Department of Labor Archives

DOL cracks down on illegal practices in construction industry

construction worker

For the last five years, the Department of Labor has investigated 16 companies in Utah and Arizona for misclassifying employees as contractors. It came to a close on April 23 with $700,000 owed in back wages, damages and penalties for more than 1,000 construction industry workers in the Southwest. However, this is hardly the end of the… Read More →

Cole Johnson appointed to Department of Labor pilot program council

Cole Johnson, president of Paul Johnson Drywall, was tapped to serve on the business advisory council for a new pilot program called the Employee Misclassification Compliance Assistance Program (EMCAP), which is being initiated by the Department of Labor’s Phoenix District Office of the Wage and Hour Division (DOL). Johnson was asked to serve as a… Read More →

Arizona employers face an onslaught of wage and hour claims

Nonexempt Vs. Exempt Employees
by in Business News | Legal | Workforce

For Shayna Balch, business is booming. Since the start of 2012, the labor attorney at Fisher & Phillips in Phoenix is seeing — on average — one to three wage and hour cases filed each day. This is compared with one or two a month in previous years. Nationally, the number of new Fair Labor… Read More →

Unpaid Internships A Possible Doorway to Trouble

by in Business News | Education | Legal | Workforce

Internships can provide many mutual benefits – the student gets to work and learn in a real-world environment, and the employer gets low-cost (or free) labor. But before you make the business decision to hire an intern, be aware of the legalities that are involved. Here are a few tips to help you and your… Read More →

Pension Reform Act To Impact Your Investment

In Invest We Trust- AZ Business Magazine Oct/Nov 2006

In Invest We Trust Pension Reform Act to impact your investment By David Bernard A body at rest tends to stay at rest. A body in motion tends to stay in motion, unless acted upon by an outside force. This basic law of physics can be applied to most people’s retirement planning—risking too much or… Read More →