Annals of wage and hour law

by Walter Olson on February 15, 2012

New York’s notoriously stringent Department of Labor has fined a pizza shop owner $5,535 for not giving his employees enough polo shirts to wear — at least five for those who work five days a week, even if they work only a few hours a day. Owner Christian King

was told that an appeal would take years due to the backlog and the fine would accrue with interest….

“What happened to him is not unusual,” agreed Richard De Groot, a Syracuse consultant who advises businesses — including King’s — on human resource issues. He represents employers across much of the Eastern Seaboard and says New York is unusually demanding.
“There is so much in the way of state rules and laws,” he said, adding that he would advise some businesses, such as manufacturers, to simply look to elsewhere.

[Albany TImes-Union via Stoll]

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1 JTW 02.15.12 at 4:29 am

Here we’d calculate the number of days worked based on the number of hours worked…
8 hours in a workday, so if you work 16 hours a week spread over 5 days you’d classify as having worked 2 days.

2 Ron Miler 02.15.12 at 2:11 pm

There is no way to make sense of this. Unreal.

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