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Don’t Get Stymied by FLSA Uncertainties. Here’s a Great Resource.

Posted on: May 17th, 2013 | Category: Government Regulatory & Compliance Issues, HR DirectLink Service, Human Resources, Our Blog

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You know what? Every so often, we run across something pretty darn useful here on the Internet. Sometimes it’s a recipe for monster chocolate chip cookies. Sometimes it’s a grumpy cat meme. And sometimes, it’s even a work-related blog article!

Hat tip to our very own Bonnie Levitt, MSW, PHR, hireVision’s Director of Hiring Management/HR Manager, for alerting us to this is a very concise FLSA refresher posted by HR Daily Advisor. In it you’ll find information about basic FLSA requirements, forms of payment, deductions that cut into the minimum wage and the ever-confusing exempt vs. nonexempt status issues.

One of our favorite points brought up in the article:

Deductions that Cut into the Minimum Wage

  • State and federal taxes
  • Social Security

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  • Child support orders

In addition, an employer may generally make deductions for things that cut into minimum wage or overtime provided they are authorized by the employee and for the employee’s benefit. For example:

  • Group health insurance
  • Savings bonds
  • Charitable contributions
  • Wage advances

Employers cannot make deductions that cut into the employee’s minimum wage or overtime if the deduction is for the employer’s benefit. For example:

  • Cash shortages
  • Sale of goods or services in excess of their cost
  • Cost of repair of vehicle or equipment damages by employee

Boehm recommends that employers check with their attorney before making unusual deductions like cash shortages or damage. When employees get a paycheck that is less than they expected, that’s a major trigger for lawsuits or visits to the DOL, he says.

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