The Importance of Environmental Scans: Ensuring Compliance with Compensation Laws

Environmental scans can help you ensure that your company’s pay structure complies with federal and state compensation laws. Key federal compensation laws include the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and the Equal Pay Act (“EPA”). The FLSA is a broad compensation statute establishing minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor standards for full-time and […]

Separation Notices

In Georgia, when the employment relationship ends, employers are required to provide departing employees with a separation notice.  Separation notices must be provided if an employee is fired, laid off, or quits. The notice is a one-page form document, DOL Form 800, available on the Georgia Department of Labor (“DOL”) website (https://dol.georgia.gov/documents/separation-notice-individual-dol-800). The employer must […]

Nursing Mothers in the Workplace

Eight years ago, ELS Partner, Chandra C. Davis became a mother to a beautiful daughter. She, like many women, decided to breastfeed; but Davis also worked full time as an attorney. One morning, Davis had a deposition to attend and arranged to have two rooms reserved: one for the deposition and the other to use […]

State Equal Pay Laws

Most states have laws prohibiting wage discrimination based on sex. Most state equal pay acts grant exceptions for pay based on wage differentials other than gender, such as seniority or merit. Below is a chart of each state’s equal pay law. State Provisions Alabama None. Alaska Employers cannot pay females less than males for comparable work […]

Free Employment Law Pop-Up Clinic for Small Businesses

Join ELS on September 7, 2018 from 9 am-12 pm for its FREE Employment Law Pop Up Clinic! Small businesses in the surrounding areas can receive complimentary one-on-one consultations, as well as engaging group discussions, regarding topics such as classification of workers (1099 vs. W2), background checks, employee handbooks, small business resources, and many other […]

Helpful Tip for Hiring Summer Interns: Internship Should Not Guarantee Employment

Wondering if your internship program is legally compliant? Want to start an internship program, but do not know where to begin? View this helpful tip for employers when hiring summer interns. This tip discusses how the internship should not guarantee employment to the interns participating in the program. If you have any questions about hiring […]

DOL Tip Pay Rules Create Worker Shortages for Employers

While employers are generally required to pay non-exempt employees minimum wage, federal law allows employers to pay employees who customarily receive a certain amount of tips a reduced minimum wage in expectation that the employee’s tips will make up the difference.[1] Under federal law, that reduced minimum wage, known as the “tip credit rate,” is […]

Overtime Pay or Comp Time—Employer’s Choice?

On May 2, 2017, the House voted to pass a bill (HR 1180) that would allow employees to exchange overtime pay for “comp time” similar to what the government has been doing for decades.  This bill would extend this option to private-sector employees, making it legal for them to choose between an hour and a […]

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In case you missed our March CLE, feel free to download the materials here and contact us with any questions! #ELSinsideEdition #CLETuesday

21 States Challenging Department of Labor Overtime Rule

On September 20, 2016, 21 states – Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin – filed suit against the United States federal government, specifically the Department of Labor, challenging its new rule of overtime exemption.[1]  The group of […]