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Employees Urged to Seek Wage Rights
Wall Street Journal ^ | 4/6/2010 | Staff

Posted on 04/06/2010 1:33:18 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA

The Labor Department is encouraging low-wage and immigrant workers to turn in employers who are shortchanging their pay, as part of an expanding effort to enforce wage and hour rules.

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis launched a campaign last week called "We Can Help," asking workers in industries from construction to food services to notify the agency of suspected wage and hour violations.

The agency is also relying on tips from worker advocacy groups, widening efforts by the Obama administration to enlist activist groups to help with enforcement in a range of sectors from toy safety to distracted driving.

However, business groups are expressing concern that the Labor Department's effort will generate unfounded complaints.

Ms. Solis, a Hispanic-American, has signaled from early in her tenure that stepping up enforcement of wage and hour rules would be a high priority. The Labor Department's wage and hour division recently hired more than 250 additional investigators—an increase of one third—and is rolling out a publicity campaign that includes bilingual public-service announcements in Spanish and English.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
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WTF?????
1 posted on 04/06/2010 1:33:18 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA
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To: Red in Blue PA

But do not, under any circumstances, check to see if the workers are here illegally. What a country!


2 posted on 04/06/2010 1:34:38 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Red in Blue PA

The full scale assault on Americans has begun.


3 posted on 04/06/2010 1:34:39 PM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Actually, a good idea.

Reduces incentive for scumbag employers to hire illegals over citizens.


4 posted on 04/06/2010 1:34:49 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Red in Blue PA

If a company broke the law and knowingly hired illegals in order to save a buck, then it fully deserves to get screwed over like this.


5 posted on 04/06/2010 1:35:07 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: pnh102

Will the firms who did this also get slapped for hiring illegals in the first place?


6 posted on 04/06/2010 1:37:12 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Sherman Logan

The trouble is that the penalties for wage-hour are chicken feed compared to those for EEO.


7 posted on 04/06/2010 1:38:03 PM PDT by steve8714 (If Lindsay Graham is a conservative, I am not..)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Wouldn’t it be great if this was just a ruse to identify illegals and their lawbreaking employers ?


8 posted on 04/06/2010 1:38:54 PM PDT by Mark319 (A society that accepts killing the unborn will eventually accept killing the sick and elderly...)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Well, if you employed illegals, you knew you were taking your chances.

Screw all such employers. They are the entities making staying here so attractive, and are protecting these same illegals in other ways to cover themselves.

Good riddance.


9 posted on 04/06/2010 1:38:54 PM PDT by ConservativeMind (Hypocrisy: "Animal rightists" who eat meat & pen up pets while accusing hog farmers of cruelty.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I say give them the back wages but mail them to their addresses in Mexico.


10 posted on 04/06/2010 1:39:48 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Red in Blue PA

And if I seek American Rights I am a racist?


11 posted on 04/06/2010 1:40:00 PM PDT by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

All illegals need to be deported or imprisoned, the border sealed, and all who try to sneak back in should receive an armed response from our government, who is supposed to be protecting us from this invasion.


12 posted on 04/06/2010 1:40:32 PM PDT by thethirddegree
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To: All

employers have learned to 1099 the employee for every penny after the settlement.

What the lawyer does not take the IRS does.

The employee remains peniless.


13 posted on 04/06/2010 1:40:33 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Sherman Logan

Ding


14 posted on 04/06/2010 1:40:37 PM PDT by lakeman (,)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Will the firms who did this also get slapped for hiring illegals in the first place?

It would be good if they did. These companies should be fined for all of the costs imposed on government by illegals. These companies are all guilty of shifting part of their labor costs onto the taxpayers. I'd make them pay for all of the "free" schooling, health care, welfare, housing assistance, etc. that these illegals cost us, and then a very hefty penalty on top of that. Suck it out of the company owners' personal bank accounts if you have to.

I would dare say half the problem of illegals is caused by all these companies that want to hire them. Get rid of the demand for illegals and that will make some dent in the supply of illegals.

15 posted on 04/06/2010 1:41:53 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: cripplecreek
I say give them the back wages but mail them to their addresses in Mexico.

Good luck with that.
16 posted on 04/06/2010 1:41:58 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Thinking of using 911 for protection? Google "Brittany Zimmerman")
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To: Marty62

So true, we have but a short time to regain this nation.


17 posted on 04/06/2010 1:42:41 PM PDT by yield 2 the right
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To: Red in Blue PA

Is there a single industry left in this country that the Obama administration hasn’t set out to destroy?


