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October 2015 Archives

Whistleblower laws protect employees

Although we would like to think that all businesses and companies always follow the framework of the law, this is not always the case. Regardless of the motives, whether it is to take out a competitor, evade taxes or simply just to gain a higher profit margin, there are times when laws are broken.

How would a substantial minimum wage increase affect our economy?

With United States political campaigning in full force for next year's presidential election, we are starting to see continual discussions regarding illegal immigration and how it affects Americans and the economy. One of the discussions tied to immigration is how immigrants affect labor laws in the United States. What defines a livable wage in the United States? How many workers are working off the books for less than minimum wage?

Understanding your wage and overtime rights

It is not uncommon for businesses to try to cut corners and make small changes to increase production and ultimately increase profits for the company. Many times, however, it is the employees who suffer from these changes. While some of these cuts may be obvious, like fewer freebies in the kitchen or no holiday parties or bonuses, other areas, including wages and overtime, may also be affected.

Hollywood film industry under fire for gender discrimination

Recently, the film and television industry has been under fire as celebrity actors and actresses are becoming more vocal regarding discrimination. Stars such as Emma Thompson and Kristen Stewart of the "Twilight" film series have stated that Hollywood is sexist, and that the trend is getting worse. Matt Damon has also put the problem under a national spotlight with comments related to minorities and gays in the film industry, both in front and behind the camera. This news shows no sign of going away any time soon, and news recently broke that the Labor Department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance, as well as the California Department of Fair Employment, have begun investigations regarding claims of discrimination against female directors. The initial complaint was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, or "ACLU," which asked the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission to investigate.

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