Articles by Daniel Wiessner

Lawsuit Over Worker Safety at Smithfield’s Missouri Pork Plant Dismissed

A U.S. federal judge has dismissed a worker advocacy group’s lawsuit accusing Smithfield Foods Inc., the world’s largest pork processor, of failing to adequately protect employees from the novel coronavirus at a plant in Missouri. Smithfield is already taking many …

Trump Administration Defends Workplace Safety Record During Coronavirus Crisis

U.S. Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia on Thursday defended his department’s handling of workplace safety during the coronavirus pandemic, saying “the cop is on the beat” in response to union criticism about a lack of directives to protect workers. In a …

OSHA Inspectors to Prioritize Health Facilities Over Other Sites During Coronavirus Crisis

The U.S. agency that enforces workplace safety laws has said it will prioritize work site inspections of healthcare facilities over other “essential” businesses that remain open during the coronavirus outbreak. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said in guidance …

Estate of Walmart Employee Who Died From COVID-19 Sues for Wrongful Death

The family of a Walmart Inc. employee in Illinois who died after contracting COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus, has filed a lawsuit accusing the retail giant of failing to adequately screen and protect workers. The lawsuit filed …

Board Finalizes Rule Scaling Back Joint Employer Liability for Franchisees, Contractors

A U.S. labor board on Tuesday finalized a rule that will make it more difficult to hold companies liable for unlawful labor practices by franchisees and contractors, reversing a more worker-friendly Obama-era standard criticized by business groups. The rule by …

Employee Lawsuit Claims McDonald’s Fails to Address Sexual Harassment

Mc Donald’s Corp. was sued on Tuesday by workers in Michigan who accused the fast-food chain of allowing pervasive sexual harassment to flourish at its restaurants nationwide. The proposed class action lawsuit filed in a Michigan state court accused McDonald’s …

National Labor Board Memo Says Uber Drivers Are Contractors, Not Employees

Drivers for ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc. are independent contractors and not employees, the general counsel of a U.S. labor agency has concluded, in an advisory memo that is likely to carry significant weight in a pending case against the …

Feds Issue Proposal to Ease Franchisor Liability

By Daniel Wiessner The U.S. Department of Labor issued a proposal that would make it more difficult to prove companies are liable for the wage law violations of their contractors or franchisees, a top priority for business groups. If adopted, …

Labor Department Moves to Ease Franchisor Liability

The U.S. Department of Labor on Monday issued a proposal that would make it more difficult to prove companies are liable for the wage law violations of their contractors or franchisees, a top priority for business groups. If adopted, the …

Trump Administration Unveils Higher Threshold to Expand Overtime Pay

The U.S. Department of Labor issued a long-awaited proposal on Thursday to extend mandatory overtime pay to a million more workers, far fewer than an Obama administration rule that was struck down by a federal judge. Currently, salaried workers are …