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The Big Book of HR, Revised and Updated Edition by Cornelia Gamlem, Barbara Mitchell

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The Legal Landscape of Compensation

While President Franklin Roosevelt was in Bedford, Massachusetts, campaigning for reelection, a young girl tried to pass him an envelope. But a policeman threw her back into the crowd. Roosevelt told an aide, “Get the note from the girl.” Her note read, “I wish you could do something to help us girls.... We have been working in a sewing factory...and up to a few months ago we were getting our minimum pay of $11 a week.... Today the 200 of us girls have been cut down to $4 and $5 and $6 a week.” To a reporter’s question, the president replied, “Something has to be done about the elimination of child labor and long hours and starvation wages.”1

Federal, state, and local laws can significantly impact employee ...

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