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Unpaid Overtime Misclassification

Allegations of Misclassification Are Insufficient to Demonstrate Commonality and Typicality According to California Court of...

The California Court of Appeal for the Fourth District held that misclassification alone does not establish liability for overtime violations, and, thus, the fact that members of a putative class were classified as exempt was...more

Florida Court Denies Conditional Certification of FLSA Case Involving Restaurant Staff

by BakerHostetler on

As we’ve noted before, many courts have applied the standard for conditional certification so leniently that in places the requirement of a group of “similarly situated” employees under the FLSA has all but disappeared. So,...more

Oil Energy FLSA Exemption Collective Action Settles: The Right Move By The Employer 

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

No industry is immune to FLSA collective actions and the energy industry is seeing a significant uptick in these actions. In this regard, a class of workers employed by an oil field services company has just agreed to a $2.1...more

Employment Flash - June 2017

This edition examines recent labor and employment developments at the U.S. federal, state and local levels, including the House of Representatives' American Health Care Act and the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act, the...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: April 2017

by Payne & Fears on

This month’s key California employment law cases involve wage and hour and discrimination issues. Wage & Hour - Batze v. Safeway, Inc., 10 Cal. App. 5th 440, 216 Cal. Rptr. 3d 390 (2017) - Summary: While determination of...more

Law Firm Misclassifies Secretary As Exempt And Now Must Pay Overtime

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

You know, law firms are not immune from FLSA issues merely because they are law firms and may be allegedly endowed with some superior knowledge of laws. A recent case illustrates this maxim. The name partner of a Los Angeles...more

Don’t Judge a Conditional Certification Motion by Its Cover

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A New York federal court denied a motion for conditional certification of a nationwide collective action against Barnes & Noble. The ruling highlights that, even though the burden for “first stage”...more

The War on Employee Misclassification: Will Trump Call a Cease Fire?

by LeClairRyan on

During its two terms, the Obama Administration declared war on misclassification of employees as independent contractors. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued additional guidance on the proper classification of workers....more

Federal Court Provides Roadmap For Misclassification Success – Sort Of

by Fisher Phillips on

Ruling In Favor Of Independent Contractor Status Provides Boost To Gig Economy - A federal appeals court in New York handed a massive victory to a car service enterprise yesterday, ruling that a group of workers...more

Sheppard Mullin Secures Major Victory for Chipotle in Nationwide Misclassification Action By Demonstrating Variations Among...

The Court’s opinion in Scott v. Chipotle Mexican Grill demonstrates how employers can successfully combat class action claims that employees were misclassified as exempt. The successful defense of the class certification...more

These Foolish Things – The Oddest Employment Issues of the Past Year

by Littler on

Even outside the Capital Beltway, this has been a strange year. Those of us who handle labor and employment issues everyday often think we’ve seen it all—only to be proven wrong time and again. As April Fools’ Day approaches,...more

February 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Four of the eight court cases we report on below in our February 2017 monthly update of IC misclassification cases involve Uber, and each of those cases were victories for the ride-sharing, on-demand company. Although none of...more

Chris Lazarini Examines Employee v. Independent Contractor Issue

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini examined a case in which the plaintiff claimed to be an employee of Northwestern Mutual and therefore protected under New York's minimum wage and overtime laws; Northwestern argued...more

Third Circuit Affirms Rejection Of Class Arbitration Where Employment Agreement Was Silent On Whether Arbitration Could Proceed On...

by Carlton Fields on

Plaintiffs, former staffing managers of defendants’ international staffing agency, alleged that defendants misclassified them as overtime-exempt employees in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Following earlier...more

January 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

January was a busy month for independent contractor misclassification – and IC compliance. In addition to Lowe’s $2.85 million settlement with installers whom it classified as ICs, Lufthansa agreed to pay $1.1 million in...more

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

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

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?

by Jaburg Wilk on

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

Your Own Agreements Can Be Your Worst Enemy in IC Misclassification Cases

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Companies that use independent contractors (ICs) typically require ICs to sign a contractor agreement prepared by the company. But, if it is drafted like the one reviewed in late September by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more

Federal Minimum Salary Increases for Exempt Workers Take Effect December 1, 2016

by Fenwick & West LLP on

If you have not audited your exempt employee pay practices for compliance with the federal Department of Labor’s rules announced earlier this year, you have just under two weeks to do so. Starting December 1, 2016, the...more

Still Looming – The Regulations Regarding Overtime Exemptions

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

When we last visited this topic, the proposed regulations revising the overtime exemptions were still very new. The regulations are due to go into effect on December 1 of this year. There has been legislation introduced to...more

October 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

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

50 Days Until the New Overtime Rule Takes Effect: Ready Or Not?

Barring something completely unexpected, the new overtime rules—effectively setting a federal minimum wage of $913 per week ($47,476 per year) for most exempt executive, administrative, or professional employees—will take...more

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

by NAVEX Global on

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

Hope for Employers: Court Says Home Health Aides Can’t Bring Collective Action

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Courts have been quick to allow one employee claiming to be due overtime to sue on behalf of others in the same job category by certifying a collective action, allowing that employee to represent the class and requiring the...more

6 Resources for Complying with New FLSA Overtime Rules

by NAVEX Global on

The sweeping new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations that go into effect December 1, 2016 will impact all organizations with exempt employees. That means nearly all organizations — and virtually all companies — must...more

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