Protect Your Business with Union-Proofing Practices

The U.S. has a long and complex history with labor unions. While union membership peaked at 35.5 percent of the private sector workforce nationally in 1945, as of last year, that figure stood at fewer than eight percent. That doesn’t mean, however, that the threat of union organizing is gone. DDIFO Members Read More:

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Hospitality Overtime Lawsuits Heating Up

LawyersandSettlements.com reports that theUS Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis plans to be more aggressive in enforcing federal employment laws such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and has asked for additional funding to hire hundreds of new compliance officers for the Department of Labor (DOL)’s Wage and Hour Division, which covers overtime issues. This would increase the size of the Division by a third.

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Stop & Shop Workers Authorize Strike

The Patriot Ledger reports that a United Food and Commercial Workers union official said Stop & Shop employees who belong to five UFCW locals voted today to authorize a strike if contract negotiations with the Quincy-based supermarket company fall apart. The workers’ contracts expired at the end of the day on Saturday, but the union leadership…

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Fort Worth Workers Join Effort to Unionize Starbucks

Hispanic Business reports that Workers at a Fort Worth Starbucks said Friday they have joined an effort launched in 2004 to unionize the nation’s largest coffee company. The workers, who blocked the drive-through lane early Friday at the Starbucks at 1608 W. Rosedale St., said Fort Worth is the sixth U.S. city — and the first in Texas — with an outlet where workers have affiliated with the fledgling Starbucks Workers’ Union.

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2009 Top Ten List of Federal (FLSA) Wage and Hour Violations

From time time DDIFO is pleased to present Guest Commentary from valued contributors. The following is an article written and submitted by Attorney Jim Reidy, Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA, 1000 Elm Street, Manchester, New Hampshire 03105, 603-627-8217, jreidy@sheehan.com. Each year we review the Top Ten FLSA (federal) wage and hour violations. The stakes for noncompliance with these wage laws are higher than ever before, so with each outline we have provided some guidance on how to avoid being on these DOL “naughty” lists.

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