Compensation.BLR.com, where employers go for reliable compensation data and tools, has just compiled a Special Report that answers the most common questions about the new law. "Top 100 FLSA Overtime Q&As: Most Frequently Asked Questions about the New FLSA Overtime Regulations" is free to employers at http://www.blr.com/82008400/PRS13
The payroll questions indicate the range of practical problems that employers face as they try to determine who is eligible for overtime pay while balancing tight pay budgets. Most questions are predictable - for example, who is exempt from overtime pay and under what circumstances? But many queries illustrate the complexity of applying the law in today's modern workplace.
Take, for example Question 24: "If an employee takes more than 1 smoke break per 4-hour pay period, is it acceptable to deduct that time?" Or Question 29: "How do you calculate overtime when someone works on a piecework basis?" Other questions deal with workers sharing jobs or having to travel to distant work sites, and so on.
According to Susan Prince, senior editor at Compensation.BLR.com, "It's no wonder that so many employers said in our recent survey that they've been audited by the Department of Labor for wage and hour problems - it's still very hard to comply with this law."
"Top 100 FLSA Overtime Q & A's" -free, in PDF format-can be downloaded at: http://www.blr.com/82008400/PRS13
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