Farmers Insurance Agrees to Pay $1.5 Million in Back Wages

Los Angeles-based Farmers Insurance Inc. (Farmers) has agreed to pay $1,520,705 in overtime back wages to 3,459 employees following an investigation by the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division that disclosed significant and systemic violations of the...

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Tip of the Week: Employees vs. Interns

Many businesses consider having an intern due to budgetary concerns in hiring an employee. However, an intern is not free labor. An internship must be a learning experience for the benefit of the intern and not the employer. Are interns entitled to benefits under...

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Tip of the Week: 10 Ways to Avoid Wage and Hour Pitfalls

Employers must constantly navigate a minefield of state and federal wage and hour laws. Effectively avoiding common employer pitfalls could save your business thousands of dollars every year. How do you determine which workers should be classified as independent...

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Nondiscretionary Safety Bonus Complies with Overtime Rules

The US Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued Administrator signed Opinion Letter FLSA2009-21. Although Opinion Letters only apply to the exact set of facts and circumstances presented in each case, they are a valuable aid in understanding current interpretations...

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QuikTrip Will Pay Almost $750,000 in Overtime Back Wages

The US Department of Labor (DOL) has announced that QuikTrip Corp. (QuikTrip) will pay $747,729 in overtime back wages for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The 3,819 current and former employees affected will receive an average of $196 each. In announcing...

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