Employees Fighting Back For Their Unpaid Overtime Wages

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), most hourly employees in this country (and a limited number of salaried employees) are entitled to an hourly wage of one and one-half times their normal hourly wage ("time and a half") for any hour worked in excess of 40 hours in a regular workweek.  While most employers honor this federally mandated right, an alarming number of employers are choosing to ignore the law altogether. I thought that "time and a half" for overtime hours worked was a standard concept understood by most employers and their employees, and so I've attributed the increase...

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More Sobriety Checkpoints on tap in St. Louis County

The St. Louis County police department has been very busy recently with increased checkpoints, and this trend will continue, according to a County PD press release.  An alarming number of drivers, including a somewhat high profile person, were arrested during checkpoints in March in Town & Country, Chesterfield and Fenton.  As usual, exact dates, times, and locations for these April checkpoints will not be released by the Department.  Be careful out there!

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SSA Announces 52 New Compassionate Allowance Conditions

In a press release sent out this afternoon, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced 52 new Compassionate Allowance conditions that are eligible for the "fast track" disability determination program.  The new conditions mainly involve neurological disorders and cancers, as well as several rare diseases.  The Compassionate Allowance program lists certain diseases and disabilities which trigger quick disability determinations so that claimants who suffer from these disabling conditions can receive their benefits "within days instead of months or years".  Certain serious diseases and disabilities so clearly meet the statutory standard for disability that the regular (and very lengthy) disability determination process...

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