Previously, Tennessee law allowed an employer to pay by cash or check, but did not mention direct deposit, debit cards, or any other electronic form of payment. The new law allows direct deposit, a convenient form of payment that has become the standard for many employees. Direct deposit, also referred to as electronic automated funds transfer, is preferred by many employees because the funds are often accessible faster than payments by check.
Earlier this summer, Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen signed a new Tennessee Workers’ Compensation law. The new law will limit employers’ liability for injuries suffered by employees during voluntary recreational, social or athletic activities.
The law highlights a dilemma for many employers – how to promote a healthy lifestyle without incurring additional liability for sports-related injuries and deaths.
The new law was sparked by the lawsuit Gooden V. Coors Technical Ceramic Co. In that case, Mr. Gooden collapsed with a fatal heart attack while playing basketball on the employer’s premises during an unpaid break. The court found that an employee’s death on the employer’s premises was a workers’ comp case – even though the basketball game was entirely voluntary.
The federal minimum wage was established under the The Fair Labor Standards Act or FLSA in 1938. This law made sweeping changes to the workplace. At that time, children of all ages worked alongside adults in mills, farms and factories, sometimes as many as 60 hours a week. The FLSA established child labor laws prohibiting children under the age of 14 from working in almost every job.
Another effect of the FLSA was the establishment of the federal minimum wage. On July 24, 2009, the federal minimum increased 70 cents from $6.55 to $7.25 per hour. This increase affected most of the employers in Tennessee because the state has no minimum wage law.
Under the FLSA, to be eligible for federal minimum wage, an employee must work for a company that earns at least $500,000 per year. FLSA also covers businesses that engage in interstate commerce. Individual workers engaged in interstate commerce are covered by FLSA, too.
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“This $250,000 grant to the West Kentucky Workforce Investment Board will boost efforts to expand the region’s economy and increase job opportunities for Kentucky workers,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao.
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Jackson State Community College was awarded $1,997,683 to establish and enhance programs to train highly skilled workers for the healthcare industry. With locations in Lexington, Savannah and Humboldt, as well as Jackson, the school offers distance learning and continuing education as well as daytime classes in a number of allied health specialties.
Northeast State Technical Community College won a grant of $1,946,563 to train workers for the Advanced Manufacturing field. The school is located in Blountville, Tennessee. The school offers associate degrees, apprenticeships and continuing education in the technical field through The Institute for Business and Industry Services.