A Billion-Year Contract for 100-Hour Work Weeks and No Pay

A federal judge has dismissed claims against the Church of Scientology by a (former?) member who alleges she was forced to work 100-hour weeks for no pay under a billion-year contract for the religion’s elite Sea Organization, according to a report in The Baltimore Sun. U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer issued a written order saying […]

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Got Interns? Then Maybe You’ll Get a Knock on the Door

The Department of Labor (DOL) and its Wage and Hour Division (WHD) are not only targeting independent contractor misclassification, but they’re also now coming after the misclassification–and misuse–of interns. M. Patricia Smith, who went after New York employers for the misclassification of interns when she was that state’s labor secretary, is now heading up the […]

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Denver Restaurants Targeted by DOL for FLSA Compliance

The Department of Labor (DOL) is launching a Wage and Hour (WHD) investigation of Denver area restaurants for compliance with overtime pay, working hours, and child labor, according to the local DOL office. Chad Frasier, district director for the Wage and Hour Division in Denver, says that the restaurant industry has been targeted because of […]

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DOL Targets New York Health Care Industry for Misclassification Audits

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), operating on information from its Albany field office, has targeted the health care industry in New York state for investigation into the misclassification of workers and subsequent under-payment of overtime wages. Underlying this effort is a finding by the department’s Albany district office that, during the past five years, […]

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Maine Legislature to Consider Tying Minimum Wage to Inflation

On Thursday, Feb. 18, the Labor Committee of the Maine legislature will hold hearings on a proposed law to tie the state’s minimum wage into the cost-of-living index. The Maine minimum wage currently rests at $7.50 an hour, 25 cents higher than the federal rate. The indexing law was introduced in 2009 by Representative John Tuttle, […]

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In DOL/IRS Crosshairs: Independent Contractor Misclassifications

The Obama Administration’s fiscal 2011 budget earmarks $25 million for a joint project by the Department of Labor (DOL) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to ferret out employers who abuse the tax code and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by misclassifying as independent contractors those who actually qualify as employees. One of the tests […]

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Pilgrim’s Pride Settles Back Wage Claims for $1 Million

In an announcement this past Friday (Jan. 29, 2010), poultry processor Pilgrim’s Pride said it had agreed to fork over $1 million in back and unpaid overtime wages, including an acknowledgment that it will henceforth pay workers for the time spent donning and doffing their uniforms and work-related gear. Though Pilgrim’s Pride is a substantial […]

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Wild Edibles Settles Wage-and-Hour Dispute to Survive Alive

Wild Edibles, a Long Island City, N.Y.-based wholesale seafood purveyor that was forced into bankruptcy in July 2009, has settled with a wage-earners’ group that led a successful boycott of the firm’s provisioning by 70 Manhattan restaurants. The boycott was orchestrated by the nonprofit group Brandworkers, which alleged overtime and wage-and-hour violations by Wild Edibles […]

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Happy $40 Million Holiday Present to Mass. Wal-Mart Employees

Nabbed again! Wal-Mart has agreed to fork over $40 million to employees past and present at its Massachusetts outlets after settling a 2001 lawsuit over abuse of time-card data, fudging on overtime and denying employees break time. Employees who worked at those locations from 1995 to the present will receive checks ranging from $400 to […]

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Overtime Rounding Off: Feds Say OK, but Amazon Accused of Cheating

The Department of Labor (DOL) permits companies to round off overtime, "provided that it is used in such a manner that it will not result, over a period of time, in failure to compensate the employees properly for all the time they have actually worked." The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development disagrees […]

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