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Houston workers who were laid off due to the pandemic must meet job search requirements for benefits

The state of Texas announced that workers in the Houston area who were unemployed due to the coronavirus pandemic would need to begin applying for jobs to continue to receive benefits.  Unemployed workers will now have to show an active…
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Houston oil field company routinely avoided wage and overtime regulations

A Houston based company that provides services to the oil industry was sued by the Department of Labor for approximately $1 million worth of unpaid wages and overtime.  Large oil services firm took measures to avoid proper payments The…
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Greenville workers at meat processing plants are at risk for catching coronavirus

A chicken processing plant in Greenville, South Carolina had to handle a situation where several workers got sick during the coronavirus pandemic. Several workers at chicken plant contract COVID-19 The House of Raeford Farms, located in…
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Montana unemployment rate grew significantly in the month following the coronavirus shutdown

Just as unemployment claims were increasing in Montana due to the coronavirus spreading across the country, the local offices closed down due to health concerns. This created issues with people applying for benefits and not receiving them until…
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Missouri Department of Labor was working to get non-traditional workers paid during coronavirus shutdowns

Workers around the country were trying to navigate a complex set of new regulations to get their unemployment benefits. As this was happening, computer systems became overwhelmed and needed to be updated due to forced business closures. Many…
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Michigan dealt with historic numbers of unemployed workers due to coronavirus closures

The shutdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic were mostly responsible for the over 200,000 unemployment claims filed in the state of Michigan during the first week of April 2020. As with many other parts of the country, residents of the state…
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Maine residents are experiencing record breaking job losses and related issues

The state of Maine experienced a historic surge in unemployment applications due to the coronavirus outbreak. Because the state government forced all non-essential businesses to close down immediately, thousands of workers tried to get their…
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Kentucky unemployment system did not have the capacity to handle the coronavirus pandemic

The state of Kentucky is only able to process approximately 13,000 unemployment claims each day as their backlog of applications grows due to the coronavirus outbreak. Those who were financially affected by the outbreak experienced significant…
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Hawaii workers were improperly forced to work through lunch breaks without pay

If a worker is required to have a break at a certain time, it is important for them to take these breaks as required. They need to be recorded properly and the employer must maintain accurate records.  The U.S. Labor Department found that…
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Houston workers should make sure all unpaid wages are settled after a recent layoff

Workers often have to fight to get all of the money that they are rightfully owed from a former employer. The civil law offers a number of ways for victims to bring unpaid wage claims against their employers.  A Houston billionaire caused…
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Louisiana rehab program forced workers to put in long hours of hard work for no pay

There are entire work programs in various parts of the country that attempt to find creative ways to avoid paying employees.  A large number of laborers in Louisiana and Texas may have been made to illegally work without compensation.  Workers…