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McDonald’s labor decision is important for workers in the US

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"Why the McDonald’s labor decision is important for workers in the US", 23 Aug 2014Last month, the general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which settles labor disputes in the U.S., decided for the first time that when considering labor complaints at McDonald’s franchises, it would deem the chain jointly...

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Tips, Automatic Gratuities, Service Charges - And Now The IRS?

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An updated tax rule is causing restaurants to rethink the practice of adding automatic tips to the tabs of large parties.
Starting in January, the Internal Revenue Service will begin classifying those automatic gratuities as service charges—which it treats as regular wages, subject to payroll tax withholding—instead of tips, which...

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Shuckers Waterfront Grill Deck Collapse - Dozens Of Customers Injured

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As fans packed Shuckers Waterfront Grill to cheer on the Miami Heat against the San Antonio Spurs Thursday night, the waterfront patio deck gave way, crashing into Biscayne Bay, spilling dozens of terrified patrons into the water.
The accident happened at the popular North Bay Village spot, in back of the Best Western Plus on the Bay Inn &...

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Overtime and Construction Workers: What are the laws in Florida?

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Overtime and Construction Workers – What are the laws in Florida?
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Construction workers in Florida are entitled to overtime, one-and-half times the regular wage, for all hours worked in excess of forty hours in a work week.Common overtime issues include: (1)  Failure to record all hours actually worked to include time spent working...

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Servers Fight Back Against Wage and Tip Theft

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NEW YORK (Main Street) — Philadelphia is a legendary sports town with equally famous fans known for being loud, proud and rowdy. But one of Philly's most popular sports bars has committed a personal foul and is being fined half the distance to the goal. Chickie's & Pete's has been slapped with a multi-million judgment for requiring...

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Pooling Tips The 18% Service Charge - Don't Believe the Hype

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After eating pastured-pork sausages and drinking a few pints of San Diego-brewed beer, it barely registered that I wasn’t able to add a tip to my bill at The Linkery. In lieu of gratuities, the San Diego restaurant, which recently closed, added an 18 percent surcharge to every bill. That’s less than the 20 percent I make a habit of...

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Judge Rules Interns Are Not Always Interns And They Must Be Paid

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A New York judge's ruling that Fox Searchlight interns are entitled to be paid for their work should "serve as a warning" to employers seeking free labor under the umbrella of unpaid internships, one of the plaintiffs who worked as on the film "Black Swan" said on Wednesday. "This decision should serve as a warning to employers across the...

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Pay the Workers! Moving in the Right Direction but not there Yet!

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Florida's current $7.79 hourly minimum wage rate will increase to $7.93 effective January 1, 2014.  Florida's minimum wage law requires the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to recalculate Florida's minimum wage annually based upon the increase in the federal Consumer Price Index for Urban Earners and Clerical Workers in the Southern...

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Sick Workers Cause 20 Percent of All Foodborne Illnesses - Disney and Darden Don't Really Care

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Sick Workers Cause 20 Percent of All Foodborne IllnessesIf you're not feeling so hot after eating at your local restaurant, it might not be the food that originates the problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about one-fifth of all foodborne illnesses can be linked to a sick food worker who handled the food. Why doesn't that person...

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Jason Brodeur Loves Disney and Darden - Hold On To Your Paychecks

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The Florida House just passed a bill that overrides local living wage and sick time ordinances, meaning that South Florida employees could take a 40 percent cut in pay.Miami-Dade and Broward counties both have local laws that require companies who work with the county to pay a higher living wage than the statewide minimum of $7.79.For 2012-2013,...

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