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US Labor Department Gives $2.1M to Washington State to Dampen Small Business Layoffs

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor last Thursday announced the award of $2.1 million to the state of Washington to aid small business owners in reducing employee work hours instead of laying them off during tough economic times.

DOL Delays Requirement that Employers Provide Employees Notice under Affordable Care Act

As a further indication of the yet to be written regulations under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) has announced employers

March 8, Deadline for Employers to Post Revised FMLA Poster

March 8, 2013 is the effective date for the U.S. Department of Labor’s final rule implementing important areas of expansion in the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA” or “the Act”).  As part of the implementation, a revised FMLA workplace poster has been created and is available to employers on the Internet (pdf).  All covered employers are advised to replace their existing poster with the revised version by March 8, 2013.

New IRS Crackdown on Small Businesses

The IRS and the Department of Labor are running a new small business crackdown on owners who misclassify employees as independent contractors, says Fox Business News.

DOL Issues Employer Guidelines on Parents’ Rights of Leave to Care for Adult Children

Since its enactment in 1993, an unresolved issue under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA” or “the Act”) was exactly how the definition of “son or daughter” under Section 101(12) of the Act applied to adult children, 18 years of age or older and incapable of self-care because of a mental or physical disability.

Tip Reporting Major Issue for Restaurant Owners

"The single most important issue facing restaurant owners today, and the absolute bane of their existence, is the handling of tips," says Rick Casmass, VP of sales for a restaurant payroll service.

Home Care Industry Fights New Pay Rules

New regulations that will require overtime pay and minimum wage for home care workers are getting pushback from within the industry and from the franchising sector.

Dept of Labor Signals Focus on Franchisee FLSA Violations

A recent Huddle House investigation may have implications for all franchisees.

Hospitality Industry Employers Pay for Tip Violations

On September 14, 2011, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a $1.8 million jury verdict for 55 waiters at a Chili’s Grill and Bar.  The waiters alleged they were compelled by their employer to participate in an illegal tip pooling arrangement.

Seven Common Wage and Hour Mistakes

The restaurant industry has come under tougher scrutiny from the department of labor in the last decade for non-compliance with federal wage and hour laws.