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Is your business misclassifying employees as independent contractors?

Many small businesses rely on independent contractors to get vital work done. And there are plenty of reasons to do so. Independent contractors can help you cut costs and expand your business without having to take on the commitment, expense and liability of employees.

When it comes to wages union workers should have few complaints

Michigan's decision to join the ranks of right-to-work states has brought the issue of union versus non-union wage scales back into the public forum. Employers struggling to keep their business on an even keel and possibly add workers are facing pressure from increasingly activist unions intent on building membership. Some new information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that union workers do far better than non-union workers in several important occupations.

Workers file wage and hour claims against Georgia restaurant

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a complicated law and its standards are sometimes difficult to understand or with which to comply. Two workers at Steak n Shake restaurants in Georgia are suing the restaurant chain for allegedly failing to pay minimum wage and overtime pay to hourly employees. The employees filed the lawsuit in November in federal court in Georgia, and the suit seeks class-action status against the parent company, Steak n Shake Operations Incorporated.The Georgia plaintiffs are currently employed by Steak n Shake, and they have worked in various positions in the restaurant. In order to not pay overtime, the company is accused of telling restaurant managers to adjust the hours of employees who had worked more than 40 hours. The plaintiffs also claim the restaurant chain failed to pay the appropriate minimum wage for servers who received tips from customers. Steak n Shake purportedly adjusted the weekly tips in a way that did not accurately reflect the amount earned by servers. The two plaintiffs have accused the restaurant chain of violating the FLSA and seek monetary damages for unpaid minimum and overtime wages.

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