SNAP, One of Last Great Recession Programs, Ends

A temporary increase in the federal food stamp program, introduced in 2009 as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA), came to an end today as Congress failed to renew the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP). The end of the increase cuts $5 billion, or about 6 percent, from the annual $75 […]

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Court Refers Mortgage Loan Officer Overtime Status Back to DOL

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has sided procedurally with the Mortgage Bankers Association in a case involving the reclassification by the Department of Labor (DOL) of mortgage loan officers as nonexempt employees who are eligible for overtime pay. Background: A 2006 opinion letter by the DOL awarded exempt status to mortgage loan officers, meaning […]

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NLRB to Construe Each Shutdown Day as a Legal Holiday for Filing Purposes

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), following procedural rules it set up to be used in the event of a shutdown, is counting each day the board is closed because of the Congressional funding stalemate to be a legal holiday. Thus the deadline for filings and serving documents will be extended for each day of […]

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S.F. Giants Strike Out on Steady Stream of FLSA Fastballs

The Department of Labor (DOL) came out with a blazing arsenal of labor law fastballs against the San Francisco Giants baseball franchise and came away with a winner's share of more than half a million bucks for aggrieved clubhouse employees. After a DOL investigation, the San Francisco Giants baseball team agreed to pay $544,715 in back […]

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ADA Celebrates 23rd Anniversary Today

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law on July 26, 1990, 23 years ago today, as then-President George H.W. Bush signed the legislation into law. The ADA contains five sections, or what are called "titles" in government-ese, to wit: Title I Employment, Title II State and Local Government, Title III Public Accommodations, Title IV […]

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Nation Celebrates 75th Anniversary of the FLSA

On this day 75 years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the landmark Wagner Act, which has survived the ages as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). To this day, the FLSA regulates the minimum wage, overtime page, child labor and many other wage-and-hour issues that, prior to the 1938 statute's enactment, were […]

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SCOTUS Makes Discrimination, Retaliation Lawsuits a Bit Tougher

On Monday, the Supreme Court issued two rulings that led Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to beg Congress to overturn with written legislation. In one case, a 5-4 decision ruled that retaliation claims must be won on a "but-for" basis, and in another case, the same 5-4 majority established that discrimination must originate from a […]

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DOL Now Targeting ‘Systemic’ Wage-and-Hour Violations

The Department of Labor (DOL) is now enjoying a 71-percent success rate in ferreting out wage-and-hour violators by targeting industry- and geography-based culprits rather than waiting for complaints from employees at individual sites. The DOL is calling its new approach "directed investigations," which it instituted in 2012 after observing an "epidemic" of minimum-wage and overtime […]

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Which Cities Are Best for Male-Female Wage Parity?

While no city on average offers equal pay for the sexes, some fare much better than others, according to a study recently released by financial information company NerdWallet. In the big-city category, it's probably not surprising that Washington, D.C. ranks at top, with a median female salary of $55,688, or 81.9 percent of the average […]

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Wage-and-Hour Lawsuits Spike 10 Percent Over Previous Year

According to the Federal Judicial Center, which tracks lawsuit statistics at the federal level, employees filed 7,764 federal wage-and-hour lawsuits between April 1, 2012, and March 31, 2013, a 10 percent jump over the previous year. In contrast, such lawsuits rose only 1 percent year to year in the 2012 reporting period. Wage-and-hour lawsuits arise […]

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