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Leslie Bonacum
Neil Allen

CCH Offers Up-to-Date Wage-Hour Compliance Resources

(RIVERWOODS, ILL., July 7, 2004) – HR professionals and others who must deal with compliance with the nation’s wages and hours laws now have updated resources from CCH INCORPORATED, a leading provider of human resources information and software (, to help them cope with the most extensive regulatory initiative since 1940 affecting who does and doesn’t qualify for overtime pay.

The 2004 U.S. Master Wage-Hour Guide and the latest edition of CCH HR How-To: Wage-Hours encompass the revisions to the white-collar exemption regulations set forth by the Department of Labor that take effect this August. In addition, two subscription services from CCH, the CCH Wages-Hours Reporter and the CCH Wage and Hour Compliance Guide, also incorporate these most recent DOL changes.

Master Wage-Hour Guide Offers Practical Overview

The U.S. Master Wage-Hour Guide is a practical overview of federal legislation on wages and hours. Beginning with a summary of the basic legislation, the Guide’s succeeding chapters demonstrate how the rules apply to particular employment situations and explore practical aspects of employment relationships in light of the federal wage and hour law. Statutory, regulatory and case citations are included in the discussions throughout the Guide. References to the CCH Wages-Hours Reporter are also provided when in-depth information is needed.

The 2004 edition of the Guide includes the revisions to the white-collar exemption regulations set forth by the Department of Labor. These complex regulations define which employees are exempt from the FLSA's minimum wage and overtime provisions, an ongoing source of confusion and litigation. The "Exemptions" chapter of the Guide underwent substantial revisions to reflect these changes.

Also covered are topics such as garnishment, child labor, equal pay, protections for migrant and seasonal agricultural workers, and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which establishes a minimum labor standard with regard to leaves of absence for family or medical reasons.

Included with the 2004 U.S. Master Wage-Hour Guide is the CCH book, FLSA Law and Explanation: "White Collar" Exemptions, giving important background information concerning the rule changes, along with concise explanations of the new rules and how they have changed from the prior regulations. It also provides the full text of the revised regulations and the Fair Labor Standards Act itself. Also included are the DOL’s responses to comments that were received during the public comment period, appearing immediately after the corresponding rule.

HR How-To: Wage-Hour Focuses on Compliance

HR How-To: Wage-Hour is one of the books in the new CCH HR How-To Series, which presents key information concerning important human resource issues. HR How-To: Wage-Hour covers topics like how to implement the revised FLSA regulations, how to classify employees under the new exemption rules, how to calculate "hours worked" and how to properly compensate employees.

The book includes frequent "What You Need to Know" tips where critical must-know issues are presented in a quick fact form and "what-if" scenarios that explore gray areas, providing insights into real-life, challenging situations. Within these scenarios, readers see best practices to learn what has worked effectively for others, as well as worst case scenarios – often the most effective way to learn – that show what went wrong for others and how to avoid the same results. Strategies for communicating information to your workforce are also presented, including samples and case studies.

Throughout the book, checklists summarize the information most useful to HR work, while step-by-step how-to's show how to apply concepts to real-life situations. Readers can check how much they’ve learned through quizzes that follow each chapter.

In-Depth Loose-Leaf, Electronic Resources

For professionals who need in-depth, frequently updated coverage on issues related to wages and hours, CCH offers two subscription products: the CCH Wages-Hours Reporter and the CCH Wage and Hour Compliance Guide.

The authoritativeCCH Wages-Hours Reporter navigates professionals through the Fair Labor Standards Act and related laws and rules, with a focus on primary source materials. It is available as two loose-leaf volumes with biweekly updating, electronically in CD-ROM and over the Internet. Current reports provide authoritative information regarding minimum wages, equal pay for equal work, overtime and the prevailing wage rules affecting government contractors.

The Reporter includes a chronological listing and brief summaries of pertinent amendments and provisions to the FLSA, the full text of court decisions and administrative rulings that relate to wage-hour laws and the full text of rules, regulations, and forms, including wage-hour division regulations, policy statements and interpretive bulletins. The print and electronic subscriptions include prevailing wage and benefit rules that apply to government contractors, the full text of federal and state laws and regulations and the full text of most Department of Labor opinion letters interpreting the FLSA and FMLA, dating back to 1938 in the online version.

The two-volume, loose-leaf CCH Wage and Hour Compliance Guide is a one-stop resource for all wage and hour compliance issues, focusing on the practical steps necessary to comply with federal and state wage-hour policy and procedure. Subscribers to the quarterly updated service also benefit from "insider" information — designed to prepare HR professionals and corporate counsel for audits and litigation. Authored by Philip Dickinson, J.D., the Wage and Hour Compliance Guide details effective strategies such as training, communications and recordkeeping to ensure that companies do not inadvertently violate the law.

Availability and Pricing

For more information or to order books, call CCH at 800-228-3248 or visit Single copy prices are $79.95 for the 488-page 2004 U.S. Master Wage-Hour Guide and $39.95 for the 194-page HR How-To: Wage-Hours. The two books can be purchased together for $99.95. Quantity discounts are also available.

For more information or to subscriber to the CCH Wages-Hours Reporter or CCH Wage and Hour Compliance Guide, call 1-800-449-9525 or visit A one-year subscription to the CCH Wages-Hours Reporter is $959. A one-year subscription to the CCH Wage and Hour Compliance Guide is $339.


CCH INCORPORATED is a leading provider of employment law and human resources information for attorneys and human resource professionals. The CCH Human Resources web site is Headquartered in Riverwoods, Ill., CCH was founded in 1913 and has served more than four generations of business professionals and their clients. CCH is a Wolters Kluwer company ( Wolters Kluwer NV is a leading multinational publisher and information services company, with annual revenues (2003) of EUR 3.4 billion and approximately 19,500 employees worldwide.

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