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Worth the Fight: Conditional Certification of FLSA Collective Actions is Not Automatic

Conventional wisdom holds that courts reflexively grant motions for conditional certification in Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) collective actions. As a result, some employers do not even oppose these motions. They are...more

Supreme Court Will Address Use Of Statistical Sampling and Whether A Class Can Be Certified If It Contains Members Who Are Not...

Last week, the United States Supreme Court granted cert in Bouaphakeo v. Tyson Foods, Inc., a Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) case with potentially wide reaching implications in federal class actions. In Bouaphakeo,...more

Supreme Court Agrees to Review Another Donning/Doffing Case

The U.S. Supreme Court rejects the overwhelming majority of requests for review of lower court decisions. For some reason, the Court appears to have a soft spot for so-called “donning and doffing” cases. These cases involve...more

New York Federal Courts Increasingly Scrutinize Excessive Attorneys’ Fees in Wage and Hour Class and Collective Actions

In what is becoming oft-cited language, U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III of the Southern District of New York recently stated regarding the Fair Labor Standards Act that, A law is only effective to the extent...more

Supreme Court Takes Aim at FLSA Class, Collective Actions

Last week, the Supreme Court granted a writ of certiorari to Tyson Foods in an appeal of a class and collective action filed under the FLSA and a similar Iowa state law. Hourly workers at Tyson’s Storm Lake, Iowa pork...more

Game Changer? The Supreme Court Agrees to Consider Standards for Certifying FLSA Collective Actions and State Law Class Actions

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed yesterday to hear an appeal challenging a nearly $6.0 million judgment in a collective and class action case against Tyson Foods, Inc. In Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, a wage and hour...more

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case Addressing Scope of Wage and Hour Class and Collective Actions

It’s hard enough to predict what the Supreme Court will do on a given case even after it has been briefed and oral argument has been heard. It’s even harder when all we have is the decision accepting certiorari, but this one...more

Supreme Court to Weigh in on Trial By Formula

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal challenging an almost $6 million judgment awarded in a class action case against Tyson Foods, Inc. See Bouaphakeo, et al. v. Tyson Foods, Inc., No, 12-3753 (8th Cir....more

Supreme Court to Revisit Class-Certification Standards in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo

Monday, the Supreme Court granted review in what may be a major decision on the standards for class certification, Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, No. 14-1146. Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, a court may not...more

NLRB Judge Finds Employment Contract’s Arbitration Clause Invalid Although No Explicit “Waiver” of Class Actions

Last week, a National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) Administrative Law Judge reiterated the agency’s position that employers who require the arbitration of grievances by employees on an individual basis violate the National...more

Court Puts the Brakes on Overtime for Drivers—No Interstate Trips? No Problem!

The Third Circuit put a screeching halt to the contention that drivers must actually cross state lines to be exempt from overtime under the Motor Carrier Act (“MCA”). In Resch v. Krapf’s Coaches, Inc., the court ruled that...more

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Severance Agreement FLSA Collective Action Waiver Case

The Supreme Court has declined to grant review of a Sixth Circuit decision that cast significant doubt on the effectiveness of an employee’s waiver of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action rights. Last summer, the...more

UK Consumer Rights Act 2015

The Consumer Rights Act (“the 2015 Act”) received Royal Assent on 26 March 2015 and comes into force 1 October 2015. The 2015 Act aims to reform and consolidate eight pieces of legislation addressing consumer rights in the...more

Sixth Circuit Decision Refusing to Enforce Collective Action Waiver Included in Separation Agreement Remains Intact; Supreme Court...

This week, the Supreme Court disappointed many employers by declining to determine whether the Fair Labor Standards Act does or does not provide employees with a non-waivable substantive right to bring a collective action. ...more

2015 Employment Law Issues Tournament: The Championship (and the First-Ever Rendition of One Shining Lawsuit)

Sixty-four employment law issues have become just two after an exciting Final Four. Last night, while Wisconsin and Duke played each other in the NCAA championship, the Wage and Hour Collective Actions and the Retaliation...more

Circuit Courts Address Impact of Arbitration Agreements on Labor Class and Collective Actions

In Conners v. Gusano’s Chicago Style Pizzeria, plaintiffs, former employees of defendant, brought a collective action alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Defendant responded by implementing a binding...more

Eighth Circuit Finds Former Employees Lack Standing To Challenge Employer’s New Arbitration Policy

What’s one way to derail a potentially large collective action about Fair Labor Standards Act violations? To implement a new arbitration policy within days, thereby ensuring that your current employees cannot join the court...more

Workplace Challenges in 2015, Part 4 of 5: Monitoring Wage and Hour Compliance Remains Paramount for Employers Seeking to Avoid...

Recently, Mintz Levin held a seminar in New York City that addressed some of the major challenges employers are facing in the New Year. Our program contained segments on New York City’s paid sick leave law, effective...more

A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing is Still a Wolf: The FLSA Regular Rate and Breach of Contract

Recently, I read about a construction contractor in Los Angeles caught in the middle of litigation between its subcontractors and the city, on behalf of the subcontractor’s former employees. According to the employees, the...more

NLRB Again Attempts to Invalidate Mandatory Arbitration Clauses for Employment Claims

In its Murphy Oil decision, the National Labor Relations Board affirmed its 2012 holding in D. R. Horton, which found an employer violates the NLRA when it requires employees “as condition of their employment, to sign an...more

Ohio District Judges Puts an End to Nationwide FLSA Collective Action Brought Against Lowe’s

While we have occasionally bemoaned the lenient conditional certification standard in FLSA collective actions, as the recent case of Triggs v. Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc., No. 1:13-cv-1897 (N.D. Ohio Aug. 19, 2014) shows, not...more

Take Your Pick: E.D.N.Y. Decision Offers Guidance for Plaintiffs and Defendants Alike on How to Handle “Picking Off” Attempts in...

“Sometimes surrender is the best option.” That is how Judge Raymond J. Dearie of the Eastern District of New York begins his opinion in Anjum v. J.C. Penney Co., Inc., before denying J.C. Penney’s motion to dismiss a putative...more

E.D.N.Y. Finds Retailer Cannot “Pick-off” FLSA Plaintiffs With Incomplete Rule 68 Offer of Judgment

Anjum v. J.C. Penney Co., Inc., No. 13-CV-0460 (E.D.N.Y. Oct. 9, 2014): The Eastern District of New York held that a group of opt-in plaintiffs could pursue their Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action even though...more

NLRB Attempts to Make an End Run Around Courts Invalidating its Rulings on Arbitration Agreements

On October 28, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) issued its decision in Murphy Oil USA Inc., once again attempting to prohibit employers from requiring employees to enter into agreements to arbitrate...more

Another Federal Court Decertifies FLSA Collective Action of Hospital Workers Challenging Auto-Deduct Policy

We have previously discussed that, while medical providers have become a common target of plaintiffs asserting wage and hour claims arising out of so-called “auto-deduct” policies, more and more courts are realizing that the...more

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