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Federal Court Orders Subcontractors to Pay Over $207,000 to EJC Clients in Wage Theft Case

Gavel and Books On December 22, Chief Judge Beryl Howell of the D.C. federal district court awarded over $207,000 to 13 EJC clients - all carpenters and drywall finishers - in a case under federal and stage wage laws. The case, Freddy Paz Perez, et al. v. C.R....

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EJC Recovers $40,000 for Unpaid Construction Worker

From left: EJC attorney Andrew Hass with Eduardo and his check

In another recent victory, the EJC recently recovered $40,000 in unpaid wages and damages for a worker who performed weeks of unpaid carpentry work at a local restaurant. In 2011, Eduardo Hernandez worked for...

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The DC Council Passes Two Legislations We Can Live With

  • The Ban the Box on Housing bill (B21-0706) passed late yesterday; the bill precludes a housing provider from making an inquiry about or requiring an applicant to disclose an arrest or criminal accusation which is not pending or did not result in a conviction prior to making a conditional offer of housing. It provides...

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Federal Judge in Texas Halts Implementation of New Overtime Rule

On November 22, 2016, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against the U.S. Department of Labor‘s impending rule expanding the number of workers who would be eligible for overtime pay.  The DOL increased the overtime salary limit below which workers automatically qualified for overtime...

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SEC Hands Out Millions While Leaving Public In Dark

Just recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a press release announcing its decision to award $20 million “to a whistleblower who promptly came forward with valuable information that enabled the SEC to move quickly and initiate an enforcement action against wrongdoers before they could squander the money.”

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'Joint Employer' Lawsuit vs Amazon, Trucking Companies Illustrates Reach of Doctrine Pushed by NLRB

Gauri Punjabi, an attorney with Mintz Levin, sees an expanded reach for labor under the NLRB approach. "With the NLRB loosening the joint employment rules, more employees are now possibly able to unionize and have the ability to seek greater benefits and negotiate the terms and conditions of employment with a possibly bigger employer,” she said. Right now, there seems to be focus primarily on the franchise model, as in a pending NLRB action against McDonald’s. Punjabi stated there are a few risks to employers from these kind of actions.

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