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House Democrats advance $15 per hour minimum wage bill

World House Democrats take a big step toward passing $15 per hour US minimum wage House Democrats advance a bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, more than double the current $7.25. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi supports the plan, and the Democratic-held chamber will likely pass it. Still, it will face…

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imageWorld House Democrats take a big step toward passing $15 per hour US minimum wage House Democrats advance a bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, more than double the current $7.25. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi supports the plan, and the Democratic-held chamber will likely pass it. Still, it will face resistance from Senate Republicans and the White House. Published 1:19 PM ET Wed, 6 March 2019 Updated 21 Hours Ago Sergio Flores | Bloomberg | Getty Images House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, speaks in Austin, Texas, March 5, 2019.
House Democrats took a key step Wednesday toward more than doubling the federal minimum wage.

The House Committee on Education and Labor advanced a bill to raise the U.S.

wage floor to $15 per hour by 2024. It cleared the panel in a 28-20 party-line vote.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi supports the legislation and plans to bring it to an eventual vote in the full Democratic-held chamber. If the House passes the bill, it would mark the most significant step toward raising the federal minimum wage since 2009, the last time the pay floor increased. The U.S. currently has a $7.25 minimum wage.

The legislation has only a slim chance of becoming law. Republicans in the GOP-held Senate — like their colleagues in the House — will likely oppose it. The White House has also trashed the idea of hiking the federal wage floor, though President Donald Trump has not weighed in recently himself. show chapters 1:54 PM ET Thu, 15 Nov 2018 | 01:49
Democrats see the measure as a way to cast themselves as the better party for working Americans ahead of key 2020 presidential and congressional elections. They have cast Republicans as out of touch — particularly through criticizing the GOP tax cuts for corporations and wealthy Americans.
Democrats say the legislation would give nearly 40 million American workers a raise. They argue the increase will help laborers better keep up with rising costs of living, and boost the economy by giving those workers more money to spend. Under the bill, the pay floor would rise to $15 per hour in 2024 and would continue to climb in line with median wage growth.

“We now have an opportunity – and a responsibility – to restore the value of the minimum wage, lift millions of hardworking people out of poverty, and boost the economy in Main Street America,” Rep. Bobby Scott, a Virginia Democrat and chairman of the Education and Labor Committee, said in opening a bill markup hearing Wednesday.
Republicans have argued the plan would hurt small-business owners by increasing costs. It would force them to cut positions and hours for low-wage workers and potentially increase automation, critics contend.
The U.S.

Chamber of Commerce, the most powerful business organization in the nation, has also lined up against the legislation.
“Going from a $7.

25 an hour federal minimum wage to a $15 an hour minimum wage is, at best, a foolish policy proposal,” committee ranking member Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., said Wednesday. “At worst, it’s an intentionally dishonest political stunt that promises bigger paychecks to hardworking Americans when in reality it would result in significant job losses for millions of hourly workers around the country.”
The debate over a $15 per hour federal minimum wage comes as states and cities around the country have increasingly embraced the wage floor. Organizations such as Fight for $15 have pushed governments around the country to hike their minimum wages.
In a statement distributed by Fight for $15, Bobby Fields, a McDonald’s worker in Florida, said members of the organization moved “one step closer” to their goal on Wednesday.

“We’re going to keep on fighting and keep on going on strike until all workers get the $15 minimum wage and a union we need,” he said.
Last month, New Jersey and Illinois became the fourth and fifth states to pass $15 per hour minimum wages. Twenty-nine states currently have higher minimum wages than the federal level, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures .
Some critics of a federal minimum wage hike have argued states should decide appropriate pay floors based on cost of living.

In October, White House chief economic advisor Larry Kudlow called a U.S. wage hike a “terrible idea,” arguing that “Idaho is different than New York.” .

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Termination or resignation: Your labour rights when leaving a job in the UAE

Image Credit: Pexels Despite having clear guidelines on employee rights in the UAE, it is usual for residents to be forced to accept less than what they’re owed in case of resignation or termination. From conditions of notice periods to arbitrary dismissals, there are laws protecting both employee and employer interests. End of contract Resignation…

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Termination or resignation: Your labour rights when leaving a job in the UAE

imageImage Credit: Pexels Despite having clear guidelines on employee rights in the UAE, it is usual for residents to be forced to accept less than what they’re owed in case of resignation or termination.
From conditions of notice periods to arbitrary dismissals, there are laws protecting both employee and employer interests.
End of contract Resignation When you resign, your employer’s acceptance or rejection of your resignation is not essential legally. Even if the resignation was submitted by email, it is considered accepted from the date of submission. Therefore, your contractual notice period (up to a maximum of three months) starts from this date.

