Wage & Hour Laws Archives

Restaurant workers accuse employers of serving up unfair payment

Those who work in the hospitality business put in long hours under constant pressure, especially those who work for popular restaurants. When a worker believes that he or she is not being compensated fairly under the wage and hour laws that dictate payment, that worker is entitled to seek a suitable remedy to the problem. While the majority of California workers are justly compensated, there are avenues to correct a discrepancy when one occurs.

Flight attendants frustrated over payment dispute with American

When companies merge and absorb the employees, they often make concessions to those workers in order to facilitate a smooth merger. However, not every company will honor those verbal agreements, and workers may find themselves in a payment dispute with the new management. Since California is home to so many new companies, it is likely that workers here have found themselves in their own disagreements over pay or other issues that were difficult to resolve without the assistance of professionals.

Segment of AT&T workers went on strike for payment dispute

AT&T is one of the world's largest telecommunications companies, employing tens of thousands of workers in its many division locations. Recently, approximately 17,000 union workers went on strike to protest several issues including a payment dispute. While the strike was resolved in relatively short order, customers in California may have experienced delays in some service requests.

Missing Oxford comma crucial factor in payment dispute

When employers and employees fail to agree on important matters, the issue may be difficult to resolve without workers taking the matter to the courts. When the issue involves a payment dispute, it may be even more likely that the workers will fight for their right to fair compensation. California employees can seek professional assistance whenever they believe that their rights are being circumnavigated.

Woman files suit against the NFL over employment compensation

Working for the National Football League is often a dream for not just boys but for many girls as well. Every year, the media reports on the multi-million dollar contracts that the top players receive. However, it may come as a surprise to football fans living in California to know that, according to one recent civil suit, the cheerleaders for these teams do not receive any where near the level of employment compensation as the players or even enough to live on in most cases.

Supreme Court to rule on workers' rights in employment disputes

Unions were created to help protect the rights of employees and establish fair workplace practices. However there has been a trend lately to try and subvert employees' rights to file a group action against a company that has failed to meet certain employment agreements. A coming U.S. Supreme Court decision could affect the lives of workers here in California and everywhere else.

Understanding employment classification: exempt vs. nonexempt

There are distinct differences between exempt and nonexempt employees. The federal Fair Labor Standards Act governs most of the workers in California and determines if employees are entitled to be paid according to minimum wage standards, including overtime pay, or whether they should be paid salaries. Workers who have concerns about employment misclassification and its affect on their pay checks may be interested in the difference between the two classifications.

The future for California farmworkers includes overtime pay

The end of the 2015-2016 legislative session has seen new employment laws signed by California’s Governor Jerry Brown. One promises overtime pay to farmworkers beginning in 2019. Between 2019 and 2022, the measure will be phased into industrial and larger farming operations. Smaller farms will have until 2025 to implement the overtime rule.

Significant win for fast food workers in employment compensation

The majority of fast food restaurants in California and elsewhere in the country are operated as franchises. In this business arrangement, a contract is made between the parent company and a franchisee, which generally requires that the franchisee pay a fixed, up-front cost and a continual percentage of sales. Typically, the franchisee is responsible for day-to-day business decisions, including the amount paid for employment compensation. However, a recent district court ruling may set a legal precedent that allows workers to file actions against a parent company if they do not feel their wages are paid appropriately.

New bill could raise employment compensation for 4.2M in U.S

Recently, the Obama administration passed a significant wage law that could benefit up to 4.2 million Americans, including approximately 146,000 workers in California. Supporters hail this as a victory for the average middle class worker. However, those opposed to the legislation believe that employers will start adjusting their employment compensation levels or taking other steps in order to avoid having to pay the new overtime premiums. Should this happen, the law could ultimately hurt the very people it was intended to help.

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