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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2007 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
Sheriff Lee Baca has decided to stop using overtime to increase staffing in the Los Angeles County jail system, a move that a deputies union warns could put guards, inmates and civilians at risk. Baca said he used overtime over the last year to add the equivalent of about 300 deputies and nonsworn custody assistants to his jail staff -- a response to inmate violence and a federal judge's concerns about conditions in the overcrowded Men's Central Jail.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2007 | Ashley Surdin, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power ran up a $97-million overtime bill over an 11-month period, with some money going to employees who did not show up for work, an internal audit has found. The study, ordered by the board that oversees the nation's largest municipal utility, also found that some employees reported both overtime and absences on the same days. The 2 million hours of overtime were incurred between March 2005 and February 2006.
SPORTS
February 11, 2007 | From the Associated Press
After No. 17 Oklahoma State rallied to force a second overtime Saturday against Texas Tech at Stillwater, Okla., Coach Sean Sutton had a message for his Cowboys. "I reminded them that we've done this before two other times," Sutton said. As they did in those two previous multiple-overtime games, the Cowboys emerged winners, beating the Red Raiders, 93-91, thanks in large part to Mario Boggan's 35 points and 14 rebounds.
BUSINESS
January 26, 2007 | Abigail Goldman, Times Staff Writer
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. agreed Thursday to pay more than $33 million to tens of thousands of workers who were shortchanged on overtime wages during the last five years. The Labor Department said the settlement would average about $386 in back pay and interest for each of the 87,000 Wal-Mart employees.
BUSINESS
January 13, 2007 | Molly Selvin, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles federal jury returned a $2.5-million judgment against a Chinese-language newspaper in Monterey Park for violating state and federal labor laws by failing to pay overtime or allow meal and rest breaks to its reporters, advertising salespeople and hourly employees.
BUSINESS
December 1, 2006 | Molly Selvin, Times Staff Writer
Drug company agents, who say they routinely work 60-hour weeks visiting doctors' offices, said Thursday that they had sued Pfizer Inc., Johnson & Johnson and six other drug companies for failing to pay overtime. The lawsuits, which could involve tens of thousands of U.S. employees, add the pharmaceutical industry to other sectors that have been accused of giving rank-and-file workers managerial-like job titles to avoid paying overtime.
BUSINESS
October 27, 2006 | Lisa Girion, Times Staff Writer
A federal appeals court Thursday reversed a $52.5-million judgment awarded to claims adjusters who alleged that Farmers Group Inc. improperly denied them overtime pay. The ruling involves adjusters in Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington, and is unlikely to affect California cases. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said that the current and former adjusters were exempt from regulations that required overtime pay.
BUSINESS
October 10, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Wells Fargo & Co. said Monday that it agreed to pay $12.8 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that claimed that some workers were improperly exempted from overtime pay. The suit claimed that San Francisco-based Wells Fargo unlawfully characterized business-systems employees who performed routine tasks as analysts or consultants, making them ineligible for overtime. As many as 4,500 people are covered by the settlement, which won preliminary approval Friday from U.S.
NEWS
October 8, 2006 | Stephen Franklin, Chicago Tribune
Lori Langer poured herself into her job, putting in extra time calling prospective students as an admissions advisor at American Intercontinental University Online. "I would stay an [extra] hour or two a day and come in on Saturday for four to six hours," she recalled. "In order to get my job done, that is what I had to do." She liked the work, and liked the overtime pay too.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 2006 | Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles County district attorney has charged a former radiologist at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center with failing to pay state taxes in 2004, when he was billing the county for marathon shifts at the troubled public hospital in Willowbrook, just south of Watts. The district attorney's office Tuesday charged Dr. Harold A. Tate, 46, with one felony count of tax evasion, which carries a maximum term of three years in state prison.
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