Oakland Raiders Cheerleaders Receive Wage Theft Settlement

A back-pay settlement of $1.25 million has finally been distributed to 90 former cheerleaders for the Oakland Raiders. The payout caps a lengthy legal battle that saw the women win their lawsuit in 2014, only to see the settlement tied up in legal tussles until this past week. The women were paid just $1,250 for […]

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Alexander Acosta Approved as Labor Secretary

The Senate has just voted 60-38 to approve Alexander Acosta as Secretary of the Department of Labor (DOL). Acosta fills the post that President Trump’s first nominee, Andrew Puzder, withdrew from under pressure about revelations in his personal life. Acosta is viewed as a more moderate secretary over Puzder, having served on the National Labor Relations Board […]

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Overtime Rule Appeal Rescheduled for June 30

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has granted the Trump administration another extension in an appeal filed by the Obama White House over a federal court injunction blocking its proposed new overtime rule. The Trump Department of Labor (DOL) cited a lack of leadership — i.e., the nominee for Secretary of […]

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Fate of Obama Overtime Rule to Be Determined by May 1

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has granted the Trump administration an additional 60 days to decide what to do about appealing an injunction placed on the Obama-era overtime rule that was set to take effect this past Dec. 1, making May 1 decision day. The 60 days are in addition to an earlier 30-day […]

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DOJ Asks for Delay in Overtime Rule Appeal to Reconsider Whether to Proceed

The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Jan. 25 asked the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals for a 30-day delay in submitting its brief in the ongoing appeal of a federal judge’s injunction that stopped a new overtime rule from taking effect on Dec. 1, 2016. The delay is meant to give the Trump administration […]

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Federal Judge Denies DOL Request for a Stay on His Overtime Rule Injunction

After hearing arguments on Dec. 30, U.S. District Judge Amos L. Mazzant III yesterday (Jan. 3) rejected a request by the Department of Labor (DOL) that he halt his court’s proceedings on the issue of whether the department’s 2016 overtime pay rule is legal. The DOL rule would raise the threshold for exemption from overtime pay from […]

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5th Circuit Court Agrees to Expedite Overtime Injunction Review, But…

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, responding to a filing by the Department of Labor (DOL), has agreed to an expedited schedule for a review of a Texas federal judge’s injunction blocking the DOL’s overtime rule that was set to take effect Dec. 1. Under the expedited process, the DOL must file its opening […]

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Federal Judge Declares Overtime Rule Illegal, Issues Temporary Injunction

A federal judge in Texas hearing a lawsuit by 21 states over the Obama administration’s overtime rule, set to take effect Dec. 1, has declared the rule illegal and issued an injunction to block its implementation nationwide. An Obama appointee, U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant in Sherman, Texas, ruled that the Department of Labor (DOL) cannot […]

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With Joint Employer Cases Pending, McDonald’s Settles with Franchisee Employees

For the first time, McDonald’s has ceased fighting a joint employer legal action and agreed to a $3.75 million settlement with franchisee employees over a wage dispute. The burger corporation was facing a lawsuit in San Francisco and a battle with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) over the issue of whether it was a joint […]

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WalMart Raises Entry-Level Manager Salaries in Advance of New Overtime Rule

WalMart, the national retail chain operating out of Bentonville, Ark., has raised entry-level manager salaries from $45,000 a year to $48,500 in advance of the new white collar overtime rule taking effect Dec. 1. The new rule raises the salary threshold for overtime exemption from $23,660 a year to $47,476, giving WalMart a cushion of […]

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