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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 Tipped Employee Wage Claim Attorneys Reply: Can my boss take a percentage of my tips? Can my job withhold credit card fees out of my tips? What should I do if my manager is keeping part of my tips out of my paycheck to cover so-called costs? You know when someone says, “it’s just the cost of doing business” that usually means you are going to end up spending extra money. But have you ever wondered just what the actual cost of doing business really is? In the case of wage violations the answer is usually way more than just complying the first time around. As our wage and hour attorneys have blogged about before, the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA“) is a collection of federal laws that require employers to pay minimum wages as well as overtime

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Best Ohio Wage and Hour Attorney Answer: Is the staffing company or the company that I’m sent to responsible for making sure that I’m properly paid minimum wage and overtime? What does “joint-employer” mean? Does an employer have an obligation to keep accurate pay records for its employees? A common phenomenon in today’s workplace is that more and more companies are seeking “temporary” or “probationary” employees from staffing agencies who are assigned to work at the client company for some determined period of time and then are either let go (i.e. the assignment period ends), or are hired on as permanent employees of the client employer. This staffing agency-client company relationship often presents unique questions of law

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Best Ohio Overtime Lawyer Answer: Am I exempt from overtime pay? Do I have to prove that I’m entitled to overtime? What can I get if I sue my boss for not paying me and my paycheck is short? One of the more frequent issues our wage and hour attorneys tackle centers around how people are getting compensated at work. (See Should Tipped Workers Be Paid Overtime?; How Do I Prove That I Was Not Paid Overtime?; and No Overtime For So Called “Independent Contractors”?). And, with the recent changes in overtime regulations, we are expecting even more questions about compensation. (See How Do the New Overtime Rules Affect Me?). Once our overtime law lawyers inform an employee that their employer potentially violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA“), the

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