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Wayfair CEO Tries to Inspire With Message on 'Laziness'

Niraj Shah encourages employees to work longer hours: 'Winning requires hard work'

(Newser) - If you're a Wayfair employee and hoping that 2024 will bring a more relaxed workplace, think again. In a recent email to workers, CEO Niraj Shah delivered what The Street calls a "harsh wake-up call" that involved pushback against slacking. "Working long hours, being responsive, blending work...

Biden Proposal Would Expand Overtime to Millions More

White House proposal would require overtime for workers who make less than $55K a year

(Newser) - The Biden administration will propose a new rule Wednesday that would make 3.6 million more US workers eligible for overtime pay, reviving an Obama-era policy effort that was ultimately scuttled in court. The new rule, shared with the AP ahead of the announcement, would require employers to pay overtime...

NFL Owners Vote to Change Playoff OT Rules

Both sides now guaranteed to get the ball in overtime

(Newser) - It took a few years, and for many fans that probably was too long. Still, the NFL has heard the cries of "unfair" and has adjusted its overtime rules. Only for the postseason, though. The league is changing the sometimes controversial overtime rules to guarantee each side gets the...

A Game for the Ages Sparks Call for Rule Change
A Game
for the Ages
Sparks Call
for Rule Change

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A Game for the Ages Sparks Call for Rule Change

Chiefs beat the Bills in OT, and Buffalo didn't get a chance to touch the ball

(Newser) - All four NFL playoff games over the weekend were decided on the final play, but it's how the last game finished that has a lot of sportswriters agitated. The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Buffalo Bills 42-36 in overtime, and critics say the league's OT rules badly need...

LA Firefighter Racks Up $360K in Overtime in One Year

Audit finds 18 members of LAFD made more than $200K in overtime

(Newser) - A Los Angeles firefighter racked up an eye-popping amount of overtime pay last fiscal year, per an audit released Wednesday: $360,010. In fact, the audit by City Controller Ron Galperin reveals, more than 90% of sworn police and fire employees in the city got overtime (an average of $27,...

His Salary Was $55K. His Overtime Pay Was $256,177
Rail Worker With $55K Salary
Makes $311K in One Year
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Rail Worker With $55K Salary Makes $311K in One Year

MTA investigating overtime abuse at Long Island Rail Road

(Newser) - A rail track maintenance worker with a base salary of $54,985 made more than 5 times that amount in 2018, working the equivalent of 16 hours a day for all 365 days of the year. The New York Post highlights the case of Marco Pazmino of Long Island Rail...

'Pushed to the Limit': 23-Year-Old's Death Blamed on Overwork

Japan's labor standard office certifies another karoshi victim

(Newser) - The Japan labor standard office has determined that the suicide of a 23-year-old man who worked at Tokyo's new Olympic stadium construction site stemmed from overwork, and therefore his family was eligible for government compensation, the AP reports. Hiroshi Kawahito, a lawyer representing the victim's family, said on...

Japanese Woman Dies After Working Almost Nonstop for Month

2013 death of reporter Miwa Sado only now getting attention

(Newser) - Japanese reporter Miwa Sado averaged five hours of overtime per day during a month in the summer of 2013 while covering Tokyo metropolitan government elections as well as a national House of Councillors election. It all proved too much. Sado, a 31-year-old who worked for public broadcaster NHK, died of...

1K Secret Service Agents Have Maxed Out on Hours

Well, paid hours, that is

(Newser) - The Secret Service's motto is "Worthy of Trust and Confidence." A new report from USA Today suggests agents might want to petition for the addition of "and Being Paid in Full" to the end of that. The agency's director tells the paper that more than...

Drivers Win Overtime Appeal Thanks to Missing Punctuation
Dairy Drivers in Maine Are
Celebrating a Missing Comma

Dairy Drivers in Maine Are Celebrating a Missing Comma

Court rules in their favor in labor dispute that came down to lack of punctuation

(Newser) - For instilling in us a love of language, we offer a shout-out to our English teachers, William Safire and Mary Norris . In that sentence, we're trying to thank our teachers plus those two grammar gurus. If you didn't read it that way, witness the importance of the Oxford...

