Tennessee Legal Blog

ERISA lawsuit filed against popular grocery store, Trader Joe's

The Trader Joe's Company is facing litigation over how it manages its employee retirement plan. The class action Employee Retirement Income Security Act lawsuit was filed in a federal court sitting in another state. The outcome of this case could impact Tennessee employees. The ERISA lawsuit allege mismanagement of investments and failing to closely monitor the employee contribution plan.

Trader Joe's uses Capital Research for both bookkeeping and investment purposes. The plaintiffs claim that the company receives an exorbitant amount of fees each month, paid out of the retirement plan. The lawsuit asserts that Trader Joe's has failed to explain to employees how and why fees are paid. The employees say they have a right to know about the ways Capital Research is directly and indirectly compensated for its services.

Wage and hour disputes lead to backpay for manual laborers

No matter what type of job a person has, he or she has the right to seek fair pay for hours worked. A Tennessee employer's failure to do this is not only unfair treatment toward employees, it is also against the law. Many employees are eligible for overtime pay, but employers may only pay them a flat rate for all hours worked. An underpaid or unfairly treated employee has the right to engage in wage and hour disputes in order to secure their rightful pay.

A concrete finishing company in another state was recently under investigation for underpaying employees after an investigation into its pay practices. At the conclusion of the investigation, the company had to pay four different employees tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid wages. The employer failed to pay workers for traveling to and from job sites, and the company also failed to pay these workers for overtime hours worked.

You may need funds to cover the best mesothelioma treatments

Advances in cancer treatment have increased survival rates and improved the prognosis for people diagnosed with different kinds of cancers. Early diagnosis and a better understanding of what causes cancer have also helped. Unfortunately, some cancers remain harder to treat or cure than others.

Mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer that attacks organ linings, remains a form of cancer that has no cure. It has also historically been very difficult for physicians to treat. This cancer has a strong correlation with environmental exposure to asbestos, often due to someone's work. As advances in modern medicine continue, some promising new medications offer hope for a higher quality of life and longer life expectancy for people with mesothelioma.

Mass torts claims possible for asbestos in schools

When Tennessee parents send their children off to school, they hope their kids will be safe as they learn. Naturally, some parents may have concerns about their children contracting flus or other illnesses from their classmates. Unfortunately, parents may have more to fear than they realize. In fact, parents across the country may be considering mass torts actions in light of the discovery of asbestos in their children's schools.

Currently, parents in another state are watching anxiously as officials deal with asbestos dangers in two public schools. Exposed asbestos was located in numerous areas in the buildings, including pipe insulation, crushed floor tiles and damaged insulation. At least one classroom contained an imminent hazard, which may mean asbestos particles had already become airborne.

New laws could lead to more wage and hour disputes

Tennessee employers are responsible for paying their employees fairly and following employment laws pertaining to minimum wage and overtime. When they do not do these things, employees may find it necessary to take legal action against the people who employ them. With a new federal overtime rule going into effect soon, it's possible employers could be subjected to more wage and hour disputes this coming year. 

Only certain types of workers are eligible for overtime pay. People who earn over a certain amount are not eligible to claim overtime even if they work more than 40 hours per week. The federal government recently raised the income limit, which means that more people may now be able to claim overtime. After changes in the law, employees who earn up to $684 per week or $35,568 per year should get time and a half for each overtime hour worked.

Cintas Corporation faces allegations of ERISA violations

The fiduciaries of a company's retirement plan have a serious duty to oversee and manage the plan's portfolio and funds to ensure the plan meets the best interests of its participants. According to the terms of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, fiduciaries may not make decisions regarding the plan that may harm the financial well-being of the participants or make changes without notifying the participants. Tennessee residents may be watching closely as employees of one company file a class action lawsuit against the fiduciaries of their retirement plan for alleged ERISA violations.

Cintas Corporation designs and distributes items and services, such as personalized uniforms, promotional products and cleaning services, to businesses across the country. Like many large companies, Cintas provides benefits for its employees, including a 401(k) retirement plan. Recently, plan participants noticed concerning trends in their retirement plans, and after some investigation, they filed a lawsuit for violations of ERISA.

Overtime pay at the center of many wage and hour disputes

When a person goes to work, it is natural to assume that person will receive appropriate pay for time spent on the job. Unfortunately, that is not always something that happens, often because employers attempt to underpay on overtime wages. For many types of Tennessee workers, overtime work should earn time and a half. Failure to receive fair pay for overtime can result in wage and hour disputes.

Overtime pay is at the center of many legal disputes involving fair pay. One recent case that illustrates this point involves farmworkers that took legal action against their employer for failure to pay them properly. The farm is family owned and also has packing facilities, and an investigation found that the company failed to pay workers rightfully earned overtime pay. This is a breach of federal law.

What are the main causes of malignant mesothelioma?

Malignant mesothelioma is a very serious and rare type of cancer. It develops in the thin layer of tissue covering several internal organs. In most cases of malignant mesothelioma, the chest wall or the lining of the lungs are affected.

Some of the most common symptoms of malignant mesothelioma are shortness of breath, pain in the chest wall, tiredness and weight loss. It's also common for these symptoms to occur gradually.

Wage and hour disputes: Tennessee paramedic sues in federal court

One Tennessee paramedic has taken legal action after his employer allegedly failed to pay overtime wages to him and others who work in his field. He claims that Montgomery County violated the overtime pay laws as set forth in the Fair Labor Standards Act. By initiating these wage and hour disputes against his employer, he hopes to secure his rightful pay and prevent this from happening to others who serve the public.

The lawsuit against the city was filed in October after the man claimed he was not paid overtime, even after working more than the standard 40 hours per week. The claim includes allegations that the county's actions to underpay him were intentional and willful. The lawsuit also asserts that there are others who work for the county who are also dealing with unpaid overtime.

What should consumers know about the mass torts process?

When a consumer product causes a person harm, a Tennessee victim may be unsure of where to go from that point and how to proceed with the appropriate legal steps. The mass torts process allows many victims of the same harmful product to file a civil claim against the offending party. The civil claims process can be complex, but it offers injured victims a way to seek damages for monetary damages the incurred or may incur in the future. 

One example of a mass torts claim is the case against Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer of baby products. Many people claim that the company's products have resulted in personal harm to themselves, specifically leading to the development of cancer. Mass torts are becoming more common as it is now more common for products to slip through the FDA's screening process. This means risky and potentially dangerous products are on the market.

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