When people are employees, the deductions that may be made from their wages are limited and many items that would be classified as employer business expenses cannot be deducted from worker pay.  When individuals are independent contractors, these otherwise forbidden deductions may be effected because of this supposed non-employee status.  When those two worlds collide,

Employers may make deductions for uniforms under the Fair Labor Standards Act but such deductions cannot take their wage rates under the minimum. Life Time Fitness just learned this truism. The gym chain has agreed to pay in excess of $976,000 in back wages and damages to almost 16,000 employees whose wages fell below the

In December, I blogged about off-the-clock work in my post Unreported, Off-the-Clock Work.  Off-the-clock work includes meal break time, and issues arise when employees work during these breaks, or claim that they work during these breaks, but are not paid.  Recently, an Ohio federal judge decertified a class of employees who alleged that their

I often post on and discuss working time issues, e.g. travel time, on-call time, automatic lunch deduction cases, training time and, of late, after-hours employee email/blackberry usage and whether it is "work hours."

On Thursday, January 17, 2013, at 11AM, I am giving a one-hour Webcast on the topic "What Is Working Time and When Is

Last week, the Southern District of Texas denied a motion by Power Line Services Inc. (“Power Line”) to dismiss a class action alleging that the company improperly docked employee paychecks.  The claim arises out of a company policy permitting Power Line to make payroll deductions for any charges made on a corporate credit card for which an