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Maine Delivery Drivers Deemed Overtime-Eligible “For Want of a Comma”

A Maine dairy company has received a potentially expensive grammar lesson from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, which held on March 13, 2017, that the company’s delivery drivers may be eligible for up to $10 million in overtime pay, because the lack of a comma in the statute regarding exemptions from the state’s wage and hour law rendered the scope of the exemption ambiguous.

Grammarians have long disputed whether writers should include a comma before the final item in a list—the so-called “serial” or “Oxford” comma.  Opponents of the serial comma consider it superfluous.  Supporters … Continue Reading

Epstein Becker Green’s Wage and Hour Leaders Discuss Hot Button Issues at 34th Annual Workforce Management Briefing

On October 15, 2015, Epstein Becker Green hosted its 34th Annual Workforce Management Briefing, which featured senior officials from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  This year’s briefing boasted a record setting attendance, including industry leaders, general counsel and senior human resources professionals, many of whom attended the briefing workshop, Wage and Hour Compliance: You Are Not Exempt.

The Wage and Hour workshop featured three of Epstein Becker Green’s wage and hour practice attorneys — Michael Kun, Patrick Brady and Jeffrey Ruzal — who addressed pressing wage and hour issues that face workforce management today.… Continue Reading

Employer Cannot Profit From Unclaimed Employee Paychecks

by Jordan Schwartz 

Recently, a client informed me that an employee who had been terminated several months prior had failed to cash his final paycheck, resulting in it becoming expired. 

This client was well aware of its obligations under federal and state law to pay its employees their full wages upon completion of their employment. Thus, the client asked whether, by issuing the check and providing a reasonable time frame for it to be cashed or deposited, it had satisfied its wage payment obligations under applicable law.

As an initial matter, the answer to this question depends on state law, as … Continue Reading

New Minimum Wage for Government Contractors May Have Minimal Impact

by Michael D. Thompson

President Obama announced in his State of the Union address that he will issue an executive order increasing the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors to $10.10 per hour. The executive order is undoubtedly a prelude to a push for Congressional support of an increase in the Fair Labor Standards Act minimum wage of $10.10 per hour.

“If you cook our troops’ meals or wash their dishes, you should not have to live in poverty,” President Obama said. 

According to the Obama administration, the increase would affect more than 2 million employees. 

Many of those employees, … Continue Reading

D.C. Area Minimum Wage Increases

by Brian Steinbach

On January 15, 2014, the Mayor of the District of Columbia signed a bill increasing the DC minimum wage to $11.50, in 3 steps by July 1, 2016. This caps off a recent coordinated effort in DC and suburban Maryland’s Montgomery and Prince George’s counties to increase the regional minimum wage to $11.50.  However, each jurisdiction phases in the increase in different amounts and at different times, starting July 1, 2014.  Employers in the D.C. area will now face several different local minimum wage requirements in addition to those imposed by federal law. They will have to … Continue Reading

The Android Version of the EBG Wage-Hour App Is Coming!

by Michael Kun

We heard you loud and clear.  You’d like our EBG wage-hour app, currently available for use on Apple products, to be available on Android devices, too.

Consider it done.  Or, more accurately, almost done.

The Android version of the EBG wage-hour app will be available for download in early 2014.

And, yes, it will be free.

Look for more details here.

In the meantime, if you do not have an Apple device, PDF versions of our federal and state wage-hour guides, as well as other materials, remain available on our webpage.

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