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Southern California Garment Workers Owed Millions In Unpaid Wages

Widespread labor violations by Southern California apparel manufacturing industry employers costs garment workers millions of dollars a year in unpaid wages, the U.S. Labor Department reports. Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Labor Department conducted 221 investigations this year of garment industry employers, mostly in and around Los Angeles. Investigators found more than $3 […]

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Fatal Wichita Fall Highlights Communication Tower Worksite Dangers

These days there are fewer linemen and more communications tower technicians in Wichita. Both jobs can be very hazardous. On Nov. 23, 2013, 25-year-old Douglas Klein, a worker performing maintenance, fell about 50 feet to his death while descending from a communications tower at work site in Wichita, Kan. He was one of 13 workers who […]

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How The DOL Let Companies Get Away With Unpaid Internships

By Kara Brandeisky and Jeremy B. Merrill, ProPublica- Two years after the U.S. Department of Labor announced its intent to crack down on unpaid internships, a federal investigator called a final meeting with the biggest offender the agency had found: an outdoors magazine based in Santa Fe, N.M. The investigator reported interns at Outside magazine had […]

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U.S. Lags World In Temporary Worker Protections

By Michael Grabell ProPublica– For nearly six years, Limber Herrera has toiled as a temporary worker doing the same work for the same company in Mira Loma, Calif. About 40 hours a week, he unloads shipping containers for NFI2014one of the largest freight distribution firms in America2014moving goods that will eventually stock the shelves of […]

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Farm Workers Fired For Fleeing California Wildfire Get Jobs Back

By ANNIE-ROSE STRASSER, ThinkProgress— Fifteen farm workers have won back their right to work after being fired last week for fleeing wildfire smoke. The workers, who pick strawberries for Crisalida Farms in Oxnard, California, were warned by their foreman that they’d lose their jobs if they left. But the raining ash and blowing smoke caused by the fast-burning wildfires proved […]

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Are You Unemployed Over 55? Grey Haired And 55 Or Older Need Not Apply

By R.W. GREENE— To judge from unemployment rates, you might think it’s not too hard to pull off the trick of finding a job while having grey hair and being 55 or older. After all, the unemployment rate last year for people aged 55 and older stood at 6%. That number has even improved slightly […]

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No Just-Cause: In 49 Of 50 U.S. States You Can Be Fired For Any Reason

By JAKE BLUMGART, AlterNet— Don’t get too comfy at your desk, your job might not be as secure as you think. Anecdotal reports from labor lawyers and a few polls show that most Americans believe their bosses must have a good reason to kick them to the curb. We labor under the illusion of what […]

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Cable Guys Cheated Out Of Overtime, DOL Wins $1Million In Back Wages

Bowlin Group got caught cheating 196 employees working as cable installers out of overtime pay by illegally classifying them as independent contractors. Now Bowlin, based in Walton, Ky., must pay the employees more than $1 million in back wages and damages, according to the term of a U.S. Department of Labor federal court order. The […]

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Bizarre Boss Requests – 5 Ways To Say No And Not Get Fired

By VICKIE ELMER— Bosses’ requests can be bizarre – and occasionally illegal. Take for example, the boss who asked a co-worker to spy on senior management. Or the one who asked to have her dog’s toenails clipped. Then there’s the one who asked a colleague to serve as a surrogate mother for his child. All […]

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Industrial Services Staffing Agency Hutco Pays $2million In Back Wages

Hutco Inc., a major industrial services employment agency, has agreed to pay $1,916,850 in back wages to 2,267 employees at work sites throughout Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Hutco Inc. is a labor services company providing skilled and unskilled labor to companies throughout the nation in industries including ship construction, oil field fabrication, warehousing and distribution, […]

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