November 2017 Archives

Wage theft is often misunderstood

When people in Tennessee apply for jobs, it is typically because they expect those jobs to help them pay for the things they need, such as rent, clothing and transportation. Certain jobs carry legal minimum wages, and others carry contractually agreed upon pay. Wage and hour disputes arise when workers believe their employers have not paid the amount of money owed for the work they have done. Wage theft may take many forms and is not always easy to identify.

Mass torts bring relief to mesothelioma victims

Asbestos exposure has long been blamed for causing deadly cancers such as mesothelioma and lung cancer. Business owners and others who knowingly subjected workers to asbestos have been the subjects of mass torts for decades, winning victims in Tennessee and other states compensation for their pain and suffering. Recently, officials in another state were indicted for allowing the presence of asbestos to go unchecked, exposing many people to its harmful particles.

Asbestos exposure linked to many cases of mesothelioma

For many people headed to the doctor, the biggest fear the potential of hearing the "c" word, cancer. Cancer in any form typically requires aggressive and expensive treatments, which can include radiation therapy, chemotherapy and even surgery. Thanks to advances in modern medicine, survival and remission rates for many kinds of cancer have gone up substantially in the last two decades. Early detection, advances in surgical technology and improved drugs give most people with a cancer diagnosis a fighting chance at a long life.

New sick leave bill will amend ERISA requirements

Getting sick is one of the great fears of workers in Tennessee. Missing work means losing pay for many whose employers do not offer paid sick days. Because of this, employees may show up for work with fevers, coughs or stomach flus that they pass along to their colleagues. Many employers would like to offer paid sick leave, but if their companies cross state lines, the employers may be stymied by the lack of uniformity in state leave laws. Lawmakers are considering a plan to fix this, and it involves amending the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, otherwise known as the ERISA laws.

Many servers consider tip pooling a form of wage theft

Serving patrons in a restaurant is a demanding job. It may be one of the few jobs where people's pay depends on how personable and pleasant they are. This is because many Tennessee servers are paid less than minimum wage under the assumption that their tips will equal the minimum. A good server may make considerably more than standard wages, making the job attractive to those with outgoing personalities. However, the Department of Labor may be proposing a change to the rules, which some consider a form of wage theft.

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