President Trump moved quickly to fill the Secretary of Labor role, nominating Alexander (Alex) Acosta less than 24 hours after his first nominee, Andrew Puzder, withdrew when it appeared he did not have the votes to be confirmed by the Senate. Acosta would be the first Latino member of Trump's cabinet if confirmed.
The Seattle Office of Labor Standards (OLS) has proposed revisions to the city's minimum wage rules intended to reflect a 2015 wage theft ordinance, a ballot initiative increasing the statewide minimum wage and other developments.
The US Supreme Court will wait to hear a trio of mandatory arbitration cases involving class action waivers in employment until its next term, which does not begin until October. The delay makes it more likely that Supreme Court nominee Neal Gorsuch, if confirmed, will be in a position to cast a possible decisive vote.
The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a trio of cases involving whether employers can use mandatory arbitration clauses to ban employees from bringing class action lawsuits over workplace disputes. A ruling is expected by the end of the Court's term in late June.
The new Minimum Wage Enforcement and Outreach Unit will draw on investigators from a number of state agencies, including the Department of Labor, Department of Taxation, Workers Compensation Board and the Department of State.
In a landmark California case, a San Diego restaurant owner has been sentenced to two years in jail for promising wages to immigrant workers but paying them only in tips. This marks the first criminal conviction under the state's toughened wage theft law.
The US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas on November 22 issued a preliminary injunction that prevents the US Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing and enforcing its new overtime rule, which had been scheduled to take effect December 1.
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