It’s not easy being Market Basket. First you have a major corporate shake-up involving the controlling family who have been fighting for years. Then your workforce objects to the Board’s actions and tries to get the Board to reverse course. This dispute results in the effective shut down of many Market Basket stores. Then management decides to get tough and threatens to fire and replace employees who won’t return to work. They even organize a jobs fair. (A risky strategy and horrible PR move, in my opinion. If it fails, they have no next step.) Continue reading
On October 22, 2013, the United States District Court in Boston issued a decision discussing who is the “employer” in a multi-party employment situation. The case, Blanco v. United Comb and Novelty Corporation, involves allegations that employees were not properly paid overtime and is discussed below.
What You Need To Know. Obtaining labor through a staffing company or through a separate corporate entity will not shield you from wage and hour violations involving the people who do your company’s work. Even if a company is not technically responsible for the wage and hour violation as an employer, the company may be held responsible for aiding and abetting if it is aware that workers are not being paid their proper wages. Accordingly, a company should make sure all workers performing services for it are being properly paid under state and federal wage and hour laws.
In the case, Isidoro Blanco worked for United Comb through a staffing agency. Blanco brought suit against multiple companies alleging violation of state and federal wage laws. Continue reading