Tag Archives: Fair Labor Standards Act

When An Employer’s Social Media “Encouragement” Becomes An Overtime Wage Violation

“Social media law” is all the rage these days, and it’s not hard to see why: employers across the country are desperate to use social media to promote their brands or to rid themselves of undesirable employees, as the case may be. 2012 was the first year that really produced anything like a solid body of law to be analyzed as the first wave of social media lawsuits produced court opinions and a handful of legislatures began to address the issue.   A recap is in order. I don’t profess to be an expert on social media law — Google ... Continue Reading


Using The Fair Labor Standards Act For Nickel And Dimed Employees

Two weeks ago I discussed how banks routinely targeted the most financially vulnerable members of society for fraudulent overdraft and debt collection procedures. If there are three words to sum up the American economy for the lower half of earners, it’s “nickel and dimed.” When Barbara Ehrenreich was researching her book Nickel and Dimed, she was shocked by “the totalitarian nature of so many low-wage workplaces. On two jobs, for example, there was a rule against talking with your fellow employees.”   It’s hard not to use the phrase “nickel and dimed” every time I read about a Fair Labor ... Continue Reading