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Is Travel Time Compensable

October 26, 2006
Employees who are required to carry their safety equipment during their commute to and from work, obtain food and drinks for their shifts, and discuss their jobs during their commute are not necessarily performing integral and indispensable "principal activities" warranting overtime pay.
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A Crazy Quilt of Wage Laws

August 31, 2006
As Congress made another attempt to raise the federal minimum wage, Chicago passed a new “big box” ordinance setting minimum wages and benefit spending for the city’s largest retailers. The ordinance is now one of hundreds of state and local laws that form a nationwide crazy quilt of minimum wage regulations.
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Increase the Minimum Wage

September 26, 2005
In this opinion column, an advocate for employees argues that the federal minimum wage "still matters, and still has a useful role to play in the low end of our labor market."
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