Unpaid overtime: wage and hour lawsuits have skyrocketed in the last decade
Collective action lawsuits alleging wage and hour violations have risen 400 percent in the last 11 years, according to a recent post at CNNMoney. In 2011, there were more than 7,000 such lawsuits filed in federal court — a huge increase since the turn of the century.
The next big battle in the war over women
I noted here some time ago that the next big battle in the war over women will be over the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would make it easier in various ways to challenge employers who engage in gender-based pay discrimination. Harry Reid has now promised a vote on the measure during the week of June 4th.
Workplace fatalities rise in confined spaces
From a Napa winemaker to a paint manufacturing employee in Fullerton, seven Californians died last year while working in a confined space – an uptick in a category of workplace fatalities that are readily preventable, experts said. Between 2008 and 2010, there were two such deaths each year.
AFL-CIO alerts worker safety bureaus to silica exposure at fracking sites
The AFL-CIO has put federal bureaus responsible for worker safety on alert regarding silica exposure at hydraulic fracturing sites. In a letter dated May 22, the labor organization requested that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MHSA) begin to work with the industry to implement policies and procedures.
OPM polls agencies on domestic violence policies
The Office of Personnel Management has started working on new government-wide policies on domestic violence in the federal workplace, beginning by asking federal agencies to send in their existing policies.
OSHA whistleblower’s retaliation claim revived
A federal appeals court has revived a claim by a former senior Department of Labor official who says he was fired because he publicly criticized his agency for letting companies underreport workplace injuries. Saying a 1989 federal law reflects Congress’ desire to protect whistleblowers, the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday said Robert Whitmore, a former head of the recordkeeping group in the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration arm, deserves a new chance to show his 2009 firing was the result of retaliation.
Is that a legal job interview question? It’s murky
Are you pregnant? What religion are you? How old are you? There are certain questions most of us don’t expect hiring managers to ask during a job interview because we think they’re too personal or even illegal. But while such inquiries aren’t always legal no-nos, they can be hazardous.
9/11 first responders and recovery workers to be honored
The National September 11 Memorial and Museum is marking the 10th anniversary of the end of cleanup operations at the site with a tribute to recovery workers and first responders.