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Chicago Car Wash Workers Report Getting Less Than Minimum Wage: Report

September 21, 2012
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Three quarters of respondents to a recent survey said they earned below the minimum wage of $8.25 per hour, and less than 2 percent were paid the legal rate for overtime. The average pay was $6.59 per hour, and around 80 percent reported working more than 40 hours in the week prior to being surveyed.
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Turkey Processing Company Must Pay $1.3 Million to Disabled Workers for 'Severely Substandard' Wages

September 20, 2012
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On Sept. 18, Judge Charles R. Wolfe of federal district court for the southern district of Iowa in Davenport ordered Hill Country to pay $1.3 million to workers for jobs they performed under contract at a turkey processing plant in West Liberty, Iowa, between 2007 and 2009, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
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The Five Little Words That Will Cause Your Company a Huge Headache

September 13, 2012
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It is immeasurably less expensive to get out in front of a potential problem and audit on the front end instead of settling a claim on the back end.
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Lilly Ledbetter Interview: 'Miss Lilly' Speaks Her Mind

August 21, 2012
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As part of our 90th anniversary, Workforce is talking to some of the people and organizations that helped influence today's workplace. In this installment, Workforce senior editor Ed Frauenheim speaks with Lilly Ledbetter about the act named after her and why she believes equal pay is an important concept for employers to latch onto.
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Report: Wage-and-Hour Suits Hit Record Number

July 23, 2012
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The claims forming the bulk of these numbers include: misclassification of employees, alleged uncompensated 'work' performed off the clock and miscalculation of overtime pay for nonexempt workers.
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Ford Seeks to Close $15-an-hour Canada Labor Gap With U.S.

July 18, 2012
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Ford, which lists 7,400 employees at five plants in Canada on its website, pays $79 an hour for wages and benefits to its hourly workers in the country, said the official, who asked not to be identified because negotiations with the union are private. That labor rate is the highest Ford faces worldwide and compares with $64 an hour in the United States, a company official said.
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Despite What Some Think, Employers do not Set Out to Cheat and Steal

July 16, 2012
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Paychecks and timesheets are neither a ploy nor a tactic. Instead, most employers are well-intentioned but ignorant of the myriad, twisted rules and regulations that govern why, when, to whom, and how much overtime is to be paid.
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Waste Workers' Wages Reduced in Scranton, Pennsylvania

July 10, 2012
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Mayor Chris Doherty reduced the entire city's payroll to $7.25 an hour, including his own, the Times-Tribune of Scranton reported. Policemen and firefighters are included in those who saw their pay slashed, after the mayor said the city doesn't have enough money to pay its employees their regular rates.
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How Do We Get People to Work Overtime?

June 28, 2012
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Aside from a few people, we have a horrific time getting employees to work overtime. We have to practically beg for volunteers. We're considering a rotating schedule of mandatory on-call weeks in which the entire workforce shares the inconvenience of pulling extra hours. Would this work? What else could we try? —Frazzled in HR, software/systems, Knoxville, Tennessee
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The Midnight Shift Returns as Automakers Boost Output

June 8, 2012
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By the start of 2013, 22 of the 83 assembly plants in North America will operate with three shifts of workers, and nearly half of all vehicles built here will come from a three-shift plant.
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