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December 2013 Archives

New York workers look forward to new minimum wage law

New York State has a new minimum wage law on the horizon, and it has been a long time coming. The new law, slated to take effect at the end of 2013, will see an increase from $7.25 to $8.00, then set to increase again in 2014 and in 2015. This will affect the work forces in multiple counties.

East Meadow Diner Must Pay Over $400,000 for Wage Violations

The owners of Colony Diner in East Meadow, New York were sentenced on November 14 to pay $338,000 plus $64,000 in fines and back taxes for intentionally underpaying their employees.

Ex-aides lodge sexual harassment complaints against assemblyman

Three former aides of an upstate New York assemblyman have filed complaints of sexual harassment, accusing him of inappropriate sexual behavior and use of sexually explicit comments in their presence. They state he wanted to seek the services of local massage parlors and share a hotel room.

TV developer sues network over profits, wrongful termination

A lawsuit has been filed against AMC network by Frank Darabont, a key player in the production of a popular television series, "The Walking Dead." Darabont is filing due to wrongful termination and failure to receive executive producer profits.

Survey: 66 percent of female journalists are harassed at work

A recent movie, Anchorman, makes fun of sexual harassment on the job, but as some reports indicate, the Hollywood comedy contains a grain of truth. Female journalists face a unique set of challenges in the media, and new studies suggest they are subject to dangerous and embarrassing situations while in the field.

Microsoft Hits Delete Button on Its "Stack Ranking" Employee Review Method

Microsoft has recently announced that its human resources department is getting rid of its "stack ranking" method of reviewing employees. This system was very unpopular amongst its employees and management.

Growing corporate support for same-sex partner benefits

Corporate America is raising the rainbow flag and opening the door to tolerance when it comes to lending support for gay and transgender employee benefits. Less than a year after the United States Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, gay rights activists are reporting good news on the country's report card.

FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCIES WORK TOGETHER TO REDUCE THE PRACTICE OF EMPLOYEE MISCLASSIFICATION

New York State Attorney General Eric. T. Schneiderman along with officials from the New York State Department of Labor and the United States Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division signed memoranda in late November vowing to better protect the rights of employees who are victims of misclassification.

Catering truck worker alleges wage and hour law violations

The management of a taco catering truck has two weeks to respond to a lawsuit claiming one of their workers was overworked and underpaid. The worker alleges he typically worked more than 70 hours a week with no overtime pay and that his employers is in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and New Jersey Wage and Hour Law.

Senate Passes Bill Banning Discrimination against Gay Workers

The U.S. Senate recently passed legislation that would ban discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The measure, known as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), passed on a vote of 61-30.

Poorly-policed labor policies result in death of children

Unfair child labor practices and infractions against the Labor Standards Act are not restricted to foreign lands. They are taking place right here on farms across the United States. Every year, underage children assume the work of men to help their families. While previous legislation had made some ages off-limits to labor, many agricultural parents were up in arms, claiming they needed their sons' help to get the work done.

Live better and save money: Wal-Mart workers say no way

In corporate America, the basic business model says the cream is at the top and the dredges are at the bottom. Wal-Mart boasts of rolling back prices to bring economic relief to its consumers. But something is wrong with this picture. One suggestion is that the vast majority of Wal-Mart's workforce is living just below the poverty line. They receive no benefits, and many qualify for food stamps. Yet this family-owned mom and pop mega-chain boasts its chief executive officer earned $23.2 million last year.

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