18 posted on 04/06/2010 1:43:56 PM PDT by Spok (Free Range Republican)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Yes, yes, come forth “immigrant” workers.
Report your employers.
They’re the ones keeping your illegal alien butts here.


19 posted on 04/06/2010 1:44:08 PM PDT by onyx (Facts don't matter. Proof not required. Anything goes! Racial slurs, death threats.....)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Sure! What the hell? Might as well.


20 posted on 04/06/2010 1:45:52 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Spok
Is there a single industry left in this country that the Obama administration hasn’t set out to destroy?

The illegal labor market seems pretty safe for now.
21 posted on 04/06/2010 1:47:55 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Will the firms who did this also get slapped for hiring illegals in the first place?

Never mind the employees wages. They're lucky to get paid at all. They don't belong here anyway. The employers are working against the people of their own country, and I think they should pay a heavy price for it.

No hiring illegals. Stop the incentives. Stop the invasion.

22 posted on 04/06/2010 1:50:15 PM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: concerned about politics

Unfortunately I suspect the SEIU is waiting in the wings to make sure the illegals won’t feel any pain or even lose their jobs.


23 posted on 04/06/2010 1:51:33 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: pnh102

how about carve out an exception to retaliation.

reporting an illegal alien is not retaliation.


24 posted on 04/06/2010 1:51:47 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Starting from 4 months ago or so, in San Francisco illegals pulled over and found not to have a driver’s license are given a mobile cell phone call to a friend, and then 30 minutes of waiting time for a friend to come and drive their car away.

All others must submit to TOWING —something that costs about $400 (a year ago).

This is special treament.

I also heard that after Cinqo de Mayo, there will be no sobriety checkpoints in the Mission District cuz of allegations of “ethnic targeting”. 2 years ago about HALF of all drivers were completely drunk, and it was pandimonium (at night).

After the word gets out I shudder to contemplate what it will be like this year...


25 posted on 04/06/2010 1:51:58 PM PDT by TokuMei
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To: Marty62
The full scale assault on Americans has begun.

If these employers are hiring illegal aliens and paying them less than they would otherwise pay an American Citizen for the same work, then I frankly am all for the government going after them and closing them down.

26 posted on 04/06/2010 1:53:19 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: TokuMei; All
Starting from 4 months ago or so, in San Francisco illegals pulled over and found not to have a driver’s license are given a mobile cell phone call to a friend, and then 30 minutes of waiting time for a friend to come and drive their car away. All others must submit to TOWING —something that costs about $400 (a year ago). This is special treament.

Indeed it is.

Absolutely disgusting what this nation has come to. Can we ever get this ship righted or is too much damage done? Sadly, I think the latter is now true.
27 posted on 04/06/2010 1:53:51 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Thinking of using 911 for protection? Google "Brittany Zimmerman")
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To: P-Marlowe; All
then I frankly am all for the government going after them and closing them down.

They aren't closing them down, they are fighting on behalf of people who are here illegally taking the jobs of Americans.

Does anyone doubt a full scale amnesty is next? Soon Americans will be prosecuted for speaking out against illegals.
28 posted on 04/06/2010 1:55:20 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Thinking of using 911 for protection? Google "Brittany Zimmerman")
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To: Red in Blue PA
On the one hand, if the employers are illegally underpaying their employees, they should have to pay... And should be penalized in they've hired illegal aliens. And said illegal aliens that file the suits should then be arrested and deported.

Mark

29 posted on 04/06/2010 1:55:22 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Red in Blue PA

minimum wage for illegal immigrants! LOL.


30 posted on 04/06/2010 1:55:59 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Last fall some 1200 illegal janitors working in Minneapolis were busted. The SEIU stepped in and made sure there was no real punishment for the illegals but I bet the companies that hired them are hurting today.


31 posted on 04/06/2010 1:58:57 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: mountainlion
And if I seek American Rights I am a racist?

No, that would make you a 'nativist'. Maybe a 'nationalist'.

:-)

But, trust liberals not to pay much attention. Words don't mean anything, anymore.

32 posted on 04/06/2010 1:59:20 PM PDT by wbill
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To: Red in Blue PA

Did Obama meet with his black ministers yet? There’s not much that the black and Hispanic constituencies would agree on for immigration—but not having underpaid illegals undercut low-skill black workers on wages might be one of them.


33 posted on 04/06/2010 1:59:36 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: cripplecreek

Yup. One sided justice from the obama administration.


34 posted on 04/06/2010 2:00:02 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Thinking of using 911 for protection? Google "Brittany Zimmerman")
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To: Red in Blue PA; Marty62

A new front has been opened in the class warfare struggle.

