TAG: overtime

Guest Post: DOL OT rule will not go into effect Dec. 1

November 23, 2016By

On Nov. 22, a federal judge blocked the Department of Labor (DOL) rule extending overtime eligibility to millions of American workers. The new rule was set to go into effect Dec. 1. In a preliminary injunction, the judge said the DOL didn’t have the authority to automatically update the minimum salary for exempt employees to $47,476 up from $23,660. While... read more

Government Affairs: Will proposed OT regs affect you?

September 2, 2015By

New regulations proposed by the federal Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division could ratchet up your labor costs and make audits of your payroll records potentially even more expensive. Employees who are exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) now must meet three criteria:they must be paid a salary; that salary must be more than... read more

Landscape owner arrested for not paying workers

June 26, 2015By

Richard Orvieto, owner and operator of the landscaping company Double “O” Landscaping, was arrested in Suffolk County, N.Y. The owner and company are charged with failing to pay more than $13,000 in wages to three former employees and with defrauding the state unemployment insurance system of almost $12,000 by paying wages in cash off-the-books and thereby failing to pay required... read more

What I’m Reading Wednesday: Potential overtime changes, speed reading

March 12, 2014By

After a week on hiatus, I’m back with a few links of note. What have you been reading lately? Or are you bogged down already by the 2014 season? Still plowing snow? We’d like to know. Email me at mpalmieri@northcoastmedia.net or share with us on social media. “Obama Will Seek Broad Expansion of Overtime Pay” New York Times Via LM... read more

How overtime can make you more money

November 6, 2013By

There’s a myth circulating around our industry that overtime (OT) is bad. Owners and managers believe this is true because their employees are inefficient; therefore OT is a waste. But inefficiency is a separate issue. Owners are also worried about time-and-a-half pay because they’re running on razor thin margins, yet that too is another distinct problem that should be addressed... read more

When is overtime OK?

October 11, 2013By

You’ve told your guys a thousand times, “No overtime!” It’s an unnecessary premium cost that cuts deep into your margins. Or is it? The unplanned, capricious use of overtime hurts financial performance. We rarely bid work at overtime rates, so it hurts margins. There are, however, times when the strategic use of overtime makes sense, as long as it’s limited... read more