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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Overtime Changes Threaten the Exempt Status of Retail and Hospitality Managers

The National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Committee on Employment Law held its spring meeting last week, and one of the hottest topics on the minds of the attendees concerned the impact that the U.S. Department of Labor’s...more

Reimbursing Employees for Business Expenses: The FLSA Kickback Rule [Wage & Hour FAQs]

Over the last month, Domino’s has been in the news for some of the wrong reasons, with not one but two Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) class action lawsuits alleging that two large Domino’s franchisees paid delivery drivers...more

Second Circuit Synchs Up With its Sister Courts: Now Says Employees May Premise FLSA Retaliation Claim on Oral Complaints to...

This week, in Greathouse v. JHS Security, Inc., the Second Circuit Court of Appeals held that employees may pursue a Fair Labor Standards Act retaliation claim premised upon an oral complaint to their employer – a clear...more

Second Circuit Expands The Scope Of FLSA Protected Activity To Include Oral Complaints To Employer

In a 2-1 decision issued on April 20, 2015, the Second Circuit expanded the scope of protected activity under the Fair Labor Standard Act’s (FLSA) anti-retaliation provision. The FLSA prohibits retaliation against an employee...more

Wage and Hour Alert

Must I pay my housekeeper minimum wage and overtime pay? Yes! Recently, an increasing number of domestic service employees (such as nannies and housekeepers) have filed wage and hour claims against their employers in South...more

Second Circuit Holds that Internal Complaints Suffice Under the FLSA’s Anti-Retaliation Provision

In a unanimous decision, the Second Circuit ruled on April 20 that internal complaints to an employer are protected from retaliation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Employers within the Second Circuit — New York,...more

Oral Complaint to Supervisor Can Support FLSA Retaliation Claim, Says Second Circuit

On April 20, 2015, the Second Circuit overruled its existing precedent and held that oral complaints of FLSA violations, made internally to a supervisor, can form the basis for a retaliation claim under Section 215 of the...more

Some Additional Thoughts on "Half-Time" Overtime: The Fluctuating Workweek Method

Last week, we discussed the fluctuating workweek method and its possible benefits. Remember that the fluctuating workweek method is not a "save lots of overtime expenses method." Employers who use the fluctuating workweek to...more

Oil Field Employers Post-McMaster: Still Searching for Clarity on the TCA’s Impact on the Motor Carrier Act Exemption

In McMaster v. Eastern Armored Services, Inc., No. 14-1010 (March 11, 2015), the Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued one of the first federal appellate court opinions discussing the SAFETEA-LU Technical Corrections Act of...more

Decisions Raise Bar on Waiver of Arbitration Agreements Under Texas Law

While employers may enter into arbitration agreements with employees relatively easily, ensuring the enforcement of arbitration agreements can be a different matter. For this reason, employers are rightfully cautious to avoid...more

Federal Court Rules That HR Consultant’s Report is Not Privileged

On March 27, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted the plaintiffs’ motion to compel disclosure of a report prepared by a Human Resources (“HR”) consultant in class action litigation under...more

"Predictable Scheduling" Concept Gaining Momentum

In late January, we reported on U.S. Wage and Hour Division Administrator David Weil's comments that the agency is considering whether the federal Fair Labor Standards Act somehow entitles employees to "predictable...more

9th Circuit Splits with 4th, 5th Circuits, Finds Auto Dealer Service Advisors Not Exempt Under FLSA

Reversing a district court decision, and declining to follow decisions from a number of other courts, including the Fourth and Fifth Circuits, the Ninth Circuit has deferred to the Department of Labor's (DOL) "flip-flopped"...more

Labor Contractors Can Make Dangerous Bedfellows: Part I

According to many sources, there is a shortage of unskilled workers in the United States that is only projected to worsen, and employers nationwide are feeling the pinch. From hoteliers to seafood processors, manufacturers to...more

Must Management Justify Treating Exempt Employees As Non-Exempt?

For years, The Big Corporation has treated its Department Supervisors as meeting all of the requirements for the executive exemption from the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum-wage and overtime requirements. However,...more

Is Your Social Media Influencer or Blogger an Employee or an Independent Contractor? What Companies Need To Know Before They...

With the first quarter of 2015 behind us, many companies are already deeply engaged in social media campaigns. Many of these campaigns include the engagement of professional bloggers or other persons with social media...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

10 Tips for Avoiding Unpaid Intern Lawsuits

A television network recently agreed to pay $7.2 million to settle a class action lawsuit filed by former interns claiming violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and state statutes. This represents one of the...more

Court Rules That Payment Of Overtime Wages Pursuant To A Department Of Labor Audit Does Not Preclude Affected Employees From...

Obtaining a valid waiver of minimum wage or overtime claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) continues to be tricky. Section 216(c) of the FLSA requires that a valid waiver must be “supervised” by the U.S. Department...more

Eleventh Circuit Scraps Employer’s Defense in FLSA Claim for Overtime Wages

May an employee recover under the Fair Labor Standards Act for unpaid overtime even if it was his own fault that the overtime was unpaid? The Eleventh Circuit recently answered “Yes,” in the case of Bailey v. Titlemax of Ga.,...more

Lesser Known Exemptions: The "Ministerial" Exception to the FLSA

Last week, in my post about the impact of the various iterations of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) on wage and hour law, we discussed the general rule that the FLSA does not contain blanket exceptions or...more

Ninth Circuit Defers to DOL View that Automobile Service Advisors Have No Industry Overtime Exemption

When taking in your car to the dealership for repairs, you are usually greeted by a service advisor. Service advisors compile information needed for the mechanic to diagnose and repair the vehicle. They also provide cost...more

March 2015 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification News Update

This past month’s headline developments involve three major developments in the area of independent contractor (IC) misclassification. The first case involves a large department store that agreed to pay most of the costs of...more

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and Wage and Hour Law

Unless you are living under a rock, you are probably aware of the uproar in Indiana about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that the state passed, triggering an incredible backlash inside and outside the state and a rush...more

Answering The Call

California leads the nation in vigilantly regulating the conditions which constitute “hours worked.” Definitions are established, modified, and expanded by the California Labor Code, its Wage Orders, and decisions by...more

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