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September 18, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor on Monday announces grants to fight tax cheats

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor on Monday awarded $10.2 million to nearly two dozen states to beef up enforcement of a labor scheme that companies employ to evade their tax obligations. The announcement of the first-of-their-kind grants comes one week after McClatchy’s five-part series that uncovered the federal government’s failure to stop companies that wrongly classify their workers as independent contractors instead of employees on federal contracts. Labor Secretary Tom Perez said the […]
March 10, 2014

Vallentino Smith , a former intern, is seeking a class action lawsuit!

Vallentino Smith , a former intern, is seeking a class action lawsuit against Donna Karan International over his unpaid internship in 2009.  Smith, a 25 year-old man from Queens, claims he worked 16 hours a week without pay when he was an undergraduate student working for Donna Karan at its Manhattan headquarters. According to the complaint, Smith alleges that he was told the internship would be a great learning experience, but instead all he did […]
November 5, 2013

Retirement Benefits No Longer at Risk for Same-Sex Couples

The U.S. Labor Department has released an interpretation of the consequences of a landmark Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. The interpretation has eased many of the fears of same sex couples that their retirement benefits could disappear if they relocate. The ruling, which defines legally married same-sex couples as spouses as it applies to retirement plans regardless of where they live, could also be a major coup for employers, retirement plan sponsors and 401(k) […]
December 31, 2012

Wishing everyone a Very Happy New Year!

November 26, 2012

Are meal periods considered work time?

Meal periods do not count as work time if they are at least 30 minutes in duration and the employee does not perform any work tasks during that time. However, if an employee works through lunch, that meal is considered work time. An employee who is expected to remain available during meal periods but does not otherwise perform work duties is not considered to be working and the meal time does not count toward work […]
November 26, 2012

What is the Federal Labor Standards Act?

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), also called the wages and hours bill, is a federal law that was enacted in 1938. FLSA applies to employees engaged in interstate commerce or employed by an entity engaged in interstate commerce. FLSA also requires that most employees in the United States be paid at least the federal minimum wage for all hours worked and that overtime is paid at a rate of one and one-half the regular […]
October 11, 2012

Medical Center in California will pay after National Origin Discrimination lawsuit

In California, the Delano Regional Medical Center (DRMC) is an acute care hospital in California, which has been sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) because about 70 Filipino-American hospital workers, mainly nursing staff, were harassed and discriminated against since 2006. As a result, the hospital will pay $975,000 to settle the lawsuit, as well as the development of strong protocols for handling harassment and discrimination, […]