Why Do Age Discrimination Laws Only Protect Those Over Age 40?

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) is one of several federal labor laws that prohibit discrimination in the workplace. The ADEA, as its name implies, prohibits employers from firing, refusing to hire, or otherwise discriminating against employees because of their age. But the ADEA doesn’t protect everyone from discrimination based on age—only employees who are 40 years old or older. Fortunately for younger folks, some states do offer broader

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My Employee Worked Off the Clock. What Do I Owe?

In the digital era, it’s easy for employees to work anytime, anywhere. Tools like smartphones, laptops, and tablets all help to boost employee productivity, however, they can also ride a delicate line concerning employee hours and wages. Employees who work off the clock, for example, may claim that they should be compensated for the time they spend checking and responding to email or voicemail, not to mention performing a host

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Are Implied Contracts Legally Binding?

Joe works as a senior manager at a car dealership, and Bob works as a salesperson at a competing dealership. They met at an industry business function, where they discussed their shared passion for cars and talked extensively about what they hoped to achieve at work in the next few years. As Joe was leaving, he said to Bob, “We could really use someone like you at our shop. You’d

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Breaks and Meals by State

  Know your state requirements State Break Requirements Meal Requirements Information Alabama Not Required for employees 16 or older. Employees age 14–15 require an unpaid 30-minute meal/rest break if working 5 continuous hours. Not Required for employees 16 or older. Employees age 14–15 require an unpaid 30-minute meal/rest break if working 5 continuous hours. Federal Law Applies: Breaks lasting less than 20 minutes are required to be paid and are

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Employee Drug Testing Requirements and Medical Marijuana

Many employers prohibit the use of drugs in their workplace, and some companies go so far as to test prospective and current employees for drug use. But drug testing is a complicated topic because it is largely regulated by state labor laws. That means that each state can approach drug testing differently, creating headaches for employers who operate in multiple states.   Generally speaking, employers can test job applicants for

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What California Employers Need to Know About Overtime for Employees

California labor laws are designed to protect employees from having to work too many hours without fair compensation for their time. These laws apply at the daily and weekly level.   Here is a summary of what California law requires when it comes to overtime pay.   Daily and Weekly Overtime in California Nonexempt employees in California who work more than 8 hours in a day are entitled to 1.5

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What Employers Need to Know About Meal Periods and Rest Breaks Under New York Law

New York labor laws include several important employee meal period and rest break requirements for employers to understand. Employers in New York who fail to comply with these rules subject themselves to liability, including penalties, under the state’s wage and hour laws.   Here is a summary of what New York law requires of employers when it comes to employee meals and rest breaks.   Meal Periods Under New York

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How the Fair Labor Standards Act—and Its Posting Requirements—Affect Your Business

What Is the Fair Labor Standards Act? The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 is a federal law that governs important wage and hour standards for U.S. employees. It sets the minimum wage, establishes rules for overtime eligibility, regulates child labor, and determines employer recordkeeping requirements. The law applies to full-time and part-time employees working for private employers as well as federal, state, and local governments. The law also

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The Life of a Poster

Have you ever been curious to know what goes into creating a labor law poster? If yes, then you’re in for a good read. In this blog, we provide a “behind the scenes” view of the life of a poster, covering the process the labor law posters go through before inevitably being shipped to your business and then posted on the wall in your workplace.   While what we do

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Labor Law and Mandatory Workplace Postings in Florida

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and other state agencies require Florida employers to comply with various federal and state labor laws. These labor laws require all Florida employers to conspicuously post several specific notices. Employers of certain sizes or in particular industries may be subject to additional labor law posting requirements.    To get a handle on the posting requirements, let’s start with some of the federal labor

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