Understanding Intermediate Sanctions

by Linda M. Lampkin, Senior Nonprofit Compensation Specialist 3. October 2017 08:22
Today there are fewer employees charged with overseeing the nonprofit sector than there were a few years ago, but the IRS is increasing its use of data to target its investigations on the organizations that are the most likely to be in violation of the rules on paying excess compensation or benefits, leading to fines for those individuals responsible and even loss of tax-exempt status for the organization. [More]

FLSA Overtime Law Uncertainty

by Lyle Leritz, Ph.D. 26. September 2017 10:06
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was introduced in 1938 with the objective to improve labor conditions, protect underage employees, provide a minimum wage, and allow for overtime pay. Several amendments to the FLSA occurred over the years, with a significant change in 1963 with the Equal Pay Act. This amendment required employers to pay men and women the same wage for jobs that required equal skill, effort, and responsibility and were performed under similar working conditions. Legitimate pay practices like seniority, merit-based programs, or systems that tied earnings to quantity or quality still allowed for unequal pay. Over the next 41 years, the FLSA was amended to increase minimum wages (multiple amendments), provide protections for specific types of workers (e.g., migrant and seasonal workers, etc.), and other relatively small changes. [More]

FLSA and Job Analysis

by Malak Kazan, CECP, CCP, CBP, GRP 26. July 2016 13:51
In the U.S., the Department of Labor has recently amended the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), increasing labor costs, particularly for service industry sectors. The changes may require any employees earning less than $913 per week ($47,476 annually) to be paid overtime once the standard workweek hours are exceeded. At ERI, we are helping organizations navigate FLSA minimum wage laws and job analysis requirements by providing technology and compensation analytics to holistically evaluate the business impact on job classifications and labor costs. [More]

Any Action on the ACT Recommendations?

by Linda M. Lampkin, Senior Nonprofit Compensation Specialist 7. July 2016 13:39
This year’s report of the Exempt Organizations (EO) Subcommittee of the IRS Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT) focused on planning for the future, which it predicted will not be positive unless its recommended changes are implemented. [More]

New 2016 FLSA Rules Are Effective December 1, 2016

by Malak Kazan, CECP, CCP, CBP, GRP 19. May 2016 12:25
The final FLSA rule changes were published this week and go into effect December 1, 2016. ERI has been following these developments from the onset. The new rules modify the definitions of white collar workers, expanding coverage of FLSA's minimum wage and overtime standards, introduce automatic increases to the federal salary and annual compensation thresholds, as well as provide guidance on inclusion of variable cash payments in meeting the salary thresholds. The Department of Labor estimates the compensation for 4 million workers will be impacted by these changes. [More]