The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued new rules governing overtime pay which will automatically extend eligibility for overtime pay to an estimated 4.2 million workers. Under the new rules, which will take effect on December 1, 2016, most salaried workers earning less than $913.00 a week ($47,476.00 annually) will be entitled to collect overtime pay. This newly prescribed salary level is more than double the current amount ($455.00 per week or $23,660.00 per … Read more
Dec 15, 2014
Both federal and Oregon wage and hour law require employers to pay covered employees one and one-half times their regular wage for all hours worked in excess of 40 in a workweek. As the funny commercials featuring that gecko would say, “everybody knows that.” What many people may not know, however, is that the overtime requirements also apply to employees who work in your home.
Back in 1974, the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, first … Read more
Feb 12, 2014
It’s often entertaining to watch kids rationalize their way to preordained conclusions. When a court tries to reason its way to the outcome it wants, the sight is at best merely painful and more often embarrassing. The Oregon Supreme Court’s opinion in Blachana, LLC v. Bureau of Labor and Industries, 354 Or 676 (2014) is an illustration of such result driven reasoning that’s not only painful and embarrassing but, unfortunately, wrong and unfair as well.… Read more
Jul 12, 2012
Employers use tip pooling arrangements to distribute tips an employee receives among the employer’s various other employees. Frequently, employers create tip pooling arrangements where the employer requires the tipped employee, such as a waiter or bartender, to place a portion of tips received into a pool which is then distributed to non-tipped employees, such as dishwashers and cooks. Some employers even take a portion of these tips for management or to distribute to independent contractors, … Read more