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California District Court Finds Bankrupt Named Plaintiffs Not Adequate Representatives

Anyone questioning whether the Supreme Court’s decision in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011), has had an impact need look no further than the decision in Alakozai v. Chase Investment Services Corp., Case...more

10/16/2014 - Class Action Consumer Bankruptcy Dukes v Wal-Mart Employer Liability Issues Misclassification SCOTUS Wage and Hour Wal-Mart

Minnesota District Court Rejects Nationwide Scope and Conditionally Certifies Class of One Chipotle Store

Employees win most motions for conditional certification under the FLSA, with many courts declining to perform a probing analysis at that stage. A recent case from the District of Minnesota, in which the court still applied a...more

9/19/2014 - Chipotle Grill Class Action Class Certification Employer Liability Issues Unpaid Overtime Wage and Hour

Third Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Class Allegations for Vague Pleading

Whenever I see the names of the Iqbal and Twombly pleading cases, I can’t help but feel that the names were clipped from lost lines of Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky poem, perhaps as something similar to “Iqbal were the Civil...more

9/18/2014 - Appeals Class Action Dismissals Employer Liability Issues FLSA Hospitals Wage and Hour

New York District Court Conditionally Certifies Class of Interns

In Mark v. Gawker Media LLC, Case No. 13-cv-4347(AJN) (S.D. N.Y. Aug. 15, 2014), Gawker became the subject of yet another in a line of cases involving unpaid interns. Four interns brought suit under the FLSA, contending that...more

8/21/2014 - Class Action Employer Liability Issues FLSA Gawker Social Networks Unpaid Interns Wage and Hour

Court Rejects Pseudo-Expert Reports and Refuses to Certify Off-the-Clock Case

Off-the-clock cases involving call centers have been in vogue for a number of years despite lingering issues regarding whether they can truly be resolved on a class-wide basis. A recent case from the District of Maryland,...more

8/18/2014 - Class Action Employer Liability Issues Off-The-Clock Wage and Hour Wages

Sixth Circuit Refuses to Uphold Collective Action Waiver Absent Arbitration

My working title for this blog was “collective action grab bag,” concerning the recent Sixth Circuit case in Killion v. KeHE Distributors, LLC, Case Nos. 12-3357/4340 (6th Cir. July 31, 2014). I went with the title that...more

8/11/2014 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Arbitration Waivers Employer Liability Issues FLSA Hiring & Firing Interlocutory Appeals Jurisdiction Retailers Unpaid Overtime Wage and Hour

California Supreme Court (!) Issues Strong Pro-Defense Wage and Hour Class Action Decision

“Depending on the nature of the claimed exemption and the facts of a particular case, a misclassification claim has the potential to raise numerous individual questions that may be difficult, or even impossible, to litigate...more

5/30/2014 - Class Action Employer Liability Issues Exemptions Misclassification Wage and Hour Wages

Eighth Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment On Overtime Claims For Class of Tax Professionals

Relatively few FLSA cases are certified and then reach a court of appeals on the merits, but that recently happened before the Eight Circuit. In Petroski v. H&R Block Enterprises, LLC, Case No. 13-2076 (8th Cir. May 2, 2014),...more

5/23/2014 - Class Action Class Certification Employee Definition FLSA H&R Block Hiring & Firing Tax Preparers Training Wage and Hour

Supreme Court Accepts Certiorari In Security Screening Case

We’ve written at least twice now on class actions arising out of time spent by employees going through security lines, primarily at the end of their shifts. The question is whether and when such time might be compensable...more

3/21/2014 - Employee Rights SCOTUS Security Wage and Hour

The Supreme Court’s Sandifer Decision and Collective Actions

Last week, the Supreme Court decided the case of Sandifer v. United States Steel Corp., Case No. 12-417 (Jan. 27, 2014), addressing donning and doffing claims in the context of a unionized steel mill. That case not only...more

2/5/2014 - Collective Bargaining FLSA Protective Gear Sandifer v U.S. Steel Corp SCOTUS Unions Wage and Hour Workplace Attire

California Courts Deny Certification In Wage and Hour Cases Based On Claim That Employer “Should Have Known” Of Unpaid Time

Back in October, we reviewed a number of California cases that, for the most part, denied certification in cases in which certification would have largely been a foregone conclusion only a few years ago. The first few days of...more

1/10/2014 - Class Action Rest and Meal Break Unpaid Overtime Wage and Hour Wages

New York District Court Denies Certification and Conditional Certification of Class of Personal Bankers

One can only imagine the outcome the plaintiffs' attorneys were anticipating: a case against the financial industry, involving non-exempt employees subject to an auto-deduct policy for meal periods, in the Southern District...more

9/11/2013 - Class Action Class Certification Dukes v Wal-Mart FLSA Non-Exempt Employees Rest and Meal Break Wage and Hour

Hawaiian Supreme Court Issues Ruling Regarding Restaurant Service Charges

When is a “service charge” a tip? And who gets it, the employer or the employee? These aren’t just questions of etiquette, but are now serious issues for the restaurant and tourism sector in Hawaii....more

7/24/2013 - Fee-for-Service Hospitality Industry Restaurant Industry Tip-Pooling Tips Wage and Hour

New York Upholds Tip Sharing By Starbucks Assistant Managers

I had a smart aleck friend who tried to come up with the Starbucks coffee order that had the greatest number of syllables. I can’t remember the winning combination, but it definitely had the words “half-caf” and “cinnamon”,...more

7/22/2013 - Minimum Wage Restaurant Industry Starbucks Supervisors Tip-Pooling Tips Wage and Hour

California District Court Compels Arbitration of Class and Collective Wage and Hour Claims

Dorothy Gale famously remarked upon finding herself in Oz “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” Class action wage and hour plaintiffs on the west coast are now awakening to the fact that while they may still...more

7/12/2013 - American Express American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant Arbitration AT&T Mobility v Concepcion Class Action Collective Actions Collective Bargaining Employer Liability Issues Ernst & Young FLSA NLRB SCOTUS Wage and Hour

Pennsylvania District Court Denies Certification Of Off-The-Clock Case (Again)

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again,” or so the adage goes. A recent case suggests that may not always be the right strategy or, more apropos to this blog, that off-the-clock cases make poor fodder for class...more

6/7/2013 - Class Action Class Certification Off-The-Clock Rest and Meal Break Wage and Hour

Missouri Court Denies Conditional Certification Of Off-The-Clock Case

In some respects, one of the most difficult types of wage and hours lawsuits are so-called “off-the-clock” cases in which the employer has promulgated lawful time-keeping and compensation policies, but the plaintiffs contend...more

2/25/2013 - Class Action Class Certification FLSA General Electric Off-The-Clock Over-Time Wage and Hour

Ohio District Court Denies Conditional Certification In FLSA Case

We’ve commented before that while most courts apply a fairly lenient standard at the “conditional certification” phase of Fair Labor Standards Act collective action litigation, plaintiffs tend to have a harder time in...more

2/18/2013 - Class Action Class Certification Conditional Certification FLSA Off-The-Clock Unpaid Overtime Wage and Hour

Maryland Court Grants Summary Judgment In Unpaid Leave Policy Case

What do you do if you if you want to cash in on the recent flood of wage and hour class and collective actions, but the employer’s policies are actually lawful?...more

12/21/2012 - Class Action FLSA Summary Judgment Unpaid Leave Wage and Hour

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