Fair Labor Standards Act

The Fair Labor Standards Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1938 to promote fair labor conditions and protect workers from abusive treatment. The primary features of the FLSA address excessive... more +
The Fair Labor Standards Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1938 to promote fair labor conditions and protect workers from abusive treatment. The primary features of the FLSA address excessive working hours, child labor, unpaid overtime and unsafe working conditions.  less -
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Fifth Circuit Permits Emotional Distress Damages for FLSA Retaliation Claim

Employees asserting a claim for retaliation under the FLSA are entitled to seek emotional distress damages, according to a recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit....more

Fourth Circuit Offers New Test for Joint Employment under FLSA

The Fourth Circuit recently ruled that a general contractor was the joint employer of employees of its subcontractor for purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Salinas v. Commercial Interiors, Inc. has broad implications...more

Fourth Circuit Follows Salinas Decision With Finding of Joint Employment of Satellite TV Installers

As reported in EmployNews, last month in its Salinas decision, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (which includes North Carolina and South Carolina) adopted a new, broader test for determining when two entities are joint...more

Third Circuit Affirms Rejection Of Class Arbitration Where Employment Agreement Was Silent On Whether Arbitration Could Proceed On...

Plaintiffs, former staffing managers of defendants’ international staffing agency, alleged that defendants misclassified them as overtime-exempt employees in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Following earlier...more

Overtime Appeal Faces Further Delay

So what’s the future of the overtime regulations that were supposed to become effective last December, but then got blocked by a federal judge just before Thanksgiving? It appears that we are going to have to wait a while...more

Massachusetts Superior Court Holds That Meal Breaks Are Compensable Unless Employees Are Relieved of All Work-Related Duties

In a decision that could spell trouble for Massachusetts employers, a judge in the Superior Court’s Business Litigation Session recently held that meal breaks count as “compensable working time,” for which employees must be...more

Fourth Circuit Articulates New Standard for “Joint Employers”

Until recently, there has been inconsistency as to what constitutes a “joint employer” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Under the FLSA, “joint employment” exists when “employment by one employer is not completely...more

Top Ten Expected Labor and Employment Law Changes by the New Trump Administration

With the inauguration behind us, what changes do we expect the Trump Administration to make to labor and employment laws? The following is a top ten list of those expected changes, as recently discussed during a webinar that...more

Tightening the Screws: Fourth Circuit Establishes New Test for Evaluating Joint Employment Claims Under the Fair Labor Standards...

On January 25, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which governs cases pending in North Carolina, issued two opinions which serve to clarify and expand the circumstances under which entities may...more

Fourth Circuit Decision Opens the Door to Joint Employer Liability for Contractors - Could Your Company Be At Risk?

On January 25, 2017, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals[1] dealt a significant blow to the traditional contractor-subcontractor relationship. In finding that a contractor and subcontractor could be considered “joint...more

Sunset for day rates?

It is common, if not industry standard, for companies in oil and gas to utilize a "day rate" structure. For example, drillers may agree to pay a contractor $600/day per employee for certain services. That contractor will...more

States May Step Into Void Created by Demise of DOL’s Overtime Rule

Since the Department of Labor announced the new overtime rule last May, we have been closely following its rocky implementation in a series of posts. Presently, the rule – which would render an estimated 4 million workers...more

When Off-the-Clock Isn’t Off-the-Clock: The Seventh Circuit Considers Employees’ Arguments that Employer Violated the Fair Labor...

Remember that collective action that the Chicago police officers filed complaining that they weren’t paid overtime for checking their BlackBerrys off duty? Well, the cops lost at trial and now the U.S. Court of Appeals for...more

The Story Behind Workplace Class Action Filings In 2016 – Trend #4

As profiled in our Workplace Class Action Report for 2017, overall complex employment-related litigation filings increased in 2016 insofar as employment discrimination cases were concerned, but decreased in the areas of ERISA...more

3 Class Actions, 3 Motions to Compel Arbitration, 1 Class Action Survives

The Ninth, Sixth, and Third Circuits all recently issued decisions about whether putative class or collective actions could proceed despite the existence of arbitration clauses. In two of those decisions, the courts found...more

Workplace Class Action Event Featuring Jerry Maatman and EEOC Acting Chair Victoria Lipnic

On February 9, 2017, Seyfarth Shaw hosted a signal event regarding workplace class action litigation in 2016 and the implications for employers looking to anticipate and prepare for workplace trends in 2017....more

Arbitrator’s Decision On Availability Of Collective And Class Arbitration Withstands Procedural And Substantive Challenges

A Colorado federal court recently denied DISH Network (“DISH”)’s petition to vacate an arbitration award that decided an arbitration agreement with former employee Ray permitted collective or class certification. The...more

Think Your Temp Is Just a Temp? Think Again, He Could Be Your Employee!

It may surprise you to know that regardless of what you call a temporary or leased worker, he may be an employee under the law. So, what about the temp agency that provided the worker? Well, the temp agency may be an employer...more

Fourth Circuit Says Construction General Contractor Responsible to Subcontractor's Employees for FLSA Violations

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state wage payment laws, employers are responsible for compliance with wage payment requirements. Plaintiffs cannot sue non-employers claiming overtime or minimum wage violations....more

President Trump’s “One In, Two Out” Executive Order Signals Regulatory and Employment Policy Shift

Amidst a first-week flurry of executive orders on trade, immigration, and construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall, President Trump signed an executive order aimed at peeling back many Obama-era regulations. On...more

USDOL Should Retract Fluctuating-Workweek Commentary

Readers will recall that, in 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor undertook to discourage the use of fluctuating-workweek pay plans under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. This compensation method calls for paying a...more

What 2016 Workplace Class Actions Filings Suggest Employers Are Apt To Face In 2017

Seyfarth Synopsis: Workplace class action filings were flat overall and even decreased as compared to levels in 2015. However, that is apt to change in 2017. In the 4th in a series of blog postings on workplace class action...more

Participating in New York's CDPAP Is Necessary to Maintain Your Caseload

Radio, newspaper, and subway ads are driving Medicaid home care clients and home care workers to abandon traditional home care agency programs for the greater flexibility and freedom of choice of New York’s Consumer Directed...more

Is the USDOL Making it Easier for On-Demand Workers to Claim Misclassification?

The on-demand economy has certainly changed the way people provide and receive services. It may also be changing the way the government focuses its enforcement priorities. The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) issued...more

January 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

January was a busy month for independent contractor misclassification – and IC compliance. In addition to Lowe’s $2.85 million settlement with installers whom it classified as ICs, Lufthansa agreed to pay $1.1 million in...more

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