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Tim Smith

Unpaid Overtime Hours – a rising trend.

As the recession continues, it seems that we’re seeing more and more employers getting into trouble by failing to pay overtime. As times get tough for area businesses, cutting overhead by limiting…

Tim Smith

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act: timely help for employees

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act have reached critical mass in Congress and looks to become law under our next administration. So, what are they and how does this…

Tim Smith

Mass Lay-offs and the WARN Act – you have a right to notice!

It seems that every week here in Northern Michigan, we’re reading about layoffs. People are losing their jobs left and right. Many folks think that just because they are at will employees [they…

Tim Smith

Wal-Mart Settles Wage and Hour Claims/FLSA Violations

On Christmas Eve 2008, Wal-Mart agreed to settle nearly 65 state and federal class-action lawsuits filed by current and former employees. The heart of the claims made by the plaintiffs included…

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Fair Labor Standards Act Violations – getting cheated out of overtime pay.

The Fair Labor Standards Act [FLSA] states very clearly that qualifying employees who work over 40 hours per work week are to be paid at time and one-half for that over time. Some employers have…