Labor Law Firm Launches Overtime Test
Do you deserve overtime pay? Find out.
Higgins Law Firm introduces an application that lets managers, professionals, salaried and hourly employees find out about their right to overtime pay. The app was created in response to a growing number of claims for overtime pay.
Anyone who works more than 40 hours a week has a potential claim for overtime compensation. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) governs who can and cannot make a claim for overtime pay.
Overtime claims are up and a number of class actions have been filed for groups of workers that have been wrongly denied pay--usually time and a half. Those workers include stock brokers, pharmacuetical representatives and other mangers, professionals and sales people.
Higgins Law Firm reviews overtime cases nationwide and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an organization that recognizes trial lawyers who have been personally responsible for recovering more than a million dollars for a single client in a single case. Jim Higgins, the founder of the firm, and his staff of attorneys and paralegals, never represent employers and never charge an attorney fee unless they recover money for an employee.
Chattanooga Employment Lawyer Files Suit
DATELINE: CHATTANOOGA The Higgins Law Firm has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a disabled Florida man who was denied access to a factory outlet shopping mall in East Tennessee. The American's with Disabilities Act requires that businesses and governments make their facilities available to all people, including those with physical limitations.
This means curb cuts, handrails, signage, ramps and other reasonable accommodations. Having a sufficient number of accessible parking spaces is one example of an ADA requirement. "Businesses don't have a choice about accessibility," claims Attorney Jim Higgins who represents disabled individuals in this and other claims, "they must take disabled folks into account when designing access to buildings." To Learn more about the ADA and the Firm's ADA practice Click here.
Media Starts to Track Overtime Stories
Jim Higgins, the founder of the Higgins Firm is shown here before an interview about overtime abuse. Nationally, in Chattanooga and throughout Northwest Georgia, claims for overtime pay are up as the economy picks up while unemployment remains a persistent problem. FDR confronted the same issue during the Great Depression and created the Fair Labor Standards Act in response. Most employees are guaranteed the right to extra pay if they work more than 40 hours in a week. There are exceptions—of course—and then there are exceptions to the exceptions. If you call (423) 954-0040 someone will help you sort through the sometimes complicated world of overtime rights.
Believe It or Not: Pregancy Discrimination Happens Everywhere
Every day, pregnant women are faced with conscious and unconscious negative bias regarding their capacity to work, their reliability and their dedication to their careers. Pregnant women suffer exclusion from workgroups and training opportunities, reduced expectations, obstacles to accessing benefits and may even be denied employment altogether. In the midst of celebrating a joyous new addition to your life, it can feel extremely overwhelming and saddening to be the victim of pregnancy discrimination. It is outrageous to realize that pregnancy discrimination happens every day and everywhere. Thankfully, there are laws in place to protect you as the victim of this kind of discrimination. Last year, after attending a national conference on employment law, the employment lawyers at Higgins Firm elected to make pregnancy discrimination their highest priority.
FMLA: The Right to Care for Yourself and Your Family
Signed into law by President Clinton in his first term, the FMLA became law on August 5, 1993. This important law established requirements for employers to provide protected leave for employees who might have lost their jobs for taking a leave of absence prior to the FMLA. An employee may take FMLA leave to recover from serious health conditions which prevent the employee from performing his or her job, to care for sick family or to care for a new child from birth, adoption or foster care. During this time period, you are also entitled to continued group health insurance coverage.
The limits on coverage include: 12 workweeks of leave within a 12-month period for the birth of a child or newborn care within a year of birth; a serious health condition that keeps the employee from being able to perform his or her job duties; any qualifying exigency relating to military members/covered active duty, or the placement of an adopted or foster-care child. Those in the position of caring for a service member as a spouse or family member are entitled to twenty-six workweeks of leave.
If you've been denied FMLA leave and need to talk to a Chattanooga Employment Lawyer you should call (423) 954-0040 today before you miss important deadlines.