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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Minorleaguers to lose minimum wage protection

Minor league baseball players who make as little as $5,500 a season were stripped of the protection of federal minimum wage laws under a provision in government spending legislation signed Friday.

The “Save America’s Pastime Act” is included on page 1,967 of the $1.3 trillion spending bill and appears to pre-empt a lawsuit filed four years ago in U.S. District Court in San Francisco by three players alleging Major League Baseball and its teams violate the Fair Labor Standards Act and state minimum wage and overtime requirements for a work week they estimated at 50-to-60 hours.

The provision in the legislation exempts “any employee employed to play baseball who is compensated pursuant to a contract that provides for a weekly salary for services performed during the league’s championship season (but not spring training or the offseason) at a rate that is not less than a weekly salary equal to the minimum wage ... for a workweek of 40 hours, irrespective of the number of hours the employee devotes to baseball related activities.”

ronh Posted: March 24, 2018 at 11:25 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: minor league pay, minor leaguers, wages

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   1. Bhaakon Posted: March 25, 2018 at 03:33 AM (#5642756)
“Save America’s Pastime Act”


Wait, Congress mandated a pitch clock?
   2. QLE Posted: March 25, 2018 at 05:01 AM (#5642757)
I think it's a rule that ejects the folk who keep stepping in and out of the batter's box for no good reason.
   3. Rally Posted: March 25, 2018 at 09:22 AM (#5642764)
I would not say they were stripped of minimum wage protection, they never had it in the first place. Congress just clarified the position and took the courts out of the equation. Well, maybe. Could lawsuits over past minimum wage violations could still be in play?
   4. Adam Starblind Posted: March 25, 2018 at 09:52 AM (#5642769)
[3] Probably. A law isn't retroactive unless Congress is extra explicit about it.

My main reaction though is that “Save America’s Pastime Act” has to be the most disingenuous statute title in American history, which is an extraordinary accomplishment.

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