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Federal Law Preempts State Wage Law in Employee Misclassification Case

A Massachusetts Superior Court recently ruled against a group of truck drivers who claimed that a delivery company violated the Massachusetts Wage Act by misclassifying the drivers as independent contractors rather than as...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: November 24, 2015

Last week, the EEOC released its Fiscal Year 2015 Report, in which it describes 12 months of positive results. According to the report, monetary relief obtained for individuals was up, and the number of systemic charges of...more

Another Year, Another All-Time High for Wage and Hour Litigation

Wage and hour litigation continues to soar to record highs. So says the federal judiciary’s most recent data on cases filed in federal court over the last federal fiscal year. After hitting an all-time high of 8,160 in FY14,...more

September/October 2015 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification News Update

Judicial and regulatory developments in the months of September and October 2015 vividly highlight the fact that many companies in the U.S., both large and small, continue to fail to structure, document, and implement their...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: November 10, 2015

Last week, a jury awarded sports journalist, T.J. Simers a $7.1 million verdict in his age and disability discrimination suit against the Los Angeles Times. Mr. Simers alleged that he was subjected to discrimination...more

Uber Drivers – Independent Contractors or Employees?

On June 3, 2015, the California Labor Commissioner’s Office, following an evidentiary hearing, issued a decision finding that under the state’s wage and hour laws, Uber was an “employer” of drivers using its online platform...more

Wage And Hour Developments That Affect All California Employers

I. MINIMUM WAGE UPDATE: A. Federal and State Requirements - The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. This has been the federal minimum wage for the last six years, and although there are proposals to...more

The Employment Law Authority - September/October 2015

On October 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) concerning new rules for extending the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program for international students...more

Amazon.com Hit With Independent Contractor Misclassification Class Action Lawsuit By Delivery Drivers

Amazon is the latest tech company to be sued in a proposed class action by drivers delivering its products – in this case, goods to be delivered within two hours of being ordered through Amazon’s “Prime Now” app. The drivers...more

Employee Misclassification Continues to Make News

Just last month, GrubHub, DoorDash, and Caviar were sued in San Francisco Superior Court in lawsuits similar to those pending cases against Uber and Lyft. These three new lawsuits ask the hot-button question: are...more

Michael Kors and Versace Sued by Unpaid Interns

Earlier this month, approximately 100 former interns filed class action suits in New York state court against Michael Kors and Versace for allegedly classifying them as interns rather than employees....more

DOL Misclassification Guidance on Independent Contractors Could Affect Certain Nonimmigrant Visa Classifications

On July 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor issued guidance to clarify when workers can be classified as independent contractors or employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This Administrator’s Interpretation...more

Fenwick Employment Brief

Legislative Update - Governor Brown recently signed into state law the following employment law bills (among others): SB 358—Referred to as the California Fair Pay Act, this law is directed at closing the pay...more

Retail Victory Delayed, But Not Denied: Following 6th Circuit Remand, Michigan Federal Court Rules (Again) That Assistant Manager...

Few industries have been as heavily targeted by FLSA plaintiffs’ attorneys as the retail industry. In a retail environment where salaried managers often pitch in to help complete the day’s work while simultaneously...more

Start Planning for the Worst While You Hope for the Best

For the past several months we have been updating you on the proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the impact those changes could have on your workforce. The comment period for the proposed regulations...more

Supreme Court to Resolve Circuit Split on OT Pay for Car Dealerships?

As you have read in our blog over the years, the misclassification of employees as exempt is one of the primary claims in wage and hour litigation.  Misclassification claims can arise in many forms, including the...more

A Legislative El Niño for California?: New 2016 Employment Laws for the State’s Private Sector Employers

Experts are predicting a 95% chance of heavier-than-usual seasonal rainfall this year in Southern California based on the phenomenon known as “El Niño.”  Did the California Legislature and its Governor produce a comparable...more

In Battle Over Employment Compensation, Second Circuit Affirms District Court Decision To Deny Arbitration

On interlocutory appeal, the Second Circuit affirmed a district court decision denying arbitration because a later-signed compensation agreement did not retroactively apply as it contravened the intent of a prior independent...more

What Employers Must Know About Wage and Hour Law

This year, according to a recent Syracuse University study, federal courts are on track to handle a record number of wage-and-hour lawsuits stemming from violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which establishes...more

Special Note for Illinois Employers Regarding Tracking Hours

Tracking of hours for salaried/exempt employees has always been a questionable practice. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor (“US DOL”) could arguably use such tracking as a factor suggesting that the individuals are really...more

Employee vs. Independent Contractor — A Decision Not To Be Taken Lightly

Most employers know that workers may be either employees or independent contractors. What many employers do not know is that misclassifying a worker into the wrong category could have significant financial consequences....more

Eleventh Circuit Joins Second Circuit in Holding the Unpaid Intern FLSA Classification Analysis Depends on the “Primary...

The Eleventh Circuit recently joined the Second Circuit in adopting the employer-friendly “primary beneficiary” test to determine whether unpaid interns are properly classified as employees under the FLSA. The Second...more

DOL Gets Reined In - Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals says the agency pushed too far in worker misclassification case

As most employers know, the United States Department of Labor (DOL), along with many other federal and state agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, has focused on pursuing employers for misclassifying...more

Eleventh Circuit Rejects DOL Test in Internship Collective Action

It is almost an axiom that the Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 U.S.C. §§ 201 et seq., passed in 1938, is out of date. Despite modest tweaks since the time it was enacted, a particularly dark time in the Great Depression, it is...more

DOL to Pay $1.5 Million to Employer for Bad Faith Investigation

In an interesting turn of events and what I’m sure will be gratifying for some employers, the Department of Labor has agreed to pay Gate Guard Services $1.5 million to settle claims involving the DOL’s overly aggressive and...more

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