HR & Payroll Article Roundup: January 12, 2016

Human Resources and Payroll News

There’s a lot going on in the world of Human Resources and Payroll. We’ll help you stay connected and informed with the latest news and developments. This month includes a few articles on unions and strikes. Plus, news on court cases and new laws related to fair pay and compensation.

Take a look at these latest articles.

Strikes Are Making a Comeback

Via SHRM. Strikes had fallen out of fashion for a time, but signs indicate that they are making a modest comeback, and 2016 could see increased cases of labor strikes and work stoppages. Get details of their legality, and what you can expect, here.

Los Angeles County unions refuse to shop at El Super

Via Press-Telegram. As labor negotiations have deteriorated between El Super grocery chain and its employee union, the Los Angeles County Federation of Unions has endorsed a boycott against the organization. Get the details on the boycott and the contract negotiation issues here.

HR 101: How Do You Know When To Pay Employees For Meal Breaks?

Via TLNT. It might seem like a cut and dry matter, but non-exempt employees may be entitled to paid meals, depending on certain circumstances. It depends on whether the employer or employee receives the “predominant benefit” of the mealtime. Read on for more details.

Video: APA Makes Case for Payroll Cards in Pennsylvania

Via APA Pay News Now. In December, the American Payroll Association (APA) submitted a friend-of-the-court brief in favor of payroll cards to provide information that a court in Pennsylvania might find useful as it debates its decision in Siciliano v. Mueller.

Guitar Center is accused of violating federal labor law

Via Chicago Tribune. Instrument retailer Guitar Center is being accused of discriminating against unionized employees and failing to bargain in good faith with the workers’ union.

With Audio: New State Law To Target Wage Theft

Via Capital Public Radio. California’s new Fair Day’s Pay Act took effect on January 1. The law cracks down on employers who are found guilty of withholding fair pay from workers. The intent is to prevent employers from from closing down and reopening under a different name in order to avoid paying their debts to employees.

Citgo to Pay Back Overtime to 239 Refinery Workers

Via Bloomberg BNA. Citgo will pay $460,853 in back overtime wages to 239 employees at its refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas. Investigators found Citgo required workers to do work-related tasks after their shifts ended, without compensation.

The Serious (And Costly) Risks You Run By Using Unpaid Interns

Via TLNT. If you’re benefitting from unpaid interns, you may soon find yourself at the wrong end of a class-action lawsuit. The practice is illegal, and lawsuits by unpaid interns is a growing trend.

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