The Strategic HR Lawyer has a timely reminder that the government’s quest for tax revenues affects every business. They don’t pursue just the big fish. Read the post to learn how a New York pizzzeria with 24 employees is being pursued by the US Department of Labor for failing to pay time and a half for overtime.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking "Steinberg, I’ve been in business for 14 years and I’ve never had a problem. It’s not gonna happen to me." My answer is that that’s an incautious thought, if not a dangerous one. If I had to guess I’d say that wage and hour regulations are the most violated of all laws that affect employment. And I’d extend my guess to say that most of those violations are unintentional, resulting from simple mistakes or lack of knowledge. Almost every business violates wage and hour laws in one way or another. But that won’t save you when the tax man comes knocking.
What seems clear is that one NY pizza owner is going to be spinning a lot of dough to make enough dough to pay back the dough that the government says that he owes. They won’t take payment in pizza.