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Hands of Bartender Washing a Glass

Requiring a Bartender to Perform Non-tipped Side Work May Violate the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Does a Bar or Restaurant Have to Pay a Bartender Minimum Wage for Non-tipped Side Work? The bar and restaurant industry generates $799 billion in annual sales, and employs almost 15 million people. With over 1 million bars and restaurants in the Unit… Read More
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2017: The Year America Started to Address Its Sexual Harassment Epidemic

2017 will be remembered as the year America recognized and started to deal with its sexual harassment epidemic. Every few days bring a new story of women reporting sexual harassment by powerful male bosses. Unfortunately, studies dating to the 1970s… Read More
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Restaurant Tip on Plate

President Trump Proposes Making Tip Pooling Legal Again – What That Means for Restaurant Workers

The pay-disparity between tipped and non-tipped employees is one of the more contentious issues facing restaurants today. On December 4, 2017, the Department of Labor proposed new regulations that are intended to reduce this pay-gap. But critics fear… Read More
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Worker in Cage - Unfair Mandatory Arbitration Clause

Employers' Use of Mandatory Arbitration Clause Limits Employee’s Access to Justice

Many employers require that their employees sign a mandatory arbitration clause as a condition of employment. Under these agreements, workers whose rights have been violated are not allowed to pursue their claims in court, and instead must submit to… Read More
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FMLA - Illustration of Family at Work with Heart

FMLA - More Than Just Maternity Leave

One of the most common reasons people request leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is for the birth of a child. But many people may not realize that FMLA protections extend to other family medical situations. A qualified employee can take… Read More
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Overtime Word Cloud

The Working Families Flexibility Act – A Proposed Amendment to the FLSA

The Working Families Flexibility Act is a proposed amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). If passed, it would allow employees to choose between receiving monetary compensation for overtime hours worked, or to receive compensatory time off… Read More
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US Supreme Court

US Supreme Court to Address Enforceability of Arbitration Clauses in Employment Agreements

On October 2, 2017, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral argument to decide whether mandatory arbitration clauses in employment agreements violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The cases come before the Court to resolve a circuit… Read More
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Gavel and Equal Pay Sign

Wage Discrimination Based on Race or Gender

Employees are supposed to be free from compensation discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, or disability. These rights are protected by the Equal Pay Act of 1963, and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Ye… Read More
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Paycheck is Peanuts Because of Wage and Hour Violation

Do I Have a Claim for a Wage and Hour Violation?

Filing a state or federal claim for unpaid wages can be a complicated affair. You must comply with numerous filing deadlines, and failure to meet a due date can be fatal to your case. If you believe you have a state law claim for a wage and hour vio… Read More
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Cartoon Woman Asking if She Needs a Wage and Hour Lawyer

Should I Hire a Lawyer for a Wage and Hour Violation?

If you believe your employer is not paying you fairly, whether by not paying you minimum wage, not paying you for all the hours you worked, or not paying you overtime, you may have a claim for a wage and hour violation under the Federal Labor Standa… Read More
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