The U.S. Supreme Court is tackling whether workers who must wear specific safety or protective gear in the course of their employment must be paid for the time spent gearing up before shift and gearing down after. In essences, the Supreme Court will be determining what "changing clothes" means for the purposes of hourly pay for unionized workers.
A Silicon Valley company employed U.S. and Mexican workers to work alongside each other to refurbish several power generators. Those who were U.S. citizens were paid in dollars and those who were Mexican citizens were paid in pesos. After converting the amount received in pesos to American dollars, the Mexican workers were determined to have received $2.66/hour for their work.
Maybe. One former laborer for Crowdflower, one of the major players in the crowdsourcing market intends to find out. He is asserting in a recent wage and hour lawsuit filed against Crowdflower that those individuals from the crowd who completed work for the company were in fact employees and should be entitled to at least minimum wage for their efforts.
Throughout Los Angeles County and San Francisco, restaurant owners have been consistently underpaying cooks, bus boys, servers and other restaurant staff, according the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division. The issues with employee compensation were violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Walmart has a reputation in California and throughout the nation as an aggressive and effective cost-controlling machine. Its ability to offer low prices reflects how successful the company has been at running a lean, efficient supply chain. However, a California lawsuit is now claiming that the company went too far and is responsible for massive violations of federal labor laws.
Outside sales representatives are generally classified as 'exempt' under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and they do not have to be paid overtime for hours spent working beyond 40 hours per week. The United States Supreme Court is currently considering whether drug sales representatives should actually be considered 'non-exempt' under the FLSA and must be paid an overtime premium.
A Subway franchisee with 29 locations in the Tampa Bay area has been ordered to pay 122 employees back wages and liquidated damages for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Acts (FLSA). A federal judge ordered the payments after finding that the Subway owner violated minimum wage and overtime pay requirements.
A federal district court has issued a preliminary approval of a $99 million class action settlement between pharmaceutical sales company Novartis and sales representatives for wage and hour disputes. The sales reps filed suit against Novartis for improper classification of the employees as exempt and not eligible for overtime wages.
A woman who worked as an unpaid intern for Harper's Bazaar has filed suit against the company for violations of federal and state wage and hour laws. The woman claims that she is entitled to back wages and overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act.