Unpaid Overtime Employer Liability Issues

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First Circuit Revives Class-Action Overtime Lawsuit over Absent Comma

Sometimes, small things can turn out to be very big. Take punctuation, for instance. Just recently, the First Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision that proves the point: finding that an absent comma created an...more

Travel Time: To Pay or Not to Pay

Do I have to pay my workers for travel time when I provide transportation to a job site? Slate Rock and Gravel, Inc. has a reputation for completing jobs on time and under budget. For their convenience, employees often...more

Texas Court Finds Overtime Restrictions Could Be a Materially Adverse Employment Action in FLSA Retaliation Claim

The Texas Court of Appeals for the Fourteenth District recently reversed and remanded a judgment in favor of an employer on an employee’s claim of retaliation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The court found there...more

2016 Massachusetts Employment Law Year In Review

2016 Massachusetts Employment Law Year in Review - From case law interpreting one of, if not, the most employee-friendly independent contractor statute in the country to Beacon Hill’s efforts to pass non-competition...more

Wage and Hour Compliance: Off-the-Clock Work

Thanks to the wonders of technology, it has become increasingly easier for non-exempt employees to engage in small work-related acts, or to be “on call” for their employer, after they have “clocked out” at the end of a shift....more

Paying Bonuses to Non-Exempt Employees: Avoiding Class-Wide Overtime Violations

Employers generally recognize that their non-exempt employees must receive overtime premiums on their base pay – in most cases, their hourly wage – when they work overtime. However, not all employers are as well attuned to...more

Fifth Circuit Rules Emotional Distress Damages Available in FLSA Retaliation Cases

On December 19, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Court) held that “an employee may recover for emotional injury resulting from retaliation” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in Pineda,...more

New Uber Ruling Reveals Another Costly IC Misclassification Exposure for On-Demand Companies

Gig economy companies based on an independent contractor model beware. On December 14, 2016, a federal court in Pennsylvania denied a motion to dismiss an “on-call” wage claim in a class action lawsuit filed against Uber by...more

What Damages Can an Employee Recover in a Lawsuit from an Arizona Employer?

If an employee or former employee sues, they may be entitled to many different types of damages which could amount to a substantial amount. However, that is not always the case. The different kinds of damages an employee can...more

New York’s Nonexempt Wage and Salary Requirements Still in Play

While the media has been focused on the stay of the new federal overtime exemption classification rules in Nevada v. U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, No. 16-cv-741, and the...more

Overtime Class Actions Gaining Traction in Canada: Is the Oil Patch Next?

On October 12, 2016, a former GoodLife personal trainer filed a class action lawsuit for $60 million in damages under Ontario's Class Proceeding Acts, 1992. The proposed class members include current and former non-managerial...more

October 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

Our update for this past month is noteworthy for the fact that we report below on IC misclassification lawsuits plaguing some of the largest and most recognizable companies in the U.S. (like Uber, Amazon, and FedEx) as well...more

Paid Breaks Cannot Offset Overtime Obligations

Neither the federal Fair Labor Standards Act nor wage payment laws in place in most states require that employers provide non-exempt employees with paid meal and other breaks. However, employers commonly offer employees paid...more

Café Manager Seeks Class Action for Overtime Pay

A Chicago-based Barnes & Noble Café Manager filed a collective action on September 20, 2016 in federal court, Southern District of New York, seeking overtime compensation for herself and similarly situated individuals who...more

Wage and Hour Compliance: 80% of Employers Likely Out of Compliance

The U.S. Department of Labor recently settled a lawsuit filed by the American Federation of Government Employees Local 12 for $7 million. The lawsuit, filed a decade ago, claimed that Labor Department employees had not been...more

Labor Department Settles Overtime Pay Dispute with Its Own Employees

The Department of Labor (DOL) has agreed to pay $7 million to resolve claims that it failed to pay overtime to thousands of its own employees. The settlement reached with the American Federation of Government Employees Local...more

FLSA Conditional Certification Denied in NYS for 5,000 Home Care Workers

In a case with far reaching implications, Cowell v. Utopia Home Care, Inc., 2:14-cv-00736-LDW-SIL, Magistrate Judge Steven Locke of the Eastern District of New York (covering Brooklyn, Queens and Long island) ruled that...more

Emerging Labor & Employment Law Trends (Part 1)

With summer 2016 almost behind us, employers should begin to plan for the major labor and employment law trends expected to emerge in the final quarter of the year and into 2017. In the first part of this two-part series, we...more

Employment Law Roundup: Summary of Recent Changes Affecting New York Employers

Private employers in New York should be aware of a number of employment law changes over the past year that affect background checks (both credit and criminal history), anti-discrimination protections and reasonable...more

Employment Practices Newsletter - June 2016

EEOC Issues Final Regulations on Wellness Programs - It seems to be a win-win when employers who provide employees with incentives to encourage healthy behavior. But employers that do so must contend with an alphabet...more

Understanding the Final Overtime Rule: Is it really that Simple?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the Final Overtime Rule, which is effective on December 1, 2016, simplifies the regulations to make them easier for employees and employers to understand and apply. Really? ...more

Approval of the DOL's Changes to the Overtime Exemption Rules Is Imminent

Last year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed rules to increase the salary level for employees exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The proposed rules sought to increase the salary level...more

California Wage & Hour: Employer Q&A

Recently, the California Labor Commissioner cited a residential care provider for multiple wage theft violations, including for failure to pay minimum wage and overtime. As a result of the Labor Commissioner’s...more

New York District Court Grants Summary Judgment for Employer in Gawker Intern Case

Litigation Over Interns Dries Up Internship Opportunities - The natural and probable consequence of litigation over unpaid internships was that such opportunities would disappear because the risk of litigation for even...more

Increased Litigation Of Worker Misclassification Cases Should Place Employers On Notice Of Potential FLSA Violations

Worker misclassification violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) continue to be at the forefront of the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) enforcement priority list and of the plaintiffs' bar, which has filed...more

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