Articles Tagged with wage and hour case

The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit redefined Fair Labor Standards Act exemptions for home healthcare workers, narrowing exempt workers to those who directly work for the individual or for the family as opposed to a third party, such as a home care or temporary agency.

This decision carries several major implications for workers, direct employers and home care or temporary agencies. These include:

1.    Home care or temporary agencies should review their practices as soon as possible to ensure that they are following the new laws.

Every day, millions of people across America pass through a fast food drive through or stop inside places like McDonald’s or Carl’s Junior for a quick bite to eat. The fast food industry shows no signs of being crippled or even daunted by recent science suggesting that foods like processed carbs and sugar and vegetable oil may be fueling diseases like obesity and diabetes. But whether or not we should be eating all that fast food is a debate for another day. Today, we want to address whether or not fast food workers deserve a pay rate increase.

Research shows that workers at restaurants like McDonald’s typically earn minimum wage… or slightly above in some locations. Supporting yourself, much less a family, on minimum wage would be challenging, even in a city where the cost of living is relatively low. Imagine, however, trying to live on minimum wage in New York City.

According to a recent New York Times article, 20 year old Julia Andino faces that exact challenge. Not surprisingly, Andino’s McDonald’s wages do not stretch far enough to pay her rent, child care, bus pass, and other bills. So Andino, and thousands of others like her, are asking companies like McDonald’s to provide a substantial raise.