Topic: minimum wage

Taking on Unpaid Summer Interns? Don’t Take on a Lawsuit, Too…

“… when a complaint is made, the price of an unlawful internship can be quite high. Failure to pay wages, failure to pay minimum wage, overtime, meal and rest violations, and related penalties and attorneys’ fees and costs can add up quickly.” (Ervin Cohen & Jessup) “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…” Unless, of course,… Read more »

Keep Your Hands Out of the Tip Jar (and Other Celebrity Chef Lessons)

Restaurant owners and managers: sometimes the best lessons from celebrity chefs don’t happen in the kitchen. The latest comes from MasterChef Graham Elliot, who recently settled a tip pooling lawsuit with Gregory Curtis and other waiters in Elliot’s Chicago restaurant for an undisclosed amount. The waiters claimed they were forced to share tips with non-waiters,… Read more »

Wage and Hour Lawsuits: 3 Areas to Watch

You’d think that paying your employees for their time on the job would be a simple equation. But often it’s not: “Collective action lawsuits alleging wage and hour violations have risen 400 percent in the last 11 years, according to a recent post at CNNMoney. In 2011, there were more than 7,000 such lawsuits filed… Read more »

Exempt or Non-Exempt Employee? 6 Questions to Help Employers Know the Difference

“As an employer, you may assume you know the difference between non-exempt employees who are entitled to overtime, and exempt employees who are not. For example, you may assume that an employee paid a salary and given certain supervisory authority is exempt. But this assumption is wrong. Misclassifying an employee as exempt when s/he is… Read more »