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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 -

Do Employers Need to Pay for Short Rest Breaks?

As longtime readers of this blog know, there are some common myths regarding wage and hour issues. One of the most prevalent of these concerns rest breaks. Although many people think that workers are entitled by law to...more

Sales Representative Who Was Paid $900,000 Can Still Claim Violation of Overtime Law, Says Federal Court

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

Under federal law, employers must pay employees time-and-a-half if they work over 40 hours in a workweek, unless the employees are exempt from the overtime law. Employers don’t usually think of an employee who takes home...more

The Potential Perils Of "Managing Through The Payroll"

by Fisher Phillips on

Management's already-daunting, time-consuming responsibilities are further complicated by the need to motivate employees to do desirable things and to deter them from doing unwanted things. It is therefore understandable that...more

Telecommuting Policies When Inclement Weather Strikes

As my great-grandfather would always say: “Expect the unexpected so when it reaches you you’re not surprised.” Good advice generally . . . but especially today. . . given the chaos caused by recent major weather events. ...more

NY DOL to Soon Issue Explanatory Statement on Recent Wage Order Amendment

by Littler on

As we recently reported, on October 6, 2017, the New York State Department of Labor (“NYDOL”) issued an amendment to its Minimum Wage Order for Miscellaneous Industries and Occupations regulation to clarify that bona fide...more

The Changing Landscape of Labor and Employment Law under the Trump Administration

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

Abolishing the Federal Contractor “Blacklisting” Rule - In March 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order revoking, and signed a resolution disapproving, President Obama’s Fair Play and Safe Workplaces Executive...more

UPDATE: New York DOL Amends Regulation Governing Home Health Care Aides Pay

by Cole Schotz on

As previously discussed, recent decisions from the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, found a New York State Department of Labor (“NYDOL”) opinion letter was not a “rational or reasonable” interpretation of New York...more

Still Sleeping on the Job? NY DOL Says Home Healthcare Employees Not Entitled to 24 Hours Pay for Overnight Shifts

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Effective October 6, 2017, the New York Department of Labor issued an emergency regulation amending the Miscellaneous Minimum Wage Order, which is designed to undermine two recent Appellate Division rulings...more

Court Lays Out Guidance For Ensuring Hourly Workers Are Paid For Off-Duty Work

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Addressing an employment issue of interest in an increasingly digital world, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (which has jurisdiction over lower federal courts in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin­­) recently upheld a...more

NY DOL Issues Amendment to the Regulation Governing the Payment of Wages to Home Care Aides Who Work a Shift of 24 Hours or More

by Littler on

On October 6, 2017, the New York State Department of Labor (“NYDOL”) issued an amendment to its Minimum Wage Order for Miscellaneous Industries and Occupations (“Wage Order”) in response to recent court decisions finding that...more

Upcoming SCOTUS Term Promises To Be A Blockbuster

by Fisher Phillips on

If you are the kind of person who gets excited by hot-button legal topics and monumental court decisions, this is the Supreme Court term for you. The SCOTUS kicked off their 2017-2018 term several days ago by hearing...more

Uber Forced To Carry On Its Defense Of 'On Call' Claims

by Fisher Phillips on

In a case previously discussed by my colleague Linda Gulledge, a federal judge in eastern Pennsylvania has rebuffed Uber once again in its attempt to rid itself of potentially expensive wage claims. In December 2016, as Linda...more

Obama’s Proposed Overtime Rule is Overruled

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

As you may recall, in 2016 the Department of Labor issued a new overtime rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In nutshell, the new rule raised the salary threshold for employees exempt from overtime from $455/ week...more

September 2017: The Top 10 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. The law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, and September 2017 was no different. In order to make sure that you stay on top of the latest...more

More Law Firms Hit With FLSA Misclassification Claims: A Cautionary Tale

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I have written a number of times about law firms that have been sued in FLSA actions. Another example. Employees have sued two Florida personal injury law firms, alleging that they were misclassified and not properly paid...more

Seventh Circuit case demonstrates value of good time reporting procedures

by McAfee & Taft on

Police officers in the Chicago Police Department claimed in a recent case that they were not compensated for work they performed on their mobile electronic devices — specifically, their BlackBerrys — while off-duty. A total...more

"Wage Theft"/"Wage Recovery" Bills Introduced

by Fisher Phillips on

Pending proposals would radically transform the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and the related federal Portal-to-Portal Act.  Entitled the "Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act" in both the House (H.R. 3467) and the...more

Best in Law: Houston Has a Problem; Make Sure You Don’t - Partner D. Brian Reider Writes About Disaster Preparedness for the...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As the horrible hurricane Harvey and Irma disasters unfolded recently, and wildfires have raged all over the West, we are reminded that the time is now to think carefully about disaster preparedness. Here in California, our...more

Employee Classification and the Gig Economy - Court Leaves the Door Open for “On-Call” Time for Uber Drivers

On September 13, 2017, U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied Uber’s Partial Motion for Summary Judgment in a putative class action brought by UberBLACK drivers in Philadelphia...more

Class Action Filed Against NCAA And 20 Universities Alleging Student-Athletes With Scholarships Are Employees

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In the latest effort to argue that student athletes qualify as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), a class action lawsuit was filed last week in a federal court in Pennsylvania against the National...more

Employee vs. Independent Contractor: How This Classification Is Bringing Legal Challenges To The Gig Economy

by Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell on

The gig economy is a labor market characterized by temporary positions or freelance work with independent workers for short-term engagements as opposed to permanent jobs. Think Uber, Delivery Dudes, Taskrabbit, and Upwork. ...more

Uber Driver Compensation Claims Survive Summary Judgment in EDPA

On September 13, U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied Uber’s motion for partial summary judgment in Razak v. Uber Technologies. It is the first time a district court in the Third...more

The Poster Post – DOL Updates to Your Employees’ Favorite Area of the Break Room

The United States Department of Labor (DOL) has revised mandatory federal posters on the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA). By law, employers must display official DOL posters...more

Supreme Court To Again Evaluate Whether Auto Service Advisors Are Exempt From Overtime

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

On September 28, 2017, the United States Supreme Court agreed to revisit the question of whether service advisors at car dealerships are exempt from overtime. The federal FLSA exempts from overtime "any salesman,...more

Supreme Court Certiorari Grants: Fall 2017 Term

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

1. Freedom of Speech; Labor and Employment. Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, No. 16-1466. May a government require its employees to pay agency fees to an exclusive representative for...more

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