Category: Michael Harper

Low Income Managers May Start Getting Paid for Overtime

February 19th, 2015 in 2015, Boston.com, Michael Harper, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Michael Harper, School of Law

If a manager at a fast food chain or a large retailer in the U.S. works well over 40 hours a week, he or she may never see a cent of overtime pay…

Expert quote:

“When the Fair Labor Standards Act passed, the overtime model was more for manufacturing and construction, where the white collar worker was more likely to not be in need of the protection as much as many white collar workers are today in the expanded service and retail industries.”

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Bloomberg Law: Suit Claims NCAA Violated the FLSA (Audio)

October 28th, 2014 in 2014, Bloomberg, Michael Harper, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Michael Harper, School of Law

Paul Secunda, a professor at Marquette University Law School, and Michael Harper, a professor at Boston University School of Law, discuss the latest lawsuit targeting the NCAA, alleging that Division I schools violated the Fair Labor Standards Act

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Engineers’ Union Files Charges Against Boeing, Alleges Age Discrimination

July 25th, 2014 in 2014, Michael Harper, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Michael Harper, School of Law

The union representing Boeing engineers has filed age-discrimination charges against the company with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Washington State Human Rights Commission…

Expert quote:

“It involves a lot of people, it’s a prominent corporation, it has visibility. And cases with visibility help, I think, the general enforcement of the act.”

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Supreme Court: Unions can’t make nonmember home health workers pay fees

June 30th, 2014 in 2014, Michael Harper, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Michael Harper, School of Law

U.S. Supreme Court decision handed down Monday struck a blow to unions’ efforts to organize home health workers…

Expert quote:

“There are at least five people on the Supreme Court who are totally hostile to unions. This is a way, in this particular case, to undermine this particular union because they can’t be as strong in their bargaining for the relatively poorly paid healthcare workers if they don’t have that agency fee.”

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NBA moves to expel Clippers owner from basketball for racist remarks

April 30th, 2014 in 2014, Michael Harper, Newsmakers, Reuters, School of Law 0 comments

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Michael Harper, School of Law

Now that the NBA has banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling from pro basketball for life over racist comments the league says he acknowledged making, it’s up to fellow team owners to back an unprecedented move to force a sale of his franchise…

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Harper on McDonalds Employment Lawsuits

March 18th, 2014 in 2014, Bloomberg, Michael Harper, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Michael Harper, School of Law

Michael C. Harper, professor of law at Boston University, discusses McDonalds Corp. being sued by workers who claim they are being idled without pay for minutes and hours at work when demand slackens, in violation of U.S. and state labor laws…

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This lawsuit threatens to end Walmart’s exploitative ways

February 7th, 2014 in 2014, Michael Harper, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Michael Harper, School of Management

Last week President Obama urged businesses to “give America a raise.” But even if the minimum wage were raised, it wouldn’t necessarily help a huge class of low-wage employees. That’s because firms like Walmart don’t directly employ the workers hauling or selling their goods…

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Unpaid internships spawn suits. Are they on their way out?

June 19th, 2013 in 2013, Christian Science Monitor, Michael Harper, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Michael Harper, School of Law

Working full-time on the set of the Fox Searchlight film “Black Swan” in 2010, Eric Glatt slogged through a long list of menial tasks. He made coffee and photocopied scripts, wrote invoices, organized file cabinets, and ran errands for the films producers…

Expert quote:

“The law hasn’t shifted, but attention to it has increased. This encourages more lawyers to bring cases and to say, ‘These people are being taken advantage of. They’re not being paid for doing productive work.’ ”

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Unpaid No More: Interns Win Major Court Battle

June 14th, 2013 in 2013, Michael Harper, Newsmakers, NPR, School of Law 0 comments

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Michael Harper, School of Law

A federal court in New York has ruled that a group of interns at Fox Searchlight Pictures should have been paid for their work on the movie Black Swan

Expert quote:

“If you were poor you wouldn’t have had that opportunity, so another thing these laws do is provide more equality in the workplace.”

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Is your workplace ageist?

March 25th, 2013 in 2013, Chicago Tribune, Michael Harper, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Michael Harper, School of Law

Suppose I’m a business – and what a handsome business I’d be! – that’s interviewing people for a job opening…

Expert quote:

“I’m not criticizing any employer for trying to make money or for being rational. But we need enforceable regulations, because it’s a collective action for our society. The society’s interest is not in all cased served by what’s rational for the individual employers.”

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