Sara Fletcher

Sara Fletcher

K&L Gates LLP

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U.S. Supreme Court Unanimously Rules Time Spent Undergoing Mandatory Security Screenings is Not Compensable Under the FLSA

In a decision that will certainly benefit employers facing claims of pre-shift and post-shift off-the-clock work, on December 9, 2014, the United States Supreme Court unanimously held that employees’ time spent waiting to...more

12/18/2014 - Amazon FLSA Integrity Staffing v Busk SCOTUS Security Checks Wage and Hour

Ninth Circuit Joins Majority Trend and Requires FLSA Plaintiffs to Meet Plausibility Standard

On November 12, 2014, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit joined the First, Second, and Third Circuits in holding that a plaintiff cannot state a plausible claim under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) by merely...more

11/20/2014 - Appeals FLSA Plausibility Standard Pleading Standards Twombly/Iqbal Pleading Standard Wage and Hour

Baby on Board: Illinois Increases Protection in the Workplace for Expectant and New Mothers

On August 26, 2014, Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn signed into law House Bill 8, an amendment to the Illinois Human Rights Act (the “IHRA”) that prohibits discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or medical or...more

9/18/2014 - Employee Rights Pregnancy Pregnancy Discrimination

Illinois Cracks Down on Employers' Consideration of Criminal Histories of Prospective Employees

Furthering the trend of governmental skepticism about employers’ blind reliance on information derived from background checks, on July 19, 2014, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law the “Job Opportunities for Qualified...more

8/7/2014 - Ban the Box Criminal Background Checks Employee Rights Job Applicants

EEOC Takes Aim at First Targets since Locking Down Employers’ Use of Arrest/Conviction Information

On June 11, 2013, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed its first two lawsuits asserting that an employer’s use of felony conviction records to disqualify employees and applicants runs afoul of Title VII because...more

6/26/2013 - Ban the Box Criminal Background Checks Discrimination Disparate Impact EEOC Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Race Discrimination Title VII

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