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FLSA Overtime Statute of Limitations

By Matthew Coffman |

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that employers provide at least time and a half for any hours worked over 40 in a week. States can provide more benefits to workers, but the federal law is the absolute “floor” that states cannot go below. If you have been unfairly denied overtime pay,… Read More »

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Am I entitled to overtime pay for work performed before or after my scheduled shift?

By Matthew Coffman |

One common issue that we often see resulting in claims for unpaid overtime occurs when employees are not being compensated for time working before the scheduled start, or after the scheduled end, of their shifts. Many employers pay employees based on their scheduled shifts rather than based on the time they are on the… Read More »

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How to File an Age Discrimination in Employment Act Charge

By Matthew Coffman |

It is illegal for Ohio employers to discriminate against employees on the basis of age. This prohibition applies to all aspects of employment, including hiring, termination, promotion, wages and benefits, and training, among others. The law also prohibits harassment based on age. If you believe you have suffered illegal age discrimination, you should meet… Read More »

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Are Day Rate Employees Entitled to Overtime?

By Matthew Coffman |

Employees who are paid a “day rate” are often not being paid all of the overtime and other wages that they are entitled to receive under the law, including unpaid overtime or other wages. What is day rate compensation? Day rate compensation occurs when employees are paid by the day, regardless of the number… Read More »

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Overtime Issues

What is overtime and how is it paid?

By Matthew Coffman |

In this blog, we will provide a very basic background of what overtime pay is and how overtime pay is earned. What is overtime pay? Overtime pay is the increased pay required for non-exempt employees when they work over 40 hours in a workweek. The Fair Labor Standards Act is the federal law that… Read More »

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How Does the New Overtime Rule Affect My Overtime Pay?

By Matthew Coffman |

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a new rule on September 24, 2019 that raises the minimum threshold salary for exempt employees. If you have any questions about how this new rule will affect your overtime entitlement, you may contact our Columbus Ohio Overtime Lawyer. The Prior Rule Under the prior rule, the minimum… Read More »

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How Is Overtime Pay Often Calculated

By Matthew Coffman |

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), many workers in Ohio are entitled to receive overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours in a given week. Overtime pay is calculated at time and a half (1.5 times) an employee’s normal rate of pay. In this article, our Columbus overtime lawyer provides a… Read More »

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Can I File a Wage and Hour Class Action Lawsuit in Ohio?

By Matthew Coffman |

Unfortunately, wage and hour violations remain a serious problem in Ohio and throughout the United States. According to data from the United States Department of Labor (DOL), the federal government recovered more than $300 million in wage losses for workers in 2018 alone. Though, as wage and hour violations are notoriously underreported — the… Read More »

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Different Types of FMLA Leave

Defining Serious Health Conditions under FMLA

By Matthew Coffman |

Under the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act or the FMLA, employees are entitled to take leave from their employers to take care of themselves or immediate members of their families who may be suffering or recuperating from serious health conditions. A condition that requires you or your family members to spend a night… Read More »

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How FMLA Works After Pregnancy

By Matthew Coffman |

If you are pregnant or just had a baby, you are entitled to receive maternity leave to care for your child after he or she is born. The FMLA, or the Family Medical Leave Act, is a federal act that protects this right for eligible employees. Across the United States, women who just went… Read More »

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New Collective and Class Action Filed Against Airstream, Inc for failure to Pay Employees for All Overtime Hours Worked

By Matthew Coffman |

FLSA Overtime Attorneys filed a second Collective and Class Action Lawsuit against Airstream for the failure to fully compensate associates who work overtime for all hours worked. We believe that the newest lawsuit will likely affect at least as many employees as the prior lawsuit against Airstream that related to the failure to compensate associates at… Read More »

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Update on Collective Action Case against Airstream and Thor Industries

By Matthew Coffman |

On January 25, 2019, Airstream, Inc. and Thor Industries, Inc. offered Sandra Funk, Mark Satterly, and the other current and former Airstream employees who joined the lawsuit (“Plaintiffs”) an offer of judgment. The offer of judgment from Airstream and Thor notes that the “Offer of Judgment [was] made for purposes of Fed. R. Civ…. Read More »

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What Are the Employment Laws on Sick Leave?

By Matthew Coffman |

If you are an employee working in Ohio, understanding the sick leave laws that are relevant to your industry and position is important. At the law offices of Coffman Legal, LLC, our employment attorneys can guide you through laws on sick leave, and will represent you if your rights have been breached. Please call… Read More »

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Receive Unemployment Benefits in Ohio

How Do I Receive Unemployment Benefits in Ohio?

By Matthew Coffman |

Qualifying for unemployment benefits in Ohio generally requires Losing your job without just cause, Working for a company or agency that pays into the state unemployment insurance program, Working at least half-time for the preceding 18 months, Submitting an initial application with the state’s Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), and Filing… Read More »

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What Is the Minimum Wage in Ohio?

By Matthew Coffman |

During the fall of 2018, when the wage and hour attorneys with Coffman Legal received this most basic question from a client with a potential unpaid wages case, Ohio required all employers in the state to pay their workers at least $8.30/hour. The $8.30/hour minimum wage applied to nearly all part-time, full-time and temporary/seasonal… Read More »

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Illegal to Pay an Employee Less Than Minimum Wage in Ohio

Is It Illegal to Pay an Employee Less Than Minimum Wage in Ohio

By Matthew Coffman |

With a handful of exceptions, federal and state laws require employers to pay all part-time and full-time employees at least minimum wage or greater for all hours worked. An employee who gets paid less than minimum wage can sue their employer for unpaid wages plus additional damages and attorney’s fees. In Ohio during 2018,… Read More »

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Coffman Legal, LLC to Head to New Location

By Matthew Coffman |

The trusted Columbus based employment law firm Coffman Legal has announced its plans to move. The employment law firm plans to transition its main office space from 1457 High Street to 1550 Old Henderson Rd, Suite 126, Columbus, Ohio 43220 by the end of the month. To keep up with increasing demand for Coffman’s… Read More »

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Steps to Take After Wrongful Termination

Steps to Take After Wrongful Termination

By Matthew Coffman |

Wrongful termination, or firing someone for an illegal reason, is fairly well-defined as a matter of law. What a person should do when they get wrongfully terminated is less obvious. How one acts after getting fired for a reason that cannot be justified under the law can make a huge difference in determining whether… Read More »

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What Guidelines Apply to Taking Intermittent FMLA Leave?

By Matthew Coffman |

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, which enforces workers’ rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act, Employees may take FMLA leave intermittently—taking leave in separate blocks of time for a single qualifying reason or on a reduced leave schedule—reducing the employee’s usual weekly or daily work schedule. When leave is needed for… Read More »

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How to Work with Your Employer When You Need an Intermittent Leave of Absence

By Matthew Coffman |

When you have used all your available paid time off and Family and Medical Leave Act eligibility for the year, you may be able to convince your employer to grant you a leave of absence and this absence may be a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Some companies and agencies spell… Read More »

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