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  • Non-unanimous acquittals and attorney-client privilege
    by Andrew Hamm on May 21, 2022 at 3:52 am

    This week we highlight cert petitions that ask the Supreme Court to consider, among other things, whether the justices’ decision to prevent non-unanimous convictions in Louisiana also prohibits Puerto Rico from authorizing non-unanimous acquittals, and whether a law firm can protect under attorney-client privilege communications… The post Non-unanimous acquittals and attorney-client privilege appeared first on SCOTUSblog.

  • Allegations of racial bias in a death penalty trial
    by John Elwood on May 20, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    The Relist Watch column examines cert petitions that the Supreme Court has “relisted” for its upcoming conference. A short explanation of relists is available here. We had another week of complete turnover as Monday’s order list disposed of all the new relists discussed in our… The post Allegations of racial bias in a death penalty trial appeared first on SCOTUSblog.

  • The morning read for Friday, May 20
    by James Romoser on May 20, 2022 at 1:26 pm

    Each weekday, we select a short list of news articles, commentary, and other noteworthy links related to the Supreme Court. To suggest a piece for us to consider, email us at roundup@scotusblog.com. Here’s the Friday morning read: Leaks, Pandemic, and Hot-Button Issues Strain SCOTUS’ Collegiality… The post The morning read for Friday, May 20 appeared first on SCOTUSblog.

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  • US Department of Labor to hold listening session for Southwest workers, advocates, union representatives on possible revisions to overtime regulations
    on May 21, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    DALLAS ─ The U.S. Department of Labor will hold an online listening session for Southwest employees and their stakeholders on May 25, 2022, on possible revisions to the regulations that enforce the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime exemptions for executive, administrative and professional employees. Since 1938, federal overtime regulations have been a cornerstone of the laws the department’s Wage and Hour Division enforces. These regulations protect workers and benefit workers and their families, their employers and the community at-large. The FLSA requires employers to pay most U.S. employees at least the federal minimum wage for all hours worked, and overtime pay at not less than time and one-half the regular rate of pay for hours worked over 40 in a workweek.   The law, however, provides an exemption from minimum wage and overtime pay for workers employed as “bona fide” executive, administrative or professional employees. In general, to be exempt, employees must meet certain tests regarding their job duties and be paid on a salary basis at not less than $684 per week. “Our goal is to use these sessions to listen, engage workers and hear their perspectives on the possible impact of changes to the regulations,” explained Acting Wage and Hour Division Administrator Jessica Looman. “As we consider the needs of today’s workforce and industry demands, we need public input to ensure that revisions to the overtime regulations fulfill the original intent and promise of the law.” In fiscal year 2021, the department’s Wage and Hour Division recovered more than $138 million in overtime back wages for more than 145,000 workers. In its FLSA investigations, the division found overtime back wages represented 80 percent of all back wages found due. The division announced that it will hold a listening session for workers, employee stakeholders and union representatives as follows: WHO:                         Employees, Employee advocates and union representatives WHEN:                      Wednesday, May 25, 2022                                      6 – 7 p.m. CDT WHERE:                    Register for the listening session.

  • US Department of Labor recovers $11K for worker fired illegally for using federally protected medical leave by Los Angeles meat, poultry provider
    on May 21, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    Employer name:                   Commodity Sales Co. Investigation site:                 517 S. Clarence St.                                                    Los Angeles, CA 90033 Date:                                       October 2018 – October 2021 Investigation findings: U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigators found the Los Angeles slaughterhouse and packing company terminated an employee illegally, and violated the Family Medical Leave Act. After the worker took an FMLA-protected leave, Commodity Sales Co. terminated the worker illegally. The division determined that the employer failed to provide the worker with FMLA information prior to the leave and did not inform them of their FMLA protections. Investigators also found violations of employer policy review and recordkeeping provisions of FMLA. Back Wages Recovered:       $11,209 “The Wage and Hour Division is committed to defending the rights of workers, especially those who are terminated unjustly for missing work due to their health issues,” said Assistant District Director Francisco Ocampo in Los Angeles. “As the outcome of this case shows, negligence can be costly for the employer.” Background: Commodity Sales Co. has more than 50 workers in Los Angeles.

