The Magnificent Seven
The Magnificent Seven is one of my all-time favorite movies. The story is timeless and has been adapted several times. Yes, I know the Magnificent Seven is an adaptation of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. Even Pixar came out with it’s own version in A Bug’s Life. I never tire of the story-line and the actors in the original Magnificent Seven. I even bare a scar on my forehead from when my brother tired to imitate James Coburn’s knife throwing skills. Thankfully the butt-end of the screwdriver hit me instead of the other end. Thanks, David!
When I saw the remake coming out with some of my current favorite actors, it definitely made my “must-see” list. It also got me thinking: what other Magnificent Sevens are worth considering?
The Magnificent Seven Wage and Hour Rules
Those familiar with my law practice know that I represent a lot of employers and employees regarding wage and hour disputes. I also frequently present seminars to attorneys, HR staff and payroll specialists regarding how to pay employees correctly. Therefore, I thought it would be fun to provide my Magnificent Seven Wage and Hour Rules.
In no particular order, here is my list of seven wage and hour rules to follow if you want to avoid problems in the workplace:
- Only pay a salary to employees if they are truly exempt from overtime.
- Keep accurate records of the hours worked for at least 4 years.
- Have policies in place providing for regular rest and meal breaks, and have employees clock out for unpaid meal breaks.
- Just because you think someone is an independent contractor, doesn’t mean the government or the courts will agree.
- Know if local ordinances require different rules for employees working in different cities and counties.
- Commission and bonus agreements should be in writing and identify when a commission or bonus is earned.
- Tips belong to the employees, not to the employer!
Employing workers in California can be difficult. Most employers make mistakes out of good intentions rather than evil objectives. Regardless of the intent, however, employers are responsible for following state and federal wage and hour laws. Hopefully this short list will help employers and employees avoid the most common wage and hour problems.
Now, go buy your ticket for the new Magnificent Seven. I don’t know if Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke can match Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen and James Coburn, but I’m sure it will be a good time.
Original article by Robert E. Nuddleman of Nuddleman Law Firm, P.C.
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