Bergeron, Paradis & Fitzpatrick is prosecuting a State Employee Overtime lawsuit to enforce state employee overtime rights under federal law. Lead counsel on the case is Tom Somers, who explains the focus of the suit this way:
“It is unlawful for the state to pay its employees only straight time for overtime. The state is required to pay its employees at a rate of time and a half for all hours worked over 40 in a work week. State employees cannot benefit from the lawsuit unless they join, as nearly 40 other state employees have done already.”
He further explains: “If you are or have been in pay grades 23 and above in the last three years and are or were in the non-management, supervisory, corrections or judiciary bargaining units and worked over forty hours in a week you qualify to join this case. You may be entitled to double the amount of back pay your are owed, going back three years. There will be no fee unless there is a recovery from the State.”
Watch a video in which Tom Somers explains the case and how state employees can become involved:
Kerin Stackpole, Esq., a labor and employment partner from BPF, was featured on Vermont Edition on Vermont Public Radio, on Tuesday, June 15, 2010, discussing Personal Internet Usage at Work. She and Rich Nadworny, owner of Digalicious, discussed the legal and cultural issues associated with the use of ever expanding technology in the workplace. From engaging your employees as active marketers of your business through Facebook and Twitter, to developing and enforcing policies that protect against liability exposure, and promote greater employee productivity, Rich and Kerin had a lively discussion with host Jane Lindholm.
Listen to Vermont Edition’s podcast to learn more about personal internet use at work in Vermont.
Priscilla Dubé has recently started a six month appointment as an Acting Magistrate for the Chittenden Family Court one morning a week. This is the second appointment for an extended period of time for Priscilla. She continues to serve as an Acting Magistrate on an emergency basis as well.