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Break policies must conform to the FLSA

Texas employees may be interested in a Third Circuit ruling that said employees must be paid for breaks of up to 20 minutes. The ruling came in a case involving employees from Progressive Business Publications. In the lawsuit, the employees claimed that PBP did not pay workers if they were logged off of their computers for more than 90 seconds. The company said it was part of a flexible break policy that allowed workers to leave their work areas whenever they wanted to.

What if your boss asks you to work off-the-clock?

When your boss asks you to stay later than your scheduled hours, you likely appreciate the opportunity to earn a little extra money. Every little bit helps, and if you stay late often enough, you may even qualify for overtime pay. However, what happens if your boss asks you to stay after you have already clocked out?

The myriad causes of the gender wage gap

In theory, Texas employers and others are supposed to pay individuals equally for performing equal work. However, 55 years after the Equal Pay Act was passed, women still generally make less than men for performing the same jobs. On average, a white woman makes 79 cents per dollar earned by a white male. A black woman makes 63 cents for every dollar a white male makes.

Restaurant workers claim link between low wages, harassment

On Feb. 13, workers in seven cities lobbied for higher wages for restaurant workers on the grounds that this would reduce incidents of sexual harassment in their workplaces. According to the president of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, the federal minimum wage of $2.13 per hour combined with workers' dependence on tips leaves them more vulnerable to harassment from both customers and other workers. Texas is one of the states in which this remains the minimum wage for restaurant workers.

Former Vice employee files lawsuit

Generally speaking, Texas employers must pay workers equally for doing equal work. Vice Media, the national digital media giant, is facing a lawsuit from a former employee who claims that the company consistently paid female workers less than male workers. The suit also claims that these actions violated the Federal Equal Pay Act and similar laws in New York and California. The woman worked as a manager for the company for 12 years until 2016.

3 examples of wage and hour violations

You work hard in order to obtain a living wage. The money you make undoubtedly goes toward making many necessary purchases to meet your daily needs and the needs of your family. Though you may not work in your ideal profession, you probably still appreciate the paycheck that you receive. Unfortunately, you may notice that your paychecks are not always correct.

Wage theft in Texas

Laws regarding overtime pay are more complex than they might appear. The first step in examining a question concerning overtime is determining whether the worker is exempt or non-exempt. An employee is deemed "exempt" when they are excluded from receiving overtime pay for working in excess of 40 hours per week. In other words, they are "exempt" from the rules of the Fair Labor Standards Act. A worker who is required to get overtime pay for working more than 40 hours per week is not exempt from the FLSA.

Restaurant servers fear theft of tips under proposed regulations

Existing wage regulations set by the U.S. Department of Labor allow servers in Texas restaurants to keep their tips and bar management from requiring tip sharing with kitchen staff. If a proposed change to the regulation becomes official, then restaurant owners will gain the ability to pool tips and distribute them between servers and cooks. Although some people in the food industry accept that this change could ease income disparity between front and back workers, the regulations as proposed leave open the possibility that management could keep the tip money.

Female former employees sue Oracle for wage disparity

On Sept. 29, it was reported that three former Oracle employees, all female, filed a lawsuit against the company for pay discrimination. The lawsuit, which was seeking class-action status in order to represent all female employees at Oracle, was filed on Aug. 28. The company has locations in Texas.

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