Employers in Indiana who pay their employees on commission should be mindful of Department of Labor rules regarding paying 'draws" against future commissions. Even an unused written policy can cause problems in the future.
In September, a federal court case began that could have far-reaching implications on employee classification for independent contractors. The result could affect similar cases in Indiana and across the country.
Tipping can be a substantial portion of income for Indiana restaurant workers. They should be aware of the 80/20 rule regarding the role of servers and how it can affect their tip credit.
When an employee makes a sexual harassment complaint, management has a duty to investigate that complaint reasonably and to refrain from retaliating against the person who brought it. Uber, the ride-hailing giant, was facing a public accusation by a former employee that she experienced sexual harassment and that management failed to respond appropriately.
With so many elements of the business regulation world changing rapidly these days, it is difficult to know exactly what pregnant woman can expect and demand under the law as an employee. While the law does change from time to time, and may change again soon, there are current protections to new and expectant mothers under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
Two competing bills submitted by two Democratic senators seek the raise the minimum wage in Indiana. Indiana is surrounded by states who have raised their minimum wage from Illinois and Michigan to Ohio. But the fight to raise the minimum wage is encountering resistance in Indiana. Some lawmakers and business groups argue that raising the minimum wage too much could have drastic consequences for the economy and make Indiana less competitive.
Two Democratic state senators introduced different bills that would raise the minimum wage in Indiana. Indiana's neighboring states to the north, east, and west have all enacted legislation to raise their minimum wage - Indiana has thus far refused. The two competing bills would raise Indiana's minimum wage, currently $7.25 to either $10.62 per hour or $15 an hour for most Indiana workers.
The federal government takes wage and hour laws very seriously, and strict laws are in place to protect employees. If your employer is denying your paycheck and not paying you according to the rules and regulations, you have the right to file a complaint. The federal Fair Labor Standards Act was passed to protect employees that are mistreated by their employers. Any violations by the employer can be taken to court by registering a complaint under the FLSA.
If you are an employee who has been wrongly denied the required minimum wage and overtime pay, you may be able to recover the wages by reporting it as a violation. The Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to pay the federal minimum wage and overtime pay if an employee worked over 40 hours a week. An employer who fails to provide minimum wage and overtime pay to his employees is committing wage theft. The affected employee or a third party may file a complaint against the employer if wage theft is suspected.
When you are starting off as a young adult, whether you are attending college or not, you may decide to get a job to help pay your way and allow for greater responsibility. If your job involves receiving tips, you may be surprised to realize your tips may not be in addition to a minimum wage rate of hourly pay.