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Fair Labor Standards Act

Keep a Log of the Hours That You Have Worked

Brad Reid | Posted 11.17.2014 | Business
Brad Reid

When an employer fails to keep a record of hours worked, as happened in this case, the employee is entitled to compensation "on the most accurate basis possible."

Hunter Stuart

9 Reasons We Should Abolish Tipping, Once And For All

HuffingtonPost.com | Hunter Stuart | Posted 10.17.2014 | Business

Tipping pushes waiters into poverty, so let's stop doing it.

SCOTUS Must Side With Amazon Workers, Rule Against Preposterous Unpaid Time Requirement

Christine L. Owens | Posted 10.08.2014 | Business
Christine L. Owens

At issue in Integrity Staffing Solutions is the firm's refusal to pay the warehouse workers for the time spent in a mandatory post-shift anti-theft screening required by Amazon, which takes as long as 25 minutes a day, or as much as two-plus hours each week, per worker.

Dave Jamieson

White House Delays Enforcement Of Minimum Wage, Overtime For Home Care Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Labor Department announced Tuesday that it plans to delay its enforcement of new minimum wage and overtime protections for the count...

Dave Jamieson

Senate Democrats Think You Deserve Overtime Pay

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats want more American workers to be taking home overtime pay. Echoing a similar move by President Barack Obama, a bill ...

Immigration, Resurrection, and the Battle for the American Soul

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 06.11.2014 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

In the days before Easter Sunday, we think of the immigrants whose dreams are being deferred. We think of the gains and losses suffered by faith communities that have fought this fight for generations.

Jump Starting Real Wage Growth for Women: Increasing the Minimum Wage and Improving Overtime Laws

Heidi Hartmann | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Heidi Hartmann

Two changes both administered by the Wages and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor would help ensure that real wages rise for millions of women, not to mention many men, in the coming decade.

Extra Effort Unrewarded

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.17.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Republicans despise America's poor and jobless. The GOP made that perfectly clear by repeatedly denouncing them and cutting food stamps and unemployment benefits. But last week, Republicans revealed that they also hate hard-working Americans!

Is it Good for America to Only do What's Good for Business?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

Opponents to President Obama's efforts to put millions of dollars in the pockets of people who've been working overtime for no pay want you to worry about business again. Conservative business groups have responded with all-too-familiar claims of the harm Obama's plan will bring to their members. House Speaker John Boehner had this to say: "The president's policies are making it difficult for employers to expand employment. And until the president's policies get out of the way, employers are going to continue to sit on their hands." It's time to stop listening to endless repetition of the narrow-minded view that rules and laws should not be changed if they pose even a whiff of difficulty for business. More often than not, it's a bogus argument and a selfish one at that.

Dave Jamieson

How Obama's Reforms To Overtime Law Will Change People's Lives

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics

In her years managing a small dollar store in Michigan, there were times when Dawn Hughey worked 60, 70, or even 80 hours a week just to keep the plac...

Workers Can 'Don and Doff' Off the Clock, Says Court

Michelle Chen | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Michelle Chen

For workers in dangerous industries, safety should be non-negotiable. But the Supreme Court may have just given employers a little more leeway to put critical protections for workers on the table when bargaining over labor contracts.

No Intern Pay? No Protection From Harassment

Ashley Mosley | Posted 04.16.2014 | Business
Ashley Mosley

When many people think of unpaid internships, they assume the only thing missing from the opportunity is pay and benefits. This couldn't be further from the truth. Unpaid internships also lack another crucial element: Protection from harassment.

Keeping the Promise of Opportunity

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

For this administration, raising the minimum wage is just one part of what the president has called the "unfinished business" of America.

Decent Care

Karla Erickson | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Karla Erickson

Racial minority women ‒- and particularly recent immigrant women ‒- have often been employed in informal labor arrangements that included extraordinarily long days, working on holidays, wages well below the minimum wage and absolutely no access to recourse if they were treated unfairly. Evelyn Coke's victory moves us one step away from that history.

Dave Jamieson

Federal Workers Still Fuming Over Shutdown -- Hundreds Sue Government

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Not even three weeks since the shutdown ended, hundreds of federal employees who worked through the impasse have now filed paperwork to ...

Dave Jamieson

U.S. Government Accused Of Breaking Own Labor Laws With Shutdown

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.02.2013 | Politics

A group of federal workers who had their pay delayed due to the shutdown are suing the federal government, saying it violated its own labor laws by gi...

The Wait Is Over: 2 Million Home Care Workers No Longer Excluded From Minimum Wage

Jodi M. Sturgeon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jodi M. Sturgeon

For the women who do this work, this has meant decades of physical and emotional labor that has been undervalued and underpaid. The work itself is considered "unskilled" despite the fact that most of us would have no clue how to safely move a 90-year-old from bed to chair or help a person with Alzheimer's avoid fear and frustration.

Dave Jamieson

Obama Finally Delivers On Promise To Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a move that will change working conditions for two million Americans, the Labor Department announced Tuesday the enactment of a new r...

Dave Jamieson

Worse Than Walmart?

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.25.2013 | Business

Dawn Hughey had worked at Dollar General for just four months when she was named manager of a store in the Detroit suburbs in 2009. Having recently mo...

After 75 Years, Minimum Wage Protections Still Elude Home Care Workers

Sarah Leberstein | Posted 08.28.2013 | Business
Sarah Leberstein

One of our nation's cornerstone workplace laws, the Fair Labor Standards Act, turned 75 this week. America's roughly 2.5 million home care workers might not be celebrating the anniversary, however.

Dave Jamieson

Biden Skewers Minimum-Wage Fearmongers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a speech Tuesday commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act, Vice President Joe Biden mocked conservatives wh...

Americans Deserve a Big Raise -- Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Fair Labor Standards Act

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.25.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Over the past 50 years, the productivity of America's workers has surged, but the minimum wage has fallen further and further behind. In fact, if the minimum wage had kept pace with increases in worker productivity since 1960, it would now stand at $21.72 per hour.

Dave Jamieson

A Promise From Obama To Workers Still Unfulfilled

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In December of 2011, President Barack Obama stood at the White House alongside a group of home care workers and announced that his admin...

75 Years of Rewarding Work and Responsibility

Seth D. Harris | Posted 08.23.2013 | Politics
Seth D. Harris

A higher minimum wage provides a shot in the arm to an economy powered above all by consumer demand. When working families have more money in their pockets, they don't stash it in offshore bank accounts in the Cayman Islands -- they pump it back into their local economies.

Valuing the Home Care Workforce

National Council of La Raza | Posted 08.14.2013 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

The Department of Labor's proposed regulation to extend basic labor protections under the Fair Labor Standards Act to home care workers dignifies this important work and significantly improves job quality in this vital American industry.