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November 2019 Archives

Reducing Compliance Costs, Enforcement Priorities For DOL in 2020

One of the major priorities of the Trump administration's Department of Labor has been deregulation. The purpose of much of the deregulation is to reduce the cost of legal compliance for employers. At the same time, the DOL still plans robust enforcement of the law, according to the Solicitor of Labor. Other priorities include community outreach, helping employers comply with the law, and ensuring that workers know their rights.

New Jersey Fines Uber $649 Million For Employee Misclassification

For the so-called "gig economy" to be profitable, it relies on one fundamental idea. The workers who perform the gigs are not employees of the company but independent contractors.

Wage Theft Could Amount To $15 Billion Each Year, Nationwide

In 2017, the Economic Policy Institute did a study of wage theft in the 10 most populous states. The group estimated that 2.4 million people each year lose a total of $8 billion to thefts by their employers. That $8 billion, which again only represents 10 states, was nearly half the total of the annual $16.4 billion in all other property thefts combined.

McDonald's CEO Out After Acknowledging Relationship With Employee

Steve Easterbrook, McDonald's CEO since 2015, has been ousted by the board of directors after admitting to engaging in an allegedly consensual relationship with a subordinate. McDonald's, which has suffered from accusations of sexual harassment against many of its franchisees, has a policy forbidding managers from having any romantic relationship with a subordinate, direct or indirect.

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