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Company Flies Workers in from India, Pays Them $1.21/Hour for 120 Hour Work Week, Gets Fined Measly $3k

Company Flies Workers in from India, Pays Them $1.21/Hour for 120 Hour Work Week, Gets Fined Measly $3k
A California tech company has been fined and ordered to pay back wages after an investigation by the Department of Labor showed Indian workers had been paid a despicable $1.21 an hour for 120-hour work weeks. The company hired Indian workers to assist with Information Technology services and paid them their regular salaries in rupees, plus an additional bonus. DOL officials say that the wages are historically the lowest they were aware of.
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Labor Secretary Chastises US for Lack of Workforce Investment

Labor Secretary Chastises US for Lack of Workforce Investment
Speaking in Washington, D.C., Department of Labor head Thomas Perez labeled America’s lack of a workforce investment policy a “sleeper issue.” Just days after the Obama Administration announced $100 million in federal grants that would ostensibly create innovative programs to cultivate a new generation of ready-to-work Americans, Perez says the U.S. is getting "our butts kicked."
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Won't Work for Credit: Labor Department Urges Court to Narrow Definition of Unpaid Internships

Won't Work for Credit: Labor Department Urges Court to Narrow Definition of Unpaid Internships
For the first time, the U.S. Labor Department has gotten involved in a high-profile lawsuit brought by unpaid interns. On Friday, the federal agency filed an amicus brief in support of eight former interns suing Hearst Corporation for back wages.
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Kara Brandeisky
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Contractors Lobby Actually Protesting Labor Dept's Veteran and Disabled Worker Hiring Policy

Contractors Lobby Actually Protesting Labor Dept's Veteran and Disabled Worker Hiring Policy
The Association of Builders and Contractors (ABC), an industry group only marginally related to the workers that actually perform those tasks, is contesting new Department of Labor rules that make it easier - and companies more accountable - for hiring people with disabilities and veterans.
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Only 10 Percent of OSHA Inspectors Think OSHA Can Protect Whistleblowers

Only 10 Percent of OSHA Inspectors Think OSHA Can Protect Whistleblowers
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 established workers’ rights to safe workplaces, to refuse to labor in hazardous conditions and to be free from retaliation for reporting dangers. But OSHA, the underfunded agency charged with enforcing the law, can’t effectively shield either workers or whistleblowers. The agency is a soleless work boot – fine on the surface but failing its purpose.
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Leo W. Gerard
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Company Says Its Federal Contractor Wage-Dodging Seminar is DOL, IRS Approved (Not True)

Company Says Its Federal Contractor Wage-Dodging Seminar is DOL, IRS Approved (Not True)
New Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey has sent a letter to the Department of Labor suggesting that companies such as Beneco may be teaching federal contractors how to evade the prevailing wage.
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Chaz Bolte
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Dept. of Labor Collects $430,000 in Back Wages for MN Workers

A government investigation has found 59 employees who hung drywall on projects that were federally-funded were not paid the appropriate prevailing wage.
The U.S. Department of Labor has collected $430,000 in back wages for the subcontracted workers who did work in Woodbury, MN on the Uptown at City Walk housing project, the city hall, library and senior center construction project in St. Michael. All projects mandated prevailing wages according to Pioneer Press.
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