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I've been working under this employer for over two years now and they will not give a raise to anyone. When I first started working here they cut everyone's pay (who made $10.00/hr or more) by %10. Luckily I was not effected by this but my father was greatly effected by it. Shortly after initiating the pay cut the boss is on vacation in Aruba. His daughter who also works above me has mentioned several times since then that he's in Florida. Whenever anyone mentions a raise the managers always say we don't have money. But we also just bought new equipment worth a fortune, literally, and he's still going on vacation to Florida because he's said to be having a house being built down there for his daughter also. Is what he is doing at all legal?

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There are no laws that say any company must give raises to employees. It is good business to do so, but it is not illegal to not do so.

The law only says the employee must be paid at least minimum wage for regular time and time and 1/2 for overtime.

What other things the owner is doing with his money is no business of anyone but the owner. The government does not tell the owner how to spend the money his company makes nor does the government say he must give raises to employees.

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I can answer questions about payroll laws and payroll tax laws and Human Resource laws and agencies. I can answer federal payroll and human resource law questions and most states; I do not have a knowledge of the local taxes for cities and counties within the state. If and when I can I will try and send you the website where you can reference the answer and where you can obtain more information as well as a contact number if needed for that particular agency. Some agencies I have worked with are IRS, Department of Labor (federal and state), Revenue Canada (and provincial governments), Inland Revenue, OSHA (0ccupational Safety and Health Administration); Social Security Administration and National Child Support as well as other agencies in Payroll and Human Resources. Some Laws I am particularly familiar with are FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act), ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act), FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act ) , QDRO's, QMCSO's, and other support orders and garnishments, USERRA (Uniformed Services Employment and Remployment Rights Act,PPA Act (Pension Protection Act of 2006, As well as most other employment type acts. I am also well versed in the Title V Civil Rights Act and the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).

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30 years in Payroll and Human Resources

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SHRM (Society of Human Resources) APA (American Payroll Association) DOLEA (Department of Labor Employers Association) CPA (Canadian Payroll Association) NAPW (National Association of Professional Women) The Mentoring Network

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PHR Certification in Human Resources CPP Certification in Payroll in U.S. Payroll Administrator and Payroll Supervisor certification in Canada

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