July 2019 Archives

Popular online shopping day leads to wage and hour disputes

Amazon is one of the most popular retailers in the country, and many Tennessee consumers use this online platform. Once per year, the company has a special shopping day, Prime Day, where it highlights sales on certain products and bargain deals that a shopper can't get at other times. It's wildly popular with consumers, but after this year's Prime Week, the company is facing wage and hour disputes. 

Wage and hour disputes over the status of certain workers

A Tennessee senior living facility recently experienced legal trouble over how it classified certain types of employees. The people who work for the facility as sales employees were classified as exempt, which means they were not eligible for overtime and other benefits. After wage and hour disputes and an investigation, the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division ruled that these workers are nonexempt.

New rule won't prevent future need for mass torts claims

It is no secret that asbestos is a dangerous and toxic substance. Exposure to it may cause diseases like mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis, all of which can be fatal. Despite these dangers, asbestos is still used in certain products in the United States. This means that victims in Tennessee and across the rest of the country are still being exposed to asbestos, and some choose to pursue compensation for their injuries through mass torts claims.

Could you and your co-workers file a mass tort over mesothelioma?

As a naturally occurring mineral substance, asbestos has long been popular with manufacturers, in part, because it is so easy to obtain through mining. Unfortunately, while there are many industrial uses for asbestos, including insulation and fireproofing, handling asbestos often proves dangerous if not fatal for workers.

Wage and hour violations can dramatically affect workers

Not getting paid can cause a number of problems for workers. In some cases, a slight hiccup with payroll may result in missing compensation or a late paycheck, but in other instances, employers may fail to properly pay their workers consistently. Not only can this cause unnecessary hardship for workers, but it can also violate wage and hour law.

Wage and hour disputes: should interns work for free?

People who do a job for an employer deserve fair pay for what they have done. However, there are many people who apply for internship positions in exchange for experience, mentoring and future opportunities, not necessarily a paycheck. There are times when an internship should really be a paying job, however, and this could potentially lead to wage and hour disputes in the future. 

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