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Seasonal workers: beware summertime wage theft

Female in lifeguard shirt with pool and kids in backgroundSummer is fast approaching, and so is the time for seasonal employment. With the temporary and quick nature of seasonal work, the risk for wage theft violations against summer workers is high. Whether you're a student looking for work between semesters or someone who needs to earn extra money to make ends meet, workers often jump at summer employment opportunities and, as a result, don’t ask a lot of questions of their new employers.

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DOL withdraws much-needed child safety protections for children working for wages on farms

Female child farmworker using sharp cutting shears in the fieldThe safety of child workers on farms was dealt a harsh blow in April 19 when the Obama administration unexpectedly announced that it was withdrawing long-awaited occupational child safety rules for agriculture.

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Survey says consumers willing to sacrifice for humane factories

Man receiving cardboard boxes down conveyor beltWith severe working conditions in the factories of mega-corporations like Apple making recent headlines, a new survey reveals that consumers say they are willing to wait for delays in the release of new technology devices if the trade-off is humane working conditions for employees.

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