On June 30, the U.S. Department of Labor released a proposal to update the regulations governing which executive, administrative, and professional employees (white collar workers) are exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage and overtime pay protections. The DOL last updated these regulations in 2004.
The proposal would raise the salary threshold from $455 a week (the equivalent of $23,660 a year) to about $970 a week ($50,440 a year) when finalized in 2016. The proposed regulations focus primarily on updating the salary and compensation levels needed for white collar workers to be exempt. Specifically, the DOL proposes to: Read More
The proposed regulations are available for review at www.dol.gov/whd/overtime/NPRM2015/OT-NPRM.pdf. When they are published in the Federal Register, details on submitting comments will be provided.
The Internal Revenue Service reminds employers that automatic gratuities are service charges, not tips. Employers should make sure they know the difference and how they report each to the IRS. Read More
What are tips?
What are service charges?
An employer or employee's characterization of a payment as a "tip" is not determinative. Again, the absence of any of the four factors listed earlier creates a doubt as to whether a payment is a tip and indicates that the payment may be a service charge.
Examples of service charges commonly added to a customer's check include:
Generally, service charges are reported as non-tip wages paid to the employee. Some employers keep a portion of the service charges. Only the amounts distributed to employees are non-tip wages.
Prevention of heat stress in workers is important. Heat Distress can lead to serious physical illness, fatigue and injury. It's not just outdoor workers that are at risk for heat distress, those that work in hot environments such as kitchens, maintenance shops and laundries may also be impacted. Follow these tips from the SimpleHR Safety Team to prevent, identify and respond to signs of heat distress in your employees. Read More
May be the result of a loss of fluid and/or salt by heavy sweating. Symptoms include clammy and moist skin, extreme weakness or fatigue, giddiness, nausea, headache and fainting.
High body temperature (103 degrees), red hot and dry skin (no sweating), rapid and strong pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion.
May be due to excessive sweating and loss of salt due to over activity. Symptoms include muscle spasms in the legs, arms and or abdomen, nausea.
OSHA recommendations for working in heated conditions or outdoors are:
Recommendations employers should follow to protect employees are:
If you see any of the above signs:
For more information, review the heat distress information available on the OSHA and CDC websites.
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