Termination Your dues and receivables differ based on whether you are terminated on account of redundancy (cost-cutting) or if you’re terminated in what is considered arbitrary dismissal (wrongful termination).
Also read Revealed: Over 8,000 jobs open in Dubai in one month; industries hiring include real estate, construction, hospitality Career: 7 tips on how women can succeed in a tech job In arbitrary dismissal, employers are liable to compensate the employee for wrongful termination along with gratuity and other dues. In redundancy, there is no such compensation other than gratuity pay and/or notice period compensation.

Your rights and responsibilities Notice period You have to serve notice period when resigning, and this will usually between one month and three months based on your contract. It cannot be more than three months as per law, and your employer cannot force you to work longer than that.
Also read Career: 7 things to know about your notice period in the UAE Your notice period is counted from the day of resignation or termination. In case of termination, the employer might ask you to work during the notice period or pay you the salary for the period before letting you go.

Air fare According to Article 131, your employer is not obligated to pay your air fare to your home country unless it is specified in the labour contract. If it is mentioned, the firm is obligated to all fares as specified by contract.
Also read UAE’s Emirates, flydubai, Air Arabia roll out discounted tickets for flights from Dubai, Sharjah In this case (contractual obligation), however, if the employee enters into the service of another sponsor or employer after, then the latter becomes responsible for air fare from the point of recruitment.

If the termination is by fault of the employee, the employer is not legally liable to pay for air fare if the employee has the means to pay – even if it is mentioned in his or her labour contract.
This law is specific to the cost of a travelling ticket for the employee. Other costs such as shipping or family repatriation are also legally payable if agreed upon in the labour contract or as per contractual company policies.
Visa costs You, as an employee, are never required to reimburse your employer for visa costs at any time. Visa costs and sponsorship costs are the sole responsibility of the employer and regardless of how or why your contract is terminated, you are not legally liable to pay for this.

Companies have been known to ask for installment-based deductions for visa costs from employees – this is illegal and punishable by law.
Experience certificate According to Article 125 of the UAE Labour Law, an employee upon end of contract should be given an end-of-service certificate detailing start date, end date and nature of work performed during the period of employment. It may also state your latest pay or wage details if requested.
An employee can request this certificate upon the end of his or her contract, and the employer would be liable to furnish this, along with any and all certificates belonging to the employee.

Gratuity Pay Payment of gratuity pay depends on how long you have been employed for as well as your contract type.
Guide How to calculate UAE gratuity pay Visa cancellation and passports Charges of visa cancellation and the process are the employer’s responsibility.
Your passport should be handed over to you immediately after the completion of cancellation.
Many employers still force employees to give up their passports for ‘safe-keeping’ or as ‘guarantee’ but this is illegal according to the UAE Labour Law.

Only a competent court or other federal authority is allowed to keep your passport.
Some companies agree to give up passports only close to the time of departure from the country – this is also illegal. At no time is your employer allowed to keep your passport, unless visa renewal or cancellation is in progress.
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19,000 truck drivers just scored up to $100 million from one of America’s biggest trucking companies – and it’s the latest federal court win by truckers for better labor practices

19,000 truck drivers just scored up to $100 million from one of America’s biggest trucking companies – and it’s the latest federal court win by truckers for better labor practices Rachel Premack Mar 14, 2019, 09.02 PM Smart-Trucking.com/YouTube Truck drivers who worked for Swift Transportation, one of the largest trucking companies in the US, are…

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19,000 truck drivers just scored up to $100 million from one of America’s biggest trucking companies – and it’s the latest federal court win by truckers for better labor practices

image19,000 truck drivers just scored up to $100 million from one of America’s biggest trucking companies – and it’s the latest federal court win by truckers for better labor practices Rachel Premack Mar 14, 2019, 09.02 PM Smart-Trucking.com/YouTube Truck drivers who worked for Swift Transportation, one of the largest trucking companies in the US, are eligible for a payout of up to $100 million. According to the class action suit, they were misclassified as independent contractors instead of company drivers. It’s the latest win for truck drivers in the nation’s courts .

Swift Transportation, one of the largest trucking companies in the US, has agreed to pay up to $100 million to 19,000 former and current truck drivers in a class action suit filed in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. The truck drivers filed against Swift in Dec. 2009.

They claimed they were misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees, and were thus locked out of certain benefits under federal labor law.
One of those benefits includes being paid minimum wage for every hour that truck drivers work.

