Is Your Employer Cheating You On Your Pay? “Meal Break” Clue #1
Clue #1: You’re an hourly employee who often has to work through lunch, but your employer automatically deducts half-hour “Meal Breaks” from your time, Federal law: the Fair Labor Standards Act, requires that you be paid at least minimum wage (or overtime) for all working time. If your employer knows or should have known that you did not take a half-hour meal break, it breaks the law in deducting that time if the deduction means that your average pat was less than the minimum wage when your pay rate for that week, dividing total pay by hours actually worked, is less than the minimum wage; or if you worked more than 40 hours that week, because the deduction means that you did not get time and a half for all hours worked over 40. State law: Many States have wage payment laws requiring employers to pay the agreed hourly rate…
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What is the Proper Role for Dispositive Motions in Arbitration?
To achieve speedy resolutions, and to resolve matters as cost-effectively as possible, arbitrators should be careful in allowing the filing of dispositive motions. They make sense for gateway issues, but not for issues going to the substance of the merits. Allowing such motions generally would lengthen the time required to resolve cases, and multiply discovery to the magnitude needed in Federal courts. When trials are held on affidavits, the parties need a lot of depositions because that may be their only opportunity to examine the other sides’ witnesses. Ruling out trials by affidavits in the bulk of cases allows the promise of arbitration–faster, cheaper and fair resolutions–to be realized. Parties need to know at the outset what will and will not be allowed, so they that can cut their discovery needs. Continue reading
Do You Have a “For Cause” Employment Contract?
Employees usually have the most rights under an employment contract that either says the employee will be employed for a specific period of time, or says the employer is restricting its ability to fire the employee to specific circumstances, such as “for cause,” with a definition of the term. Employers trying to recruit high-level managers, or persons with hard-to-find skills, find “for cause” agreements a powerful tool in persuading the desired prospects to leave what they were doing and sign up with the employer.