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Employers’ right to keep employee tips

by McAfee & Taft on

A recent decision by the federal appeals court that covers Oklahoma ruled that employers are not required to share customer tips with employees who are already receiving wages at or above the minimum wage amount....more

Unless the U.S. Supreme Court Rules Otherwise, Waivers of Collective Actions Are Not Enforceable in New York

On July 18, 2017, the First Department partially reversed the Commercial Division’s decision in Gold v. New York Life Insurance Company, No. 653923/12, 2017 BL 247192 (App. Div. 1st Dep’t July 18, 2017), a case that presented...more

Four hot mid-year topics in California employment law

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

As California sizzles under scorching temperatures, state and local governments have turned up the heat on employers. Employers should be aware of and make sure they are in compliance with important legislative changes...more

San Francisco-Peculiarities: The City’s Ultra-Unique Employment Landscape

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: As if high rent and California’s peculiar laws were not enough to worry about, San Francisco employers must also comply with City-specific ordinances. Trailblazing City requirements often exceed state laws...more

The Department of Labor Changes Course on Tip-Pooling Restrictions

by FordHarrison on

Quite a bit of effort goes into making an enjoyable restaurant experience, such as good food, prompt service and, of course, cleanliness. Want to reward the dishwashers for providing you with spotless silverware, expediters...more

U.S. Department Of Labor To Revoke Obama-Era Tip-Pool Restriction Regulation

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Recently, the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) announced that it would begin the process of revoking an Obama-era regulation that restricted which employees could participate in a tip pool. While the revocation of...more

Arbitrator Must Rule on Independent Contractor Status of Uber Drivers in Class-Action Notwithstanding NLRA Bar to Class Action...

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Last week, a U.S. District Court Judge in Illinois ruled that an arbitration agreement signed by an Uber driver required arbitration on the issue of whether Uber drivers are employees or independent contractors before the...more

USDOL To Propose Modified Tip-Pooling Regulation

by Fisher Phillips on

Readers will recall our prior posts regarding the U.S. Department of Labor's regulatory position adopted in 2011 saying that an employer may not retain any of an employee's tips even if it...more

Reflections Upon USDOL "Tip Retention" Enforcement

by Fisher Phillips on

We recently wrote about two federal appellate decisions holding that tipped employees for whom no federal Fair Labor Standards Act Section 3(m) "tip credit" has been taken, and to whom all FLSA minimum wages and overtime...more

Tip-Pooling Restrictions Slated To Be Rescinded, Labor Department Announces

by Fisher Phillips on

The U.S. Department of Labor plans to propose a full rescission of the controversial tip-pooling restrictions impacting employers who pay tipped employees the full minimum wage directly sometime in August, according to a...more

Federal Agencies Scale Back Their Workplace Regulatory Ambitions

by Littler on

During the prior administration, congressional gridlock prevented many significant labor and employment bills from advancing. Federal agencies picked up the slack, issuing several rules to help carry out much of President...more

Department Of Labor To Rescind 2011 Tip Pooling Regulation

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Yesterday the Trump Administration, through the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, released the federal government’s semi-annual Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory...more

Eighth Circuit Affirms Order Compelling Arbitration, Rejecting Contract Defenses Of Unconscionability And Lack Of Consideration

by Carlton Fields on

The Eighth Circuit affirmed an order compelling arbitration in a case filed by a volunteer concession worker against an operator of concessions at a sports stadium in St. Louis. The concession worker had volunteered to work...more

Court Says Uber Drivers Can Proceed With National Misclassification Class Action

by Fisher Phillips on

A federal court judge in North Carolina last week granted permission to a group of Uber drivers challenging the company’s classification structure to band together and proceed with a class action lawsuit against the...more

UK: The Biggest Shake Up of Employment Law in a Generation?

by Littler on

On July 11, 2017, the UK government published the Review of Modern Working Practices. The report was issued by Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the Royal Society of Arts and a former policy chief to Tony Blair. Current...more

Money for Nothing! Court Allows Employees to Pursue Lawsuit Despite DOL Settlement

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The majority of courts have held that releases of FLSA rights require approval by a court or the US Department of Labor. A recent case in the Southern District of New York highlights a dilemma employers...more

Good Work, The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices

by Dechert LLP on

The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices was published this week and this update reports on its detailed recommendations for reform of UK employment law in terms of its application to those who are engaged other than as...more

Turning Over Every Stone: Don’t Ignore Possible Exemptions And Waivers

by Fisher Phillips on

Many employers fail to fully appreciate the existence of a variety of exemptions from, or waivers of, some of California’s strict wage and hour regulations. A quick survey of common issues includes the following escape...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: July 2017 #2

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declined to rehear a Title VII sexual orientation discrimination case. The Court let stand a March 2017 ruling by a three-judge panel of the Eleventh Circuit that Title...more

The Tenth Circuit Takes the DOL Tipping Rule Off the Menu

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: An unpopular DOL regulation that prohibits employers from retaining customer tips received another blow this summer. The Tenth Circuit joined the Fourth Circuit and several district courts in holding that...more

Endless Summer: California Municipalities Continue to Enact A Variety of Employment Laws

by Littler on

Beyond the labor and employment developments taking place at the state level in California, employers must keep an eye on breaking news at the local level as well. In recent years, municipalities up and down the coast have...more

$15 Minimum Wage Passes Minneapolis City Council

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Last week, Minneapolis’ city council passed a minimum wage bill, raising the minimum wage to $15 for nearly all employees through a phase-in process, which will be complete in 2022 for large businesses and 2024 for small...more

It’s Not a Dream: Mid-Summer Employment Law Changes Effective in California Cities

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On July 1, 2017, the minimum wage increased in nine California cities, and San Francisco’s Parental Leave Ordinance became applicable to more employers. Employers affected by these changes should be sure they are in...more

Equal Pay, the Oregon Way

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Even as Oregon’s minimum wage jumps by $1.50 in the Portland metro area (fifty cents elsewhere in Oregon), the 2017 Legislature has passed two more worker-friendly bills dealing with equal pay and predictable work schedules....more

WPI State of the States: State Legislatures and Governors Turn Up the Heat

by Littler on

As the dog days of summer settle in, most statehouses have closed up shop. Legislatures in approximately 12 states remain in regular session, however, with a couple more active in special session. Roughly 200 labor and...more

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