DOL Launches West Coast Restaurant Sweep to Enforce Wage and Hour Laws

The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor (DOL) has launched an education and enforcement initiative on the West Coast and in surrounding areas aimed at ensuring workers at fast food establishments are being paid the proper minimum wage and overtime. Investigations completed in the last five quarters nationwide have resulted in […]

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FLSA Lawsuits Break Record in 2015

According to the Federal Judicial Center, lawsuits arising from violations of the wage and hour provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) totaled 8,781 in the fiscal year ending this past Sept. 30. That was up from 8,160 in FY 2014, a 7.6 percent increase. Legal observers expect the total to keep rising this […]

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Seattle Franchise Owners Seek SCOTUS Help on $15 Minimum Wage

The International Franchise Association (IFA) yesterday appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a federal court ruling that let stand a city minimum-wage provision lumping franchise owners in with their national franchisers. As a result of that provision, Seattle franchisees are on the hook to raise their minimum wage to $15 an hour faster than companies […]

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Time to Update Your Labor Law Poster, Especially If…

Especially if you’re in one of the 13 states that will greet the New Year with new minimum wage rates and mandatory workplace notices: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New York (which actually takes effect on Dec. 31, 2015), Rhode Island, South Dakota and Vermont. In addition, both Washington, D.C. and […]

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MLB Lawsuit Attracts 500 Minor League Signatories

Since winning class action certification in October, the lawsuit against Major League Baseball (MLB) over wage-and-hour issues for its minor leaguers has seen some 500 current and former players add their names, including a couple already in the big leagues. “We’re very happy with it,” said Garrett Broshuis, the lawyer handling the case, a former minor-league […]

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Judge Expands Uber Lawsuit

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen has expanded the lawsuit against Uber to include even those drivers in California who failed to opt out of the company’s arbitration agreement. Previously, the class action suit against the ride-sharing service was limited only to drivers who never signed the arbitration agreement or who drove for Uber before the […]

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Judge Nixes St. Louis Minimum Wage Hike

St. Louis tried to hike its minimum wage from the state-mandated $7.65 an hour to $8.25 an hour, but it ran afoul of a recently passed state law barring municipalities from setting their own minimum wage. This week Judge Steven Ohmer of the St. Louis Circuit Court, responding to a legal challenge by local business groups, […]

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Seattle Franchisees Lose Again in Minimum Wage Battle

The International Franchise Association, suing on behalf of franchisees in Seattle, has once again been rebuffed in its legal battle over the city’s new minimum wage law. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this past week upheld the local U.S. District Court’s ruling that the Emerald City’s new $15-an-hour minimum wage law is correct in lumping […]

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California Protects NFL Cheerleaders’ Wage and Overtime Rights

The San Diego Chargers of the National Football League (NFL) reportedly pay their cheerleaders $75 per game and nothing for rehearsal time, but that will stop in January when a new California law will force teams to adhere to state and federal labor laws regarding minimum wage and overtime. Already, four teams have lost court […]

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DOL Receives Some 25,000 Public Comments on Proposed Overtime Rule

Public commentary on the  proposed new overtime rule closed the Friday before Labor Day, but not before some 25,000 comments were received by the Department of Labor (DOL). The rule would raise the minimum salary necessary to be exempt from being paid overtime on an hourly basis from $455 a week to $970 a week, […]

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