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Wages and Overtime Law

Overtime Could Be in Jeopardy for 5 Million Workers

Posted February 24th, 2016 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

Bureaucracy is boring. “Regulatory Plans,” “Notice and Comment,” “Final Rules”—the Administrative State tends to glaze eyes. But for a moment last July, the media set its gaze on bureaucracy. That’s because a bureaucratic agency, the Department of Labor, proposed a rule that could increase the wages of millions of workers. Specifically, the DOL proposal makes […]

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Coming Soon to a Workplace Near You?: Published Pay Information

Posted February 1st, 2016 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

For every woman who’s ever questioned if she is paid less than her male colleagues, President Obama has an answer: Let’s run the numbers. According to a proposed rule, businesses with more than 100 employees will soon provide salary data to the EEOC annually, along with the more general information on workforce demographics employers have […]

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Gossiping About Coworker Pay: Employee Rights At Stake

Posted October 2nd, 2015 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

I have been psychologically conditioned by American culture to feel that open discussion about salaries is deeply uncomfortable, as if it involved baring your personal finances. I have earned money ever since I was 9 years old, working as a mommy’s helper for neighbors, to supplement my small weekly allowance. And I learned very early […]

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California Leads the Way in Equal Pay

Posted September 4th, 2015 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

In the realm of American politics and culture, California is known for leading the way on a host of issues, from the environment to the tech boom. Now the Golden State is poised to launch one of the nation’s boldest attempts to fix pay inequality between men and women. The state’s proposed Fair Pay Act, […]

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Q&A with Anne Collier

Posted May 13th, 2015 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

In recent Q&A, I talked with Debrah Farnell, a financial advisor, about how she counsels women to make the most of their money (a subject that Kate K. has also posted on recently).  I asked her whether she counsels her clients in talking about money at their job.  She mentioned that her friend Anne Collier, […]

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The Fight For $15 and a Fair Schedules

Posted April 21st, 2015 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

On April 15, thousands of workers and their allies rallied for better wages.  The Fight for $15 has expanded from a small group of fast food workers to thousands of retail employees, child care workers, home care providers, and adjunct professors. Indeed, news outlets are now reporting on how presidential campaigns will respond to the […]

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Celebrating Equal Pay Day

Posted April 14th, 2015 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

With Tax Day looming, it’s easy to overlook another important mid-April date: Equal Pay Day. Today marks the twentieth time Americans will celebrate Equal Pay Day, which was originated by the National Committee on Equal Pay as a date to raise awareness about the gender wage gap. The date falls in April because it symbolizes […]

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Fight for $15 Brings Fast Food Workers Closer to a Living Wage

Posted April 2nd, 2015 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

My colleague Jennifer Siegel wrote about the Fast Food Forward, or Fight for $15, campaign a few months ago. The campaign calls for fast food restaurants to raise their employees’ wages to $15 an hour. At the time, Jennifer noted some of the victories the movement had achieved in the form of state legislation raising […]

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Lady Lawyer Lessons*: #LeanIn #LeanOut : The Hokey Pokey Pay Game

Posted February 26th, 2015 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

Recently, many of my clients and friends have been discussing problems and questions surrounding negotiating their pay.  One observed that, after negotiating her starting pay with her employer, her supervisor branded her as a trouble-maker – a reputation that, when she asked for a raise two years later, led to them (wrongfully) terminating her.  Along […]

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Fast Food Strikes Help Female Workers

Posted September 17th, 2014 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

Female workers at the lowest rung of the economic ladder are getting a boost from a growing campaign to raise wages for fast food workers. The Fast Food Forward campaign—also informally known as the “Fight for $15” movement—is calling for an industry wage of $15 an hour, or double the current federal minimum wage of […]

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Laboring In Secret

Posted September 3rd, 2014 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

Just before Labor Day, whitehouse.gov released a Chart of the Week illustrating that, among college graduates four years after graduation, women earn less than men in nearly every field of study.  A salary gap among recent college graduates is disturbing for two reasons. First, it suggests that women are earning less than men right away—even […]

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President Obama Clears Workers’ Path to the Courthouse

Posted August 6th, 2014 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

Thanks to an executive order signed by President Obama last week, employees who have suffered discrimination, harassment or sexual assault at work may have an easier time getting their day in court. Signed on July 31, the “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order” forbids companies who contract with the federal government from requiring their […]

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Shedding Light on Pay Inequality

Posted July 15th, 2014 by in Wages and Overtime Law.

Last week, a federal judge in New York ordered that notice of a lawsuit under the federal Equal Pay Act be sent to at least 7,000 female employees at KPMG—one of the nation’s “Big 4” tax, audit and accounting firms.  The lawsuit details how KPMG illegally paid female professionals less than it paid men for […]

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