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Tennessee Legislators Consider Changes to State Lunch Break Laws

by Staff Blogger | January 22nd, 2014

January 22, 2014

One of the most important tools in keeping United States workers safe while on-the-job is ensuring employees are not overworked and get plenty of rest. The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Ponce Law explain this is precisely why controversy is swirling around a proposed change to Tennessee employment law.

According to a story from WBIR 10 News, a bill being considered by state legislators would allow for employees who work a shift longer than six hours to waive their right to a 30-minute lunch break that is currently required by law. Last year, a law was passed that exempted employees who work for tips, such as wait staff and bartenders, to forgo the break.

Those in favor of the change say it could improve worker morale by giving employees more options, such as getting off 30-minutes early. Opponents of the reform say it not only puts workers at a greater danger of injury due to mistakes that are made because of a lack of a break, but also opens the doors for employers to find ways to force workers into skipping breaks. Such requirements could also lead to Tennessee Wage Disputes.

Debate in the matter is expected to continue through the current legislative session.

The attorneys with Michael D. Ponce & Associates encourage citizens to share their opinions with their state congressmen.

Lawsuit Filed Against Local University Alleges Unfair Hiring Practices

by Staff Blogger | November 27th, 2013

November 27, 2013

The law requires companies to meet certain standards when it comes to taking care of their employees. These standards often include minimum pay requirements and carrying insurance for injured workers. Failure to meet these requirements can result in stiff penalties.

The Nashville Employment Dispute Lawyers with Ponce Law explain the Mid-South Carpenters Regional Council has filed a lawsuit against Middle Tennessee State University, alleging contractors the school is using on its campus are not meeting certain employment standards.

According to an article from Sidelines, Turner Construction is hiring workers using 1099 forms, which categorizes them as subcontractors and not employees. However, the company is paying workers set wages and giving them schedules without paying benefits or taxes as an employer.

Victor White, the Director of Organizing for the Mid-South Carpenters Regional Council, states he has taken his message to numerous organizations that manage the school and it’s campus. MTSU officials have denied any wrongdoing though, stating they are recipients of the company’s work and have no control over hiring practices.

Michael D. Ponce & Associates’ team of Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers is aware of the numerous complications that can arise during an employment dispute. That is why the firm suggests speaking with an attorney regarding your legal rights if you have been harmed by an employer’s hiring practices.

Tennessee Workers Reach Settlement With Employer Regarding Wage Dispute

by Staff Blogger | October 18th, 2013

October 18, 2013

Employers have a legal responsibility to pay workers for the time that they work. However, disputes can sometimes arise between employees and company owners regarding pay. The Nashville Wage Dispute Lawyers with Ponce Law point out that hundreds of Amazon.com employees in Tennessee recently settled a lawsuit, in which they claimed they should be paid for the time they spend going through routine security checks.

According to an article from WTVR 6 News, warehouse employees are required to go through metal detectors prior to leaving the facility in order to prevent theft by workers. If the detectors go off, the employee is required to allow security to go through their personal belongings. Workers state the process can sometimes take up to 20 minutes to complete. This can make taking a break extremely difficult, considering workers are only allowed a single, unpaid 30 minute break for lunch per day.

In an effort to resolve the complaints, the company has offered reimbursements to workers for anywhere between several hundred and several thousand dollars, depending on how long the plaintiffs had worked at the warehouse.

The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Michael D. Ponce & Associates are aware of how complex employment disputes can become and are hopeful the decision that was reached in the recent case brings a sense of closure to the incident for the victims.