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Say-on-Pay Law Could Mean Lawsuits Galore, Oxley Says

October 18, 2007
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Proposed legislation to give investors an advisory vote on executive pay, if passed, would lead to the unintended consequences of messy litigation and more lawmaking from Congress, says Nasdaq vice chairman and former congressman Michael Oxley.
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House Passes Bill to Upend Supreme Court Pay Bias Decision

July 31, 2007
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Named after the plaintiff in a recent Supreme Court case, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act would allow victims to file a claim within 180 days of any paycheck that has been diminished by bias.
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Undocumented Workers Can Sue for Unpaid Wages

June 29, 2007
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Employers are advised that state wage/hour laws may not be pre-empted by federal immigration law. Employers who hire illegal workers may be liable to those illegal workers under applicable state wage laws in the same way they are to legal workers.
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State Law Penalties For Missed Meal, Breaks

June 15, 2007
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The court’s decision underscores the importance of ensuring that employers’ meal and rest break policies comply with applicable law, as well as the importance of ensuring those policies are being followed by all employees.
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Supreme Court Rules Against Cumulative Pay Discrimination

May 29, 2007
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By a 5-4 vote, the court held that a company is not liable for pay discrimination that occurs outside the federal statute of limitations for such cases, which is either 180 or 300 days, depending on the state.
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Pricing Back Pay Into the Cost of Doing Business

May 2, 2007
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Does Discrimination Depress Women’s Pay

April 24, 2007
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A House hearing on equal pay Tuesday became a forum for a debate on factors affecting the pay gap.A new study by a women’s advocacy organization shows that college-educated women earn less than their male counterparts soon after graduation--and 10 years later, too.
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Verizon Is Union’s Top Executive Pay Target

April 6, 2007
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The AFL-CIO is meeting with institutional investors, mutual funds and other shareholder activists to push through the three proposals in conjunction with other groups.
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Wal-Mart Mea Culpa Saves Company Legal Costs Down the Road

January 26, 2007
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While the Department of Labor says that the $33 million agreement is the second-largest back wages settlement in history, critics call it a slap on the wrist.
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Could a Philadelphia Case Clarify Pay Rules for Paramedics

January 19, 2007
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The question is whether municipal paramedics must be paid overtime after 40 hours or are subject to higher overtime thresholds applicable to firefighters and other emergency responders under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
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