Archive for the ‘WAGES’ Category

Apr
2014
22

Op-ed Defends CA’s Prevailing Wage in Face of Charter City Race to the Bottom

  The implementation of California’s SB 7, which would restrict funds to charter cities that do not want to pay the prevailing wage, is being halted by a lawsuit from five cities who seek the right to continue to pay workers on publicly funded projects less than the regional average.   In an op-ed for ...
Apr
2014
22

MA Residents Question Pulte’s Past Ahead of Senior Center Construction

MA Residents Question Pulte's Past Ahead of Senior Center Construction
  In Sherborn, Massachusetts, local residents are raising concerns about a proposed senior center due to the contractor’s penchant for questionable work and a history of failing to pay its employees.  The 66-unit housing complex will be built by Pulte Homes, which in 2012 was ordered to pay over $400,000 in back wages after an ...
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Apr
2014
22

Clean Up on Aisle 1099: Louisiana Janitors Awarded $280,000 in Misclassification Backpay

  Some companies, as 1099 Compliance Blog explains, feel they are shielded from the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act due to their use of an outside hiring firm.  But as the case of a Louisiana janitorial service shows, backpacy can result from this unscrupulous fallacy. In the Louisiana case, misclassified employees were awarded ...
Apr
2014
16

THOU SHALT NOT PROSPER: Oklahoma Gov Signs Bill Banning Minimum Wage Hikes

THOU SHALT NOT PROSPER: Oklahoma Gov Signs Bill Banning Minimum Wage Hikes
  Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed a bill that prohibits cities and counties from raising the minimum wage.   We’ll pause while you barf. The bill also prohibits the establishment of sick-day or vacation requirements that differ from state law.  Fallin’s detractors note that the bill seems to be a direct response to an ...
Apr
2014
9

Obama Signs Female Worker Protection EO While Polls Show Women, GOP Drifting Further Apart

Obama Signs Female Worker Protection EO While Polls Show Women, GOP Drifting Further Apart
  Monday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order that makes it illegal for federal contractors to retaliate against workers who openly discuss their pay.  The timing of the action coincides with National Equal Pay Day.   In bypassing Congress the Obama Administration hopes to test the policy on employees of federal contractors in...
Apr
2014
4

McDonald’s Wage Theft Lawsuits Span the Nation as Poll Data Reveals Nearly Ubiquitous Exploitation

McDonald's Wage Theft Lawsuits Span the Nation as Poll Data Reveals Nearly Ubiquitous Exploitation
  Gawker reports that a coalition of McDonald’s workers are suing the company for wage theft in New York, California, and Michigan.  The workers, affiliated with the Fast Food Forward movement, claim the company forced them to work off-the-clock, shaved hours from their time cards, and failed to properly pay them overtime. According to a ...
Apr
2014
4

RI Democrat Receives Major Donations from Assoc. Builders & Contractors, Introduces Anti-Wage Bill

RI Democrat Receives Major Donations from Assoc. Builders & Contractors, Introduces Anti-Wage Bill
  The Rhode Island House Labor Committee heard two bills this week that endorse wildly different strategies for how the state can promote apprenticeship programs.  The committee heard arguments for and against HB 7623 and HB 7697, the former of which aims to ensure that the state has a ready supply of skilled construction workers ...
Apr
2014
4

Prevailing Wage Round-Up: Maryland, Delaware, Memphis Take Strides to Protect Workers

  In statehouses and city council chambers across the country, wage increases are on the brain. And it isn’t only the minimum wage, sparked by President Obama’s sudden interest in a federal boost and a well-coordinated nationwide fast food workers campaign, that is on the docket. The expansion of the prevailing wage, which...
Apr
2014
2

CA Bill Would Be First to Hold Temp Agencies, Subcontracts Responsible for Wage and Safety Violations

  In California, a bill proposed on Friday would make the state the first to hold companies legally responsible for wage and safety violations committed by subcontractors and temp agencies.  The move would help workers who often find that misdeeds by companies can be skirted using a chain of command argument. In a statement, Caitlin ...
Apr
2014
2

Over 100 Employees Win Back Wages, Overtime in Phoenix Misclassification Settlement

  A Phoenix deli chain has been ordered to pay more than $66,000 in back wages after an investigation by the Department of Labor found improper classification of employees as independent contractors. A bevy of other labor law violations by the chain, City Market Deli, were also uncovered.   The settlement with the DOL’s Wage ...
Mar
2014
31

In Op-ed, Obama Clarifies Who a Minimum Wage Boost Would Benefit, Scope of Support for Its Passage

In Op-ed, Obama Clarifies Who a Minimum Wage Boost Would Benefit, Scope of Support for Its Passage
  Elaborating on his principle that “no American that works full time should have to raise a family in poverty,” President Obama published an op-ed on Sunday reiterating his call for a raise in the minimum wage.  With the Senate ready to vote on a federal minimum wage hike, the president used his op-ed to ...
Mar
2014
28

Nearly 1000 Protest “Right-to-Work,” Paycheck Deception, Wage-Slashing at Missouri Capitol

Nearly 1000 Protest
  Close to a thousand union members joined at the Missouri state capitol this week to protest “Right-to-Work” legislation currently being considered by the legislature.  House Speaker Tim Jones has made anti-union legislation a top priority with three harmful bills being considered.   Speaking to the gathered crowd, Governor Jay Nixon...