Women’s Wages vs. Men’s Wages in 2015

Women’s Wages vs. Men’s Wages in 2015

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in 2015 men’s earnings were growing twice as fast as women’s. Does it mean that the gender gap in earnings is widening despite many official measures aimed at fighting the pay inequality at workplace? The question remains: why women still earn less than men? Unfortunately, there is no a simple answer to this question. First, the data is not that straight forward as it can seem. Yes, men’s earnings were growing twice as much as women’s, but only during the first three quarters of 2015. In the fourth quarter of 2014 the growth was equal. In the third quarter of 2014 the difference […]

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 […]

$15 Minimum Wage in New York

$15 Minimum Wage in New York

On Thursday September 10, 2015 New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made an announcement about his plan to raise the minimum wage in the state of New York to $15 per hour. Mr. Cuomo made his announcement in the presence of Vice-President Joe Biden. Earlier this year upon Cuomo’s initiative the New York acting labor commissioner Mr. Musolino signed an order to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for those who work in fast-food industry in New York. Now the governor wants to extend it to all low wage workers in the state. He underlines in his statement that not only fast-food workers deserve $15 an hour, but all […]

Uber Drivers Suit Gets Class-Action Status

Uber Drivers Suit Gets Class-Action Status

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen granted class-action status to a lawsuit brought on behalf of Uber drivers who sued the company over their contractor status. Judge Chen ordered that the suit brought by three Uber drivers would also apply to all other Uber drivers in California who were driving there and did not waive their right to class-action arbitration. Uber Technologies was created as an electronic hub connecting passengers and drivers. The suit claims that Uber treats its drivers as employees without providing them with certain benefits usually associated with the status of employee. If plaintiffs in this class-action suit get the upper hand, Uber will be treated rather as […]

New York New $15 Fast-Food Minimum Wage

New York New $15 Fast-Food Minimum Wage

On May 7, 2015 New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo instructed Acting State Labor Commissioner Mario J. Musolino to empanel a Wage Board to investigate and make recommendations on an increase in the minimum wage in the fast-food industry. On July 22, 2015 the Fast Food Wage Board of the state of New York voted to raise the minimum wage in fast-food industry to $15 per hour. The increase will take effect incrementally in New York City ty December 31, 2018 and by July 1, 2021 for the rest of the state of New York. For New York City, the minimum wage will be increased as follows: to $10.50 on […]