Liquidated Damages

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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

2016 New York Employment Law Year In Review

2016 brought big changes for New York State and City employers, including expansive new discrimination protections and substantial increases in the minimum wage and exempt salary thresholds. While New York employers who...more

Fifth Circuit Denies Punitive and Compensatory Damages for ADEA Retaliation Claims, Creates Circuit Split

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which covers Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi, recently found that punitive and compensatory damages are not available for retaliation claims brought under the federal Age...more

Built-In Contract Remedies: Avoiding the Unenforceable Penalty

Under California law, a provision of a contract found to impose a penalty is unenforceable as a forfeiture and contrary to public policy. The characteristic feature of a penalty is the lack of proportional relation between...more

Liquidated Damages: A Tool for Teacher Retention?

A common struggle for school districts across Wisconsin is how to attract and retain quality teachers and administrative staff. In a post-Act 10 world where districts are free to recruit the best and the brightest from their...more

The Risks and Implications of Failing to Comply with U.S. Government Cyber and IT Requirements

This article summarizes some of the many risks and implications that are associated with failing to comply with U.S. government-unique cyber and information technology requirements. We are often asked by small and...more

A Cautionary Tale: How Sudden Changes to Intermittent FMLA Can Cost You

A January 9 decision by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals serves as a vivid reminder that employers must tread with great caution when managing intermittent leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. As the ruling in...more

Employment Law This Week: Wellness Program Regulations, Cumulative Liquidated Damages, ACA Transgender Discrimination Rules, Form... [Video]

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

Second Circuit Rejects Cumulative Liquidated Damages

On December 7, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit resolved a split among district courts within the circuit regarding whether liquidated damages may be awarded under both the Fair Labor Standards Act...more

USDOL's Liquidated-Damages "Policy" Remains Obscure

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act has long authorized the U.S. Department of Labor to sue to recover unpaid minimum-wage and overtime compensation due to current and former employees plus "an equal amount as liquidated...more

No “Double Dipping”! Second Circuit Rejects Combination of Liquidated Damages Under FLSA and NY Labor Law

Amid the uncertainty concerning the DOL’s enjoined overtime exemption rules and similar state-led efforts to increase the salary threshold, such as in New York, the Second Circuit recently gave employers an early holiday...more

Second Circuit Rejects Double Recovery of Liquidated Damages for Wage Claims

A recent federal appeals court decision is a welcome one for employers facing federal and state wage and hour claims in federal court. New York employers may only be found liable for liquidated damages once in wage and hour...more

Recovery of Liquidated Damages Under Both FLSA and State Law Improper, Says Second Circuit

In a summary order issued on December 7, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit–in Chowdhury v. Hamza Express Food Corp., No. 15-3142-cv–held that an award of liquidated damages under both the Fair Labor Standards Act...more

EEOC Sues Spec Formliners for Pay Discrimination

Concrete Liner Company Failed to Pay Female and Male Sales Representatives Equally, Federal Agency Charges - LOS ANGELES - Spec Formliners, Inc., a Santa Ana, Calif.-based concrete liner company, violated federal law...more

OSHA Also Hates It When You Discourage Whistleblowers

Following up on our recent coverage of the SEC’s administrative orders in BlueLinx Holdings and Health Net, we now bring you the somewhat dated “news” of interim guidance issued by the Occupational Safety and Health...more

SEC directs specific communication to employees regarding whistleblowing

In many investigations, whether internal or in response to government inquiries, employers may take action to terminate employees. A recent US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) resolution in the context of the US...more

University Of Denver Sued By EEOC for Sex-Based Pay Discrimination

University Paid Female Full Law Professors Significantly Less Than Male Counterparts, Federal Agency Charges - DENVER, Colo. - The University of Denver violated federal law by paying female employees lower wages than...more

OSHA Increases Scrutiny of Whistleblower Settlement Agreements

Following the SEC’s lead, OSHA recently announced new guidelines that it will consider when deciding whether to approve settlement agreements reached during OSHA investigations of whistleblower claims....more

The Drivers Privacy Protection Act - Why a 1989 Hollywood Murder Affects How Municipalities and Corporations Handle Your Data...

In 1989, an obsessed fan fatally shot actress Rebecca Schaeffer in the doorway of her West Hollywood home. He had obtained her address from the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The murder prompted Congress to pass the...more

Top 10 Mistakes Florida Commercial Real Estate and Leasing Brokers Make

A good deal of our practice involves litigation over busted deals – sales of real estate, sales of businesses, commercial leases. By the time we’re asked to get involved, the deal is usually already dead, with the parties...more

Restaurants, Owners and Managers Ordered to Pay 700K to Employees

A consent judgment was entered in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin requiring El Azteca Restaurant Group, including the restaurants, the owners and the managers, to pay 129 current and former...more

Employing Insurance to Protect You From Wage & Hour Suits In Light of Updated Regulations

In 2014, we reported that wage and hour lawsuits—claims in which employees and companies dispute the amount owed to an employee or class of employees for overtime work— had increased 432 percent over the last two decades. ...more

7 Key Risks for Contractors in Transit Procurements

Your company has reviewed an RFP issued by a municipal authority to select a firm to operate and maintain transit services, and the business team has signed off on the economics of submitting a bid. As your company’s counsel,...more

Appellate Court Notes

AC36912 - Whitney v. J.M. Scott Associates, Inc. Plaintiff entered into an employment and stock purchase agreement with the owner of the company, that provided if he were terminated without cause before the end of five...more

Supreme Court of NSW Opens the Door to Challenging Adjudication Determinations on the Basis of an Error of Law

On 15 June 2016, in Probuild Constructions (Aust) Pty Ltd v Shade Systems Pty Ltd [2016] NSWSC 770, the Supreme Court of New South Wales (NSW) decided that adjudication determinations made under the Building and Construction...more

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