Labor Dept. Rule to Curb Lawsuits by Franchise Workers

Workers could have more difficulty suing large companies for wrongdoing by contractors or franchisees under a rule announced on Sunday by the Labor Department. Under the rule, which will take effect in March, employees of a fast-food franchise like a McDonald’s restaurant, for example, may struggle to win a legal claim against the parent company if a franchisee violates minimum-wage and overtime laws. “This final rule furthers President Trump’s successful, governmentwide effort to address regulations that hinder the American economy and to promote economic growth,” Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia…

Eugene Scalia Confirmed by Senate as Labor Secretary

The Senate on Thursday confirmed Eugene Scalia, a longtime lawyer representing corporations, to be labor secretary. Mr. Scalia was chosen by President Trump in July, days after Mr. Trump’s first labor secretary, R. Alexander Acosta, announced that he would resign. He is a son of the Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, who died in 2016. The nomination was approved on a 53-to-44 vote along party lines. Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, chairman of the committee that presided over Mr. Scalia’s confirmation, summed up the Republican viewpoint. “Eugene Scalia is well…

Overtime Pay Eligibility Is Widened in New Federal Rule

In an analysis of the rule that the Labor Department proposed in March, which closely resembles the final version announced Tuesday, Ms. Shierholz estimated that the Trump rule would yield workers $300 million to $600 million per year in wage increases over the next decade. But that amount was over $1 billion per year less, on average, than the wage gains that the Obama rule would have produced, according to her estimates. Salaried workers who make more than the legal threshold can also be eligible for overtime pay if they…

New Lawsuit Against Uber Is Set to Test Its Classification of Workers

Uber insisted on Wednesday that it may not have to reclassify its drivers as employees despite a newly passed California bill that would appear to require just that. Hours later, the ride-hailing company learned it would soon get a chance to test its argument in court. A longtime legal antagonist filed a class-action suit on behalf of drivers in federal court in California on Wednesday, accusing Uber of wrongly classifying drivers under the state’s employment test. In the complaint, the lawyer, Shannon Liss-Riordan, said Uber had failed to pay its…

As Grass-Roots Labor Activism Rises, Will Unions Take Advantage?

LOS ANGELES — When a group of workers at the video-game maker Riot Games staged a three-hour walkout in May over the company’s handling of sex discrimination accusations, they had help from a labor organizer named Emma Kinema. Ms. Kinema doesn’t work for a union, but she is part of a grass-roots wave of labor activism, filling voids where traditional unions lack a presence. She volunteers for a group called Game Workers Unite while holding down a full-time job, subsidizing her endeavors by soliciting online donations. Workers in industries like…