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Timekeeping Software Helps Companies Cheat Their Workers

Timekeeping Software Helps Companies Cheat Their Workers

By Elizabeth C. Tippett, Assistant Professor, School of Law, University of Oregon — There are a lot of ways employers can manipulate your time using timekeeping software, some of which are legal and others highly questionable. If you work on an hourly basis, you may not have given much thought to what happens to your […]

<a href=http://www.employmentlawdaily.com/index.php/news/21-states-business-coalition-attack-dol-final-overtime-rule-in-texas-lawsuits/ target=_blank >Final Overtime Rules Attacked By 21 States, Business Coalition Suing DOL</a>

By Joy Waltemath and Pamela Wolf, J.D. — Nevada, joined by 20 other states, has filed a lawsuit in Texas—undoubtedly perceived as friendly after the success of the recent litigation over immigration reform—challenging Department of Labor’s final overtime rules under the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the Administrative Procedure Act. Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt led […]

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<a href=http://www.employmentlawdaily.com/index.php/news/14m-in-attorney-fees-awarded-in-hospital-wage-suppression-conspiracy-suit/ target=_blank >$14M in attorneys’ fees awarded in hospitals wage suppression suit</a>

By Greg Hammond, J.D. – A federal district court in Michigan awarded $14 million in attorneys’ fees in a class action in which two Detroit-area nurses claimed that a healthcare entity conspired with other area hospitals to suppress wages. The fees are reasonable under the circumstances and are supported by the six Bowling factors, according […]

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For Retail Workers, Time Is Money

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For Retail Workers, Time Is Money

By Marjorie E. Wood – A new law in San Francisco to curb erratic retail scheduling practices could be the first of many. In late November, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a Retail Workers’ Bill of Rights — the first law of its kind in the nation. The focus of the new law might […]

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<a href=http://www.employmentlawdaily.com/index.php/news/no-trial-by-formula-in-wal-mart-wage-hour-class-action-187m-verdict-upheld/ target=_blank >Walmart Wage-Hour Class Action $187M Verdict Upheld, No ‘Trial By Formula’ </a>

By Joy Waltemath By Ronald Miller, J.D. Finding that there was a single, central, common issue of liability in the case—whether Walmart failed to compensate its employees in accordance with its own written policies—a divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the giant retailer was not the subject of a “trial by formula” in a wage-hour class action proceeding. […]

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Southern California Garment Workers Owed Millions In Unpaid Wages

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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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How The DOL Let Companies Get Away With Unpaid Internships

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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

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

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

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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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