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WORKING CLASS BLUES: JOBS THAT DON’T PAY MINIMUM WAGE

The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor is responsible for enforcing the minimum wage. However, the law that governs wage requirements, carves out exceptions for certain kinds of employment. Some of the exemptions apply to specific classes of workers, such as young trainees, who are arguably getting other benefits from the work besides a paycheck. What can be done about wage and hour violations? ...

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FINDING THE HIDDEN FEES IN YOUR 401K – AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT THEM

If you were suffering from some form of internal bleeding, no matter how gradual or difficult to detect, you’d want to know about it — and you’d probably seek immediate medical attention to address the problem before disaster strikes. By the same token, if you discovered that there was a leak in the water or gas lines in your home, you’d want it located and fixed ASAP to keep your loved ones safe and head off major repair costs down the road. Yet most Americans aren’t quite as vigilant when it comes to fixing leaks in their retirement savings plans that can...

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Attorney Fees: Know what you’re going to pay

Most people know that attorneys can be expensive. The work that they do is diligent and their fees are based on several factors. These factors can include: the attorneys experience, the time spent on your case, their ability and reputation, the degree of difficulty for the case, the results of the case, and other costs involved. Some additional factors include the attorney’s overhead expenses such as rent, utilities, and office equipment. All of these factors may influence how much you’ll pay and listed below are some of the more common fee agreements for attorneys. The first fee agreement is the ‘Contingency...

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Why you want an attorney in your corner

No one wants to be involved in a legal battle. It can be long, difficult, expensive, and really make your life tough. If you or a loved one is involved in a car accident or other scenario where you may face legal trouble, it’s always a good idea to consult an attorney to help alleviate some of the stresses that come along with legal battles. Listed below are some of the top reasons why you should hire an attorney. Legal battles are complicated – The law itself is very complex and if you don’t know your way through it, you...

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Employment Discrimination: What You Need to Know

All employees have basic rights in the workplace -- including the right to privacy, fair compensation, and freedom from employment discrimination. A job applicant also has certain rights even prior to being hired as an employee. Those rights include the right to be free from discrimination based on age, gender, race, national origin, or religion during the hiring process. Some important employee rights include: The right to a safe work environment, free from undue dangers The right to a degree of privacy in your personal matters The right not to be discriminated against on grounds of your age, race, national origin, gender,...

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Equal Pay for Equal Work: The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

After 19 years working for the Goodyear Tire Company, Lilly Ledbetter discovered that she was paid 20% less than her male counterparts. The knowledge began a decade long fight for equal pay for equal work that went all the way to the Supreme Court, and resulted in the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; the first piece of legislation signed by President Obama. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which was signed into law on Jan. 29, 2009, restores the protection against pay discrimination that was taken away by the 2007 Supreme Court decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co....

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Equal Pay is the Law

On April 20th, the 110th day of 2010, people across America observed Equal Pay Day, which marked the 110 extra days per year that women in the United States must work in order to earn what men earned in 2009. On average, a woman in America makes 77 cents for every dollar that a man makes. For African American women and Latinas these numbers are even lower. Over the course of her career, the average women can expect to lose $700,000 as a result of wage discrimination. Although 47 years have passed since the passage of...

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