Posts tagged wages
New Jersey Enacts a Major Expansion of the Penalties for Wage and Hour Violations, Including Jail Time

On August 6, 2019, New Jersey Lt. Governor Shiela Oliver signed into law yet another expansion of New Jersey’s employment laws. Notably, this latest amendment increases the potential criminal penalties and civil liabilities for employers that violate the state’s wage and hour laws. Most of the amendments went into effect immediately.

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Supreme Court Rejects Principle That FLSA Exemptions Must Be Narrowly Construed, Granting A Victory To Employers

On April 2, 2018, in Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro, the United States Supreme Court rejected the longstanding principle that exemptions from the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) overtime pay requirements should be construed narrowly, granting a victory to employers.

 In Encino, a majority of the Court held that service advisors at car dealerships are exempt from the FLSA's overtime pay requirements. While this holding directly applies only to a particular segment of workers in one industry, the Court's overall decision has much broader implications.

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Employees Must be Paid for Breaks Shorter than 20 Minutes, Third Circuit Holds

Does your business have an employee break policy? Do you pay employees during their coffee, bathroom, and other short breaks? According to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals (which has jurisdiction over New Jersey), if those breaks last less than 20 minutes, employees must be paid for that time under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

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