December 28, 2012
By Karen Kulp One year ago, I was among the home-care workers, providers, and consumers who stood with President Obama when he proposed a regulation that would guarantee, at long last, that home-care workers receive minimum-wage and overtime protections under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. The Department of Labor received 26,000 comments on the rule, 80 percent of them favorable. Unfortunately, though, the regulatory process has dragged on, and the nation's two million home-care workers are still not fully protected by labor laws.
December 16, 2012 |
The U.S. Labor Department has sanctioned several Los Angeles garment contractors for sweatshop conditions while making wares for Urban Outfitters Inc., Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corp., Forever 21 Inc., the company that owns T.J. Maxx and Marshall's (TJX Cos Inc.), and others. In a sweep of a single building in the city's fashion district, Wage and Hour Division investigators found 10 garment contractors had violated minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping laws, such as paying workers less than the federal hourly minimum wage of $7.25, and California's $8 minimum wage, the agency said.
December 14, 2012
Consequences of DJs' prank With all the regrets being expressed by the Australian radio station and Mel Greig and Michael Christian, the DJs whose hoax was followed by the death of a nurse who relayed their prank call to a London hospital about Catherine, duchess of Cambridge, there is a very important point being missed ("Prank DJs' show is axed," Tuesday). The call was conceived by the DJs and approved by the station, with the self-centered goals of building reputations. If the call was successful and put through, it was certain to get hospital employees in trouble.
December 12, 2012 |
A coalition of advocacy and labor groups wants the city to extend its "living wage" standard, now in effect for many companies with city contracts, to about 2,000 low-wage workers at Philadelphia International Airport. Although many airport employees are covered by union contracts, some in passenger service jobs - skycaps, wheelchair attendants, aircraft cleaners, and baggage handlers at luggage carousels - work for subcontractors that have low-bid contracts with airlines. The city's minimum-wage and benefit standard of $10.88 an hour and paid sick days for people working under direct contracts with City Hall does not apply to these subcontractors.
December 5, 2012 |
A Camden County company will pay $34,200 in back wages to 55 workers and $48,000 in civil penalties after violating the federal Immigration and Nationality Act, the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division said Monday. Popsy Pop L.L.C. in Somerdale recruited workers from Eastern Europe, Central and South America, and the Caribbean to drive trucks and sell ice cream throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. The law allows employers to temporarily hire nonimmigrant workers to perform nonagricultural labor or services.
December 4, 2012
Gov. Christie should sign legislation passed Monday that would increase New Jersey's minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50 an hour, with automatic cost-of-living raises. Low-wage workers, unfortunately, are a growing segment of the workforce. An August study by the National Employment Law Project showed that 60 percent of the jobs lost during the recession paid middle-income wages, but such positions accounted for only 22 percent of the jobs that have been filled during the recovery. In contrast, only 21 percent of the jobs lost during the recession were in the lowest-paid occupations, but those types of jobs accounted for 58 percent of the positions being filled in the recovery.
December 4, 2012 |
A Camden County company will pay $34,200 in back wages to 55 workers and $48,000 in civil penalties after violating of the federal Immigration and Nationality Act, the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division said Monday. Popsy Pop LLC in Somerdale recruited workers from Eastern Europe, Central and South America and the Caribbean to drive trucks and sell ice cream throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The law allows employers to temporarily hire nonimmigrant workers to perform nonagricultural labor or services.
December 1, 2012 |
The Democratic-led New Jersey Senate unleashed a double-barreled political shot at Gov. Christie on Thursday, approving both a bill and a proposed constitutional amendment to raise the minimum wage and provide automatic cost-of-living increases in it. Should Christie veto the bill or strip it of the automatic increases, legislative leaders plan to put the proposed amendment to voters in November 2013, when Christie would be up for reelection....
November 21, 2012 |
TRENTON - So much for the bipartisan lovefest brought on by Hurricane Sandy. Democratic and Republican senators clashed Monday over a proposal to raise the state's minimum wage to $8.50 from $7.25 an hour and provide annual cost-of-living increases. The Budget Committee advanced the bill by a 7-6 vote, and the Senate is expected to deliver final approval next week. Republicans beseeched Democrats, who rule both chambers in Trenton, to consider phasing in the raise to blunt labor costs to storm-damaged businesses.