Minor Leagues Turn to Inside Baseball To Ward Off Player Wage, Hour Dispute

February 20, 2015 By Chris Opfer
Bloomberg BNA

Professional baseball's minor leagues are asking Congress to step up to the plate and block a legal challenge to the sport's “farm” system by amending the Fair Labor Standards Act to make clear that players aren't entitled to minimum wages and overtime pay.

The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues in January hired Frost Brown Todd LLC to lobby Congress to amend the FLSA, which generally requires employers to pay workers at least $7.25 per hour and time-and-a-half wages for all hours logged in excess of 40 per week. Attorney George E. Yund, who registered to lobby on the NAPBL's behalf, told Bloomberg BNA Feb. 18 that the move is in response to a “surprising and unprecedented” lawsuit in which a number of former players say they were paid substandard wages in violation of the law (Senne v. Office of the Comm'r of Baseball, N.D. Cal., No. 3:14-cv-00608, complaint filed, 2/7/14).

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