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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.

Violations of wage and hour, salary rules may create hardships

When employees are underpaid in violation of wage and hour laws, those individuals can suffer financial difficulties. In addition to those hardships, they may also suffer from stress related to determining the best manner in which to address the violations of salary rules. When situations go unaddressed after bringing the matter to the attention of superiors, affected workers may need to take legal action.

Violations of salary rules could leave Texas workers without pay

Working hard to earn an income that helps provide for themselves and their families can often bring individuals a sense of pride. However, that pride can be considerably diminished when employers violate salary rules and other regulations, resulting in workers getting paid less than they should. Unfortunately, many employees face this type of issue and suffer negative impacts.

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