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Wednesday
Mar262014

Obama Signs Memo to Strengthen Overtime Pay Rules

President Barack Obama signed a presidential memo this month directing the Dept. of Labor to come up with new overtime rules in order to make more workers eligible for time and a half pay. Obama has made it clear that he will bypass Congress when necessary to take action on economic initiatives. This is currently one of his most far-reaching executive actions this year even though new rules wouldn’t take effect most likely until 2015.

The new overtime pay rules would be focused towards workers on salary who earn more than $455/week and are ineligible for overtime due to management titles even though their actual job duties include few supervisory capacities. New regulations could change the definition of “supervisor” according to employment law. The salary/week limit separating workers who get paid overtime and those who don’t was last raised in 2004 by the Bush administration. Prior to 2004 it hadn’t changed since the 1970’s.  

Those in support of new overtime rules feel that millions of American workers could benefit from a change. Those who are against the change feel that increasing the number of workers eligible for time and a half pay for overtime would create a burden too heavy for small businesses and could potentially cost Americans jobs.  

Obama’s focus isn’t limited to overtime pay rules. This year, the President is also focused on federal minimum wage. He hopes to increase worker pay this year by calling on Congress to increase the minimum from $7.25 to $10.10.

For additional information on employment law, federal minimum wage and overtime regulations get in touch with the experts at Blumenthall, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik. 

Tuesday
Mar252014

Multiple Class Action Suits Filed Against McDonald’s by Fast Food Workers

Earlier this month, multiple class actions were filed in California, Michigan and New York against McDonald’s alleging that the fast-food giant is systematically stealing employee wages. Fast food workers filed the class action lawsuits against McDonald’s and some its franchisees claiming widespread wage theft that was accomplished by forcing employees to work off the clock, shave hours off time cards, and refusing to pay overtime.

McDonald’s executives are currently reviewing the allegations made in the lawsuits. The company claims that they (and their franchisees) are committed to fully investigating the claims and providing appropriate actions in response to any problems discovered.

These class action lawsuits are one more in a string of actions taken by fast-food workers protesting their pay. Many are paid minimum wage.

As recently as December, workers protesting minimum wage staged an extensive protest throughout the US. They were demanding that the federal minimum hourly wage be raised from the current $7.25 to $15.00. McDonald’s responded to protests by pointing out that their jobs provide workers with opportunities for advancement, competitive pay and benefits. A McDonald’s spokesperson also indicated that the company invests in training and professional development in order to aid workers in learning skills that are practical and transferable in business.

Experts agree that this string of actions being taken by fast-food employees upset with their wages, lack of overtime pay, etc. will continue.

If you feel your employer may be paying you unfair wages please get in touch with Blumenthall, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik to discuss potential resolutions to the issue.