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The Employment Law Authority - January/February 2015

In This Issue: - High Tech, High Risk: Protecting Health Plan Data: Recent Cyber Attack Reminds Employers to Take Swift Action - EEOC FY 2014 Statistics Are Here: What Do They Mean for Employers? - State...more

Eleventh Circuit Rules That Employer Cannot Assert Worker Misconduct Equitable Defenses in FLSA Unpaid Overtime Claim Where...

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion holding that an employer cannot assert equitable defenses based on an employee’s misconduct in under-reporting hours as a total bar to the employee’s FLSA claim...more

Employee's Failure to Report Off the Clock Work Not a Total Defense Says 11th Circuit

Last summer, we highlighted an example of how good recordkeeping practices can result in a favorable decision. In the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan case, the employer successfully defended an “unauthorized overtime” claim...more

To pay or not to pay? Court holds employer is not obligated to pay for attendance at mandatory treatment program

Although most employers are aware that an employee’s time spent working is generally compensable, the question of what actually constitutes compensable “working time” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is an area...more

Supervisor’s Knowledge of Unreported Overtime May Lead to Liability Under the FLSA

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to pay nonexempt employees at least one-and-one-half times the employees’ regular hourly wage for every hour worked in excess of 40 hours in one week. Courts regularly...more

What’s Ahead in 2015 for Retailers in Labor and Employment Law? Part II

The recent Ogletree Deakins webinar, “What’s Ahead in 2015 for Retailers in Labor and Employment Law,” featured leaders in the retail industry and labor and employment attorneys—Randel K. Johnson, senior vice president of the...more

Groundhog’s Day for Employers: The Same Mistakes Over and Over and Over…

I still consider Groundhog’s Day not only a great comedy, but also a great movie. Twenty-two years ago, the late Harold Ramis graced us with a tale about Phil Connors, a Pittsburgh TV weatherman, who finds himself repeating...more

Labor/Employment: New Minimum Wage and Overtime Exemption Thresholds for 2015

Wage and hour issues are a pervasive source of litigation in California and nationwide. To help mitigate this risk, tech industry companies in California need to be aware that certain minimum wage and overtime exemption...more

What Employers Can (Probably) Expect from the FLSA Overtime Exemption (Yet to Be) Proposed Rules

With apologies to Tom Petty, with regard to upcoming proposed regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act set to increase the overtime exemption salary, the waiting is the hardest part. Employers everywhere will likely...more

Healthcare Employer Lands in Patient-Privacy Predicament

Healthcare providers are required by law to maintain the privacy of most patient information, and there are good business reasons for medical practices to protect patients’ personal information. In a recent case, a medical...more

Equitable Defenses Do Not Apply to FLSA Overtime Claim

Defendants sometimes assert “equitable” defenses to legal claims brought against them. In some situations, courts have the discretion to bar claims by plaintiffs whose “unclean hands” or other actions make recovery manifestly...more

Trial Court Should Have Certified Class Claims Of Managerial Employees

Roberto Martinez and three other current or former employees of Joe’s Crab Shack (“JCS”) filed this putative class action asserting that they and similarly situated salaried managerial employees had been misclassified as...more

Employment Law Alert: Employee's Overtime Claim Fails Due to Lack of Facts

In Landers v. Quality Communications (9th Cir. 12-15890-1/26/15), the Court of Appeal affirmed the district court's order dismissing plaintiff's complaint pursuant to Rule 8 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure finding...more

Eleventh Circuit Rejects Equitable Defenses to FLSA Claim Where Employer Aware of Underreported Hours

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently held that an employer that has knowledge that an employee underreported his hours cannot assert equitable defenses based on the employee’s own conduct as a...more

Mendiola Decision Highlights a Key Issue - The Calculation of "Hours Worked"

The continuing stream of lawsuits challenging employers’ payroll practices is well-documented. A large portion of wage and hour lawsuits seek to recover overtime compensation that should have been paid to employees who were...more

Ninth Circuit Issues Companion Cases Addressing Evidence Required To Show That The Amount In Controversy Requirement Has Been Met...

Through a pair of opinions issued the same day, the Ninth Circuit attempted to clarify the evidence required for a defendant to meet its burden of showing that the amount in controversy exceeds CAFA’s $5 million threshold...more

Because you are asking . . . DOL Says New Proposed Rule On White Collar Exemptions Under The FLSA Will Be Issued In February 2015

As many of you know, last year President Obama directed the DOL to issue new regulations to “modernize and streamline” the white collar exemptions to the minimum wage and overtime requirements under the FLSA. (Keep in mind...more

Sixth Circuit Revisits FLSA Compliance During Employee Meal Periods

In Ruffin v. MotorCity Casino, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals considered whether casino security guards, required to remain on casino property during meal periods, monitor two-way radios, and respond to emergencies if...more

Exempt vs. Non-Exempt: Have You Properly Classified Your Employees?

The Issue: Which employees are exempt from overtime laws? The Solution: Exempt employees are those whose job compensation and duties meet the federal and state requirements for overtime exemption....more

Wage and Hour Basics Series: The FLSA Overtime Exemptions

While we regularly discuss many of the nuances of wage and hour law generally and the Fair Labor Standards Act in particular here on the blog— it is also important to focus on the basics. Periodically over the next several...more

Insurance Industry Wins Temporary FLSA Exemption for Insurance Adjusters in CRomnibus

On Tuesday, we discussed Congress’s passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, nicknamed CRomnibus in the waning days of the 2014 legislative session. The omnibus spending bill avoided...more

California District Court Finds that CAFA’s Amount-in-Controversy Requirement was Satisfied; Denies Motion to Remand

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California denied plaintiff’s motion to remand, holding that plaintiff’s claim for unpaid wages and overtime satisfied CAFA’s amount-in-controversy requirement. ...more

$4.5 million wage settlement for Pa. and WVa. workers in oil and natural gas industry

On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it has reached agreement with numerous employers in the oil and natural gas industry in Pennsylvania and West Virginia to provide 5,310 workers...more

Can Your Agency Afford to Employ "Sleep-Ins"?

Under the U.S. Department of Labor's Final Rule on Domestic Service, ("DOL Final Rule") effective January 1, 2015, home care agencies can no longer claim the companionship exemption. As a result, managed care companies may be...more

Aggressive FLSA Enforcement May Now Mean Jail Time

The recent arrest of a New York restaurant owner for failing to pay her employees minimum wage and overtime pay highlights the aggressive efforts currently used to enforce employment laws like the Fair Labor Standards Act...more

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