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Drywall company can’t paper over wage violations

Rice Drywall has agreed to pay 558 employees $354,763 in back wages after investigators from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found the company misclassified employees as independent contractors.

HR pro tip: Never ignore a lawsuit

Courts set tight deadlines for responding to lawsuits once they have been served. Miss a deadline without a rock-solid excuse, and you’re probably looking at a default judgment. Then it’s merely up to the plaintiff to provide some elementary proof that he’s entitled to damages.

Security company zapped for overtime violations

Star Pro Security Patrol of Costa Mesa, California, has agreed to settle charges it failed to pay proper overtime to 63 employees.

Piece work pay rate violates FLSA in LA

ESS Apparel in Los Angeles has agreed to pay 21 employees $53,876 in back pay and overtime to resolve charges it violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Overtime rule forwarded to White House for final review

The Department of Labor sent its long-awaited white-collar overtime rule to the White House for a final review on Aug. 12. If enacted, the rule would raise the minimum overtime salary threshold by 50% from the current $23,660.

House votes to raise federal minimum wage to $15 per hour

The House of Representatives voted July 18 to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025, passing legislation that will probably not have even a committee hearing in the Republican-controlled Senate.

DOL: Highly compensated employee explained

A recent opinion letter interprets the Fair Labor Standards Act’s highly compensated employee exemption. The letter spells out exactly what an employer must show to claim the exemption, which currently only applies to workers earning a salary of at least $100,000 per year who perform nonmanual or office work.

Summer brings new employment laws

It’s summer and that means long breaks for state and local legislatures. Before going on vacation, however, many of those legislatures pushed through new laws that go into effect during the dog days of summer. Here are a few.

Fresno plumbing company settles in DOL overtime case

Following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, M&L Plumbing has agreed to pay $113,351 in back pay. The DOL found that the company owed 39 employees the money for unpaid overtime.

Presidential hopefuls picket with advocates for $15 minimum wage

The Fight for $15 advocacy group that is pushing to raise the minimum wage nationwide picked up some notable support June 15.