During the last three months the U.S. Department of Labor recovered about $2 million in back wages for 500 employees. The most recent development in its tough stance on wage/hours violations is, reports Jenna Greene in THE BLOG OF THE LEGAL TIMES, is hiring 250 new investigators to look into non-compliance with federal labor standards.
Readers might not be aware that one of the pioneers in employment law was Dickie Scruggs. In their book "Kings of Tort," to be released December 2nd, Alan Lange and Tom Dawson explain that in creating those class-action asbestos lawsuits, Scruggs raised the nation's consciousness about workplace safety. It was also Scruggs who helped create protection and rewards for whistleblowers. Palpable in "Kings of Tort" is that Scruggs's greed buried in the public mind the good he accomplished.