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How Temp Agencies And Raiteros Rip Off Chicago’s Immigrants

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How Temp Agencies And Raiteros Rip Off Chicago’s Immigrants

By MICHAEL GRABELL, ProPublica— Ty Inc. became one of the world’s largest manufacturers of stuffed animals thanks to the Beanie Babies craze in the 1990s. But it has stayed on top partly by using an underworld of labor brokers known as raiteros, who pick up workers from Chicago’s street corners and shuttle them to Ty’s […]

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Highest EEOC Verdict In History $240 Million For Abuse Of Mentally Disabled Men

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Highest EEOC Verdict In History $240 Million For Abuse Of Mentally Disabled Men

The federal government won a record $240 million settlement against a turkey producer that held 32 mentally disabled men in servitude while mentally and physically abusing them, some of them for more than 20 years. A Davenport, Iowa jury on May 1, 2013, awarded the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) damages totaling $240 million […]

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Equal Pay Day

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Equal Pay Day

When President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law in 1963, women were earning an average of 59 cents on the dollar compared to men. While women hold nearly half of today’s jobs, and their earnings account for a significant portion of the household income that sustains the financial wellbeing of their families, they […]

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Equal Pay Day: Association Publishes Latest Analysis Of The Gender Pay Gap

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Equal Pay Day: Association Publishes Latest Analysis Of The Gender Pay Gap

A must-read for Equal Pay Day, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has  published its annual pay gap analysis, The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap, complete with charts on the gender pay gap broken down by state, race/ethnicity, education, and age. The analysis shows that one of the widest pay gap disparities is […]

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Misclassifying Employees To Avoid Health Care Reform In 2014 Can Backfire

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Misclassifying Employees To Avoid Health Care Reform In 2014 Can Backfire

While the Affordable Healthcare Act doesn’t go into full effect until 2014, the employee count to determine which employers meet the threshold of 50 full-time employees will be based on 2013 numbers. That has some employers scrambling now to find ways to stay below the 50 person mark, a number which actually includes employees working […]

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The Case Against Raising Federal Minimum Wage

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The Case Against Raising Federal Minimum Wage

The federal minimum wage in the United States has been a hotly debated ever since it was enacted in 1938. Labor activists and liberals have actively pushed for a higher minimum wage, claiming that the minimum wage must also serve as an adequate living wage for all workers. The current minimum wage rate, they claim, […]

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No End in Sight To Wage-And-Hour Class Actions, Law Firm Reports

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No End in Sight To Wage-And-Hour Class Actions, Law Firm Reports

Wage-and-hour litigation remains the fastest-growing area of employment litigation, according to the law firm Crowell & Moring. According to a 2011 NERA Economic Consulting study, employers paid an average of $5.8 million to settle a wage-and-hour case. There is some evidence that such settlement amounts have declined somewhat in recent years. However, the average employer […]

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DOL Wins $1.3 Million In Back Wages For 14,500 kgb USA Workers

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DOL Wins $1.3 Million In Back Wages For 14,500 kgb USA Workers

Thousands of home workers employed by kgb USA were misclassified as independent contractors and and paid less than minimum wage, a federal judge ruled. A federal judge ordered kgb USA Inc., the world’s largest independent provider of directory assistance and enhanced information services, to pay $1.3 million in minimum wage compensation to 14,568 current and […]

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Silicon Valley Employer Bloom Energy Cheated Workers From Mexico

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Silicon Valley Employer Bloom Energy Cheated Workers From Mexico

Clean power generation equipment maker Bloom Energy was caught cheating workers it imported from Mexico to Silicon Valley, paying them far below minimum wage. Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Bloom Energy Corp. has been ordered to pay $31,922 in back wages and an equal amount in damages to 14 workers that the company imported from Chihuahua, Mexico, to […]

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Court Rules Kansas Strippers Entitled To Unemployment Benefits

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Court Rules Kansas Strippers Entitled To Unemployment Benefits

It’s the law: Strippers in Kansas are entitled to unemployment benefits. In a labor law case that took eight years to dance its way through the state legal system, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that strippers are employees and are entitled to unemployment insurance. Siding with the state Department of Labor, the Kansas Supreme Court […]

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