Category Archives: Salaries

More States Banning Salary-History Inquiries

For years, requesting applicants’ salary history has been standard practice for many employers. Often, the information is used to eliminate applicants from the hiring pool and/or to set compensation for new hires. The problem with this practice is that it may perpetuate the pay disparity between men and women, and particularly for people of color. In addition, relying on salary history to set future salary assumes that prior salaries were fairly established in the first place. If they were not, Read the rest

Things That Must Be Talked About

In the August 2019 issue of LW, we included a link to an article called ‘8 Things You Should Never Share at Work.’ One of the things on the list was discussions about salaries. The advice on not sharing salary information was something with which we don’t necessarily agree. Pay equity is a primary concern for ALA-APA. It is one of the major issues in which we put forth much effort to raise awareness. We address pay equity concerns Read the rest

DOL Issues Final Overtime Rule

In a news release issued last month (Sept. 2019) the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final overtime rule which is expected to make 1.3 million American workers eligible for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Many workers will be able to collect one and one-half times their regular rate of pay for any hours over 40 worked during a workweek. The rule will become effective January 1, 2020.

Under the FLSA, workers must be paid Read the rest

What to Do If You Have to Retire Early

When do you plan to retire? When you’re 65, 70, 75?  Five years from now, ten years from now? What would you do if something happened and you had to retire next month? Would you be prepared? Would you know what to do? Many workers find themselves suddenly retired—sometimes years ahead of their target date. Some people end up retiring early because of a job loss, a health problem or caregiving responsibilities. It happens more often than you may realize. Read the rest

9 Things Never to Say in a Salary Negotiation

Do you wish you made more money? Who doesn’t? When you were first offered your current position, did you just accept the salary offered? How often do you think to yourself, “I wish I had negotiated for a better salary?” Did you even consider negotiating, or were you just grateful to be offered a job? If it’s time for your annual review, are you preparing to ask for a raise? Or perhaps you’re nearing the end of the job interview Read the rest

The State of the Pay Gap

Last Tuesday, April 2, 2019, was Equal Pay Day — the day that symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. Despite passage of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, which requires that men and women in the same work place be given equal pay for equal work, the “gender gap” in pay persists. Earnings for women who work full-time are only about 80% of their male counterparts’ earnings. There Read the rest

Countdown to Retirement

Do you know how much you’ll need for retirement? Are you on track to get there? If not, do you have a plan? Have you even started thinking about retirement? Or do you feel like you’re so busy trying to raise your family and pay your current monthly bills that you can’t possibly start thinking about saving for retirement? If this is where you are right now, you might be in for a rude awakening. Your quality of life could Read the rest

Minimum Wages Increase for Some U.S. Workers

The federal minimum wage —which stands at $7.25 per hour ($2.13 for those who earn tips)— has not been raised since 2009. In the absence of action at the national level, many states have raised their own minimum wages. This will result in some U.S. workers seeing increased pay in 2019.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), there are 29 states plus the District of Columbia, Guam, and the Virgin Islands with minimum wage rates set higherRead the rest

IRS Warns Employers: Be Alert to Identity Theft and W-2 Scams

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), State Tax Agencies and the Tax Industry are working together to encourage both individual and business taxpayers to take steps to protect their tax data and identities in advance of the 2019 filing season.  Just like individuals, businesses may have their identities stolen and their sensitive information used to open credit card accounts or used to file fraudulent tax returns for bogus refunds. Employers also hold sensitive tax data on employees, such as Form W-2 Read the rest

Weigh-In on Overtime Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has announced that in the upcoming weeks, it will hold public listening sessions to gather views on the Part 541 white collar exemption regulations, often referred to as the “Overtime Rule.”

Issued under the Fair Labor Standards Act, these regulations implement exemptions from the overtime pay requirements for executive, administrative, professional, and certain other employees. The Department plans to update the Overtime Rule and is interested in hearing Read the rest