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US Labor Department seeks to fine Bostik Inc. for $917,000 after explosion

Author: Leeds Morelli & Brown, PC

Jeffrey K Brown, Leeds Morelli & Brown, PC

In Boston, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration under U.S. Department of Labor cited Bostik Inc., manufacturer of adhesives, for 50 alleged violations of workplace safety standards. These violations were cited after an explosion at one of the company’s plants on March 13, 2011. Four workers were injured in the explosion. As a result, the adhesives manufacturer faces a total of $917,000 in proposed fines. The explosion occurred when a valve on a transfer line was unintentionally left open. Flammable acetone vapors were released as a result and were later ignited. Full article:

The US Department of Labor promotes the welfare of wage earners by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities for profitable employment, protecting their retirement and health care benefits to name a few. To carry out this mission, the Department administers a variety of Federal labor laws which guarantee workers’ the following rights: safe and healthful working conditions, a minimum hourly wage and overtime pay. Read More

If you or someone you know has been affected by a violation of labor laws or unsafe working conditions, as either an employee or day laborer, contact the lawyers at Leeds Morelli & Brown, PC, a firm with extensive experience in handling these matters. Victims of such offenses may be entitled to compensation. For more information or a consultation, contact Leeds Morelli & Brown, PC at 1-888-5-JOBLAW.

New York Employment Lawyers Settles Wage and Hour Suit

Copiague Eatery Settles Suit for $800K
Author: Leeds Morelli & Brown, PC

Mama’s Pizzeria and Restaurant, located in Copiague, has agreed to pay $800,000 to settle a U.S. Labor Department lawsuit. The lawsuit claims that the restaurant willfully failed to pay 40 current and former employees minimum wage and overtime.

The lawsuit was filed in 2009 after an investigation by the Labor Department’s Westbury office found that the restaurant’s workers often worked 70 to 80 hours a week without overtime. Without the overtime, this pushed the worker’s hourly wages below federal minimum-wage rates. The lawsuit claimed workers were paid between $5.15 an hour to $6.55 an hour. The famous pizzeria will be paying $390,000 back wages to the employees as well as $390,000 in damages. Newsday full article .

New York’s General Industry Minimum Wage Act states that all employees in New York State, including most domestic workers, must be paid at least $7.25 per hour. The basic rate may be modified by certain requirements set under regulations known as “wage orders.” These provisions of the minimum wage law cover jobs in the restaurant, hotel, and building service industry, and miscellaneous industries and occupations. They set an hourly rate plus overtime and allowances in four General Industry Wage Orders, based on meals and lodging supplied by an employer. Some industries make allowances for tips; thus they set a lower hourly rate. For example, food service workers may earn $4.65 per hour because their total compensation includes expected tips. When required uniforms are maintained by the worker, certain allowances also apply. Other service workers have a minimum rate of $5.50 per hour. There are also allowances for meals and lodging supplied by an employer.

Leeds Morelli & Brown, PC is a nationally recognized firm in the area of employment law. Our firm has had considerable success in matters of employment discrimination throughout Long Island and the New York City area. For more information, contact Leeds Morelli & Brown, PC, at 1-800-585-4658 for a free consultation.