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Should I Pay My Employees a Flat Rate by Budget or by Actual Hours Worked?

A group of mechanics employed at a South Carolina chain of tire and automobile repair stores was paid under a compensation plan that contained two components. They received an amount determined by multiplying the particular mechanic’s “flat rate”;—an hourly pay rate assigned to each mechanic based on that mechanic’s particular skill, experience, and certifications—by the…

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What Do I Do If A Customer Won’t Wear a Mask?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has laid out new workplace strategies for COVID-19-related violence prevention in order to avoid conflict if customers refuse to adhere to safety protocols being enforced by employees. The CDC has posted information on limiting workplace violence related to retail and service businesses’ COVID-19 prevention policies. This information is…

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Do I Have to Reimburse My Employees for Personal Auto Use?

We will be looking at an explanation from the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor about the Fair Labor Standards Act, specifically about employee reimbursements. Generally, the FLSA requires covered employers to pay non-exempt employees no less than the federal minimum hourly wage for all non-overtime hours worked in a given workweek.…

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