Employees in Michigan who are covered by Fair Labor Standards Act are entitled to minimum wages and overtime payments as prescribed in the act. The FLSA has been enacted to prescribe minimum wages, overtime pay, record-keeping procedures and child labor standards applicable to both full-time and part-time workers in private, as well as government sectors. Wage and Hour Division of Department of Labor along with U.S. Office of Personnel Management enforces FLSA for various categories of workers.
Men and women work hard to build this prosperous nation, and each one of them deserves a fair share of the profits from the companies they dedicate their lives to help succeed. Establishing minimum wage and overtime payment are basic employee rights that fall under the Fair Labor Standards Act. On May 27, 2014, Michigan's governor signed legislation that would increase the minimum wage rate in the state to $9.25 per hour by the year 2018.
Michigan baseball fans may have heard about a recent lawsuit filed against three Major League Baseball teams. In Feb. 2014, three minor league baseball players were in the process of bringing a combined lawsuit against the Marlins, the Giants, the Royals and the commissioner of Major League Baseball for claims that they were paid less than minimum wage for their services. The three baseball players say they received between $3,000 and $7,500 for full seasons of service, during which they worked over 50 hours a week. They claim they were paid less than minimum wage for the total amount of time they worked.
A Michigan court upheld a controversial right-to-work law that bans union fees as a condition of employment in the state. Employee rights were cited as the reason, but Michigan's heavily unionized work force saw the decision as a political strike against labor unions. The judges split 2-1 on the legality of the measure, a law that saw protests by thousands of union workers at the Capitol.
Earlier on this blog, we told Detroit readers about how two unpaid interns who had worked on the set of Natalie Portman's Oscar-winning film "The Black Swan" had sued Fox Searchlight, alleging that their internship program violated wage and hour laws.