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Construction Company Violates Wage and Hour Laws Loses Federal Contract

A Phoenix, Arizona based construction company, Quality Builders Inc., has lost its ability to construct buildings for the federal government because it violated federal wage and hour laws. The construction company failed to pay 48 construction workers all of their wages for work completed on an apartment complex in Yuma County, Arizona.

Santas' Employers' Apt to Violate Minimum Wage Overtime Wage Laws

Like so many other holiday workers that are hired for temporary positions, Santa impersonators are exposed to violations of the minimum wage and overtime wage laws of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The use of subcontractors by large companies to hire temporary workers can lead to wage claim violations. Often it can be hard to identify the wage claim violation and track the violation to the temporary staffing company.

Garment Factory Fined for Fair Labor Standards Act Violations

A California garment factory has lost a case against the United States Department of Labor for violating minimum wage and overtime compensation rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Orange County garment factory has been ordered to pay close to $900,000 to 115 workers.

Blueberry Farmers Fined for Violating the Fair Labor Standards Act

Recently, the United States Labor Department cited 18 blueberry farmers in Michigan for violating child labor law standards under the Fair Labor Standards Act and migrant housing law violations. Nine labor contractors were also cited for similar violations. The farmers and contractors will pay almost $106,000 in back wages and penalties.

Living Wage Would Not Create Harm Says New Study

According to a recent study conducted by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, living wage requirements for businesses that receive government subsidies do not have a detrimental impact on business and job growth. A living wage is a base wage that covers an individual's actual costs of housing, food, clothing and other necessary living expenses. A living wage is not the same term as a minimum wage. The minimum wage is set by federal and state law. A living wage is normally thought of as covering true expenses of living where the legally imposed minimum wage is an absolute minimum an employee can be paid.

Department of Labor Fines Farm for Child Labor Law Violations

A farm outside of Yuma, Arizona has been fined $48,000 in civil penalties for violating child wage and hour laws under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Officials from the United States Department of Labor found seven children between the ages of 9 and 13 working during the farm's summer okra harvest. The fine against the farm was announced Wednesday.

Police Officer Fired for Testifying in Overtime Lawsuit

A Los Angeles police officer was awarded $4 million in a Fair Labor Standards Act case against the Los Angeles Police Department. The jury concluded that the officer was fired in retaliation for testifying against the Los Angeles Police Department in a different labor dispute case.

Alan Olson Argues Bad Faith Bonus Denial Claim to Wisconsin Supreme Court

Today was a good day for Wisconsin employees. My brain is still in overdrive fromSC pic - 11.4.10.jpg the rapid-fire questions during my oral argument to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in Madison. This case involves our client, "Deanne," who sought to enforce her former employer's ("the Bank's") duty to pay bonus money that she had earned during the year preceding her termination, pursuant to an incentive pay plan (the "Plan"). The Bank refused to pay Deanne because it terminated her employment at the start of scheduled Plan payments. Deanne's former boss claimed that Deanne was terminated because she lied that she had no knowledge of a co-worker's plan to leave the Bank with its customers. In reality, Deanne was fired in order to stop her receipt of earned bonus pay. The Bank's executives admitted during depositions however that no one had ever reached the conclusion that Deanne was involved with taking clients or customers from the Bank. In fact, the sole piece of information upon which the Bank based its termination decision was a misstated phone conversation overheard by a third-party. Deanne testified that she was not even asked by the Bank about the co-worker's plans to leave or to take clients. Upon terminating Deanne, her boss unilaterally contacted payroll and reversed the direct deposit of her earned bonus pay. He stopped Deanne's pay schedule without review by the Oversight Committee as dictated in the Plan document.

Car Wash Failed to Pay Workers Minimum Wage and Overtime

The investigation of a New York City car wash for failing to pay minimum wage and overtime wages to its employees is a part of a greater investigation of the car wash industry in New York. The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the New York State Department of Labor. Two years ago the Labor Department conducted a limited investigation to detect the level of violations across the state. The Labor Department investigated 84 car washes and found 78 percent of them had wage and hour law violations.

What Counts as a Complaint under the Fair Labor Standards Act? - Part 2

In our last post, we discussed the background of a Fair Labor Standards Act case before the Supreme Court that dealt with alleged worker retaliation and the definition of "filing a complaint." In this post, we will discuss the arguments the Supreme Court heard in the case.

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