January 2018 Archives

Reviewing ERISA mass torts from the past year

While class action lawsuits are nothing new, those involving the Employment Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 seem to be becoming more prevalent. Pundits and analysts are reviewing the data from the past year and finding that mass torts surrounding the elements of ERISA enforcement reached record-breaking numbers. Employees in Tennessee may be interested in knowing how those lawsuits attempted to protect their rights.

Workers fight wage and hour disputes for overtime

Food services jobs are difficult, demanding and historically low-paying. Often, when Tennessee high school students look for their first jobs, they apply at fast food restaurants and as kitchen help in diners. For them, job experience plus having a few bucks in their pockets or saving to buy a car are the main goals, However, for those who work in hospitality as a way to support their families, the paycheck is everything. Wage and hour disputes can be frustrating and demoralizing.

ERISA rules may change to allow more insurance options

Employers are not required by law to offer health insurance benefits to their employees unless they have 50 or more full-time workers. In fact, many small business owners who would like to provide this option to their staff find it cost prohibitive. A proposed changed to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) could change that.

Robocalls lead to mass torts

When the phone rings, one might expect the caller to be a friend or family member, a romantic interest or a Tennessee business associate. Too often, however, the caller is a telemarketer of some kind. While some telemarketers have legitimate sales pitches, others are scam artists, particularly robocallers. It is becoming more difficult to avoid them as their tricks grow more sophisticated, but some consumers find relief in mass torts that hold robocallers accountable for violating the law.

Wage and hour disputes recover billions in stolen wages

Over the next few months, workers in Tennessee and across the United States will be gathering documents to complete their income tax returns. Some may be shocked when they receive their W-2s and realize just how little money they earned over the past year, especially when they reflect on how hard they worked and how many hours they put in. What may be even more painful is the fact that many of those workers would have earned much more if not for wage theft.

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