Tennessee Wage Disputes

Nashville Construction Workers Go on Strike for Better Treatment

by Staff Blogger | July 27th, 2015

Officials estimate that by 2035, Nashville will have as many as 2.6 million residents. This would make the city larger than Denver, Colorado, is today.

With so many people expected to flock to the region, it’s no surprise that the construction industry is booming in Nashville. Unfortunately, many construction companies do not provide workers with fair wages and worksites can be dangerous. The Nashville employment lawyers at Ponce Law explain these issues can lead to disputes between workers and employers.

In fact, a group of eight Tennessee construction workers recently went on strike to bring attention to the low wages they receive and the risks they face. WKRN News issued a press release from the group that highlighted specific instances where their employer had mistreated the striking workers.

The owners of the construction companies in question have denied any wrongdoing, and the workers say they will stay on strike as long as it takes to see a change.

At Ponce Law, we believe in protecting the rights of Middle Tennessee’s workers. That’s why our Nashville personal injury attorneys are hopeful a resolution in the matter can be reached soon.

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.