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Wage and Hour Laws Archives

Bag searches lead to lawsuit against Apple by employees

A pair of Apple retail employees has filed a lawsuit against their former employer, alleging the company has engaged in improper and illegal wage practices. The suit was filed in federal court in the Northern District of California on July 25 and according to court paperwork, is seeking class-action certification.

Debit Cards Instead Of Paychecks? McDonald's Employee Sues

After working for a month at a Pennsylvania McDonald's, Natalie Gunshannon had not been paid. The franchisee for whom Gunshannon worked required all employees to receive their earned wages on a debit card but Gunshannon refused to activate hers.

Is Congress Trying To Take Away Overtime Pay?

Maybe, although that's not the stated intent behind a bill that would allow employers to 'pay' workers with comp time - or additional paid time off - for hours that are now required to be paid at an overtime rate of time-and-a-half. The bill recently passed the House by a fairly narrow margin of only 19 votes.

Vested Sick Leave Can't Be Denied By City, Judge Says

The City of San Jose had a sick leave policy that allowed workers who had been with the City for 15 or more years to bank up to 30 weeks of sick time that would be paid out upon retirement. The policy was a unique savings opportunity for City employees that allowed them to earn sick time throughout their careers that would be paid out at their final rate when they left the City.

Is Time Spent Putting On Safety Gear Part Of The Workday?

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.

CA Company That Underpaid Mexican Workers Ordered To Pay Damages

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.

Is A Raise In CA's Minimum Wage Coming in 2013?

Assembly Bill 10 has been revised and is back on the 2013 agenda for the California legislature. Sponsored by Luis Alejo, D-Salinas, the latest version of AB 10 would call for a $.50 raise in California's minimum wage in 2014, bringing it to $8.25.

Paycheck Victory For California Restaurant Workers

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 Wages: Lawsuit Targets Retailer's Use of Contractors

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.

Election Day 2012: Can I Take Time Off Of Work To Vote?

Election Day is rapidly approaching and California workers should take a minute to make sure they know about their voting rights at the workplace. California law aggressively guarantees an employee's ability to participate in democracy by requiring employers to cooperate.

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