The US Department of Labor issued a final ruling on Wednesday that set the minimum salary level for exempt employees at $684 per week ($35,568 per year) regardless of actual duties. Under the Federal Labor Standards Act, “white collars,” such as executive, administrative, professional, outside sales and computer employees, are exempted from the minimum wage [...]

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The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held Friday that the protections under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) apply to “all workers,” including those work in the marijuana industry. This case arose when a former employee sued Helix TCS, a company that provides security services for businesses in Colorado’s state sanctioned marijuana [...]

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Apple challenged a $14 billion tax charge from the European Commission before the EU General Court on Tuesday. In 2016, the EU Competition Commission held that in violation of EU state aid rules, Ireland granted undue tax benefits to Apple, allowing Apple to pay an effective corporate tax rate of 1 percent on its European [...]

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The International Criminal Court prosecutor submitted a Notice of Appeal Monday against the acquittal of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo and a youth minister on charges of fomenting post-election violence. One of the grounds of appeal identified by the prosecution is that the trial chamber erred by acquitting Gbagbo and Blé Goudé in violation [...]

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South Korea’s Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee said in a press briefing on Wednesday that Seoul will file a complaint at the World Trade Organization (WTO) over Japan’s trade curbs on three key materials used to make smartphones and memory chips. Seoul accused Tokyo of violating WTO’s obligation not to discriminate, changing export procedures for three [...]

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A federal judge in Ohio on Monday denied drug manufacturers and distributors’ request to dismiss the public nuisance claims against them. A public-nuisance claim can be maintained where the facts establish that the “design, manufacturing, marketing or sale of product unreasonably interferes with a right common to the general public.” Factual evidence and statistics, such [...]

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California Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed into law a bill that requires free legal counsel to be appointed to low-income Californians for any level of legal or physical child custody matters, probate conservatorships and housing-related issues including eviction. The new law requires the California Judicial Council to develop and provide grants, which could be [...]

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The UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar said in a report Thursday that the country’s military must stop using sexual and gender-based violence to terrorise and punish ethnic minorities. The Mission concluded that “rape and other sexual violence have been a particularly egregious and recurrent feature of the targeting of the civilian population in [...]

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