Immigrant advocacy groups banded together recently to urge Gov.-elect Eliot Spitzer to encourage the state’s Labor Department to pursue labor violations against whole industries in addition to individual companies.
The groups noted that minimum wage and overtime violations are prevalent in low-wage industries such as restaurants, landscaping, agriculture and apparel. The group is requesting increased penalties, faster investigations, more bilingual investigators and criminal penalties for companies that fire workers who file complaints.
- Congress considers redrawing the lines between employees and independent contractors
- Employer-provided cell phones no longer a taxable fringe benefit
- One-Size-Fits-All harassment reporting policies don't really fit all
- Are Millennials gun-shy or savvy retirement planners?
- Make sure you can justify salary differences