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How to Pay Hourly Employees Who Travel

Under FLSA  (Fair Labor Standards Act)  Travel Away from Home Community  means travel that keeps an employee away from home overnight. The general rule is as follows: If travel keeps an employee away from home overnight, then the travel time is work time when it cuts across the employee’s typical workday because the employee is simply substituting travel for other duties.  Travel during regular working […]
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Georgia’s Family Care Act

Taking effect July 1, 2017, Georgia’s new Family Care Act (“the Act”) requires employers with 25 or more employees to allow their employees to use earned and available sick leave to take care of immediate family members, including: spouses, children, parents, grandparents, grandchildren, and any other dependent listed on the employee’s latest tax return. It is important for both employees and employers to note the […]
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Should I Give My Employees Contracts?

Most employees do not need an employment contract because their  employment positions are governed by state and federal law. However, there are some instances when an employer might want to give an employee a contract. If an employer needs to entice individuals with specialized skill and knowledge: Employment contracts can be used to entice employees who have specialized skill and knowledge.  If an employer is […]
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Obama Salary Increase Ruled Invalid

On August 31, 2017, U.S. District Court Judge Amos L. Mazzant of the Eastern District of Texas rendered a final judgment on the Obama Overtime Rule – it is invalid. See our prior blog for a recap of this story at:  http://yorkbowmanlaw.com/timeline-update-texas-judge-stops-obamas-salary-increase.  Ultimately, 21 states and 50 businesses filed suit to challenge the DOL’s  implementation of the new regulation to increase the minimum salary for exempt […]
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Employee Referral Bonus Programs

When an employer gives an employee a non-discretionary bonus, the bonus must be calculated into the regular rate of pay for the purpose of calculating overtime pay.  A non-discretionary bonus includes those that are announced to employees to encourage them to work more steadily, rapidly or efficiently. Few bonuses are discretionary under the Fair Labor Standards Act, allowing exclusion from the regular rate of pay. […]
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What is FMLA?

FMLA refers to the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, which permits eligible employees to take 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a 12-month period. Such employees can take leave for a variety of reasons to include: The birth and care of a newborn child; The placement of a child for adoption or foster care; A serious health condition of the employee or […]
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Workplace Notices

Federal and state law requires employers to post certain notices in plain view at each worksite. This is the time of year when employers should review all workplace notices to determine compliance. Workplace notices should  include: Employment Polygraph Protection Act; Equal Employment Opportunity Is The Law; Fair Labor Standards Act; Family and Medical Leave Act; Georgia Child Labor Summary Sheet; Georgia Equal Pay for Equal […]
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Robyn Peterson joins York Bowman Law, LLC

York Bowman Law, LLC is pleased to announce the addition of Robyn Peterson  as a new associate. Robyn’s practice will focus on employment litigation representing clients in multiple areas, including employment discrimination,  retaliation claims, wage and hour disputes, leave law, employment policies and procedures, and employment contracts. See Robyn’s full bio here: http://yorkbowmanlaw.com/attorney/robyn-a-peterson/  
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