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Category Archives: Wage and Hour

Central Florida Restaurant Owner Owes Employees More Than $83k

By Robert S. Norell, P.A. |

It is unfortunate to see restaurant owners take advantage of the employees who work so hard for them, though it is satisfying to see justice served in these situations. In a recent article reported by the Miami Herald and the Department of Labor, justice was served when Rios Rodriguez Enterprises Inc. (Rios) —the owner… Read More »

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Porky’s Bayside Pays Employees More than $73K for Unpaid Overtime

By Robert S. Norell, P.A. |

According to the Economic Policy Institute, restaurant employees typically have “very low-wage jobs with few benefits, and many restaurant workers live in poverty or near-poverty.” Many restaurant employees desperately need their jobs because they cannot find other employment. Sadly, some restaurant owners take advantage of their employees’ circumstances by depriving them of the wage… Read More »

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When Are Volunteers Entitled to Wages?

By Robert S. Norell, P.A. |

People volunteer their time for many different reasons. Volunteering for a charitable organization provides opportunities to help the less fortunate. Young people might volunteer for VISTA or accept a student internship to gain work experience and build a more impressive résumé. Retirees sometimes volunteer as a way of staying active and avoiding boredom. Yet… Read More »

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Wage Law Protections for Florida Employees Who Earn Commissions or Tips

By Robert S. Norell, P.A. |

Most employees must be paid overtime and nearly all must be paid minimum wage. However, Florida employers sometimes deny the full protection of those laws to employees who earn commissions or tips as part of their compensation. Florida wage and hour lawyers are aware that many employers misapply the law to deprive employees of… Read More »

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August 2017 Labor Law Update

By Robert S. Norell, P.A. |

Below, we discuss some important litigation, legislation, and workers’ rights that you should be aware of: Companies Accused Of Violating State Wages and Labor Laws A new lawsuit filed against Starbucks and Evolution Fresh accuses the companies of violating state wage and labor laws by requiring that employees be on-call without pay, as well… Read More »

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Recent Pay & Labor Law Violations by Major Companies Gain Traction

By Robert S. Norell, P.A. |

It’s been an eventful week for big businesses such as Uber and Walmart, both of which have been accused of some serious labor law and pay violations of late. On June 1, the New York Times published stories highlighting Uber’s “accounting error” that deprived many, many drivers of tens of millions of dollars, as… Read More »

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Important Florida Case Involving the H-2A Visa Program Decided

By Robert S. Norell, P.A. |

Earlier this month (in May), an important case was decided by a Florida federal district judge. The judge found that a citrus company sued by a class of workers who claimed that they were not paid the proper wages under the H–2A visa program was in fact a (liable) joint employer (along with the… Read More »

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Disney Agrees To Pay Close To $4 Million to Florida Employees after Overtime Violations

By Robert S. Norell, P.A. |

On March 17th, it was announced that Disney agreed to pay $3.8 million in back wages to more than 16,000 Florida employees of the Disney Vacation Club Management Corporation and Walt Disney Parks and Resorts after the U.S. Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division found that it failed to compensate these employees for work… Read More »

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Class Action Status Granted To Thousands of Detainees Forced To Work for No Pay

By Robert S. Norell, P.A. |

Recently a federal judge allowed the lawsuit filed by tens of thousands of immigrants alleging that they were forced to work in violation of federal anti-slavery laws to reach class-action status. This lawsuit—which now involves as many of 60,000 detained immigrants—marks the first class-action lawsuit accusing a U.S. prison (government contractor) of forced labor… Read More »

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Administration Defends Labor Law Executive Order

By Robert S. Norell, P.A. |

The Obama Administration’s “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” directive enabled federal agencies to turn away federal contractors with workplace violations, that is, until one federal district court judge blocked it. The order would have gone into effect on November 15th, making a strong statement that companies doing business with the federal government need to… Read More »

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