Cloven-piven.

BTW did you hear about the restrictive conditions that prevent us from using nukes>

Cloven-piven

same with “the tea party is R”

A treaty with Putin next week.

Last week it was dissing bibi.

And dont forget “the WH scolds Karzai.”

Now, it’s pitting illegals vs business owners.

Health care is moving off center stage. But keep manufacturing “crises”.

We are in the midst of events being orchestrated according to Cloven=Piven.

Stay steady.


35 posted on 04/06/2010 2:00:03 PM PDT by Canedawg (I'm not diggin' this tyranny thing.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
If employers can't hire illegals at substandard wages, they won't hire them at all. It simply wouldn't be worth it any more.

Course maybe that's a good thing.

36 posted on 04/06/2010 2:00:07 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
The illegals had better be careful on this one. If they start using our laws int he way that many of our fellow citizens do they will be become just as unemployed.

Working off the books is a logical extension of being here illegally but working off the books and employing people off the books is a time honored practice by citizens as well. It is not a practice confined to illegals.

With all of the new entitlements and entitlement expansions, not to mention taxes, the incentive to go underground has increased dramatically.

37 posted on 04/06/2010 2:03:44 PM PDT by FreedomNotSafety
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To: TokuMei

Do you really think illegals will turn in there empoyers? If they do this who is going to hire them??
I say sent illegals home and put employeers in jail for hiring in first place the Government knows who these employer are don’t kid yourself.


38 posted on 04/06/2010 2:05:35 PM PDT by ducks1944 (GOD Bless the USA .)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Why is this a bad idea? It exposes the employers who are hiring illegal immigrants (which IS illegal) and paying them below minimum wage (also illegal).

Unless I’ve read it wrong....This is simply following laws already on the books.


39 posted on 04/06/2010 2:07:15 PM PDT by jerry557
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To: ducks1944
Do you really think illegals will turn in there empoyers?

Yes. They have the backing of the SEIU and will very likely end up making even more money.
40 posted on 04/06/2010 2:07:35 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: FreedomNotSafety
I heard that the regime also wants to do a away with unpaid Interns per the Mike Gallagher show today. So a College student earning college credits and learning the ropes at say a broadcast studio must be paid. I'm sure the regime will also dictate the amount of pay.
41 posted on 04/06/2010 2:08:36 PM PDT by DAC21
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To: Sherman Logan

Maybe we should suggest to Obama that the illegals are being exploited and they should have to pay illegals 10x as much a legal workers....

Might just work....


42 posted on 04/06/2010 2:09:48 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: pnh102

Sounds like a plan to me.


43 posted on 04/06/2010 2:12:25 PM PDT by greatplains
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To: jerry557

It also gives rights to people who are here ILLEGALLY.


44 posted on 04/06/2010 2:16:58 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Thinking of using 911 for protection? Google "Brittany Zimmerman")
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To: DAC21

That’s been talked about for awhile. Nothing new.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/03/business/03intern.html


45 posted on 04/06/2010 2:26:23 PM PDT by jerry557
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To: Sherman Logan

It also gives the demorats an HUGE data base of those that they can call on to register to vote after President Odumbo issues and executive order that gives ALL workers citizen status.

Think I am a little off?

Did you think that we would unilaterally disarm ourselves of our nuclear deterrence, AFTER 11 September 2001?


46 posted on 04/06/2010 2:28:56 PM PDT by Mr. Jazzy ("I AM JIM THOMPSON and moderates make me PUKE!!!")
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To: Red in Blue PA

They shouldnt even be hired by anyone! They are illegal aliens. They arnt supposed to be here. Employers hiring them for below minimum wage instead of hiring unemployed Americans looking for a job should be punished.


47 posted on 04/06/2010 2:31:27 PM PDT by jerry557
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To: Red in Blue PA

Federal Government to Day Laborers “WE’RE HERE TO HELP”
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2485022/posts


48 posted on 04/06/2010 2:32:10 PM PDT by Kimberly GG ("Path to Citizenship" Amnesty candidates will NOT get my vote!)
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To: Mark319

That’s how *I’d* use it if I were in charge...but I’m not. ;-)


49 posted on 04/06/2010 2:48:42 PM PDT by RockinRight (Obama Logic: Global Warming causes blizzards, and deficit spending balances budgets.)
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To: Spok
Is there a single industry left in this country that the Obama administration hasn’t set out to destroy?

Lawyers, I haven't seen any "Will sue for food" signs, yet.

50 posted on 04/06/2010 2:49:27 PM PDT by magslinger (Cry MALAISE! and let slip the dogs of incompetence.)
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