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Wage Theft Was the Case that They Gave Me: Snoop Dogg Sued by Bodyguards

Wage Theft Was the Case that They Gave Me: Snoop Dogg Sued by Bodyguards
You can tack wage theft to the list of alleged crimes under Snoop Dogg's belt. Three body guards have filed a civil suit claiming the rapper owes them over $3 million in back wages and overtime.
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Reps Introduce Common Sense Wage Theft Protections for Workers that the GOP Will Surely Fight

Reps Introduce Common Sense Wage Theft Protections for Workers that the GOP Will Surely Fight
An amendment to the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Act which would disqualify any corporation that violates the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or commits wage theft from certain federal contracts, has been introduced. The amendment, a potential win for workers, was brought forth by the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC).
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One CA City's Battle to Protect Prevailing Wages Against Unsavory Motivations

One CA City's Battle to Protect Prevailing Wages Against Unsavory Motivations
The Escondido Democratic Club recently took some time to clear up misconceptions about the prevailing wage, a hot topic in local political conversations due to the city’s upcoming referendum on charterization. At the final public hearing on the issue, Escondido Mayor Sam Abed proudly admitted the he was “championing the proposal.” While supporters thinly veil their motives as an issue of “home rule,” honest participants know the prevailing wage to be the central legislative question.
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Wage Suppression Fever Spreads to Canada, Temp Workers Stuck at Minimum Wage

Wage Suppression Fever Spreads to Canada, Temp Workers Stuck at Minimum Wage
The Canadian government, learning something from the US, has systematically kept wages low for temporary workers. Employment Minister Jason Kenney approved extra work visas but has paid them the bare minimum wage to work – a practice that goes against the "prevailing wage" standard.
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Give 'Em a Job Already: Business Lobby's Claims of Labor Shortage Untrue, Says New Report

Give 'Em a Job Already: Business Lobby's Claims of Labor Shortage Untrue, Says New Report
New construction labor statistics from the Economic Policy Institute indicate that the business lobby's claims of a labor shortage are wholly unfounded. Workers are ready, and contrary to the lobby's statements, very much skilled.
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Super-Sized Settlement: 1,600 NYC McDonald’s Workers Will Receive $500,000 in Back Pay

Super-Sized Settlement: 1,600 NYC McDonald’s Workers Will Receive $500,000 in Back Pay
The Huffington Post reports that the state of New York has reached an agreement with the owner of seven Manhattan McDonald’s locations that will result in 1,600 current and former employees receiving a combined $500,000 in back pay. An investigation by the Labor Bureau found that workers were not properly compensated for uniform costs, did not receive overtime for shifts lasting more than 10 hours, and were routinely forced to perform duties off the clock.
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State Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Constitutionality of IL Misclassification Law

State Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Constitutionality of IL Misclassification Law
The Illinois Supreme Court has rejected a constitutional challenge to the state’s Employee Classification Act (ECA). ECA designates most individuals who perform construction-related services as ‘employees’ even if their employer labels them independent contractors. The Illinois ECA is arguably the most strict (read: best!) worker misclassification law in the country.
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None of Last Seven Min Wage Increases Have Negatively Impacted Restaurant Employment

None of Last Seven Min Wage Increases Have Negatively Impacted Restaurant Employment
The restaurant industry claims that if the minimum wage goes up employment in that industry would go down. Research for a Bloomberg article this week clearly shows this statement as bunk. The only time employment went down was during a recession. When wages rose, so did employment.
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Court Rules for Labor in H-2B Visa Case: More American Workers, Higher Wages the Result

Court Rules for Labor in H-2B Visa Case: More American Workers, Higher Wages the Result
A major ruling in labor's favor: H-2b visas, those allowing foreign workers into the country to work, will now be regulated by the Labor Department's wage methodology. It layman's terms, it means that big business has to make sure there are no available American workers first, and they can't undercut those Americans' wages.
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80,000 Miners Strike for Living Wage

80,000 Miners Strike for Living Wage
Members of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) withheld labor from the top three producers of platinum — Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin — in what they say is an indefinite strike until their demands are met.
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