Tag: pay

At ThinkHR, knowledge makes us tick. We are always on the lookout for the latest workplace and human resources news, trends, research, and law. Here are some of the stories that caught our eye this month. A Blow to #MeToo? In a 5-4 ruling,  the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declared that employers can force workers into arbitration,…

Question: Can a California employer make a partial day deduction from an exempt employee’s paid time off benefits? Answer: Although California employers cannot dock an exempt employee’s salary for a partial day absence from work, employers may deduct from the employee’s accrued vacation or PTO for the time he or she was absent, in any increment, without jeopardizing the…

Question: How should we pay a nonexempt employee traveling from California to North Carolina, departing on Sunday and returning after eight hours of training on Wednesday at midnight Pacific time? Answer: Based on California wage and hour regulations, compulsory travel time longer than the employee’s normal commute is considered compensable time. The definition of hours…

Question: Can interns be paid by the company and receive credits from their colleges? Answer: Yes, interns may receive compensation and credits dependent upon the university’s internship program. However, many programs require unique criteria and restrictions that may need to be explored and understood before initiating an internship. Speak with the university’s director of internships…

Question: If our facility temporarily loses power for an hour or less, and no work is done by the hourly workforce during the time the power is off, are we obligated to pay our workers their regular hourly wage? Do you know what other companies do in similar situations? Answer: The federal Fair Labor Standards Act…

Question: Do we have to pay a nonexempt (hourly) employee to complete training courses outside of his normal working hours when it is a requirement for the job? Answer: The following information is excerpted from the U.S. Electronic Code of Federal Regulations: Employees who spend time at lectures, work courses, employer-sponsored training programs or employee…

Question: When a business is closed due to a natural disaster, must we pay our employees for the days the business is closed? Answer: Exempt employees must be paid for the full work week if they worked any hours during that week. Nonexempt employees who did not report to work and did not perform work…