Schneider, a national trucking company, was sued by hundreds of its employees for labor violations, including not paying overtime even after some workers clocked 70 hours in a week. The business has agreed to pay $21 million to settle the matter.
Fedex was sued in California because its drivers are classified as independent contractors to avoid paying overtime. The company lost its case, but is now appealing the ruling.
The number of temps in the U.S. has reached 2.8 million, the highest ever recorded.
Temps earn less than counterparts with permanent jobs, according to the study. Temps make an average of $12.40 an hour, compared with $15.84 earned by all private-sector workers, regardless of industry.read more
Sentinel Offender Services charges offenders up to $100 a month for its services. Those on probation don’t have a choice in paying the cost, as the case-management and drug counseling services they receive are court-ordered. Washington state charges for jury trials—$250 for a 12-person jury, half that for six people.read more
Legislation now awaiting approval from Governor Jerry Brown (D) would prohibit the use of single-use disposable plastic bags in grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores and other businesses. When supporters in the state legislature agreed to add to the bill a provision allocating $2 million to help plastic bag makers retool their operations to manufacture reusable bags, this tipped the balance read more
At a recent meeting of the Winter Garden City Commission, Mayor John Rees ordered a local resident removed from the proceedings (video) after he refused to stand during the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance. Courts, including one in Florida, have consistently ruled that people can’t be forced to pray, say the pledge or stand during them. read more