Unpaid Overtime Wage and Hour

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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

100 Days Until the New Overtime Rule Takes Effect: Is Your Company Ready?

On December 1, 2016, the annual cost of classifying most executive, administrative, or professional employees as “exempt” from the overtime rules more than doubles ($23,660 to $47,476). Is your company ready for this change?...more

DOL Settles Its Employees’ Wage Claims

It should not come as a surprise to readers of this blog that the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) likes to trumpet its successes in enforcing federal wage and hour laws. This month alone, the agency has issued several press...more

Health Plan Case Managers Entitled to Overtime Pay

Managed care companies help insurers and government programs coordinate healthcare plans by making coverage determinations for participants. In many situations, case managers conduct utilization reviews to determine the...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

Northern District of California “Shuts Out” Minor League Ballplayers’ Experts

Minor league baseball players took a swing at class certification, and they missed—badly. In Senne v. Kansas City Royals Baseball Corp., et al., minor league baseball players across the country asserted wage and hour...more

Individuals, Families, and Households and Those Who Jointly Employ Home Care Workers With Them are All Liable for Unpaid Overtime

Claims by home care workers for unpaid overtime have risen steadily since the U.S. Department of Labor, in 2015, eliminated the federal overtime exemptions that allowed agency employers essentially to pay no overtime wage...more

Are Professional Athletes Covered Under New Overtime Rules?

Last week, a federal district court judge in California declined to certify a collective action claim by minor league baseball players who alleged they had not been paid overtime as required under the Fair Labor Standards Act...more

California Employment Law Notes - July 2016

Employer Is Entitled To Recover $4 Million In Attorney's Fees From EEOC - CRST Van Expedited, Inc. v. EEOC, 578 U.S. ___, 136 S. Ct. 1642 (2016) - The EEOC filed suit against CRST (a trucking company) alleging...more

Employing Insurance to Protect You From Wage & Hour Suits In Light of Updated Regulations

In 2014, we reported that wage and hour lawsuits—claims in which employees and companies dispute the amount owed to an employee or class of employees for overtime work— had increased 432 percent over the last two decades. ...more

Most Caregivers Are Now Entitled to Minimum Wage and Overtime Pay

The federal government recently extended minimum wage and overtime protections to most home health care workers. If you are hiring a caregiver for yourself or an elderly loved one, you need to become familiar with the rules,...more

Dol Fumbles…Scotus Punts

On June 20, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its latest decision (read, “non-decision”) in Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro. The case involves a decades-old question of whether auto dealership “service advisors” are exempt...more

U.S. Department of Labor’s New Overtime Rules Announced

That rumbling you may have felt this week wasn’t another Oklahoma earthquake. It was the reaction of employers to the new overtime regulations just released by the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”). Set to take effect December...more

DOL's final rule increases minimum salary for overtime exemptions

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) generally requires employers to pay employees at least the federal minimum wage and overtime compensation for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek. Overtime pay must be at least 1½ times...more

Best in Law: Act Now on New OT Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor recently updated the regulations governing which executive, administrative and professional employees (“white collar workers”) are entitled to the Fair Labor Standard Act’s minimum wage and...more

Settling FLSA Wage & Hour Claims? Court Approval May Be Needed

On June 13, I had the opportunity to talk at the Connecticut Legal Conference about employment law issues. My talk focused on free speech rights in the workplace — a topic I’ve covered well in some prior posts....more

Employment Law Commentary, May 2016

The New Federal Overtime Regulations: Are You Ready? - On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its Final Rule updating its regulations to increase the salary threshold required to qualify for the...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

What you need to know about the new FLSA overtime rules

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that there will be significant changes to its overtime rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). These new rules are expected to affect over 4.2 million employees and...more

U.S. Department Of Labor Issues Final Overtime Exemption Rule

On May 18, 2016, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) published its final overtime rule, which significantly changes the nature of who will qualify as salaried exempt employees under the executive, administrative, and...more

Oilfield Service Companies Face Daunting Challenges

A focus on oilfield services companies’ decades old compensation plans for their service technicians began shortly after President Obama took office in 2009. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) commenced a more concentrated...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

The Final Overtime Rule – Is It Really That Simple?

In This Presentation: •How Did We Get Here? •The Overtime Rule: Four Changes You Must Know •Misunderstandings About the Final Rule •Opposition to the Final Rule •Seven Steps Employers Should Take Now Please...more

FLSA Overtime Exemption Salary Threshold Update

On May 18, 2016, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a final rule on overtime exemption likely to impact more than 4 million American workers and their employers. The DOL doubled the salary “white collar” employees must...more

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