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Labor Department settles complaint over its enforcement tactics
Labor Department settles complaint over its enforcement tactics

Remember that case the federal Department of Labor pursued against a couple of Oregon blueberry growers, accusing them of underpaying their pickers? And the growers pushed back? Well, the feds settled with the growers earlier this week, finally copping to what was a clear bit of overreach. I wrote about the case back in October. It was rooted in the Fair Labor Standards Act’s “hot goods” provision, which gives the feds the authority to stop shipment across state lines of “any goods produced in violation of the minimum wage, overtime pay, child labor or special minimum wage provisions. In the absence of an employer voluntarily correcting the violations, the Wage...

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