Papa John’s to Pay $469,355 in Back Wages and Damages

Papa John’s to Pay $469,355 in Back Wages and Damages

Yesterday, October 15, 2015 New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and U.S. Department of Labor announced that four Papa John’s Pizza franchisees would have to pay nearly half a million dollars in back wages and damages to more than 250 their workers. These are the conditions of four settlements with three current and one former Papa John’s franchisees, owners of nine restaurants in Queens, The Bronx, and Brooklyn. As a result of investigations and following settlement the four Papa John’s Pizza franchisees admitted that they had committed numerous violations of labor laws, including provisions on minimum wage, overtime, as well as some other basic rights. The violations were committed […]

New Anti-Retaliation and Mediation Units in the New York Department of Labor

New Anti-Retaliation and Mediation Units in the New York Department of Labor

On October 14, 2015 Governor Cuomo announced new statewide measures to combat workers exploitation in New York. The measures include additional funding for workers education, as well as “investigations, prosecutions and data collection and compliance efforts.” Mr. Cuomo has also created a new Anti-Retaliation Unit and a Mediation Unit within the State Department of Labor. The aim of the new units is to combat retaliation practices against workers and employees and to expedite cases of the Task Force’s investigations. According to the Governor, his administration “is taking aggressive steps to protect workers and combat exploitation…” Governor Cuomo announced the measures at the time of the first public meeting of the […]