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The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is a federal statute that applies to most jobs within the United States. The law regulates such things as minimum wages, overtime hours and child labor laws. In addition to following these regulations, your business should also use salary reports, compensation surveys and other market compensation data to make sure your employees are being compensated fairly.

While the FLSA is designed to protect employees, there are certain elements of the law that can be a cause of confusion for employers. The following is a list of common FLSA pitfalls that employers can and do fall into:

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Top Stories: Lodging & Gaming
Hersha Hospitality Announces Fourth Quarter Results
PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hersha Hospitality Trust (NYSE: HT), owner of upscale hotels in urban gateway markets, today announced results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012.
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Native American Tribes Venture Out Of Casino Business
Nearly half of all Native American tribes across the country are benefiting from casinos and other gaming revenues. For most, it's their largest source of income. But growing threats to that revenue due to competition from non-Indian gaming are forcing many tribes to look for other investment opportunities.
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Sorenson: Fiscal cliff anxiety clouds industry
BETHESDA, Maryland-A dark political cloud is hanging over the U.S. hotel industry, according to Marriott International's President and CEO Arne Sorenson.
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Waning US group demands dampens ADR recovery
The U.S. hotel industry recovery coming out of the Great Recession has posed many questions about average daily rate. The industry has sold more rooms than ever before each and every month since mid-2011. Supply growth has been minimal, and yet ADR has been much slower to recover than in past recovery cycles.
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Keys to profitability lie with the GM
As the hotel industry becomes increasingly concerned with asset management and profitability, some hoteliers are worried the practice of hospitality-the art of understanding customer service and taking care of the guest-has gone by the wayside.
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Forbes announces its 2013 Star Awards
Forbes Travel Guide unveiled its 55th announcement of Five-Star, Four-Star and Recommended hospitality establishments worldwide, including eighteen new hotels, five new restaurants and four new spas that achieved the Five-Star Award for 2013.
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Top Stories: Healthcare
The 5 Biggest Problems in Health Care Today
I named this blog "Losing Patients" as a play on words. But in all seriousness, our health care system is literally losing "patients," killing more than 500 per day from errors, accidents and infections in hospitals alone, not to mention the mortality and suffering from millions of procedures that never needed to be done in the first place.
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Steven Brill Health Care Article Paints Bleak Portrait of Health Care
Time magazine this week is out with a mammoth, 24,000-word story on the state of the U.S. health care system written by Steven Brill, an author who many best be known as the creator of CourTV. According to the story, Brill spent seven months researching why health care costs so much in America.
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Health Care Panel, Lacking Budget, Is Left Waiting
One of the biggest threats to the success of President Obama's health care law comes from shortages of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals. But a 15-member commission created to investigate the problem has never met in two and a half years because it has no money from Congress or the administration.
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Dell Targets Healthcare With Windows 8 Tablet
Dell has launched a new version of its Windows 8-based Latitude tablet that includes security and battery features that the company believes will help it compete with the dominant iPad in the healthcare market.
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 A doctors health care prescription
Dr. Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, was an overnight sensation with his speech to the National Prayer Breakfast earlier this month. As President Obama listened, Dr. Carson's keynote address challenged political correctness, demanded a better educational system, urged enactment of a flat tax and made a case for health savings accounts to be issued at birth, which would replace Obamacare.
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Preparation underway for implementation of ACA in 2014
As the implementation of the Affordable Care Act nears, states are preparing for some of its provisions, including expanded access to Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program and the use of information technology, according to a report issued by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
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Top Stories: Human Resources
WASHINGTON - There are widening divisions among officials of the Federal Reserve over the value of its efforts to reduce unemployment, but the authors of its bond-buying policy remain firmly in control, according to an official account of the January meeting of the Fed's policy-making committee.
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WASHINGTON -- As the White House developed its new proposal to raise the federal minimum wage, there was at least one core constituency of President Obama's that was largely left out of the loop on the plan: organized labor.
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to consider whether union workers can be compensated for the time it takes for them to change in and out of safety gear.
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A minimum wage hike affects all compensation
Regarding the issue of raising the minimum wage: I am sure that every human resource person and virtually every manager knows there is a direct relationship between the minimum wage and the compensation paid every employee in an organization. 
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When Your Incentive System Backfires
How many times have you seen an incentive system produce the exact opposite of the desired behavior? Why is that? And why can't organizations see, let alone fix, the problem?
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Finance and HR: Strangers in Each Others Lands
CFOs want HR leaders to be executive-quality business strategists but don't measure them in that context, maybe because they fail to position themselves that way.
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