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Proposed Overtime Rule Could Benefit 1 Million U.S. Workers

A proposed change in federal labor laws could expand overtime eligibility to more than 1 million salaried workers in the U.S. The U.S. Department of Labor proposed raising the overtime threshold to most salaried workers earning an annual salary of $35,308 or $679 per week so that employees making less than that amount would be eligible for time-and-a-half pay for any hours over 40 worked per week. Currently, the overtime threshold sits at $23,660 or $455 per week, so anyone making more than that isn’t eligible for overtime pay. The government set the current overtime threshold 15 years ago. The ... Read More

DOL Proposes Rule Allowing Teens to Operate Powered Patient Lifts

If U.S. labor officials have their way, 16- and 17-year old teenagers will soon be allowed to operate powered patient lifts in hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation clinics, and other facilities. The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed rolling back youth-employment provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) mandating that patient power lifts be operated by employees ages 18 and older. The proposed rule, published in the Sept. 27 Federal Register, would change the FLSA’s Hazardous Occupations Orders under to exempt powered patient lifts, effectively allowing all employees to operate the devices regardless of age. Powered patient lifts are devices ... Read More

Restaurant Owners Threatened Employees Into Silence Over FLSA Violations

The U.S. Department of Labor said it has entered into an agreement with a suburban Washington D.C., restaurant requiring its owners and managers to stop intimidating or retaliating against employees who cooperate with a Labor Department investigation and ongoing litigation involving Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) violations. The Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division started an investigation of alleged labor violations at Aroma Indian Cuisine in Arlington, Va., in August 2013. The investigation uncovered numerous FLSA violations, and the Labor Department subsequently filed suit to enforce federal regulations. “Our investigation concluded, and our suit alleges, that the owners failed to ... Read More

Minor’s Death At Savannah Car Shipping Company Exposes Child Labor Violations

A Savannah, Ga., motor vehicle shipping facility’s disregard for federal labor laws resulted in the tragic death of a 17-year-old worker who was crushed by a car that had fallen off a hydraulic lift. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Marco Rosales, and employee of Cars Loading LLC, was crushed to death on Nov. 30, 2015, when a sedan he was working on fell off of a hydraulic lift. Rosales was found pinned between the vehicle and the vertical arm of the lift. Cars Loading contracts with customers who need to have their vehicles shipped overseas. The firm completes ... Read More

Nannies Frequently Denied Overtime, Other Rights, Boston Survey Finds

The majority of nannies working in the Boston area are not being paid the legal rate for overtime, a survey conducted by group that advocates for female and immigrant workers found. According to the Boston Globe, the Matahari Women Workers’ Center in Boston interviewed 350 nannies throughout the Boston area and found that just one quarter of them reported that they were being paid the legal rate of time-and-a-half for hours worked in excess of 40 per week. After accounting for unpaid overtime hours and fixed salaries, nannies earned as little as $4.44 per hour, the survey found. In contrast, ... Read More

Police Department Employees Sue For Unpaid Overtime

More than two dozen employees of the Petersburgh, Va., Police Department have filed a lawsuit against the city, alleging it has not paid them overtime since the state passed a special law in 2005 mandating overtime pay for larger jurisdictions. “In 2005, state law was amended to require that Virginia law enforcement officers working for jurisdictions employing 100 or more law enforcement employees pay overtime compensation for the difference in the regularly scheduled workweek and the federal maximum allowed,” WTVR reported, quoting the lawsuit. “[The Petersburg Police Department] did not pay [police department employees] overtime compensation for (a) all hours worked in ... Read More

Landmark $18.3-Million Overtime Pay Agreement To Benefit 1,016 Halliburton Workers

Houston, Texas-based Halliburton Co. has agreed to pay $18.3 million in wrongfully withheld overtime pay to 1,016 employees nationwide as part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s ongoing, multi-year compliance probe of the oil and gas industry. The settlement is one of the largest recoveries of overtime wages in several years. Authorities with the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division found Halliburton incorrectly categorized employees in 28 job positions as exempt from overtime. As a result, the company did not pay overtime to these salaried employees, who worked as field service representatives, pipe recovery specialists, drilling tech advisors, perforating specialists, ... Read More

Medical Transport Co. Used Taxi Cab Exemptions To Avoid Paying Overtime

A Chandler, Ariz., based medical transportation company has been ordered to pay more than $121,000 in back wages to 54 employees who worked overtime hours for the company but did not receive overtime pay as federal law requires. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division investigated Z-Best Medical Transportation LLC, which provides special non-emergency transportation to elderly and disabled patients in need of transportation, and found that the company owners incorrectly categorized its drivers as exempt from overtime, claiming an exemption that applies to taxi drivers. As a result of the exemption, drivers failed to receive overtime pay for ... Read More

Papa John’s franchise owner jailed, fined for wage theft

A Papa John’s franchisee with nine fast-food pizza restaurants in the Bronx was sentenced to jail time and ordered to pay more than a half a million dollars in back pay, wages, and damages to employees that he cheated out of pay. The U.S. Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the charges against Abdul Jamil Khokhar and BMY Foods Inc., which jointly own and operate Papa John’s franchises throughout the Bronx. According to court documents, Mr. Khokhar and his company allegedly failed to pay minimum wage and overtime to about 300 current ... Read More

Direct mail company to pay workers $1.45 million for overtime violations

PHILADELPHIA — More than 160 workers at a Philadelphia direct mail and printing company will share $1.45 million in back pay and damages after a federal investigation found their employer and a temporary staffing agency failed to pay overtime wages. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division investigated complaints of labor violations at direct-mail processor ICS Corp. that resulted in a judgement against the company, staffing agency New Century Integrity Corp., and its owner, Hokkito Teddy. The parties agreed to pay 166 workers $725,583 in overtime wages and an equal amount in liquidated damages. Investigators also found that ... Read More