- Written by Carl Larson
The Saqui Law Group has received information that the Internal Revenue Service has initiated a special investigation and is issuing Subpoenas To Testify Before A Grand Jury to more than 40+ agricultural employers. The subpoenas contain lists of employees with their last known Social Security Number and demand copies of W2s, I-9s, contact information, and other documents relevant to those employees. Upon review, we have discovered a common thread among the employee lists. They appear to be targeting 900 series social security numbers which are INVALID on their face.
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- Written by Greg Blueford
In the case Department of Labor v. American Future Systems, Inc., a telemarketing company was given a $1.75 million swirly by a big, bad Federal bully for requiring employees to log-out for all breaks, including bathroom breaks. After the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) Wage and Hour Division learned that telemarketers at the company were required to log off of their computers and were not paid for any break time, even breaks as short as two or three minutes, the DOL filed a lawsuit against American Future Systems, Inc. (“American”).
The DOL argued that American’s conduct violated a provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) section that requires short rest periods, running from 5 minutes to about 20 minutes, to be counted as hours worked. American argued for the application of a different provision of FLSA, which says that “periods during which an employee is completely relieved from duty and which are long enough for [the employee] to use the time effectively for [the employee’s] own purpose are not hours worked.” The DOL specifically argued, “No worker should have to face the choice: do I take a bathroom break, or do I get paid?”