Employee Wage Protection: When Employer Promises Don’t Come True

If you’ve been working for an employer that hasn’t paid you, but keeps promising that they will soon, you’re in a vulnerable and stressful situation. Many employees try to stick it out, assuming they’ll get paid eventually.  Unfortunately, the likelihood that an employer who hasn’t paid you for a good while will pay you in the immediate future isn’t very high. As difficult as it may seem, in many cases you should Read More

Independent Contractor? 4 Ways Being Classified As One Hurts You.

True self-employment can be wonderful and have many benefits.  However, too often, companies will try to call members of its workforce “independent contractors” in an effort to save on payroll taxes and other expenses when they shouldn't.  Sometimes workers see the bigger paycheck (because taxes are not being withheld) and the opportunity to deduct “business expenses” on their taxes at the end of the year, and may Read More

Top 10 Ways Waiters & Waitresses Are Illegally Underpaid

Even in the best of cases, most waiters and waitresses are underpaid for the type of work they do.  Unfortunately, some employers compound the problem by using illegal pay policies.  Sometimes it is intentional and others it is either accidental or out of ignorance, but whatever the case, it is important that you fight for the money you are entitled to.  The following are some of the most common ways wait staff are Read More

Workplace Rights That Security Guards May Not Even Know They Have

Are you a security guard, or do you have a family member or friend who works as a security guard? Pay attention! In this blog entry, we highlight eight workplace rights that you (or they) may not even know about. These can make a big difference in your paychecks! You’re entitled to Overtime If you work more than 40 hours a week, the law requires the company to pay you time and a half for each hour over forty. Read More

Top 8 Ways Plumbers Get Screwed At Work

If you work as a plumber, listen up. You have rights you might not even be aware of.  If any of the pay methods listed below sound familiar, there may be something getting screwed other than your pipe fittings. Not Getting Paid for Travel Time There is no requirement for a commute to work to be paid, but time between jobs usually should be.  Generally speaking, if you show up to work at the company facility Read More

Wage Theft is Real: Don’t Get Ripped Off

What is wage theft? Wage theft is just how it sounds—theft of wages owed to a worker by their employer. Basically, wage theft is the illegal withholding of wages or the denial of benefits that are rightfully owed to and earned by an employee. It can include: Denial of overtime pay – If an employee works over time, they are entitled to receive time and a half pay. Asking employee to work off the clock – Read More