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Typically refers to an employee who is covered by overtime rules and other provisions of federal and state wage-and-hour laws.
An act that raised the federally mandated minimum wage in three increments, eventually fixing the rate at $7.25 per hour in July 2009. The Act amended the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.
An attempt to amend the U.S. Constitution to guarantee equal rights between the sexes. More commonly called the ERA, this proposed amendment expired in 1982 and was never ratified.
Also known as the Stimulus Package or Recovery Act, a federal law intended to jumpstart the struggling economy by creating new jobs and saving existing ones, spurring investment, and fostering accountability and transparency in government spending. The package contained extensive funding for science, engineering research, and infrastructure, and smaller amounts for education, social sciences, and the arts. The Act has its own website, www.recovery.gov.
A U.S. Supreme Court case in which the Court ruled that the 1964 Civil Rights Act provisions for affirmative action programs to encourage minority hiring for jobs in which the minorities were previously underrepresented were constitutional.
U.S. Supreme Court decision in which a state law setting a maximum number of working hours for women was upheld, with future Justice Louis D. Brandeis arguing for the state.
A legal claim that an employee has been illegally fired for reasons that most people would find morally or ethically repugnant. In many states, for example, an employee can sue for wrongful termination in violation of public policy after being fired for (1) exercising a legal right, such as voting, (2) refusing to do something illegal, such as submitting false tax returns or lying on reports the employer is required to submit to the government, or (3) reporting illegal conduct.