At the end of August only a few days before Labor Day, a federal judge struck down the new rule issued by the Labor Department during the Obama administration to make more than 4 million workers eligible for time and a half overtime by setting a higher salary threshold for the overtime exemption. The Obama administration rule released in May 2016 would have doubled the threshold to exempt executive, administrative and professional employees from overtime to $47,476 from $23,660.
New York, California and 17 other states are increasing the minimum wage for employees for the new year, which will increase wages for millions of the lowest paid workers. If President Obama had succeeded in adjusting the FLSA overtime pay requirement for inflation, 2016 would have been a remarkable year for the working class.
A bill passed back in December to fight wage theft in Philadelphia will go in effect today, July 1, 2016. It’s one more reason for employees to cheer Mayor Nutter’s tenure in charge of the city.
The Department of Labor has finalized regulations to require overtime pay to approximately 4.2 million salaried workers. In order for a business to claim that an employee is eligible for the overtime exemption as an executive, administrative or professional worker under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) past November, the individual will need to make a salary of over $47,476 a year.
Uber, the San Francisco startup that offers a popular international ride-hailing app, will continue to use independent contractors as drivers after settling class-action lawsuits arguing that the drivers were actually employees rather than independent contractors. The lawsuits for drivers in California and Massachusetts were highly publicized disputes in the ongoing battle between employers and workers over their labor rights in the new economy.
A deal Saturday between lawmakers and labor unions in California will soon put the state at the forefront of the national debate over a living wage. Several large cities including Seattle and Los Angeles have already agreed to phase in a minimum wage hike to $15 an hour but California would be the first state to require it.
Three Democratic lawmakers introduced a proposal into the U.S. Congress today to give teeth to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in the fight against wage theft.
There are a few different wage proposals at various levels of the government which we thought we would call attention to at the conclusion of a work week of beautiful weather here in Philadelphia. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the Federal Governments are considering wage proposals to increase the minimum wage, stop wage theft and help unemployed workers get back to a job.
There’s been a lot of news about wage theft in the media recently. An article published in Inside Energy discussed the surge in claims by workers involved in the oil industry as the price of oil has dropped. According to their report, the number of lawsuits in Colorado for wage violations in 2015 was nine times the number in 2010. The number in Texas, known for oil and gas, increased nearly ten times.
Last week, Chief Judge Conner in the Middle District of Pennsylvania approved a settlement in a wage theft case we brought against Vantage Foods on behalf of our client and the other workers at the Camp Hill, PA facility.