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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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5 Questions for Rep. George Miller, Chairman, House Education and Labor Committee

January 10, 2007
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Rep. George Miller, D-California, became chairman of the just-renamed House Education and Labor Committee this month, when Democrats took control of Congress. Miller played a prominent role in making an increase in the minimum wage a congressional priority.
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Payroll Cashing Fee Is Unlawful Wage Deduction

December 15, 2006
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Check your state’s wage and hour laws to make sure there are no similar prohibitions against charging employees cash-machine fees.
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