Traditionally, truckers are just paid for every mile that they drive. The case returns to a question that’s been plaguing America’s courts in recent years – whether truck drivers deserve minimum wage for nondriving duties.
Swift did not respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
Dan Getman, a co-lead attorney representing the 19,000 truck drivers involved in the federal case, wrote in a legal statement filed on March 11 that this case challenges Swift’s “owner operator” system.

That allows Swift, and most other trucking companies, to employ truck drivers as independent workers even as they acted as full-time employees.
“(T) heir actions ultimately generated an exceptional $100 million-plus-dollar fund for the class of thousands of drivers and may potentially result in changes to the industry that could benefit all misclassified drivers,” Getman wrote.

Read more: Truck drivers wait an average of 2.5 hours at warehouses without getting paid – here are the 20 cities where truckers wait the longest The decision to pay out speaks to other federal court cases appearing around the country in favor of ensuring truck drivers are paid for every hour they spend on the road.
The Supreme Court ruled in Jan. that contract truck drivers, or owner-operators, at a Missouri trucking company should be allowed to settle disputes in court, rather than arbitration. That suit started when the plaintiff in the case, owner-operator Dominic Oliveira, sued his employer for not paying him minimum wage.

And a federal court in Arkansas decided in a class-action suit in Oct. 2018 that drivers should be paid for every hour truckers spend in their trucks while not sleeping – 16 hours a day of at least minimum-wage pay.
In 2017, a Nebraska court decided that trucking giant Werner Enterprises must pay $780,000 to 52,000 student truck drivers after being accused of pay-practice violations.

Another major carrier, C.R. England, paid $2.35 million in back wages to more than 6,000 drivers in 2016 .

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19,000 truck drivers just scored up to $100 million from one of America’s biggest trucking companies — and it’s the latest federal court win by truckers for better labor practices

Smart-Trucking.com/YouTube Some truck drivers who worked for Swift Transportation, one of the largest trucking companies in the US, are eligible for part of a total payout of as much as $100 million. The drivers had argued in a class-action suit that they were misclassified as independent contractors instead of company drivers and were thus locked…

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19,000 truck drivers just scored up to $100 million from one of America’s biggest trucking companies — and it’s the latest federal court win by truckers for better labor practices

imageSmart-Trucking.com/YouTube Some truck drivers who worked for Swift Transportation, one of the largest trucking companies in the US, are eligible for part of a total payout of as much as $100 million. The drivers had argued in a class-action suit that they were misclassified as independent contractors instead of company drivers and were thus locked out of certain benefits. It’s the latest win for truck drivers in the nation’s courts . Swift Transportation, one of the largest trucking companies in the US, has agreed to pay up to $100 million to 19,000 former and current truck drivers as part of a class-action suit filed in the US District Court for the District of Arizona. The truck drivers filed the suit against Swift in December 2009, arguing that they were misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees and were thus locked out of certain benefits under federal labor law.

One of those benefits is a minimum wage for every hour a truck driver works. Traditionally, truckers are paid for every mile they drive, but a question at the center of court cases in recent years has been whether truck drivers deserve a minimum wage for nondriving duties. Swift did not respond to Business Insider’s request for comment. Dan Getman, an attorney representing the 19,000 truck drivers involved in the federal case, wrote in a legal statement filed on Monday that this case challenged Swift’s “owner-operator” system that allowed it and other trucking companies to employ truck drivers as independent workers even as they acted as full-time employees. “Their actions ultimately generated an exceptional $100 million-plus-dollar fund for the class of thousands of drivers and may potentially result in changes to the industry that could benefit all misclassified drivers,” Getman said. Read more: Truck drivers wait an average of 2.

5 hours at warehouses without getting paid — here are the 20 cities where truckers wait the longest Several other federal court cases around the country have sought to ensure that truck drivers are paid for every hour they spend on the road. The Supreme Court ruled in January that contract truck drivers, or owner-operators, at a Missouri trucking company should be allowed to settle disputes in court, rather than having to enter into arbitration. That suit started when the plaintiff in the case, Dominic Oliveira, sued his employer on charges that it didn’t pay him minimum wage.

In October, a federal court in Arkansas ruled in a class-action suit that drivers should be paid for every hour they spend in their trucks while not sleeping, for up to 16 hours a day of at least minimum-wage pay. In 2017, a Nebraska court decided that Werner Enterprises, a trucking giant that was accused of pay-practice violations, must pay $780,000 to about 52,000 student truck drivers. In 2016, another major carrier, C.R. England, was ordered to pay $2.35 million in back wages to more than 6,000 drivers.

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