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Will I ever get paid overtime? Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), established in 1938, is a federal law that regulates overtime pay, minimum wage, child labor, and recordkeeping. This past Spring, the U.S. Department of Labor approved a proposal to increase the salary threshold to qualify for FLSA standards, meaning anyone working full-time and making less than $47,476 will qualify […]

EMPLOYMENT: Some Blue-Collar Workers Probably Shouldn’t Do Pink Jobs. Why can’t a woman be mor…

EMPLOYMENT: Some Blue-Collar Workers Probably Shouldn’t Do Pink Jobs. Why can’t a woman be more like a man? Henry Higgins demands to know in “My Fair Lady.” These days, labor economists are asking the opposite question: Why can’t a man be more like a woman? The decline of traditionally male blue-collar work like manufacturing has […]

US unemployment claims plunge by 28,000

last weekNews : The Raw Story

US initial claims for unemployment insurance plunged in the final week of 2016, while private-sector firms hired at a slower pace in December, according to two reports Thursday. The new data gave a fairly upbeat picture of the labor market just a day before the release of the closely watched US...

19 States Set to Raise the Minimum Wage in New Year

The Trump administration appears poised to try to roll back any gains that have been made in paying low income Americans more fairly—a prospect accentuated by Trump’s selection of fast food exec Andrew Puzder as his Labor Secretary—but...Show More Summary

Obama praises Labor Secretary Perez, who's weighing DNC bid

Though he withheld a formal endorsement, Obama made his views fairly clear on which candidate he prefers to take over the helm of the Democratic Party's last bastion of power in Washington. Ellison has attracted support from Vermont Sen. Show More Summary

Hansae Vietnam: Case study of hazardous working conditions and the failure of corporate social responsibility audits to fix the hazards

New investigations by the Workers Rights Consortium and the Fair Labor Association reveal sweatshop operations in Vietnam by a major Korean factory operator. The garments produced are sold by dozens of international clothing brands. The sweatshops exist despite "audits" by the $80 billion global "corporate responsibility industry."

'A Fair Price,' a Short Story by Joshua Ferris

last monthNews : Vice News

A man heading into adulthood and marriage hires a day laborer to help him move his things out of storage. But the day laborer bears a resemblance to the young man's abusive stepfather, and miscommunications between the two escalate to violence.

Holiday season is a tough time for low-wage federal contractors

’Tis the season to be jolly. But not for everyone. Happiness is a lot easier for those paid a fair wage, which apparently is not what many federal contractor employees get. In a complaint filed Monday with the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) said the Lionel Henderson Corp. […]

White-Collar Overtime Rule Delayed: What Business Owners Need To Know

Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg A federal judge in Texas has dealt a critical blow to the Department of Labor’s planned change to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulation, better known as the white-collar overtime provision. The sweeping change – which was expected to go into effect on December 1 – [...]

The New Overtime Rule May Still Be Upon Us: Are You (and Your Employees Ready)?

Today was supposed to be the day the Fair Labor Standards Act’s new overtime rule went into effect. But a judge’s injunction issued last week means no change for the tens of thousands of businesses and millions of employees that...

Puzzling through overtime rules after judge's denial of pay expansion

About 4 million additional Americans were set to qualify for overtime pay under a new federal rule. But a federal judge has blocked the rule from going into effect Thursday as planned. The change under the Fair Labor Standards Act would have doubled the annual salary threshold — to $47,476 from...

Zillow settles class action labor lawsuit for $6M

A fair labor law case against Zillow that originally arose two years ago, Ian Freeman vs. Zillow, Inc., has come full circle. On Monday, the real estate company announced through an SEC filing that it will settle what became a class action suit in the United States District Court, Central District of California, for $6 million....

Employers (and some Employees) Thankful as Federal Court Stays New Overtime Laws

For the past few months, business owners have been frantically preparing for a major change in the Department of Labor (DOL) regulations implementing the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) which would greatly increase the number of employees eligible to receive overtime pay for work in excess of 40 hour per week.   These changes, were due … Continue Reading

Texas Court Blocks $47,476 Overtime Rule

The Obama Administration made sweeping changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act(FLSA), which changed the threshold for salary “exemption” from $23,000 per year to $47,476 per year ($913 per week). Yesterday, Texas Judge Amos L. Mazzant III blocked the implementation of this law. Show More Summary

District Court Enjoins New Overtime Salary Threshold (and Basically Holds that Salary-Basis Test is Unlawful)

Today, the Eastern District of Texas just issued a nationwide preliminary injunction barring application of the Department of Labor's (DOL) new minimum salary threshold for overtime exclusions under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The decision is stunning. The court relies...

The PR Agency Model Is Broken

The Fair Labor Standards Act change is an opportunity for PR to overhaul its culture.

Your Office Space Should Be Determined by Your Work (Not Your Pay Status)

I wanted to share with you an interesting conversation I had with a couple of human resources professionals about the upcoming changes to the overtime rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). One of the people in the group mentioned...Show More Summary

Ties to Labor and Human Rights Among Palm Oil Leaders and Laggards

Palm oil defines the world's struggle to make more food and consumer goods products while mitigating their impact on people. So, who are the leaders in the push for more fairly produced palm oil, and who are the laggards that are falling behind?

Will You Be in Compliance on December 1? How to Cope With FLSA Changes

To determine if your business is in compliance with pending changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act, review the following decision rules for any employees who are not currently paid overtime. The post Will You Be in Compliance on December...Show More Summary

#FLSA Changes: How to Tell Employees They’re Moving from Salary to Hourly

A few weeks ago, I answered a question from a reader about converting from salary to hourly status as a result of the upcoming changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA.) It occurred to me after I published the post that there might be organizations that are postponing or struggling with these conversations. Show More Summary

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