A Second Circuit Court Declares DOL’s Tip Pool Rule Invalid

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has joined the 4th in deciding the 2011 tip pool rule by the Department of Labor (DOL) is invalid. The rule prohibits employers from sharing tips received by tipped employees such as servers with non-tipped employees such as dishwashers. The restaurants have fought back, arguing in court that […]

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Study of Seattle Minimum Wage Hike Shows Negative Results

A study of the effects of Seattle’s effort to phase in a $15-an-hour minimum wage found that so far, with the minimum wage no higher than $13, low-wage earners have suffered an average loss of $125 a month due to decreased hours and staffing cuts. Specifically, the 2014 bump in the minimum wage resulted in […]

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Oakland Raiders Cheerleaders Receive Wage Theft Settlement

A back-pay settlement of $1.25 million has finally been distributed to 90 former cheerleaders for the Oakland Raiders. The payout caps a lengthy legal battle that saw the women win their lawsuit in 2014, only to see the settlement tied up in legal tussles until this past week. The women were paid just $1,250 for […]

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Disney to Pay Costume Characters $3.8 Million in Back Wages

Walt Disney World in Florida has been hit with wage theft and other allegations and has agreed to pay $3.8 million in back wages to 16,339 of its costume characters, such as Mickey, Goofy and the like. This comes after the Department of Labor (DOL) found that Disney was deducting the cost of the costumes […]

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With Joint Employer Cases Pending, McDonald’s Settles with Franchisee Employees

For the first time, McDonald’s has ceased fighting a joint employer legal action and agreed to a $3.75 million settlement with franchisee employees over a wage dispute. The burger corporation was facing a lawsuit in San Francisco and a battle with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) over the issue of whether it was a joint […]

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DOL Issues 2017 Minimum Wage Rates for Federal Contractors

Complying with its legal mandate of announcing minimum wage increases for businesses operating on federal contracts at least 180 days before they take effect, the Department of Labor (DOL) has set 2017 minimum wages at $10.20 an hour, up from $10.15, and at $6.80 an hour for tipped employees, up from $5.85. The rates take […]

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California to Mandate Farmworker Overtime Pay after 8 Hours in a Day

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed landmark legislation granting farmworkers overtime pay after 8 hours of work in a single day or 40 hours in a workweek. The current standard is 10 hours a day and 60 hours in a week before overtime kicks in for farmworkers. Assembly Bill 1066 starts phasing in the new […]

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Circuit Court Slams the Brakes on Uber Drivers’ Lawsuit

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that Uber drivers who signed arbitration agreements with the ride-sharing company must use the arbitration process and not the courts to settle their grievances. Essentially, this means that only about 8,000 of some 240,000 drivers involved in the California-Massachusetts class action can proceed with the lawsuit. […]

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MLB Minor Leaguers Strike Out on Minimum Wage Lawsuit

A federal judge has decertified the collective of former minor league players suing Major League Baseball (MLB) over minimum wage claims, and he has also denied their certification as a class action. Lawyers representing the former minor leaguers vowed to appeal. U.S. Magistrate Joseph Spero of the Northern District of California made the ruling July […]

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Virginia Becomes 31st State to Join DOL in Combatting Misclassification

The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Virginia Employment Commission have signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) intended to protect employees’ rights by preventing their misclassification as independent contractors or other non-employee statuses. The two agencies announced they will provide clear, accurate and easy-to-access outreach to employers, employees […]

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