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Wage and Hour Attorney Top Answers: My employer requires a uniform, do I have to pay for it? Do I have to pay to maintain a uniform? Is there a difference between a uniform and a general dress code? Employers oftentimes require employees to dress in a certain fashion for work. In the restaurant business, for example, it is not unusual to see servers and wait staff dressed the exact same way. Other employers have a very strict uniform – think police officers or the UPS deliveryman. But, there is a difference between the two sets of attire and how they are treated under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The FLSA has explained that wages do not include uniforms or items that primarily benefit the employer. So, an employer cannot use uniform costs to partially meet its

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Best Wage And Hour Attorney Reply: Does my boss have to pay me overtime for training at work? Can my manager tell me to stay late without paying me extra? What should I do if my supervisor makes me go to training classes without paying me? I went through a lot of training to get certified, does my boss have to pay? I was thinking about different topics I could write about for this blog post. Sure, the laws change, and occasionally there is a court decision that really makes waves in the employment discrimination community. As I was shivering getting my car started going to work in this polar vortex and freezing my arse off, I started to think back to the most fun and warm job that I ever had. And, while being an employment law attorney is great and rewarding to help employees and

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Best Employment Attorneys’ Answer: Do I have to pay taxes on my race discrimination lawsuit? Should I report my gender and disability discrimination settlement to the IRS? Can I avoid paying taxes on the jury’s verdict on my sexual harassment claims? “Nothing is certain except death and taxes.” We have all heard this before and most of us have probably uttered this phrase once or twice. What most of don’t know is that this unfortunate truism has a long history in our country. It origins are found in a 1789 letter, in which Benjamin Franklin, who you may have heard of, penned that “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Now, as a bit of a history

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Best Ohio Minimum Wage Attorney Answer: Is Ohio’s minimum wage going up in 2019? How often does Ohio’s minimum wage increase? Who are most likely to experience minimum wage violations and wage theft? What does Best Ohio Minimum Wage Attorney think about this year’s raise? Happy New Year! Ohio’s minimum wage increased on January 1, 2019 from $8.30 per hour to $8.55 per hour for non-tipped employees. Tipped-wage employees got a raise too! Minimum wage went from $4.15 per hour to $4.30 per hour. Tipped employees must get at least $4.30 per hour plus tips. According to the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) almost everyone must follow the minimum wage requirement. The minimum wage requirement applies to employees of businesses with annual gross receipts of more than $314,000

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Best Wage and Hour Attorney Answer: Can I recovery more than the amount that my boss did not pay me in overtime if I sue my employer? Can I join with other employees that were cheated out of overtime and minimum wage to sue the company that I work for? How do I sue my employer for wage theft? Liars lie and cheaters cheat. It is what they do. And, they cannot stop doing it. Employers that lie and cheat you out of money that you are entitled to, likely have lied and cheated other employees and workers out of money. If the manager or boss got away with overtime or minimum wage violations once, he or she is likely to keep doing it over and over. Our wage and hour attorneys have dealt regularly with these habitual wage theft employer. As our overtime law lawyers have blogged about regularly,

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Best Ohio Wage And Hour Attorney Answer: Do I have to do arbitration my overtime violation claims if I didn’t sign anything? Can I still sue my company for wage theft if I have an arbitration clause? Can my employer make me waive my rights to bring a class action for not paying the employees overtime? During early employer-employee relationships, agreements were often made and considered enforceable by verbally agreeing to do something. Eventually, as work relationships got increasingly more complex and hard to define, employment contracts were used to determine the duties and obligations each party owed the other. Now, however, employees are frequently flooded with paperwork during the initial on-boarding and hiring phase. Some of the paperwork relates to W-2s and contact

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