In a capitalistic society where companies hold an exceeding amount of power over not just their workers but the world in general, it is no wonder that those companies will try to push the limits of what they can get away with. Furthermore, they will try to wring every ounce of energy and work out of their employees. This can lead to some awful working conditions, as well as some downright illegal ones as well. If proven, the affected employees deserve compensation.
The following story deals with a specific restaurant with four locations in a small area outside of California. But the location isn't the crucial part of this story -- it is the wage and hour violation the restaurant committed, and how it relates to any and all restaurant employees in this state and all across the country.
Wage and hour laws can be a bit complicated, and learning about them isn't exactly a high priority for many people, even though it is an incredibly important topic. That's understandable, so today we're going to discuss some basic wage and hour topics that apply to many people.
While the following story didn't occur here in the Bay Area, it is not the location that is important about this story. The wage and hour case brought by the Department of Labor, however, most certainly is.
In today's post, we'll be continuing a discussion we started in early December. Silicon Valley is the land of start-ups, but founding a new business is not always a smooth process. Even if you strive to treat your new employees well, it is not always easy to be in full compliance with state and federal employment laws.
The Bay Area is the land of startups. It is one of the few places in America where someone with a great idea and a solid work ethic can quickly turn those assets into a successful company. And once the company begins to turn a profit, that small business quickly becomes an employer and job creator.
Federal employment laws generally set minimum standards for employee protections, including regulation of wages and work hours. States can pass more protective laws, however, and employers in those states must comply with those measures.