The Seattle Office of Labor Standards found violations of minimum wage, paid sick and safe time, overtime, and other laws by two employers in the residential painting industry. The two employers paid $121,000 and $16,000 to a total of 35 workers. Following these investigations, the Office is holding a training for contractors in the residential painting industry, in an effort to educate employers and deter violations going forward.
Months after the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a hefty blow to teachers’ unions, a rash of new lawsuits has emerged that could further damage these labor groups.
There are two main strands to this new wave of anti-union lawsuits: 1) challenges to time-limited windows during which teachers can opt out of membership payroll deductions, and 2) pushes for teachers to be reimbursed for the agency fees they paid before the Janus decision.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s Fair Labor Division has been active this fall so far: the office settled a case with: (1) Maidpro for not paying workers for travel time; (2) a home care company for failing to pay overtime and for travel time; and (3) the beauty salon chain Minluxe over violations of state’s earned sick time law. The office also cited a medical transportation business for nearly 500K based upon misclassification and failing to pay overtime. Interestingly, Massachusetts is the only state in which the attorney general’s office is the primary enforcer of the state labor laws; elsewhere, state departments of labor typically play this role.
Sponsored by National Education Association (NEA) and Labor and Worklife Program.
"Last week, the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School hosted an event with the National Education Association on the teacher walkouts that spread through red states from January to May 2018. We held this event to learn as much as possible about what motivated tens of thousands of teachers to stand up for themselves and their schools. The most profound lesson I learned was the importance of telling stories of...
Labor and Worklife Program hosts workshop in the shadow of NAFTA negotiations
On August 31, Harvard Law School’s Labor and Worklife Program (LWP), in collaboration with the University of Reading, organized a workshop on the “Past and Future of Labor Provisions in the Context of Trade.” Coincidentally, it was the same day President Donald Trump, twenty-six years after the signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), notified Congress of his intent to sign a revised agreement with Mexico and, potentially, Canada...
The key objectives of the workshop were to discuss new findings in recent research papers on the role and effectiveness of labor provisions and to assemble a high-level panel discussion with some of the most highly regarded experts in the field.
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs found widespread violations of law in investigations involving several dozen home health agencies. (In New York, the Office of Labor Policy & Standards is based within the Department of Consumer Affairs, and enforces New York City’s worker protection laws. While New York case law preempts municipalities from setting their own minimum wages, the City has passed a number of cutting-edge laws in recent years, including not only paid a sick leave law, but also laws protecting freelancers from nonpayment, and a law requiring fast food employers to make payroll deductions and remit them to a qualified fast food worker advocacy group upon a worker’s request.