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"Constructive Knowledge" Off-The-Clock Claim Rejected

Another federal appellate court, this time the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (with jurisdiction over Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas) has rejected an employee's claim to have been entitled to federal Fair Labor...more

The California Regular Rate Of Pay: Not Be So Peculiar

We normally write about how California law differs from American law generally. Today, though, we highlight a recent California case that rejected the notion that California law should deviate from analogous federal wage and...more

‘Twas the 2016 Franchise Renewal Season…and Labor and Regulatory matters are stirring throughout the franchise model

Last year, the franchising industry witnessed developments that significantly affected the core of its business model. These developments stem in large part from both federal and state governments taking a more active role in...more

Canadian Employment News Series - January 2016: Top 10 Canadian Employment Law Cases of 2015

With 2015 now behind us and our sights set on 2016, we have compiled the following list of ten significant Canadian employment law cases from 2015. This roundup is a cross-section of decisions from across the country,...more

Summertime Blues? Solicitor of Labor Eyes July Publication of Overtime Regs

Pinning down a publication date for the DOL’s final revisions to the white-collar exemption rules has proven difficult to anyone outside of the agency’s headquarters. Sometimes, the answer seems to elude even those inside the...more

New FLSA Exemption Rules - Coming In July?

Over the last few months we've been asked on an almost daily basis when the DOL will be publishing its hotly anticipated white collar exemption rules. The short answer is still, we don't know. A few months ago, the word was...more

FRANCHISOR 101: Department of Labor Weighs in on Joint Employer Liability

Recently, some plaintiffs - employees of franchisees - have tried to hold franchisors responsible for unpaid overtime and other claimed violations by franchisees they work for. They use the theory that franchisors are their...more

Burr Alert: Changes to Federal Overtime Exemption Rules Coming in July 2016: What Your Workplace Must Know and Do to Prepare

The U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") recently announced its long awaited changes to the federal overtime regulations will be published in July 2016. The revised regulations, which were first discussed in March 2014, are...more

FLSA Administrative Exemption – It Is Not What You Think It Is

The number one class action lawsuit for several years running is FLSA claims for overtime pay. The lawsuits can be based on inaccurately recorded or calculated work hours, work hours before “going on the clock” or after...more

Federal Law Applies in Calculating Overtime on Flat Sum Bonuses

Paying employees a bonus may trigger the obligation to pay retroactive overtime. The good news is that Alvarado v. Dart Container Corporation of California clarifies that it is lawful for California employers to use the...more

Big Changes Are Coming to Overtime Laws in 2016

On March 13, 2014, President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the United States Department of Labor (DOL) to update the regulations regarding white-collar workers. In June 2015, the DOL announced its proposed...more

Meowing Dogs and Barking Cats: Supreme Court’s Grant of Cert on Exempt Status of Automobile Service Advisors May Result in...

The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to resolve the question of whether “service advisors” at car dealerships—workers whose primary job responsibilities involve identifying service needs and selling service solutions to the...more

Federal Formula for Calculating Bonus Overtime Lawful in California

Seyfarth Synopsis In A Second: A California employer can use the federal formula for calculating overtime on a flat sum bonus, even though the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement Manual states otherwise....more

California Court Clarifies How to Calculate Overtime on Flat Sum Bonuses

A California court of appeal has addressed a gap in California law to clarify what can be a tricky problem for employers — how to calculate overtime on bonuses of a fixed amount, or “flat sum” bonuses. The court’s answer can...more

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Service Advisor OT Pay Split

As we reported back in October 2015 a car dealership, Encino Motorcars, petitioned the Supreme Court to “restore uniformity” to the enforcement of legal precedent and hold that service advisors are exempt from the FLSA’s...more

Employer Beware: Be Prepared for New Labor Regulations Coming in 2016

The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) is quite possibly the labor law that employers grapple with more than any other. The regulations can be murky at best when actually applied and the price tag for running afoul of the...more

Chebotnikov v. LimoLink, Inc.: a Cautionary Tale Concerning the Use of Forum-Selection Clauses

At the end of last year, a federal court in Massachusetts found that a forum selection clause in an Iowa company’s standard form service-provider agreement did not apply to claims asserted under the Fair Labor Standards Act...more

How to Incentivize an Employee Exempt Under the White Collar Exemptions

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), certain employees can be exempt from overtime if they meet the "white collar exemptions" – the bona fide executive, administrative, professional, certain computer and outside sales...more

What Is A "Percentage Bonus"?

Overtime wages for employees subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's overtime requirement must be based upon the "regular rate" of pay. This is an hourly rate that is normally determined by dividing the total wages...more

Looking Forward to 2016

A new year is upon us, and it is shaping up to be a big one in terms of political and regulatory change. As the last year of the Obama presidency, there is a lot of pressure on the administration to leave a mark – including...more

Are Your Administrative Employees Really Exempt From Overtime Pay?

On December 23, 2015, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that insurance investigators who work in a special investigative unit of GEICO’s claims department do not come within the administrative exemption under the...more

The Fourth Circuit’s Countdown to 2016 Includes Two FLSA Classification Decisions

While we were in the midst of office holiday parties and end of the year celebrations, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals came down with two precedential decisions for employers to ponder in the New Year. In Williams v....more

FRANCHISOR 101: 10 Ways Franchisors Can Reduce Vicarious Liability Risks

The U.S. Department of Labor says McDonald's is liable for actions of franchisees. In the last three months a California federal court said McDonald's could be liable for a franchisee's alleged failure to pay overtime and...more

Federal Judge Rules that Home Care Agency Was Not Required to Pay Aides Overtime at One and One-Half Times the Regular Rate...

A federal judge in Ohio has ruled that an Ohio home care agency was not required to pay its home health aides for overtime at one-and-one-half times their regular rate of pay during the period that the Home Care Final Rule...more

City Not Liable For Chicago Police Officers' Blackberry Work Time

If a tree falls in the forest but there is no one around to hear, does it make a sound? If a non-exempt worker answers an e-mail message after hours on her Blackberry but fails to put in for overtime, has she performed...more

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