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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

"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

Third Circuit Clarifies What Constitutes a Willful Violation of the FLSA

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes requirements for minimum wages and overtime pay. The FLSA’s requirements can be complex, and employers can face significant liability for unpaid wages and liquidated...more

SCOTUS Denies Cert in Regular Rate Case; Ninth Circuit Decision Requiring Overtime on “Cash-in-Lieu” of Benefits Stands

Even the Supreme Court doesn’t want to talk about the regular rate of pay. The City of San Gabriel, California, provides a flexible benefits plan to its employees under which they receive a designated monetary amount to...more

More About USDOL's Liquidated-Damages Policy

by Fisher Phillips on

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

Second Circuit Rejects Cumulative Liquidated Damages

by Epstein Becker & Green on

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

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

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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

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

Major Changes to Federal Overtime Regulations Take Effect December 1. Are You Prepared?

by Genova Burns LLC on

This week, President Obama and Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez announced the publication of a final rule to take effect December 1 that will overhaul the Fair Labor Standard Act’s overtime regulations. The U.S. Department of...more

Tenth Circuit raises the stakes in (already) costly wage and hour litigation

by McAfee & Taft on

Wage and hour cases, particularly collective and class actions, are among the most costly employment lawsuits for employers. When an employer arguably is mistaken in how it pays employees overtime, does not pay for hours...more

Double the Pain: DOL Now Assessing Liquidated Damages for Overtime Violations

For some time now, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) has been taking a progressively more aggressive approach to wage and hour compliance, marked by increased staffing/resources and more frequent...more

Nursing Mother's USDOL Claim Settled

by Fisher Phillips on

The U.S. Labor Department reports that a temporary-staffing employee has received $1,152 in back-wages and unspecified "other damages" for what it contended was a violation of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's Section...more

Indiana Employment Law Update: 5 Changes to Laws You Should Know

A number of significant changes to Indiana employment law took effect on July 1, 2015. These changes affected employer’s obligations in areas such as hiring, wages, discrimination, and termination. If employers have not...more

Second Circuit Speaks: No Private Settlements of FLSA Actions

In Cheeks v. Freeport Pancake House, Inc., the Second Circuit held that without the approval of a district court or the U.S. Department of Labor, parties cannot secure a stipulation of dismissal with prejudice of an FLSA...more

Wage and Hour Basics Series: Penalties for FLSA Non-Compliance

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Periodically this year, we have discussed some of the fundamentals of wage and hour law, starting with a general review of the white collar exemptions. We will continue to periodically review some of the more fundamental...more

Federal Court Holds That Immigration Law Does Not Preclude FLSA Liquidated Damages Award

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

In many ways, federal immigration laws and various labor and employment laws, including the FLSA, may appear fundamentally at odds with each other: prohibiting work by undocumented workers on one hand, but allowing them to...more

One “Tip” That Won’t Soon Be Forgotten

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Recently, Philadelphia sports bar and restaurant chain Chickie’s & Pete’s (“C&P”) signed a consent judgment with the Department of Labor agreeing to pay current and former employees more than $6.8 million in back wages and...more

New York City Council Expands Protection Against Pregnancy Discrimination

On September 24, 2013, the New York City Council unanimously passed an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) that expands prohibited discrimination in employment based on pregnancy, childbirth, or a related...more

Six-Month Limit on Claims under FLSA, Equal Pay Act Ruled as Invalid Waiver Says Sixth Circuit

by Miller Canfield on

Provisions in employment agreements that shorten the statute of limitations period for employees to file claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Equal Pay Act (EPA) are invalid, the Sixth Circuit ruled on August...more

PK Law Attorneys Successfully Defend Charles County Board Against Multi-Million Dollar Wage and Hour Lawsuit

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

In a wage and hour class action suit that was filed in Maryland’s federal district court, bus drivers and bus assistants sued under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), 29 U.S. C. Section 201 et seq., for back-pay,...more

Liquidated Damages are Discretionary in FLSA Retaliation Case; CEO Held Individually Liable

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

In Moore v. Appliance Direct, Inc.,* the plaintiffs brought retaliation claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"). Although the plaintiffs won on their retaliation claim, they ultimately did not recover liquidated...more

Eleventh Circuit: Liquidated Damages For FLSA Retaliation Discretionary, Not Mandatory

The Eleventh Circuit joined the Sixth and Eighth Circuits in holding that liquidated damages awards for FLSA retaliation claims are discretionary, not mandatory. Moore v. Appliance Direct, Inc., No. 11-cv-15227 (11th Cir....more

Eleventh Circuit Clarifies Standard for Awarding Liquidated Damages in FLSA Retaliation Cases

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that the standard for awarding plaintiffs liquidated damages for a retaliation claim under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is different from that used in claims for...more

USDOL Continues to Crackdown on Unlawful Pay Practices in Restaurant Industry

by Genova Burns LLC on

Lyons Group, which owns over 25 major restaurants in the Boston-area, has agreed to pay nearly $500,000 in back wages and liquidated damages to resolve alleged FLSA violations for its restaurant workers who the USDOL found...more

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