Janitor Making $270K Spends Lots of Time in a Closet: Probe
Janitor Making $270K Spends
Lots of Time in a Closet: Probe
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Janitor Making $270K Spends Lots of Time in a Closet: Probe

BART reps scrambling to explain how Liang Zhao Zhang pulled in so much in 2015

(Newser) - There's quite a difference between making $58,000 a year and $270,000, and that huge gap is why some are now poking around to see how a San Francisco janitor has been pulling in the latter . The San Francisco Chronicle reports on Liang Zhao Zhang, who cleans the...

Court Blocks Overtime Expansion Pay Rule for 4M

Overtime protections would have applied to workers making up to $47K

(Newser) - A federal court on Tuesday blocked implementation of a rule imposed by President Obama's administration that would have made an estimated 4 million more higher-earning workers across the country eligible for overtime pay starting Dec. 1, the AP reports. The Texas court granted the nationwide preliminary injunction that prevents...

SF Train Station Janitor Paid $58K Actually Made $270K
SF Train Station
Janitor Paid $58K
Actually Made $270K

SF Train Station Janitor Paid $58K Actually Made $270K

Liang Zhao Zhang picked up a lot of overtime

(Newser) - Looking to make the big bucks? Try being a janitor and apparently not having a life. A San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit janitor raked in about $271,000 in pay and benefits last year—almost five times his base salary of $57,945, reports NBC Bay Area —after...

Papa John's Franchisee Gets Jail for Dodging Overtime

NYC owner also to cough up more than $500K in back pay, damages, penalties

(Newser) - A Papa John's owner tried to make a buck off his employees' backs, and now he's paying big time. Abdul Jamil Khokhar, who owns nine of the chain's restaurants in the NYC area along with BMY Foods, has pleaded guilty to not paying the correct minimum wage...

Obama Wants 5M More Americans to Get Overtime

His proposal would more than double current salary threshold to $50,440

(Newser) - "Right now, too many Americans are working long days for less pay than they deserve." Those are President Obama's words in a Huffington Post op-ed about a proposal he predicts would help up to 5 million workers in 2016: increasing the overtime salary threshold from $23,660...

It's Time for More of Us to Get Overtime Pay
 It's Time for More of Us
to Get Overtime Pay

It's Time for More of Us to Get Overtime Pay

It would help with this generation's financial difficulties: Nick Hanauer

(Newser) - If you feel like you're working harder and longer than your parents did, yet not doing as well as they did, Nick Hanauer points to one reason why: overtime pay. "Your parents got a lot of it, and you don't," writes the Seattle-based entrepreneur on Politico...

Prison Nurse Hit NY for $630K in Overtime

'Bionic' worker often put in 16+-hour days, highlighting gov't waste

(Newser) - There's working hard, and then there's this: A nurse at a women's prison zapped the state of New York for some $630,000 in overtime in less than five years, according to the Journal News . Mercy Mathew, a 62-year-old RN who has since quit—presumably for a...

'Wage Theft' Lawsuits Are on the Rise

Workers say they're not getting their wages

(Newser) - More US workers are joining wage-theft lawsuits that accuse their bosses of failing to pay their proper hours or wages, the New York Times reports. "Sometimes I’d work 60, even 90 days in a row," said a Mexican immigrant who joined a lawsuit against the Schneider trucking...

Obama Goes It Alone to Expand Overtime Pay

Aims to limit exemption for 'executive or professional' workers

(Newser) - President Obama is acting to ensure overtime for millions of workers who may currently be working the hours without getting the pay. As it stands, workers ranging from fast-food managers to computer experts may be labeled "executive or professional" by their employers; that designation lets their bosses avoid paying...

Overtime Rules Long Overdue for a Reality Check
Overtime Rules Long Overdue for a Reality Check

Overtime Rules Long Overdue for a Reality Check

Obama should raise out-of-date threshold, says op-ed writer

(Newser) - The requirement that most workers who go beyond 40 hours a week get time-and-a-half pay as a reward has been a great one since its inception in 1938, writes Ross Eisenbrey in the New York Times . But the current guidelines for salaried workers, as opposed to hourly ones, are way...

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