McDonald's workers in New York have filed a lawsuit against their franchise owners and against the corporation behind the franchises in an attempt to get the company to pay for the cost of cleaning their uniforms. It would be unhygenic, if not impossible, not to clean a uniform that is covered in grease, fat, salt and the smell of fast food, but the cost of doing so should not be borne by its underpaid employees, argue the workers. Their lawsuits are part of many other lawsuits filed against the fast-food giant regarding wage and hour laws.
A new regulation issued by the Obama Administration will extend minimum wage and overtime protections to home aides who care for disabled persons and older adults. Starting on January 1, 2015, all home aides will be covered under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) which requires employers to pay at least the Federal minimum wage and time-and-a-half overtime premium when certain employees work more than 40 hours in a week. Traditionally, the FLSA excluded Home Aides and babysitters from these protections. However, in New York, home aides were already required to be a paid minimum wage under the New York State Labor Law. The new overtime pay requirement under FLSA will be the added benefit to home aides in New York State who often work longer than traditional 40-hr work weeks.
The Worker Justice Center of Kingston is looking into claims that workers at The Quality Inn and Superlodge Hotels in Ulster County, New York are being subjected to unfair labor practices. These charges include failure to pay minimum wage, keeping tips left in rooms intended for the housekeeper and refusal to provide payroll information in the employee's native language. The Worker Justice Center has filed a lawsuit stating these allegations have been going on for more than ten years and are in blatant violation of New York Labor Laws.