Judge Rules College Athletes Own Rights to Their Names and Images

In a case brought to trial against the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) by former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon, a federal judge has ruled that Division 1 football and basketball players, who were included in the lawsuit, own the rights to their names, images and likenesses. Thus the NCAA and its constituent schools can […]

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LinkedIn Hit with $6M in Unpaid Wages and Liquidated Damages

LinkedIn Corp. has agreed to pay $3,346,195 in overtime back wages and $2,509,646 in liquidated damages to 359 former and current employees working at company branches in California, Illinois, Nebraska and New York. An investigation by the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found that LinkedIn was in violation of the overtime and record-keeping […]

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Another Executive Order Targeted at Federal Contractors

Failing to get a divided Congress to buy into his agenda, President Obama has lifted his pen again to penalize those who deal with the federal government as contractors. Henceforth (after Jan. 1, 2016, anyway), those seeking federal contracts of at least $500,000 will have to reveal labor law violations dating back three years. Dubbed […]

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Minor Leaguers Sue MLB for Minimum Wages and Overtime Pay

A class action lawsuit on behalf of the minor leaguers of all 30 Major League Baseball (MLB) teams is seeking minimum wages plus overtime. As it stands, minor leaguers currently earn a maximum starting salary of $5,500 for toiling from spring to fall. The case, Senne v. MLB, is scheduled to be heard in September […]

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Wage-and-Hour Lawsuits Continue Their Rise

Wage-and-hour lawsuits rose 5 percent year over year during the 12-month period ending March 31, tapping out at 8,126 cases filed. This is the seventh straight yearly rise, with the increase from the year 2000 standing at 438 percent, according to data from the Federal Judicial Review Center. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) lawsuits generally […]

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MLB Wins FLSA Lawsuit

A class-action lawsuit against Major League Baseball (MLB), alleging the MLB violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by using unpaid volunteers to run many aspects of its All-Star weekend, has been tossed by the court. In dismissing the case of Chen v. Major League Baseball, et al., the District Court for the Southern District […]

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Obama to Order Doubling of Exempt Employee Threshold, WSJ Reports

President Obama will order the Department of Labor (DOL) to roughly double the threshold for exempt employee status from $455 to $984 a week — from $24,000 to $50,000 a year in salary — to qualify more American workers for overtime, the Wall Street Journal is reporting today. Ross Eisenbrey, vice president of the liberal […]

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Federal Agencies Issue Regulatory Agendas

Quietly just before the Thanksgiving holiday, federal agencies released their upcoming regulatory agendas as required by law. Among the highlights: The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued or will issue in the next few months 24 regulations that will help implement its Plan/Prevent/Protect program, which shifts "the burden of ensuring compliance from the Department – […]

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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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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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