  • El Departamento de Trabajo renueva iniciativa multianual para brindar cumplimiento, capacitación, educación para trabajadores de restaurantes
    on May 21, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    WASHINGTON – El Departamento de Trabajo de EE. UU., renovó una iniciativa nacional de varios años para ayudar a los trabajadores y aumentar el cumplimiento federal por parte de los empleadores de servicios de alimentos, una industria en la que, en el año fiscal 2021, la División de Horas y Salarios del departamento encontró violaciones en casi el 85% de sus investigaciones de restaurantes. Estas investigaciones llevaron a la división a recuperar más de $34.7 millones en salarios atrasados ​​para más de 29,000 trabajadores y a imponer a los empleadores $3.2 millones en multas. La iniciativa de los trabajadores del servicio de alimentos combina la aplicación con la capacitación y la educación para generar conciencia sobre los tipos de prácticas de pago y otras acciones de los empleadores que más comúnmente violan la Ley de Normas Justas de Trabajo y otras leyes laborales federales. Estas violaciones incluyen las relacionadas con el salario mínimo federal, el pago de horas extras, las propinas, el empleo de mano de obra de trabajadores de menor de edad y las deducciones de pago ilegales. El esfuerzo alentará a los empleadores y trabajadores a obtener más información sobre las protecciones y la asistencia que ofrece la División de Horas y Salarios. “Los trabajadores de la industria de servicios de alimentos se encuentran entre los trabajadores esenciales peor pagados de nuestra nación y dependen de cada dólar que ganan para ayudar a mantenerse a sí mismos y a sus familias”, explicó la Administradora Interina de la División de Horas y Salarios, Jessica Looman. “Las investigaciones de la División de Horas y Salarios encuentran que demasiados empleadores niegan a los empleados sus sueldos legítimos o violan otras protecciones legales, lo que hace que sea mucho más difícil para estos trabajadores llegar a fin de mes.     El departamento publicó recientemente nuevos recursos acerca de las represalias contra los empleados que hacen valer sus derechos en el lugar de trabajo o cooperan con las investigaciones de la División de Horas y Salarios. Las represalias de los empleadores frecuentemente impiden que estos trabajadores vulnerables ejerzan sus derechos laborales en virtud de la FLSA, que garantiza que se les paguen los sueldos que se les debe.   “Nuestra iniciativa también se enfocará en combatir las represalias de los empleadores contra los trabajadores que denuncian violaciones o que cooperan con las investigaciones federales, un aspecto preocupante de algunas de nuestras investigaciones”, agregó Looman. La iniciativa Trabajadores Esenciales, Protecciones Esenciales de la división brinda recursos e información para los trabajadores esenciales. También ofrece recursos para que los empleadores los ayuden a evitar las costosas consecuencias del incumplimiento de las leyes federales administradas por la division. Los trabajadores y los empleadores pueden llamar a la división de manera confidencial si tienen preguntas. El departamento puede hablar con las personas que llaman en más de 200 idiomas a través de la línea de ayuda gratuita de la agencia al 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Obtenga más información sobre la División de Horas y Salarios y su herramienta de búsqueda si cree que la división le debe sueldos atrasados. Read in English.

  • US Labor Department, US Trade Representative will participate in trans-Atlantic tripartite Trade and Labor Dialogue with unions, businesses
    on May 21, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    WASHINGTON –The U.S. Department of Labor and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will participate in the trans-Atlantic tripartite Trade and Labor Dialogue, which was announced at the U.S.-European Union Trade and Technology Council Ministerial meeting in Paris on May 15-16, 2022. The dialogue will join trade unions, businesses and governments in the U.S. and Europe to discuss trade and labor issues. “The Trade and Labor Dialogue will elevate workers’ voices in our cooperative trade and labor efforts with the European Union,” explained Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs Thea Lee. “An inclusive dialogue will create innovative opportunities for transatlantic cooperation aimed at strengthening and protecting labor rights globally. We welcome stakeholders’ ideas and perspective and look forward to the dialogue’s first meeting.” The dialogue will convene at least once annually to discuss issues of mutual interest. These issues include a fair transition for workers and businesses towards a sustainable, green economy and the impact of digital trade on U.S. and EU workforces. Technical experts from government, labor unions and businesses will engage during periods between the principal-level meetings. “By bringing stakeholders with diverse views together and hearing directly from them, this new tripartite dialogue will be an important step forward in continuing to implement a worker-centered trade policy,” said Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Labor Joshua Kagan. “Utilizing this dialogue to promote internationally recognized labor rights is a top priority for us, and we look forward to the opportunities this dialogue will create to deepen transatlantic engagement on issues important to workers.” Read the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council’s joint statement. Read the White House’s May 16, 2022, fact sheet on the TTC ministerial meeting’s outcome.

  • Department of Labor renews multi-year initiative to provide enforcement, outreach, education for restaurant workers
    on May 21, 2022 at 9:06 pm

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor has renewed a multi-year nationwide initiative to help workers and increase federal compliance by food service employers, an industry where – in fiscal year 2021 – the department’s Wage and Hour Division found violations in nearly 85 percent of its restaurant investigations. These investigations led the division to recover more than $34.7 million in back wages for more than 29,000 workers and to assess employers with $3.2 million in penalties. The food service workers initiative combines enforcement with outreach and education to raise awareness of the types of pay practices and other actions by employers that most commonly violate the Fair Labor Standards Act and other federal labor laws. These violations include those related to the federal minimum wage, overtime pay, tips, employing child labor, and making illegal wage deductions. The effort will encourage employers and workers to learn more about the protections and assistance the Wage and Hour Division offers. “Food service industry workers are among our nation’s lowest paid essential workers and they depend on every dollar they earn to help provide for themselves and their families,” explained Wage and Hour Division Acting Administrator Jessica Looman. “Wage and Hour Division investigations find far too many employers are denying employees their rightful wages or violating other legal protections, making it much more difficult for these workers to make ends meet. The department recently published new resources addressing retaliation against employees who assert their workplace rights or cooperate with investigations by the Wage and Hour Division. Retaliation by employers often prevents these vulnerable workers from exercising their workplace rights under the FLSA, which ensures they are paid the wages they are owed. “Our initiative will also focus on combatting retaliation by employers against workers who report violations, or who cooperate with federal investigations, a troubling aspect of some of our investigations,” Looman added. The division’s Essential Workers, Essential Protections initiative provides resources and information for essential workers. It also offers resources for employers to help them avoid the costly consequences of non-compliance with federal laws governed by the division. Workers and employers can call the division confidentially with questions. The department can speak with callers in more than 200 languages through the agency’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Learn more about the Wage and Hour Division, and its search tool if you think you may be owed back wages collected by the division. Lea en Español.