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Cherokee Tire Service LLC kept first paychecks as uniform deposits, paid overtime incorrectly   A Canton tire retailer and auto shop shortchanged 19 workers by withholding first paychecks and paying overtime at rates lower than required, a U.S. Department of Labor investigation has determined.   Investigators with the department’s Wage and Hour Division found that Cherokee Tire […]

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  Hey Compliance Warriors!   Our friends at Littler.com have provided some cool charts to show the updates to state and local minimum wage requirements for 2022.  Read on and adjust as needed!   Pre-July 1, 2022 Changes Jurisdiction Rate Change Date Minimum Wage (Amount of Increase) Minimum Cash Wage (Amount of Increase) Maximum Tip […]

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Hey Compliance Warriors!   Here are some of the highlights regarding CA, NY, RI, CO, and MN employment law compliance. Read on…   Alameda County, California Reinstates Mask Mandates On June 2, 2022, the Alameda County Public Health Department announced that face coverings would once again be required in most indoor public settings, including workplaces […]

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Sparky’s Kwick Stop Stores’ pay deductions made worker wages fall below $7.25 per hour   A recent U.S. Department of Labor investigation found a Shawnee, Oklahoma, gas station and convenience store made illegal deductions from workers’ pay for uniforms and cash register shortages that brought wages below the federally required minimum wage.   The department’s Wage […]

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Attorney Harrison Oldham     Employers use arbitration agreements for many reasons, including avoiding costly and time-consuming litigation.  Employers often look to courts to enforce their arbitration clauses, either dismissing or staying the case pending completion of arbitration.  However, a California-based employee recently convinced the California Courts of Appeal that his arbitration agreement was too […]

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  Hey Compliance Warriors! The Internal Revenue Service today announced an increase in the optional standard mileage rate for the final 6 months of 2022. Taxpayers may use the optional standard mileage rates to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business and certain other purposes.   For the final 6 months of […]

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Attorney Harrison Oldham       With everything the United States economy has gone through in the past couple of years, including what now seem to be ubiquitous staffing shortages, it should not be a surprise that city and state governments are expanding their employee protection laws in various ways. In this article, we will […]

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Former owner of Assured Rx LLC entered guilty plea for conspiracy to commit health fraud   Following a U.S. Department of Labor investigation, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky has sentenced Nitesh Patel to serve 12 months’ probation, including 12 months of home confinement following his Nov. 3, 2021, guilty plea to […]

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  Hey Compliance Warriors!   Lately, landscapers have been on the hit list for the US DOL. Here is yet another cautionary tale for employers from all industries, but especially landscaping and construciton.   Belko Landscaping LLC also paid $283,020 penalty for intentional violations A federal court has entered a consent order against a Salem […]

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Will Dollar General EVER learn?!?! Safety inspections find company’s history of putting workers at risk continues   The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited two more Dollar General stores for endangering the safety of their employees, continuing the company’s long history of workplace safety violations nationwide.   In Baldwin, Wisconsin, OSHA inspectors responded […]

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