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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Washington Supreme Court Restores SeaTac’s $15-an-Hour Minimum Wage

Voter-approved Proposition 1, which provides for a $15-an-hour minimum wage along with paid sick leave for hospitality and transportation workers in the Washington State community of SeaTac, has been revived by the state Supreme Court in a 5-to-4 vote. After voters approved the measure two years ago, a King County judge ruled that the city of […]

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New York Fast Food Workers to Get $15 an Hour

The New York Wage Board moved Wednesday to raise the hour wage for fast food workers from $8.75 an hour to $15, which would take effect in New York City on Dec. 31, 2018, and for the rest of the state by mid-2021. The board’s move does not require legislative approval, but will need a […]

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Minor Leaguers Press Overtime Lawsuit Against MLB

Various Major League Baseball (MLB) franchises in the past have avoided paying minimum and overtime wages by relying on the “seasonal amusement” exemption in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), but this time a federal court in California has allowed class certification to begin for a group of former minor league players who filed suit. The 22 […]

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Obama Plan More Than Doubles Overtime Exemption Qualification

President Obama last night unveiled his long-awaited proposed overtime exemption rule, enabling those who earn up to $970 a week, or $50,440 a year, to be eligible for time-and-a-half when working more than 40 hours in a week. The current minimum salary exemption (free from overtime) is $455 a week, or $23,660 a year. “Right now,” […]

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Ikea Follows One Minimum Wage Hike with Another for Next Year

A minimum wage hike in January brought the wage floor at Ikea’s U.S. stores to at least $10 an hour, and now with another hike announced for next January, the floor is set to rise to almost $12 an hour. Currently, Ikea U.S. is using the MIT Living Wage Calculator to determine wage floors in each […]

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FedEx Joins Walmart in Trucker Pay Woes

FedEx has agreed to a roughly $228 million settlement over a lawsuit alleging the company misclassified more than 2,000 California drivers as independent contractors and thus owes them overtime pay and other benefits. FedEx originally prevailed in a federal court proceeding, which ruled that the company was not subject to California labor laws. An appeals […]

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Walmart Could Be on the Hook for $100 Million in Back Trucker Pay

Walmart’s policy of paying its truck drivers by miles driven and activities performed violates California’s minimum wage law, a federal judge has ruled, putting the retailer on the hook for as much as $100 million in back wages. “The court finds that the pay policies detailed in the [company’s trucker] manuals violate California minimum wage […]

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Wal-Mart to Raise Wage Floor for Managers Following Employee Hourly Hike

After previously announcing it would raise the minimum wage paid its employees to at least $10 an hour, Wal-Mart is now embarking on a program to raise managers’ hourly rates depending on their department, starting with their Aug. 13 paychecks. Managers in more service-oriented departments such as auto care and electronics will receive at least […]

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