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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Class Action Roundup: Winter 2017

Welcome to the latest edition of Class Action Roundup, covering the fourth quarter of 2016. As has been the case throughout the year, class actions continue to play a key role in courtrooms across the...more

Notes From Acosta Confirmation Hearing

U.S. Labor Secretary candidate Alexander Acosta's March 22 appearance before the Senate's Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee produced some interesting interchanges having to do with matters relating to the federal...more

Wait! Did the Fourth Circuit Just Define FLSA Joint Employment More Broadly Than Obama’s DOL?

Employers have no doubt been paying close attention to the future of the joint employer doctrine, which was a focus of change and expansion for DOL leadership during the Obama administration. With a new administration in...more

 Be Careful About Signing USDOL Back-Wage Summaries

When U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigators conclude that back-wages are due under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act or another law the Division enforces, typically they present to the employer a...more

Employers Closely Follow Gorsuch Confirmation Hearing as He May Cast Deciding Vote on Validity of Class Action Waivers

March 22, 2017 marks the third day of the confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Many employers throughout the Carolinas are watching the process with interest given the impact Judge Gorsuch would...more

How to Avoid Disney’s Not-So-Fairy Tale $3.8 Million Payment of Employee Back Wages

On Friday, March 17, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) and two subsidiaries of The Walt Disney Co. (“Disney”), the Disney Vacation Club Management Corp., and the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S. Inc., reached an...more

Judge Recertifies MLB Minor League Collective and Class Action

Federal Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero struck a blow to MLB when he reversed course on his earlier decision and recertified a minor league collective and class action against MLB....more

Comma, Comma, Comma, Comma, Comma Chameleon: Liability Comes and Goes with Oxford Comma

Seyfarth Synopsis: Vampire Weekend crassly and rhetorically asked us, “Who gives a f*** about an Oxford comma?” As it turns out, lots of people: First Circuit judges, dairy farmers in Maine, truck drivers, your authors—the...more

Do School Employees Get Overtime For Occasional Extra Duty? [Wage & Hour FAQ]

Q. Our school district has hourly, non-exempt employees who occasionally perform extra work for the district – for example, chaperoning a school dance, or taking tickets at home games. Do we need to track the hours that...more

Is a Nursing Coordinator Exempt From Overtime? Ninth Circuit Biopsies Administrative Exemption

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that whether a nursing staffing coordinator met the administrative exemption from federal overtime requirements is a factual issue that must be decided at trial. Quintiliani...more

Employer-Compliance Obligations and Enjoined DOL Regulations

As previously discussed on this blog in a post dated November 23, 2016, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”), in May of 2016, issued a final rule (“Final Rule”) revising its regulations construing the so-called...more

How Does the Supreme Court’s Remand of the Transgender Discrimination Case Impact Wage-and-Hour Class Actions?

On March 6, 2017, the Supreme Court, in a one-sentence summary disposition, remanded the case of Gloucester County Sch. Bd. v. G.G. to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit “for further consideration in light of...more

FAQs About Employee Travel Time — Is It Compensable?

There are few things more confusing to employers than the nitty-gritty rules of what is and is not compensable time for non-exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). There are also few things more costly to...more

More About USDOL's Liquidated-Damages Policy

We wrote last December about our ongoing efforts to secure a copy of an undisclosed "policy" that various U.S. Department of Labor officials have referred to in insisting that an employer pay at least some amount in...more

The Perils of Calculating Regular Rate of Pay

Calculating the overtime due to a non-exempt employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act is easy — just multiply the employee’s hourly rate times 1.5 for each hour worked over 40 in a workweek. Right? If only overtime...more

Are You a Joint Employer? Watch Out for Potential Liability

Many businesses today use other entities to provide employees for their business operations. This type of structure is often viewed as a good way for a company to avoid many of the pitfalls of being an employer under state...more

“Pre-Shift” Does Not Mean “Before-Shift”: Are Your Pre-Shift Meetings Violating The FLSA?

The popular workplace practice of holding a “pre-shift” meeting to set the tone of the workday and communicate important announcements can be very beneficial and may even boost workplace morale. But don’t be fooled by this...more

Weather Got You Down? How to Comply With The FLSA in Inclement Weather

Snow days, hurricanes, power outages, floods - when weather of biblical proportions forces you to close or prevents your employees from getting to work, what do you do? The answer depends on whether the employee is paid...more

Employer Denied Access to Employee GPS Data

A federal district court in Indiana recently denied an employer’s motion to compel discovery of employee GPS data in defense of an action brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Crabtree v. Angie’s List,...more

A Wage and Hour Pitfall: Paying Bonuses to Non-Exempt Employees Can Lead to Trouble

Most employers today recognize that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that they pay non-exempt employees an overtime premium for working more than 40 hours in any given workweek. What most employers do not...more

Dispelling the 10 Biggest Wage and Hour Myths – Part II

I’m happy to report (at least from the standpoint of my own safety) that I was unable to find any evidence last night of the existence of a Big Foot or Sasquatch roaming the neighborhoods of Orefield, Pennsylvania.  That...more

“HR Horribles” — Collect ’em all!

Remember the Garbage Pail Kids from the ’80s? I have had an inspiration that will make my fortune! I’m going to create a set of collectible “HR Horribles”™ trading cards, representing the employees who make Human Resources...more

California Employment Law Notes - March 2017

Victoria Zetwick, a county correctional officer, alleged that the county sheriff created a sexually hostile environment in violation of Title VII and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act by, among other things,...more

Of Employees and Independent Contractors: The Ninth Circuit to Consider Where Truck Drivers Fall

On February 24, 2017, Senior U.S. District Judge John W. Sedwick in the district of Arizona stayed a proposed class action in Virginia Van Dusen et al v. Swift Transportation Co., Inc. et al, No.: 2:10-cv-00899, against Swift...more

Texas Court Finds Overtime Restrictions Could Be a Materially Adverse Employment Action in FLSA Retaliation Claim

The Texas Court of Appeals for the Fourteenth District recently reversed and remanded a judgment in favor of an employer on an employee’s claim of retaliation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The court found there...more

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