Federal law

March 10, 2017
minimum wage and the poverty level

How Does the Minimum Wage Work?

The United States of America is considered a progressive nation, but, when it comes to establishing a minimum wage law for its hardworking residents, you might be surprised to learn that the first federal minimum wage laws in America were not passed until 1938 and were instituted by Franklin D. Roosevelt, our 32nd president.   The name of the actual federal law that enacted the minimum wage was introduced as a portion of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  Up until […]
March 8, 2017
History of the Minimum Wage

The History of the Minimum Wage

Most people today have worked in a minimum-wage position at some time in their life.  For most, it was a high school job to earn money for incidentals that were not paid for by their parents, like a car or even tuition for college.  Not everyone is lucky enough to win a college scholarship and who wants to carry a student loan way into their actual working career? Back in the day, that minimum wage payment was sufficient for your […]
March 6, 2017
State Employment Laws Versus Federal Employment Laws

State Employment Laws Versus Federal Employment Law

Most people go to work, get their paycheck, enjoy their compensated time off and never give much thought to the myriad of federal and state labor and employment laws that have enabled them to enjoy certain rights and benefits in the workplace.  Both federal and state governments within the United States have enacted employment laws, which are regulations that deal with the relationship between an employee and his/her employer. A common legal question is:  what are the differences, if any, […]
March 1, 2017
Laws That Protect Employees

Laws That Protect Employees

The Great Recession of 2008 taught Americans a lot, primarily, to save more and spend less by cutting back on those little luxuries and frivolous expenses that were formerly just taken for granted. The Recession of 2008 also taught our nation a lot about the workplace.  While we might have formerly thought we were not expendable, layoff notices went out and many persons were disheartened to discover we were not as important in our jobs as we thought.  Still others […]
May 9, 2016
Water Crisis in Flint

The Water Crisis in Flint

Most people never give a thought to walking over to the faucet and filling a glass with sparkling clean water.  Likewise, there is not much thought about the cleanliness of the water that you use to cook, brush your teeth, bathe in… even washing your clothes.  That is, unless you live in the city of Flint, Michigan. By now, most U.S. residents, if not people from around the world, have heard about the plight of the people of Flint, Michigan […]