Archive for the ‘WAGES’ Category

May
2016
27

Domino’s Fall: In Lawsuit, NY AG Slaps “Joint Employer” Tag on Pizza Giant for Systematic Wage Theft

Domino's Fall: In Lawsuit, NY AG Slaps
  The Office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced a lawsuit holding Domino’s Pizza liable for, among other things, being part of a systematic wage theft scheme which resulted in workers being underpaid in ten of its New York City stores.  The case is along similar lines as the potentially precedent-altering...
May
2016
27

Million-Dollar Prevailing Wage Underpayment Scheme Busted Up by Feds in Chicago Burbs

Million-Dollar Prevailing Wage Underpayment Scheme Busted Up by Feds in Chicago Burbs
  A suburban Chicago contractor is facing federal charges for failing to pay $1.5 million in prevailing wages to union workers on public works projects between 2008 and 2013. For his part of the scheme, Joseph Lampignano, owner of co-owner of A Lamp Concrete Contractors Inc., faces one count of mail fraud and up to 20 [&hellip...
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May
2016
19

Local Pay Protected: Anti-Worker Contractors’ Group, ABC, Loses MI Prevailing Wage Case

Local Pay Protected: Anti-Worker Contractors' Group, ABC, Loses MI Prevailing Wage Case
  The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled against the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) in the organization’s attempt to prevent local prevailing wage laws in cities like Lansing. Their request was ruled unconstitutional. Citing a court case from 1923, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of local prevailing wage laws and...
May
2016
13

STUDY: Prevailing Wage Repeals Would Raise Veteran Poverty 8%, Drop Veteran Wages by $3B

STUDY: Prevailing Wage Repeals Would Raise Veteran Poverty 8%, Drop Veteran Wages by $3B
  A new first-of-its-kind study has found that the economic outcomes of veterans would be profoundly affected if states with strong-to-moderate prevailing wage laws were to weaken their standards.  The study was conducted by the Illinois Economic Policy Institute’s Frank Manzo IV; University of Illinois-Urbana Professor Robert Bruno;...
May
2016
10

Minneapolis Poised to Break New Ground with Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

Minneapolis Poised to Break New Ground with Paid Sick Leave Ordinance
  The City of Minneapolis is poised to become the state’s first municipality to require paid sick leave for workers.  The Minneapolis City Council released details of the ordinance and announced a series of meetings and hearings that will end with a May 27th vote.  Credit for the progress of the ordinance has been given [&hellip...
May
2016
10

NY State Announces $10M of Returned Wages in 2016, Breaking Three-Month Record Set Last Year

NY State Announces $10M of Returned Wages in 2016, Breaking Three-Month Record Set Last Year
  The office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced more than $10 million in returned wages to over 17,000 wage theft victims in the first three months of the year.  The number exceeds the quarterly total of $9 million from last year and puts the state on pace to surpass its 2015 record [&hellip...
May
2016
2

Class Action Status, Settlement Granted in Latest Case of H-2b Visa Abuse, This Time in PA

Class Action Status, Settlement Granted in Latest Case of H-2b Visa Abuse, This Time in PA
  A lawsuit involving 94 H-2b visa holders who worked for an eastern Pennsylvania landscaping company has reached conditional certification of the settlement class, as well as a settlement.  According to the lead plaintiff, Rogelio Ortega Hernandez, Earth Care Inc. and its owners Scott and Kim Risbon failed to properly pay their temporary...
May
2016
2

Union Pipefitters Blow Whistle on Law-Breaking Staffing Agency (Surprise, They’re an ABC Member)

Union Pipefitters Blow Whistle on Law-Breaking Staffing Agency (Surprise, They're an ABC Member)
  An Indianapolis-based staffing firm, Commercial Trade Source (CTS), has been ordered by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to allow workers to discuss wages and unionization while at work.  The ruling comes after the company, effectively a temp agency which supplies workers for construction projects nationwide, took the fight to the...
Apr
2016
29

Seattle More Than Doubles Wage Theft Watchdog Staff; $3.6M Added to Labor Law Enforcement Till

Seattle More Than Doubles Wage Theft Watchdog Staff; $3.6M Added to Labor Law Enforcement Till
  Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has directed $3.6 million from the general fund to help the city’s Office of Labor Standards (OLS) expand its enforcement workforce from 9 to 22.  The move will help the city fight wage theft as well as ensure many of its new, progressive laws and ordinances will have teeth.  The [&hellip...
Apr
2016
27

Absurd CO Secrecy Law Enables Wage Theft Cover-ups, but this Dem Rep. Has an Answer

Absurd CO Secrecy Law Enables Wage Theft Cover-ups, but this Dem Rep. Has an Answer
  In Colorado, construction workers are being hired through labor brokers to disguise their employers’ wage theft, and under current law there is no way to view which companies are engaging in this practice.  But a new bill from Rep. Jessie Danielson (D-Wheat Ridge) would make citation and assessment information on wage law violations...
Apr
2016
22

Unholy Mole: SC Restaurant Chain to Pay $1.2M in Backpay, Penalties for Years of Wage Abuse

Unholy Mole: SC Restaurant Chain to Pay $1.2M in Backpay, Penalties for Years of Wage Abuse
  A judge has ordered the owners of the La Hacienda restaurant chain to pay a whopping $1,179,045 in back wages and penalties to 119 employees that the company systematically cheated out of wages between 2011 and 2014.  In his ruling, Judge C. Weston Houck also forced the company to formally acknowledge that they will [&hellip...
Apr
2016
22

Union Partnership Ensures Safety on Daring New Louisville Hotel; KY Prevailing Wage Lives Another Day

Union Partnership Ensures Safety on Daring New Louisville Hotel; KY Prevailing Wage Lives Another Day
  A “Construction Partnership Program” has been launched in Louisville, Kentucky to ensure high safety standards during construction of the new Omni Hotel.  The agreement is a partnership between the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, the Louisville Building & Construction Trades Council, the AFL-CIO, and the project’s prime contractor,...