October 2018 Archives

Women still fighting unfair wages

A new report by the American Association of University Women reveals that not much has improved for women in the workforce despite an outcry for change. Pay ratios between men and women in comparable jobs have narrowed only a negligible amount since 2000, meaning men as a whole earn about $500 billion more than women. Even with declining unemployment, the gap between gender salaries has not closed, and not all states have strong laws protecting women from unfair wages.

An overview of ERISA law

Not every employer is required to offer benefits beyond a salary. For example, no federal law mandates that a Tennessee business owner must provide a retirement plan or health insurance, but many do so as a way to entice good workers to remain faithful. Once an employer offers these benefits, however, federal law applies. This complex law falls under the governance of the U.S. Department of Labor and is called the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, or ERISA.

Mass torts suit says 'natural' beverage is synthetic

As the Food and Drug Administration tightens rules on the information food and beverage packages must include, more Tennessee consumers are paying attention to the labels of the products they purchase for their families. Those who do so are typically looking for the counts of certain ingredients, such as sodium, calories or sugar, or they are looking for an overall quality of healthfulness. Unfortunately, not all labels are trustworthy, and one company is now facing mass torts actions because of confusing language on its product's label.

Wage and hour disputes often necessary due to violations

Having a love-hate relationship with money is something that many people in Tennessee and elsewhere struggle with. They may hate that they never seem to have enough money, but love that it allows them to provide for themselves and their families. When it turns out that employers are not properly compensating workers, that love-hate relationship could turn into wage and hour disputes.

Food services workers often victims of wage theft

Most people in Tennessee think they would know if someone were stealing from them. However, some thieves are slick and prey on those who may be vulnerable or lack the knowledge to realize they have been victimized. Wage theft is one example of stealing that is often too subtle to be recognized as theft, and the workers who are most often victims are those in food services.

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