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Prison Guards Move Forward with $114M Owed Wage Verdict

After a long-standing battle against Missouri state’s Department of Corrections, prison guards of these facilities get to keep their $114 million verdict for owed wages.  A three-judge panel for the Missouri Court of Appeals upheld a jury verdict and judgment in favor of the prison guards that claimed they went unpaid for tasks they performed before and after shifts commenced and ended.

Some of the off-the-clock responsibilities alleged by the prison guards included logging in or out of the ...

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Restaurant Servers in Philly Must Receive Full Tips from Credit Card Transactions

A little-known regulation in Philadelphia has been gaining attention recently. The amendment to the Chapter 9-600 of the Philadelphia Code was passed to protect tips of hardworking restaurant servers. Up until then, it had been the norm for restaurants in the Philadelphia area to deduct part of the 2-4% credit card convenience fees from their employee’s tips or gratuities. Now, restaurants have to absorb those costs completely. The law also requires that affected servers have their tips and gratuities ...

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Laborers Granted Nationwide Conditional Certification and Notice in Berry Bros. Construction Case

The collective action lawsuit for wage and hour violations that was filed late last year against nationwide labor contractor Berry Bros. continues to move forward successfully. Berry Bros. is a nationwide construction contractor with offices located in Pecos, Texas; Berwick, Louisiana; Shreveport, Louisiana; and Meeker, Colorado. The company has projects in various states, such as Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas.

Recently, the Plaintiff requested that ...

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Welders Win $6M in Owed Wages

Are you currently working in the oil, construction or ship building industry as a welder or other ironworker position? If you are paid a day rate, hourly, per diem or any combination of these methods, you may not be receiving all the wages you are entitled to. Many welders in the energy or construction industry work way over 40 hours per week and often do not have all of ...

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Wage Lawsuit to Recover $2M for Nurses

A class action wage lawsuit against a nurse staffing company, Rise Medical Staffing, has had their $2 million settlement approved by the court. California based travel nurses employed by Rise Medical Staffing were allegedly incorrectly paid their overtime rates when working over 40 hours per work week which prompted the age lawsuit. Rise Medical is health care staffing company that employs hourly health care professionals for short-term travel assignments ...

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Truck Drivers of Former Moving Co. to Receive $2.7M in Unpaid Wages

Former truck drivers for a moving company that closed up shop in 2017, Graebel Van Lines, Inc., are set to receive $2.7 million to resolve an unpaid wages lawsuit. Graebel, at the time, was in the business of providing local, intrastate, and interstate moving, storage, and relocation services for professionals throughout the United States. The moving truck drivers for the company alleged that Graebel misclassified them as independent contractors ...

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Hourly Employees Win $3.8M in Energy Industry Overtime Lawsuit

Hourly employees of an energy industry leader, Dominion Energy, have recently been notified that their class action lawsuit for unpaid wages has been settled for $3.8 million. The class action lawsuit was brought against Dominion Energy under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for not paying its hourly employees overtime at the time and a half rate when working over 40 hours per week. The international producer and transporter ...

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New and Improved Work Place Harassment Laws Have Gone into Effect

The proposed and revised New York State work place harassment laws were just signed into law this week by Governor Andrew Cuomo. These provisions focused on increased protections for protected classes regarding anti-harassment and anti-discrimination measures that must now be taken by all employers in this state. Several revisions of these laws fixated on employees who have been sexually harassed. These various amendments to the New York Labor Law (NYLL), the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL), the Civil ...

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Oilfield Layoffs Continue to Grow

Oilfield layoffs are picking up steam once again as energy companies try to recover from a deep industry downturn. The oil and gas industry, providing a myriad of services such as drilling and fracking, is now being tested by the recent plummeting prices of oil as well as a slow down in drilling due to pipeline shortages. This, along with the remaining effects of the 2014 oil bust has caused customers to tighten their belts when it comes to ...

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Overtime Case Against Air Methods Corp. to Settle for $5M

The overtime case against Air Methods Corporation, the air medical helicopter operator that provides emergency air transport to over 100,000 patients every year, has been settled pending the courts approval. The class action lawsuit had accused the company of denying its clinical employees, such as flight nurses and flight paramedics, overtime when they worked over forty hours per week. According to the complaint, the company’s clinical employees worked well over 48 hours per week and their overtime wages were ...

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