You are here

News and Announcements

News and Announcements

Chipotle owes me overtime pay, NJ worker says

Jun 7, 2017 / Media Coverage
A New Jersey woman who worked for Chipotle in a management training program says she should have been eligible for overtime pay, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday. Carmen Alvarez, 55, of Fairfield, Essex County, said the restaurant chain last December shifted her from an hourly employee to salaried, leaving her to work more than 40 hours a week filling orders and preparing food without extra pay. "I was crushed when Chipotle went back on its promise to pay me and other co-workers the overtime that we worked so hard for," Alvarez said in a statement. The class-action lawsuit was filed in...
Read more

Overtime Rule Under Trump Enters Repeal and Replace Talks

Mar 1, 2017 / Media Coverage
Copyright © 2017 The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The debate over how the Trump administration should handle the Obama Labor Department’s overtime rule offers a couple of likely options: repeal and replace the wage-boosting regulation or drop it altogether. The future of the rule—intended to make some 4 million workers newly eligible for time-and-a-half pay—is in doubt following a judge’s November decision to temporarily block it. It’s not clear how the White House and labor secretary nominee Alexander Acosta want to proceed, but Justice Department delays of filing...
Read more

How to Help Working People

Dec 5, 2016 / Media Coverage
The fate of the Obama-era labor reforms is in the hands of President-elect Donald Trump. What he decides to do will affect the pay and working conditions of tens of millions of people, making those decisions far more consequential — practically and politically — than striking a deal to keep 800 factory jobs in Indiana. If Mr. Trump chooses to meet the needs of the people who elected him, he will retain the reforms. A defining issue emerged shortly after the election when a federal judge in Texas blocked the Obama administration’s new overtime-pay rules from taking effect as planned on Dec. 1...
Read more

Labor Department overtime rules important for employees

Dec 1, 2016 / Media Coverage
Last week, a federal judge in Texas shocked many across the country by halting the Obama administration’s overtime rule update, which, had it gone into effect as scheduled on Dec. 1, would have ensured that 12.5 million more Americans would be protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act’s guarantee of time-and-a-half overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours per week. Despite what some corporate lobbyists would have you think, the judge’s out-of-left-field decision to derail the update is utterly inconsistent with the entire history of the overtime rule—and helps neither workers nor their...
Read more

Retail giant TJX to expand overtime pay despite block of Obama rule

Dec 1, 2016 / Media Coverage
The TJX Companies, the largest public company based in Massachusetts by revenue, plans to comply with the Obama administration’s rule expanding overtime pay for workers even though a judge last week blocked the rule from taking effect. A federal judge in Texas sent shockwaves through the business world just before Thanksgiving when he issued an emergency injunction putting a stop to the regulations nationwide, at least temporarily. The rule raises the salary threshold for overtime-eligible employees from $23,660 to $47,476. It was set to take effect on Dec. 1 before the court blocked it. “At...
Read more

Korn Ferry Hay Group Survey: Despite Injunction to FLSA Overtime Ruling, More Than Half of Retail Companies Still Plan to Comply

Nov 30, 2016 / Media Coverage
A spot survey of U.S. retailers by the Hay Group division of Korn Ferry (NYSE:KFY) finds that more than half (56 percent) of respondents plan to comply with the planned Fair Standards Labor Act (FLSA) overtime rule for exempt employees on the date it was to go into effect, despite a Nov. 22 injunction that puts the plan on hold. The overtime rule, which was set to go into effect Dec. 1, would have had an immediate impact on exempt employees who earned less than $47,476, as these employees would now be eligible for overtime time-and-a-half pay. “This injunction came just eight days before the...
Read more

Millions of workers in limbo after rule expanding overtime pay eligibility is put on hold

Nov 30, 2016 / Media Coverage
As an education specialist for a museum in Kansas City, Mo., Cherie Kelly says it can be tough to keep her work schedule to 40 hours a week. On weeks with evening events or special programming, she might have to put in closer to 60 hours — something she says happens about once a month. She was looking forward to earning some extra money through overtime pay soon, thanks to a federal rule that was slated to kick in this week. But she and many other workers are now in limbo after a federal judge in Texas ruled last week to halt an overtime rule that was supposed to take effect Dec. 1. The Labor...
Read more

Obama’s new overtime rule may lead to more job openings

Nov 21, 2016 / Media Coverage
There’s more seismic change about to rock the nation — and workers like Michelle Herrera, who’ve toiled for low pay, say this tremor will raise compensation in the stagnant-wage economy. A new Obama administration rule, set to take effect Dec. 1, seven weeks before President-elect Donald Trump takes the White House, will see an estimated 12.5 million salaried US workers suddenly eligible for time-and-a-half overtime pay — and mandatory OT extended to more than 4 million workers, according to the Department of Labor. “Yes, I like this news a lot,” said a jubilant Herrera, 30, a former worker...
Read more

Nonprofit organizations in support of the Department of Labor’s new overtime regulations

Jun 8, 2016 / Media Coverage
We, the undersigned nonprofit organizations, write in support of the Department of Labor’s new overtime regulations. The updated overtime rule is a great victory for working people across the United States. In its recently announced final regulation, the Department of Labor raised the salary threshold below which most workers are eligible for overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,476. This change will create hundreds of thousands of jobs, extend overtime protections to millions of workers, reduce excessive hours of unpaid work by underpaid employees, and increase salaries for employees earning...
Read more

New Overtime Rules Expose Practices that Limit Nonprofit Diversity

Jun 2, 2016 / Media Coverage
The Obama administration’s recent move to make more than 4 million workers eligible for overtime pay has spotlighted assumptions about the benefits of uncompensated overtime for employees and the broader society. Practices central to the business models of many for-profit and nonprofit organizations get defended because they ostensibly serve a greater good. The continuing debate over whether these new rules should stand is giving us an opportunity to debate the supposed merits of paying low salaries to workers expected to work long workweeks. What the Department of Labor did was raise the...
Read more

Pages

Contact Us

If you believe you are eligible for overtime pay or you are being paid incorrectly, please contact us for a free consultation.