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Massachusetts – IHOP operator fined $100k for forcing wait staff to pay for meals customers skipped out on, multiple wage law violations

Via: MassLive.com
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The operator of the IHOP restaurant on Riverdale Street, West Springfield, has agreed to pay approximately $100,000 to settle allegations it violated multiple sections of the law by conduct including forcing wait staff to pay out-of-pocket for customers who ran out without paying their bills.

According to a press release from Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office, the settlement agreement requires RME Enterprises and its president and treasurer Robert Max Evans to pay back employees for a number of alleged violations that took money out of their pocket through the course of their employment.

Workers deserve to be paid all of their wages, including tips,” Coakley said in a statement. “Restaurant employees should not have to front the business costs of the restaurant out of their pay.”

When reached at his home by phone on Friday, Evans, who ran for local office as a Republican candidate in the 1990s (a Republican – who could have guessed?), declined to say anything relating to the settlement or the accusations against him and his business.

“I have no comment at all,” Evans said.

A call to IHOP’s corporate media relations spokesperson’s cell phone wasn’t returned Friday.

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The workers’ rights and wage laws were violated, with infractions including:

– Wait staff were required to pay from their tips the full meal costs of customers who left without paying their bills

– Wait staff were required to share their tips with non-wait staff

– Employees were required to pay from their wages the full meal costs of any meals for which a mistake was alleged to have been made

– Employees were required to pay from their wages for “breakages” of dishware, the amount of which was determined by the employer based on dish type

– Employees were subject to meal deductions from their wages when no meals were eaten, consent was not given generally, and at times when consent was specifically and affirmatively withheld

– Employees’ work time, and thus wages, were “shaved” to account for alleged meal break time, when meal breaks were not taken generally and at times when employees specifically and affirmatively noted they took no break

http://www.masslive.com/business-news/index.ssf/2014/01/west_springfield_ihop_operator_fined_100.html

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January 13, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Notes on Class Warfare – Krugman

Via: NYT

I’ll be saying much more on this. But for now, partly as a note to myself, some notes on the actual class war that has taken place over the past THIRTY YEARS – namely class warfare for the rich against the middle class.

1. Major tax cuts for high-income Americans, much larger as a percentage of income than for the middle class; CBO data here.

2. Decline in REAL minimum wage.

3. Union-busting, aided and abetted by federal policy.

4. Financial deregulation, which has fed inequality because very high incomes come disproportionately from that sector.

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And now shrieks of outrage over the prospect of even a slight reversal of these trends.  (Fuck ’em all!)

http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/

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Via: The State Column – September 16, 2011

Michael Bloomberg to Congress: ‘TIME to EXPECT RIOTS’

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned Congress Friday, saying members  should expect riots if the nation’s rate of unemployment remains above 9  percent.

“We have a lot of kids graduating college, can’t find jobs,” Mr. Bloomberg  said on his weekly radio show. “That’s what happened in Cairo. That’s what  happened in Madrid. You don’t want those kinds of riots here.”

Mr. Bloomberg also noted that the nation’s poverty rate, which rose to the  highest level in over a decade, was the latest indication that Congress is  failing America.

“The public is not happy,” he said. “The public knows there is something  wrong in this country, and there is. The bottom line is that they’re upset.”

Riots have hit a number of nations, including Greece and countries throughout  the Middle East, as workers continue to search for jobs. A recent Labor  Department report found the U.S. failing to add a single job in the month of  August as the rate of unemployment remained above 9 percent.

Mr. Bloomberg focused on college students, saying the next generation of  workers are lucky to find any jobs in the current economic climate. Mr.  Bloomberg noted that the ramifications of the economic crisis are likely to be  felt for years to come.

“The damage to a generation that can’t find jobs will go on for many, many  years,” the New York mayor said.

Speaking Friday, Mr. Bloomberg PRAISED President Obama’s attempts to grow the  economy, saying Congress and politics have contributed more to slow growth than  the policies put forth by the Obama administration.

“At least he’s got some ideas on the table, whether you like those or not,” Mr. Boomberg said. “Now everybody’s got to sit down and say we’re actually gonna  do something and you have to do something on BOTH the REVENUE and the EXPENSE SIDE.” (will they? highly unlikely)

Mr. Bloomberg, an independent, criticized the partisan politics of Congress,  saying the inability of Republicans and Democrats to compromise on ways to fix  the economy has eroded confidence. Mr. Bloomberg endorsed the notion of  increasing taxes, saying it was necessary for balancing the nation’s budget.

“The only way you solve this problems is that everybody pays a little more  and everybody gets a little less,” he said.

http://www.thestatecolumn.com/articles/michael-bloomberg-to-congress-time-to-expect-riots/#ixzz1YeQzQBNw

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personal thought:

I’ve always been somewhat surprised there hasn’t been a ‘middle-class’ Howard Beale screaming out the window,

“I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it this anymore!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_qgVn-Op7Q

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September 22, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment