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Employment agency agrees to pay workers for overtime

LAFAYETTE, La.  — An industrial services employment agency has agreed to pay nearly $2 million in back wages to more than 2,000 employees following a U.S. Labor Department investigation. The Labor Department said Lafayette, La.-based Hutco Inc. employees in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas were denied overtime compensation as a result of the company’s improper payment and record-keeping practices. The department ...

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Business settles with government, to pay workers back wages

GULFPORT — Mandal’s Inc. has agreed with the U.S. Department of Labor to pay 94 employees $85,106 in back wages. The Labor Department said in a news release that its Wage and Hour Division found the company had paid the employees “straight time” for hours worked beyond 40 in a work week. The government says the company also failed to ...

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Last minute tax advice for 2012

So it is tax day, this year on April 17 due to a Monday Emancipation Day holiday on April 16. But you haven’t filed a return, or asked for an extension. If you have asked for an extension, you might not have paid the estimated taxes due. Any of those things could bode badly for your pocketbook and anxiety levels. ...

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City borrows money to cover payroll expenses

NATCHEZ — The city of Natchez has borrowed $350,000 of its $400,000 tax-anticipation loan since December to help cover payroll expenses. City Clerk Donnie Holloway tells The Natchez Democrat the city originally budgeted for the $400,000 tax-anticipation loan, but he said the city would not need the additional $50,000. The Natchez Board of Aldermen approved taking out the loan for ...

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Former USProtect workers to get millions in back pay

SILVER SPRINGS, Md. — The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland has approved a global settlement that allows the U.S. Department of Labor to recover $7,968,744 in back wages, fringe benefits and 401(k) plan assets for more than 2,000 security guards formerly employed by USProtect Corp., a defunct Silver Spring company that provided security services for federal buildings ...

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Shrimp processors fighting proposed H2-B pay raises

Shrimp processors along the Mississippi Gulf Coast have filed for injunctive relief in federal court in an effort to block a proposed rule change by the U.S. Department of Labor in determining wages paid under the department’s H2-B guest-worker program. A late September decision by the Labor Department to delay the new wage-determining rule has the Biloxi-based American Shrimp Processors ...

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Labor orders ISMG to pay employee back wages

HANCOCK COUNTY — The U.S. Department of Labor says International Security Management Group will pay more than $282,000 in back wages to 46 security employees at the Stennis Space Center in Hancock County. Labor Department officials say in a news release that the agreement was reached after an investigation showed the company had failed to pay employees the required prevailing ...

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BEA: State ranks last in U.S. in personal income

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Personal income in Mississippi rose slightly faster than the national average in 2010 — but the state ranked at the bottom of the United States, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reports. The BEA said that personal income in Mississippi rose 3.1 percent, slightly higher than the 3 percent national figure. But Mississippi’s per-person personal income, $31,186, ...

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Report: Paychecks remain largely unchanged

WASHINGTON — Real average hourly earnings for all employees was unchanged from July to August, seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. This result stems from a 0.3 percent increase in average hourly earnings, which was offset by a 0.3 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U). Real average weekly earnings were about ...

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Workers earn less

Real average hourly earnings fell 0.1 percent from September to October, seasonally adjusted, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. A 0.3 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) slightly offset a 0.3 percent increase in average hourly earnings for production and non-supervisory workers. Since reaching a recent high point in Dec. ...

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