The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has separately announced its recovery of a total of $163,542 in back wages and damages for 83 employees working for a tree service company and a painting business, for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Two restaurant operators were also sanctioned for violating FLSA child labor regulations, and the DOL filed suit against the former owner of another restaurant for alleged retaliation against employees. Four of the employers paid a total of $63,045 in civil money penalties.
Perhaps one of the most important terms of art under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is an an employer’s designated workweek. This "official workweek" impacts nearly every aspect of an employee’s pay – from minimum wage and overtime to application of most exemptions.
The New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR) recently published final regulations that change the content of certain required notifications New Jersey employers must provide to employees. The DCR announced that these changes are effective immediately and are intended to better inform individuals of their rights under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) and the New Jersey Family Leave Act (FLA). Simultaneous with the publication of the regulations, the DCR posted on its website new versions of the required LAD and FLA posters. Because the regulations took effect immediately, now is the time for New Jersey employers to update their posters to ensure compliance with the regulations.
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