Posts Tagged ‘wage theft’

Dec
2016
21

Massive Wage Theft Recovery is One of Alaska’s Largest Worker Wins in State History

Massive Wage Theft Recovery is One of Alaska's Largest Worker Wins in State History
  The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development just landed one of the largest recoveries of overtime wages in state history. The department’s Wage and Hour Administration secured $835,000 in overtime and liquidated damages for 159 employees of Gallo’s Mexican Restaurants and Taco King, Inc,: A recent investigation by...
Nov
2016
10

Freelance Isn’t Free: NYC Passes Wage Theft Bill With Stiff Penalties to Protect Gig Economy Workers

Freelance Isn't Free: NYC Passes Wage Theft Bill With Stiff Penalties to Protect Gig Economy Workers
  The City Council of New York unanimously passed legislation late last month designed to protect freelancers against wage theft. The Freelance Isn’t Free Act imposes stiff penalties on employers who fail to pay their freelancers promptly. It is an early attempt to contend with the policy challenges presented by the emerging “gig...
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Nov
2016
9

Obama’s Fair Pay EO May Be Temporarily Blocked, but this New Wage Theft Hotline is Open

Obama's Fair Pay EO May Be Temporarily Blocked, but this New Wage Theft Hotline is Open
  President Obama’s Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces Executive Order was scheduled to go into effect last week. Designed to protect low-wage workers on federal contracts, the EO says contractors must report their own labor law violations when bidding on federal contracts. Unfortunately, these provisions have been temporarily blocked by a...
Sep
2016
28

The $1M Wage Theft Settlement with Senate Cafeteria Staff? Some Workers are Getting $240.

The $1M Wage Theft Settlement with Senate Cafeteria Staff? Some Workers are Getting $240.
  Back in July, we posted about the $1 million in backpay owed to Senate cafeteria workers by federal contractors. The Department of Labor forced Compass Group to compensate their employees and make up for the “oversight,” but it appears the embattled cafeteria workers still aren’t getting a fair shake. In a recent piece for...
Jul
2016
28

Theft-Leaning Politics: Senate Cafeteria Workers Owed $1M in Back Wages

Theft-Leaning Politics: Senate Cafeteria Workers Owed $1M in Back Wages
  As if Congress wasn’t unpopular enough already. Turns out we can add wage theft to the puny list of accomplishments put forth by the Senate under Republican control. According to an investigation by the Department of Labor, federal contractors owe upwards of $1 million to Senate cafeteria workers: The DOL announced it found Restaurant...
Jul
2016
11

MA Wage Theft Bill Gets Big Backing from AG Healy; Anti-Union ABC Opposes (Naturally)

MA Wage Theft Bill Gets Big Backing from AG Healy; Anti-Union ABC Opposes (Naturally)
  An important Massachusetts wage theft bill has experienced some high-profile support recently. The legislation (S 2207), which has been languishing in the State Senate Ways and Means Committee since April, is backed by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy and Auditor Suzanne Bump: Attorney General Maura Healey’s office...
Jun
2016
9

Sec. Perez on FL GOP Thwarting Local Wage Ordinances: “Ironic at Best, Hypocritical at Worst”

Sec. Perez on FL GOP Thwarting Local Wage Ordinances:
  In a recent op-ed for the Miami Herald, Secretary of Labor and potential vice presidential candidate Thomas Perez wrote about how cities in Florida have attempted to raise the minimum wage and fight wage theft only to have their efforts thwarted by Republicans in Tallahassee.  The problem is not limited to Florida as we [&hellip...
Jun
2016
9

Teamsters’ Leafletting Campaign Takes Port Misclassification Fight National

Teamsters' Leafletting Campaign Takes Port Misclassification Fight National
  Members of the Teamsters union, in their constant battle to end truck driver misclassification, are taking part in a national leafletting action at XPO/Con-Way terminals.  The action coincides with recent strikes at the Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach and in San Diego, where misclassification is rampant.  Earlier this month, the Teamsters...
Jun
2016
7

Group of Labor Advocacy Orgs, Unions Launch Coalition to Battle Wage Theft in MN

Group of Labor Advocacy Orgs, Unions Launch Coalition to Battle Wage Theft in MN
  A new coalition of worker groups and unions has formed in Minnesota to combat wage theft. It will hold its first meeting on June 7th.   The group was the result of a series of articles published by Workday Minnesota which exposed the various forms of wage theft facing the region’s workers. The group is [&hellip...
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
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...
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...