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More Enforcement against Wage Theft is Needed

Posted on August 15, 2016 in Wages, Overtime & Commissions

A very timely article by the Washington Post clearly shows the need for more enforcement for getting employees wages that are owed to them.

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New Overtime Regulations are A Few Steps Forward for Fair Wages

Posted on July 19, 2016 in Wages, Overtime & Commissions

The U.S. Department of Labor recently published new overtime regulations that become effective in December 2016. (View the new regulations here: https://www.dol.gov/whd/overtime/final2016.) Although there have not been any revisions to the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime regulations since 2004, anti-fair-pay proponents are claiming that the “sky is falling” and that “small business” won’t be able to compete – which is nonsense.

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Tax Theft – What is an Employee to Do?

Posted on July 8, 2016 in Wages, Overtime & Commissions

Lebau & Neuworth staff has often observed that employees working for construction companies, bars and restaurants, landscape companies and other small businesses are often subjected to a tax-fraud scheme that costs them both wages and governmental benefits. The fraud comes in one of three forms:

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At-Home Care & Minimum Wage Workers in Maryland: Recent Developments

Posted on March 31, 2015 in Wages, Overtime & Commissions
The Maryland Court of Special Appeals affirmed in an unreported decision that employees who provide at-home care for elderly and disabled at their homes are, in fact, entitled to overtime under Maryland law in Maryland. Peters v. Early Healthcare Giver, Inc., No. 0018 (July 25, 2012) (Wright, J.).​ Read More

Maryland Federal Court Provides Workers Triple Damages for Owed Wages

Posted on December 29, 2014 in Wages, Overtime & Commissions
When employees recently sued a failed company for their final pay and the employer failed to answer discovery until the very end, the federal court in Maryland imposed a triple-damages penalty because of the employer’s delay and denial tactics. Read More

Workers Can Hold Individual Owners Liable for Overtime, Minimum Wages Theft

Posted on December 1, 2014 in Wages, Overtime & Commissions
A recent Maryland federal court decision again outlined what workers, under the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act and Maryland’s Wage and Hour Law, must plead a few, specific facts showing that owner-operators were directly involved in workday life and working conditions to hold the individual owners accountable for wage theft. Read More

Home Health Care Workers Get FLSA Rights on New Year’s Day 2015

Posted on October 27, 2014 in Wages, Overtime & Commissions
Good news: The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) new rule requiring home health-care workers employed by “third party” health care agencies to be paid overtime and minimum wages goes into effect and has force of law starting on January 1, 2015. Read More

Federal Law Requires On-Time Payment of Salary

Posted on August 24, 2014 in Wages, Overtime & Commissions
The Federal Court of Claims recently held in U.S. v. Martin that federal employees have a right to be paid on time. The court ruling is widely applicable because it reaffirms what many courts have said: Pay employees on time, employers, or be subject to extra damages under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), even if the shortfall is paid later. Read More

Maryland Court: Wage Payment Law Includes Overtime Claims

Posted on August 18, 2014 in Wages, Overtime & Commissions
Maryland’s highest court, the Maryland Court of Appeals, has just issued a decision that makes clear that Maryland-based employees can sue for owed overtime wages and recover three times the amount owed, as provided in the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law. Read More

Should You Get Paid for Your Work Drive/Ride Time?

If you use an employer-provided vehicle for your commute, you may be entitled to payment for your travel time. The Employee Commuting Flexibility Act (ECFA) requires that employers pay employees for time spent commuting in employer vehicles unless the use of the employer’s vehicle was... Read More
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