October 2017 Archives

Limits on asbestos investigation may increase mass torts

For decades, advocates for health and safety have worked to gain the agreement of the federal government to enact legislation to protect many employees and the general public from toxins like asbestos. The steady stream of mass torts against companies using asbestos has brought its dangers to the public's attention. The U.S. Congress has been debating the testing of millions of tons of the toxic substance, and many hoped the review would result in a national ban of asbestos. However, President Donald Trump recently announced a limit to the scope of that investigation.

What qualifies as working off the clock?

Has your employer ever required you to do work after you had already “clocked out” for the day? While some employers can require employees to work late, these workers have a right to receive compensation for their time. Working without pay is illegal under the FLSA and workers may be able to recover back pay if they were forced to work off the clock. We will go over what qualifies as working off the clock and what protections workers receive as part of the FLSA.

ERISA regulations ensure investments are diversified

When companies offer their stock as benefits to their workers, the fiduciaries of those benefits typically fall under the eye of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. ERISA regulations ensure that minimum standards are met when private companies provide such benefits. Tennessee business may not be required to provide those benefits, but if they do, they must follow the guidelines ERISA has established.

Mass torts: Facebook targets birthday messages

For decades, consumers have complained about junk mail, beginning with the flyers and mailers through the post office, and now with spam emails and text messages. Fortunately, laws such as the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and robotexting laws regulate the amount and kinds of contact solicitors and others can make with consumers. However, these laws do not always stop some companies from accosting people in Tennessee with unwanted communications, which may lead to mass torts claims.

Misclassified skilled workers bring wage and hour disputes

Because certain jobs require more training or education, those who are hired for those jobs may expect to get higher pay than those in other positions. Work that demands more skill or incurs potential danger may be worth more money to a business owner or manager. However, some employers may try to take advantage of a laborer by incorrectly classifying him or her to avoid paying a fair wage. When these wage and hour disputes arise, Tennessee workers may seek legal assistance to get what is rightfully theirs.

GE faces allegations of ERISA violations

General Electric Corporation, one of the largest Fortune 500 companies in the world, is also one of the most profitable. The conglomerate employs hundreds of thousands in Tennessee and all 50 states, not to mention internationally. Some of those employees are not very happy with the way GE has handled their retirement fund investments. In fact, GE is facing a lawsuit claiming the company violated federal ERISA regulations.

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