gifts you might need to buy and the vacations you might be planning, you could see your spending increase dramatically.

3 ways an employer might justify overtime violations

Unpaid overtime is a serious wage violation that can result in legal action. Employees who are eligible for time-and-a-half pay can be robbed of income they deserve through the actions of their employer. Whether the violation is intentional or not, employers should be accountable for the violations.

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