Failure to Pay Overtime Has a Cost

By | March 23rd, 2016|Labor|

The U.S. Department of Labor recently sued a drywall company in Oregon for violating the Fair Labor Standards Act. The company, Westside Drywall, Inc., paid their employees piece-rate wages and didn’t compensate for overtime. The company was ordered to pay $800,000 to workers for back wages and liquidated damages, and this amount could go up as litigation continues.

“We will not tolerate employers, like Westside Drywall, that cheat workers out of their hard-earned wages by ignoring their legal responsibilities,” said Thomas Silva, district director for the Wage and Hour Division in Portland. “This lawsuit sends a clear message that […]

Recent Changes to Michigan’s Minimum Wage

By | March 8th, 2016|Labor|

In May of 2014, a law passed in Michigan to steadily increase the minimum wage over the next few years.

Effective Date  Minimum
Wage Rate
 Before September 1, 2014 $7.40
 September 1, 2014 $8.15
 January 1, 2016 $8.50
 January 1, 2017 $8.90
 January 1, 2018 $9.25


As of this January, the $8.50/hr wage is in effect. This is higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25, and the higher of the federal and the state minimum wages applies. You can read this page on LARA’s website for exceptions to this rule in the case of wages paid for training and wages paid to workers aged 16-17.

Will the Michigan minimum […]