Wage and Hour

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Before I get into the arithmetic – WHICH IS EASY – I must establish first that there is no law on this. This is just something that your payroll/accounting/HR folks will quibble over from time to time, so you need an expert to make it canon. That’s what this is all about: How to convert a salary into an hourly wage.

The simplest and most common methods to make the conversion are as follows:

April 1, 2021


Got Interns ? Since 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has used a six-factor test to determine whether an unpaid intern, working for a private sector, for profit employer can be properly classified as an unpaid intern. Not surprisingly, perhaps federal courts have failed to follow that test, finding it too rigid and inflexible.

February 22, 2018

“Do we have to pay for time worked that was not approved?”
In a word, yes!  If it is time worked, it is compensable. Employers are obligated under federal law (FLSA) to pay employees for time spent working.
“But Rue we didn’t tell her to come in on a Saturday! She did that on her own!  Why should we have to pay her for working outside of her schedule?”
October 21, 2017

On September 13, @shrmnextchat chatted with special guests Jonathan Segal (@Jonathan_HR_Law), Paula Harvey, SHRM-SCP (@Paula4Harvey), and  Cecilia Clark (@ciciHR2Serve) on Crisis Planning and Recovery for HR.

September 13, 2017


Just as Texas begins its slow recovery from Hurricane Harvey, Florida braces for Hurricane Irma.  So, we must, again, look at wage and hour rules:

September 9, 2017



As hurricanes Harvey and Irma made landfall in the U.S. over the past two weeks, no one could have imagined the historical nature of their effects. Even the best prepared contingency plans were put to the test. 

What is HR’s role in crisis planning and recovery? 

September 8, 2017


For Texas employers, particularly in and around Houston, the priority is helping employees and remaining as operational as possible.  Just a reminder of the wage and hour rules that apply to remaining as operational as possible:

August 28, 2017

A regular round up of news, legal trends and workplace developments to help keep HR ahead of the curve

By now you’ve undoubtedly heard about monumental changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) taking effect in December 2016, but the actual impact of those changes on your business and the potential consequences if the transition isn’t handled properly remain firmly on the horizon.

June 30, 2016


Jeff Ranen’s inbox filled up fast when a new California law opened the door to holding company executives personally liable for wage and hour violations. “I got a lot of panicked e-mails from clients,” said Ranen, a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith.

June 7, 2016

Did you know there are more hourly workers than salary workers in the United States?

For those of us that are desktop workers, we identify with salaried employees and often think we are the majority. If you work in an industry with hourly workers, you may not be surprised to learn that a majority of workers in the US are employed at an hourly wage. 

February 4, 2016

Wage and Hour Opinion Letters 'Sorely Missed'

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May 14, 2015

It seems that everyone wants a seat at the table these days, including college athletes. However, it’s not the boardroom table where they want a voice and a vote. It’s at the bargaining table.  

March 30, 2015

An Aug. 4, 2014, settlement between the U.S. Department of Labor and LinkedIn illustrates that not training employees and managers on Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requirements may prove much costlier than providing the training in the first place.

LinkedIn agreed to pay $3.35 million in overtime back wages and $2.51 million in liquidated damages to 359 employees working at company branches in California, Illinois, Nebraska and New York. The Wage and Hour Division found that the company was in violation of overtime and record-keeping provisions of the FLSA.

News Updates
August 28, 2014

Forget the idea that Millennials would rather have flexible hours than a good salary. A recent survey by Business Insider and News to Live By found that pay came first when U.S. adults ages 18 to 36 were asked what matters most to them in a job, followed by meaningful work and a positive relationship with co-workers.

Flexibility was important, but it trailed in fourth place.

News Updates
August 19, 2014

Rejecting a call to place a proposed minimum wage hike on the November ballot as a referendum item, on July 14,2014,  the San Diego City Council approved an ordinance raising the city’s minimum wage to $11.50 per hour by 2017.

The wage increase will be phased in over a three-year period. In January 2015, the minimum wage will increase to $9.75; in January 2016 it will increase to $10.50; and in January 2017 it will increase to $11.50. Thereafter, the minimum wage will increase on an annual basis as determined by a Consumer Price Index.

News Updates
August 8, 2014

A number of bills enacted in 2013 took effect on July 1, 2014. These include bills that:

  • Increased California’s minimum wage to $9.
  • Expanded California’s paid family leave benefit program.
  • Enacted new limits on public employers concerning criminal background checks.
  • Amended the procedures for work-sharing plans used to avoid lay-offs.

First Part of Two-Step Minimum Wage Increase (AB 10)

News Updates
July 18, 2014

More than half of all U.S. employers (56 percent) expressed concern with stepped-up rulemaking and enhanced federal agency enforcement, according to the 2014 Executive Employer Survey report from law firm Littler.

News Updates
July 16, 2014