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Minnesota's minimum wage increase starts tomorrow

Tomorrow will prove to be a historic day here in Minnesota as the minimum wage currently paid to hundreds of thousands of employees in a multitude of sectors is set to increase for the first time in almost ten years.

MN trade group already calling for changes to new minimum wage laws

Minnesota lawmakers made headlines this past legislative session when they voted to raise the minimum wage in the state to $9.50 an hour by 2016, a move that has been since been lauded by both employees throughout the state and employment advocacy groups across the nation.

Engineers settle with tech companies over wage theft

A group of more than 64,000 software engineers have reached an agreement with some of the country’s largest tech companies over an alleged $3 billion in wage theft over the course of four years. The engineers worked with the Department of Labor to obtain the settlement after it became clear that the software companies were working together to keep pay at a low, stable rate. Specifically, the companies colluded not to compete for employees. This had the result of eliminating competition for top talent, which prevented the normal salary increases that come along with changing one’s job. 

NFL cheerleader files proposed class action over wages, overtime

An Oakland Raiders cheerleader just filed a proposed class-action lawsuit on behalf of 40 current and former Raiderettes. She claims the Raiderettes’ contract violates both state and federal wage and hour laws -- and cheerleaders’ contracts with other NFL teams probably do, as well. She invites other dancers with similar problems to join. Twenty-six of the NFL’s 32 teams, including the Minnesota Vikings, have cheerleaders.

After 75 years, the FLSA still doesn't protect home care workers

Across the arc of American history, our nation’s labor and employment laws have trended toward greater protection for workers from wage and hour abuse, but there have been setbacks. For example, when the Fair Labor Standards Act was signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt 75 years ago, it had been watered down substantially from its original plan, which would have set a maximum workweek of 35 to 40 hours, with a minimum wage of $12 to $15 a week. Instead, the law as passed st the maximum workweek at 44 hours and the minimum wage at $11 a week. Moreover, it only applied to about 20 percent of the labor force.

Wage and hour complaints skyrocket past an already record high

According to research by a national, employer-side law firm, wage and hour litigation is still on the rise. As we discussed on this blog in August of last year, the number of Fair Labor Standards Act cases brought by workers reached a 20-year high as early as March 2012, and it appears they continue to skyrocket this year despite some indications they had reached their peak.

Workers can't sue under FLSA if contract requires arbitration

In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a case called AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion that the Federal Arbitration Act of 1925 supersedes state laws that had prohibited employment contracts forbidding class-action arbitration. The ruling allowed employers nationwide to force workers to sign contracts in which, not only did all disputes have to be settled through arbitration, but they couldn't bring those disputes forward as a class.

Federal subcontractor fined for minimum wage and overtime violations

If you work as a contractor, you may believe you have little or no protection from U.S. employment law. While that is largely untrue -- contractors have legal rights under the minimum wage, anti-discrimination and many other laws -- the fact is, many of the protections and benefits of employment law are reserved for employees.

Olive Garden chain accused of failing to pay the minimum wage

Florida-based Darden Restaurants Inc., which operates the Olive Garden, Red Lobster, LongHorn Steakhouse the Capital Grille and other full-service chain restaurants, has been accused of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act. And, according to a federal lawsuit brought by current and former food servers, the company's illegal practices may affect wait staff nationwide.

Number of federal wage and hour law complaints at 20-year high

According to data obtained from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, the number of wage and hour complaints being filed by American workers -- on the rise since 2000, have reached a 20-year high. In the 12-month period ending on March 31 of this year, 7,064 lawsuits were filed claiming violations of federal laws regarding wage levels, employee classification, overtime pay and other work regulations. In the same period in 2000, the number filed was only 1,854.

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