workers rights

Wilson Sayre / WLRN

May Day protests and rallies around the world and across the U.S. are celebrating labor, calling for greater protections and benefits for workers and highlighting the contributions of immigrants.

Miami Herald

The new United States labor secretary and the only Hispanic in President Donald Trump's Cabinet is a South Florida native.

Florida International University Law School Dean R. Alexander Acosta was confirmed by the Senate last Thursday.

Acosta was born in Miami to Cuban parents,  attended Gulliver Preparatory School, went away for college and law school at Harvard University, and returned to Miami in his professional life.

The future is uncertain for the U.S. Department of Labor's overtime rule after a Texas federal judge blocked it.

In the two-story breakfast room on the 25th floor of Hilton's Conrad Miami, Florance Eloi mans the omelet stand in front of a panoramic view of the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean. The bubbly Miami native says, laughing, that guests routinely tell her, "Stop making the omelets, you need to turn around and look!"

When Eloi, 31, found out she was pregnant late last year, she wondered how she would balance her job with a baby. She was lucky to have a few weeks of paid vacation, since about half of lower-wage workers do not.

For Working Parents, Spring Break Is No Vacation

Mar 28, 2016
Rowan Moore Gerety / WLRN News

Both Wanda Gomez’s sons thought the warm weather made it clear where they needed to spend a balmy afternoon last week.“They said, today’s a pool day, but like, we cannot go to pool, because...I have to work,” Gomez says. Such is spring break for a working single mother.

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Florida Wage Theft Issues

Sep 30, 2013
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09/30/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents examines the issue of wage-theft, particularly among low income and day workers.  But unpaid wages are a widespread problem within other Florida industries, including tourism, retail trade and construction.  Many cases go unreported by workers who can least afford to be shorted.  We’ll have panel of regional experts . . . and take your calls.  That’s Topical Currents . . . Monday at 1pm on WLRN. 

  • Guests/links:
  • Wage Theft Claims, Miami-Dade Consumer Service: 305-375-3677  
  • http://www.miamidade.gov/business/wage-theft.asp
  • Cynthia S Hernandez, Senior Research Associate, Instructor & Director of Internship Programs Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy Center for Labor Research & Studies Florida International University www.risep-fiu.org
  • Jeanette Smith Executive Director South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice Member of the Wage Theft Task Force  www.sfiwj.org
  • Donna M. Ballman, P.A. Employment Attorney  www.ballmanfirm.com

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06/25/13 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is an “At Your Service” edition with contributor Donna Ballman.  She specializes in employment law and employee rights.  Many teens are now working summer part-time jobs.  Most are woefully unaware of employment regulations.  There are different rules about unpaid internships, as well. Also news about pre-employment medical exams. Donna Ballman is the author of STAND UP FOR YOURSELF WITHOUT GETTING FIRED: Resolve Workplace Crises Before You Quit or Get Axed. That’s Topical Currents Tuesday at 1pm on WLRN-HD1 rebroadcast at 7pm on WLRN-HD2 and audio on-demand after the live program.  

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02/27/13 - Wednesday's  Topical Currents discusses workplace laws and rights.  If you’re a private sector employee, you really have very few rights . . . and can be let go without specific cause.  Race or age discrimination, harassment or sexual exploitation, however, can be grounds for litigation.