Posts Tagged ‘Department of Labor’

Dec
2016
20

ME Gov. Is Legitimately Telling Department of Labor Not to Enforce New Minimum Wage Law

ME Gov. Is Legitimately Telling Department of Labor Not to Enforce New Minimum Wage Law
  Back in November, Maine voters passed a referendum that would increase base wages for tipped workers to $5 per hour. Now, Republican Governor Paul LePage has ordered the state Department of Labor not to enforce the new law. Yes, actually: Maine’s new minimum wage law, which would bump the base pay for bartenders and [&hellip...
Oct
2016
19

Perez Slams Workers Comp System: “Federal Gov’t Has Basically Abdicated any Responsibility.”

Perez Slams Workers Comp System:
  A new report from the Department of Labor describes the current state of workers’ compensation laws as a “race to the bottom.” The report, released earlier this month, suggests workers injured on the job are “at great risk of falling into poverty” because state compensation programs have become grossly inadequate....
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Jul
2016
14

2011: The Last Time a Florida Employer Was Held Responsible for a Minimum Wage Violation

2011: The Last Time a Florida Employer Was Held Responsible for a Minimum Wage Violation
  Blame Bush. Blame Bondi. Blame Florida’s spineless Republican party. It has been five years since the state of Florida held an employer responsible for violating the minimum wage. Florida, which hasn’t had a Department of Labor since Jeb Bush dismantled it in the early 2000s, relies on the office of their useless attorney...
Jul
2016
11

Persuader? I Hardly Know Her: TX Judge Blocks DOL’s Union-Buster Transparency Rule Days Before Implementation

Persuader? I Hardly Know Her: TX Judge Blocks DOL's Union-Buster Transparency Rule Days Before Implementation
  It appears some are not persuaded by the Department of Labor’s “Persuader rule.” Texas U.S. District Court Judge Sam R. Cummings granted an injunction that blocked the new law just three days before its implementation date. Adopted earlier this year by the Department of Labor, the law was scheduled to take effect on...
Jun
2016
17

30 Down, 20 to Go: South Dakota Joins 29 Other States in Fight Against Misclassification

30 Down, 20 to Go: South Dakota Joins 29 Other States in Fight Against Misclassification
  The state of South Dakota has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) in order to combat the misclassification of workers as independent contractors.  The three-year agreement will allow the two parties to provide clear, accurate, and easy-to-access compliance information to employers,...
Jan
2016
13

DOL Highlights IBEW Member’s Apprenticeship Success Story Through Helmets to Hardhats Program

DOL Highlights IBEW Member's Apprenticeship Success Story Through Helmets to Hardhats Program
  The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) blog recently featured a success story from the Helmets to Hardhats program, which connects military veterans with opportunities to begin union apprenticeships and assist their transitions to civilian life. The USDOL blog story featured Timothy Loy, who served three years in the U.S. Army, including one...
Dec
2015
18

CT Whistleblower Case Has Workers Breathing Easy Following Exposure to Inhalation Hazards

CT Whistleblower Case Has Workers Breathing Easy Following Exposure to Inhalation Hazards
  The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a complaint against a Connecticut-based retractable awning manufacturer for illegally terminating two employees after they filed safety and health complaints with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  The owner of Eastern Awning Systems Inc., Stephen Lukos, could face a jury trial...
Sep
2015
10

State Auditor: VT Misclassification Task Force Has Met TWICE Since 2012

State Auditor: VT Misclassification Task Force Has Met TWICE Since 2012
  In Vermont, a scathing new report from State Auditor Doug Hoffer shows that state agencies are not doing enough to fight employee misclassification despite legislation and task forces aimed at combatting the problem.  The report reveals that state laws are not being properly enforced, subcontractors are not being vetted to ensure they have...
Aug
2015
20

Nail Salon Crackdown Expands to CT; 23 of 25 Randomly Selected Shops Closed for Violations

Nail Salon Crackdown Expands to CT; 23 of 25 Randomly Selected Shops Closed for Violations
  A Department of Labor Wage and Workplace Standards Division investigation into 25 nail salons in Connecticut resulted in 23 closures due to wage violations.  State Labor Commissioner Sharon M. Palmer reported that the state recovered more than $62,000 owed to employees, mostly for minimum wage violations.  Palmer indicated that the state...
Aug
2015
3

$400K Penalty Issued for Child Labor Violations in Utah; Polygamist Sect May Be to Blame

$400K Penalty Issued for Child Labor Violations in Utah; Polygamist Sect May Be to Blame
  A southern Utah company has been fined nearly $400,000 by the Department of Labor (DOL) for using child labor on construction sites.  Hildale, Utah based Reliance Electric Inc. used eight children on projects in Utah and Oklahoma, five of which were not paid any wages.  The DOL found that the company also underpaid 56 [&hellip...
Jul
2015
20

Worker Win: DOL Adopts Broader Definition of “Employee” for Misclassification Cases

Worker Win: DOL Adopts Broader Definition of
  The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has issued a new 15-page guidance aimed at employers who try to get away with misclassifying employees as independent contractors.  Under the guidance, most workers would be classified as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  David Weil, head of the DOL’s Wage and...
Jul
2015
8

Robbery Lobby: Home Builders Successfully Strip DOL of $10M Intended to Fight Misclassification

Robbery Lobby: Home Builders Successfully Strip DOL of $10M Intended to Fight Misclassification
  In a troubling decision, the House and Senate Labor, Health, and Human Services subcommittees have stripped $10 million in funding from the 2016 federal budget, money that is vital to the Department of Labor’s effort to fighting employee misclassification. The money would have provided grants to state governments attempting to crack...