March 10, 2017
minimum wage and the poverty level

How Does the Minimum Wage Work?

The United States of America is considered a progressive nation, but, when it comes to establishing a minimum wage law for its hardworking residents, you might be surprised to learn that the first federal minimum wage laws in America were not passed until 1938 and were instituted by Franklin D. Roosevelt, our 32nd president.   The name of the actual federal law that enacted the minimum wage was introduced as a portion of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  Up until […]
March 8, 2017
History of the Minimum Wage

The History of the Minimum Wage

Most people today have worked in a minimum-wage position at some time in their life.  For most, it was a high school job to earn money for incidentals that were not paid for by their parents, like a car or even tuition for college.  Not everyone is lucky enough to win a college scholarship and who wants to carry a student loan way into their actual working career? Back in the day, that minimum wage payment was sufficient for your […]
March 6, 2017
State Employment Laws Versus Federal Employment Laws

State Employment Laws Versus Federal Employment Law

Most people go to work, get their paycheck, enjoy their compensated time off and never give much thought to the myriad of federal and state labor and employment laws that have enabled them to enjoy certain rights and benefits in the workplace.  Both federal and state governments within the United States have enacted employment laws, which are regulations that deal with the relationship between an employee and his/her employer. A common legal question is:  what are the differences, if any, […]
December 15, 2015
Work on a Federal Holiday (1)

Can Employees Refuse to Work on a Federal Holiday?

The last bite of pumpkin pie has been enjoyed and the mouth has been duly dabbed with a napkin.  The cook looks around the kitchen table with a smug feeling of satisfaction, knowing that everyone has enjoyed their Thanksgiving Day feast.  She knows that soon the men will meander into the den to watch the football game while the women will don aprons and begin the massive clean-up process. Well, that little scenario might have happened before “Gray Thursday” came […]
October 21, 2015
Working From Home Work

How Does Working From Home Work?

You would think in this day and age everyone would be working from home, considering it’s such an easy thing to do.  But, while more and more companies are allowing employees to do this, more and more are still putting their foot down and saying no to this type of employment.  If you are one of those companies that have done the research, seen the stats and you want to consider trying this out and letting a handful of employees […]
May 19, 2014

What is the Fair Labor Standards Act?

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was set in place to help protect workers from being treated unfairly in the workplace as it pertains to pay practices and work regulations. It is a federal law which describes different regulations regarding commerce employment and it details things like requirements for overtime, setting limits on child labor and establishing minimum wage. The FLSA is very important and employers must be willing to abide by the various regulations for the ways in which […]