Shelton Floral Company Faces $1.85 Million Penalty for Labor Law Violations, Federal Court Rules

Shelton, Washington – A federal court has ruled that a floral company based in Shelton must pay $1.85 million in penalties for violating labor laws. The court’s decision serves as a significant blow to the company, which was found guilty of numerous violations that impacted its employees. The case sheds light on the importance of upholding labor regulations and protecting workers’ rights. The ruling comes after an investigation by federal authorities revealed multiple instances of misconduct by the Shelton floral company. The violations included failure to pay employees the legally mandated minimum wage and overtime … Read more

From Labor Shortages to Child Labor Violations: States Take Divergent Paths in Updating Child Labor Laws

Albany, New York – Child labor violations are on the rise across the United States, prompting numerous states to consider updating their child labor laws. While some states are seeking to strengthen protections for young workers, many others are attempting to weaken existing laws. The push for changes in child labor regulations comes as businesses, especially those in the service industry, have faced labor shortages since the start of the pandemic. This has led to an increase in hiring teenagers, whose wages are typically lower than those of adults. Experts in labor argue that the … Read more

Federal Judge Blocks National Labor Relations Board’s Expansion of Joint Employment Definition, Protecting Franchisor-Franchisee Relationships

Houston, Texas – A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from implementing a new rule that would expand the definition of joint employment. The ruling comes one day before the rule was set to take effect. The regulation, which aimed to increase franchisors’ responsibility for labor violations committed by their franchisees and require both entities to negotiate with employee unions, was challenged in court by a coalition of business groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the International Franchise Association, the Restaurant Law Center, and the Texas Restaurant … Read more

Controversial New Bill in Kentucky Abolishes Child Labor Laws and Sparks Debate on Child Welfare and Exploitation

Frankfort, Kentucky – The Kentucky House passed a bill last week that would eliminate the state’s child labor laws and replace them with more lenient federal standards. The legislation, which was supported mostly by Republicans, also aims to increase the number of hours that 16- and 17-year-olds can work on school days and during the school year. While proponents argue that these changes provide opportunities for young people, critics express concerns about the exploitation of children and the potential dangers they may face. The Kentucky bill, passed with relative ease despite opposition from some Republican … Read more