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Overtime Wage Claims

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to pay overtime wages to employees, who are eligible for such wages. Not all employees are entitled to overtime pay because the FLSA provides exemptions. Whether an employee is exempt or nonexempt usually depends on 1) how much the employee is paid, 2) how the employee is paid and 3) the type […]

No “Reasonable Dispute” Defense in Wage Claims

The Nebraska Wage Payment and Collection Act (Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 48-1228 -48-1234) provides that an employee has a wage claim, when wages are earned but not paid within thirty days of the regular payday designated. Wages include compensation for labor or services rendered, fringe benefits and unused vacation. The amount can be determined by time, fee, […]

LB 72 Signed into Law

The Nebraska State Legislature passed Legislative Bill 72 on May 7, 2015 and Governor Pete Ricketts signed it into law on May 13, 2015. LB 72 was introduced for the State to be reimbursed for Medicaid benefits paid to an individual. This blog previously discussed some of the problems with LB 72 as originally introduced. For […]

Post Shift Security Screenings Not Compensable

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that the time spent waiting to undergo end of shift security screenings are not compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Under the FLSA an activity is compensable if the activity is integral and indispensable to the principal activities that the employee is hired to perform.  The Court stated that for the […]

Claims for Unpaid Wages

Under the Nebraska Wage Payment and Collection Act an employee or former employee cannot bring a claim for unpaid earned wages until 30 days have passed from the missed regularly scheduled payday. If the employee is terminated or quits, her/his earned wages are not due until the next regularly scheduled payday. The counting period […]

Pre-employment Drug Tests Are Allowed

An employer under federal law is allowed to require its applicants to submit to pre-employment drug tests. Drug tests are not considered medical examinations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), and therefore, the employer does not need to make a conditional offer of employment before the drug test. Note that the drug tests do […]

Richard Knudsen Elected as Honorary Trustee of Cooper Foundation

The Cooper Foundation announced that Richard (Dick) Knudsen has been elected to serve as honorary trustee of the board of trustees. He was selected for his long and valuable service to the Cooper Foundation. Mr. Knudsen first started serving the Cooper Foundation in 1950 when he joined the law firm of Beghtol & Rankin. […]

Employers and Employees Can Contract When Commissions Are Earned

The Nebraska Wage Payment and Collection Act, Neb Rev. Stat. §§ 48-1228 to 48-1232, requires that if the employer-employee relationship is terminated, the employer shall pay the employee all of the earned wages on the next regularly scheduled payday following the termination, or within two weeks of termination whichever is sooner.  Earned commission is […]

Dick Knudsen Participates in No Sit Sunday

Sunday’s Nebraska Men’s Basketball game against Wisconsin was deemed “No Sit Sunday” where the coaches asked the fans to stand the entire game. Dick Knudsen at 89 years old had no problem meeting that request and was even recognized on Twitter for standing the entire game.

Thanks to Jon Callahan for taking the picture and […]

Employment Law: Title VII Retaliation Claims Require “but-for” Causation Test.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Univ. of Texas Southwestern Med. Ctr. v. Nassar that in order for a plaintiff to recover under a Title VII retaliation claim, the plaintiff must prove but-for the improper motive the employer would not have taken the employment action. This standard is same standard used in torts. Clarification […]