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FairPoint customer service complaints rise as labor strike rages on

As FairPoint's labor unions continue to strike over getting fair wages and benefits for the fifth month in a row, New Hampshire customers are continuing to suffer a series of service delays, reports

With Obama’s Help, UAW Tries To Force VW Workers To Unionize

Investor's Business Daily Labor: A year ago, the United Auto Workers launched a high-profile campaign to unionize a Tennessee Volkswagen plant. But a majority of the workers said no. The UAW lost fair and square, but it won't take no for an answer.

U.S. Department of Labor’s blueberry squeeze goes wrong

I’ve got a new piece at Reason on how the U.S. Department of Labor stepped over the line when — relying on an obscure “hot goods” provision of the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act — it slapped an order on two Oregon blueberry growers forbidding them from selling their crop until they settled a (dubious) […] U.S. Show More Summary

Judges Say No To Obama Labor Regulators' Hot Blueberry Crush

Walter Olson What does federal labor law have in common with civil forfeiture law? As I write at Reason: Under a provision of the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act, the U.S. Department of Labor can seek what is known as a “hot goods” order,...Show More Summary

Walter Olson on the Labor Department's Asset Forfeiture Tool, 'Hot Good' Orders

last weekNews : Reason

Under a provision of the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act, the U.S. Department of Labor can seek what is known as a "hot goods" order, freezing the physical output of an employer hat it suspects of having violated wage and hour law, all without having to prove its case at a trial. Show More Summary

News: Apple releases 2015 Supplier Responsibility Progress Report

2 weeks agoTechnology / Mobile : iLounge

Apple has released its Supplier Responsibility Progress Report for 2015, providing an update on the actions the company has continued to take in ensuring that fair labor practices and human rights are respected through its supply chain. Show More Summary

Can Anyone Save the Labor Movement?

Amy Dean’s profile of AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka is excellent and well worth your time. I am skeptical of the framing of this issue as “Can Richard Trumka Save the Labor Movement?” (and to be fair, the framing is in the title, which Dean almost certainly didn’t write) because, as is so common when talking […]

United States: Report: U.S. Department Of Labor Proposal To Almost Double Minimum Salary For Exempt Employees In March 2014, President Obama directed the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to update existing overtime regulations for so-called “white collar” employees under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The Fresh Market joins Coalition of Immokalee Workers

The Fresh Market Inc., is the latest retail chain to join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers supporting the labor group’s Fair Food agreement.

Wage-Law Enforcer: ‘Jaw-Dropping’ Violations Demand Tougher Action

David Weil, who oversees the U.S. Labor Department’s powerful Wage and Hour Division, recently spoke to The Wall Street Journal about his job. Mr. Weil's division enforces the Fair Labor Standards Act, the federal law that sets standards for minimum wage and overtime pay and covers most workers.

Unsurprising Unanimous Decision: No Pay for Security Screenings

Raise your hand if you saw this coming. Contracted employees, leaving an Amazon warehouse, have to go through security screenings. They sued for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The district court dismissed their lawsuit, but the Ninth Circuit reversed, holding (contrary to every other circuit court that......

Panel Of Ivy League Graduates Determines That Wage Laborers Should Perform Required Tasks For Employers Without Compensation

Earlier this year, I argued that 9CA was right to interpret the Fair Labor Standards Act as requiring employers to compensate employees for mandatory security checks. This being the Roberts Court, it took them less than two months to unanimously conclude otherwise. The Sotomayor concurrence (joined by Kagan) suggests that the Obama administration siding with […]

Competitive Enterprise Institute Event Highlights Department of Labor’s Crimanlization of Volunteer Work at For-Profit Businesses

The Competitive Enterprise Institute and Heritage Foundation are co-hosting an event on December 9th (see event details, here and below), which highlights the Department of Labor's absurd enforcement of the Fair Labor Standards Act that puts volunteering at for-profit businesses in its cross-hairs. Show More Summary

The Past Is Never Past: Slave Labor in the West Virginia Salt Works

"It is not fair to the men who were forced to work in this industry to celebrate the salt without celebrating them as well."

The Past Is Never Past: Slave Labor in the West Virginia Salt Works

3 months agoNews : James Fallows

"It is not fair to the men who were forced to work in this industry to celebrate the salt without celebrating them as well."

Federal Money to Ivanpah Solar Power Plant Would Be Prize for Unions

By Kevin Dayton, Union Watch Fairly or not, news media has recently brought negative public attention to the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, a $2.2 billion thermal solar power plant built under a union Project Labor Agreement in California’s Mojave Desert.

What Whole Foods Employees Think of the Company's "Values"

3 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Gawker

Whole Foods has just launched its first national advertising campaign, featuring the slogan "Values Matter." It emphasizes not just quality food, but also the company's "fair labor practices." How do Whole Foods employees feel on that point? Read more...

Tech Underbelly: Indentured Servitude and Bonded Labor in the US

A labor collusion pact with the aim of suppressing pay levels among Apple, Google, Microsoft, Pixar, and others, demonstrated that the idea that Silicon Valley plays fairly is an illusion. But even more unsavory abuses occur further down the food chain. Show More Summary

Timely Compliance With Home-Care Rule Needs Year-End Effort

By Christine Pulfrey, Bloomberg BNA Enforcement of a final rule that takes effect Jan. 1, 2015, to extend Fair Labor Standards Act minimum-wage and overtime protections to certain direct-care workers is to be delayed, but employers should not hesitate to ensure timely compliance with the rule's minimum-wage, overtime and recordkeeping requirements.

Hot Goods and Economic Duress: Part II

Is there a valid economic-duress objection to the US Department of Labor’s exercise of “hot goods” authority under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)? Earlier this year, in Perez v. Pan-American Berry Growers, LLC, a federal district court in Oregon...

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