April 4, 2013 |
The third season premiere of "Game of Thrones" did very well for HBO, with 6.7 million subscribers tuning into the program during the multiple airings Sunday night. However, the program broke another kind of record this week, with people who presumably don't subscribe to HBO. The episode, "Valar Dohaeris," broke records for simultaneous illegal downloads through BitTorrent and other sites, according to the new site TorrentFreak . With over a million downloads already, and a record 160,000 simultaneous users sharing the files, the "Game of Thrones" season premiere is on record for having the largest "swarm" of users ever downloading the program at once.
April 3, 2013 |
Writers on E!'s "Fashion Police" have filed claims with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement saying the series has broken state labor laws by not paying them regular and overtime hours. The writers allege they are owed more than $1 million in back wages by E!. "Fashion Police" features several hosts, including Joan Rivers and Kelly Osbourne, commenting on celebrity fashion. The series is produced by Rivers' daughter, Melissa. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times The complainants say that "Fashion Police" ignores state laws that require an employer to pay hourly employees their regular wage rate for all time worked in an eight-hour period.
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February 7, 2013 |
Even if discrimination plays a role in a worker's firing, an employer will not be liable for back pay or other compensation if the employee would have been fired anyway for poor performance, the California Supreme Court decided Thursday. The 6-0 ruling, with one justice recused, is likely to change the way most discrimination cases are handled in California, lawyers in the case said. In the past, employees could receive compensation, including back pay and damages, and win reinstatement if they could prove that discrimination was "a motivating factor" in a firing.
July 13, 2012 |
JPMorgan Chase & Co. will take back compensation from employees responsible for trading losses that it said have so far totaled $5.8 billion. Three London-based employees responsible for the bank's bungled derivatives trades have left the bank and will be subject to maximum claw-backs, executives said Friday morning. The claw-backs would equal about twice the employees' annual compensation, though JPMorgan execs would not detail how much would be taken back, nor would they name the employees.
May 11, 2012 |
You're always telling your mother you owe her. Now, the American Coalition for Labor Reparations has a worksheet you can use to calculate exactly how much back pay Mom deserves. Here's the logic: “Every laborer deserves a wage. Your mother went into labor for you and has never been repaid.” We should mention that the coalition doesn't exist for most of the year - it's a gag dreamed up by ad agency Mother New York. There's even a faux PSA video featuring a crew of mothers - some describing pretty graphic scenarios.
May 10, 2012 |
NEW DELHI - Hundreds of Air India pilots did not report to work Thursday, the fourth day of a sickout to protest their treatment by management, a dispute that so far has resulted in the cancellation of numerous international flights and cost about 45 pilots their jobs. Officials said the Mumbai-based airline was forced to cancel more than 35 international flights this week, including several bound for New York and Frankfurt, because of the protest. India's aviation minister called the sickout illegal, the airline said it had fired some pilots, and a high court called for negotiations.