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Unpaid Overtime Wage and Hour Fair Labor Standards Act

Public Employers Beware: SCOTUS Refuses to Review City Employee Overtime Appeal

On May 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States rejected the City of San Gabriel, California’s attempt to overturn the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal’s expansive interpretation of what employers must include as “wages”...more

10th Circuit Finds Employee Who Only Worked in Colorado Falls Under State MCA Exemption

In a recent ruling, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court’s order granting summary judgment in which the district court held that an employee may be exempt from overtime under Colorado’s motor carrier...more

Third Circuit Holds Overtime Class Action Is Not Subject To Arbitration

by Carlton Fields on

The Third Circuit recently affirmed the decision of a Pennsylvania district court, holding that a class action involving overtime compensation filed against the operating companies of a senior care facility is not subject to...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

California Employment Law Notes - May 2017

Ruth Featherstone alleged that her former employer (SCPMG) discriminated against her based on a "temporary disability" that was caused by an adverse drug reaction, which resulted in an "altered mental state." During this...more

Does Federal Wage Decision Bring A Sea Change To Offshore Operations? 5th Circuit Case Clarifies FLSA Exemption Standard For...

by Fisher Phillips on

A recent federal court decision may bring about a new wave of overtime claims by offshore workers, particularly those working within the territorial waters of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas (Halle v. Galliano Marine...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

Another Oil Industry Class Action Settles – The Disturbing Trend Continues

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

There have been a number of FLSA lawsuits in the energy industry of late, focusing on unpaid overtime. One of these employers who was sued, Key Energy, has just settled two class actions for $3 million. The case is entitled...more

Pipeline Inspectors Denied Conditional Certification Due To Named Plaintiff’s Inadequacy

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Regretfully, to my lights, conditional certification seems all too easy for plaintiffs in a FLSA collective action to secure. Are things changing? A federal judge has refused to certify a proposed class of natural gas...more

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

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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

New Jersey Federal Court Finds Financial Advisers Exempt as Administrative Employees: A Trend?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The issue of the exempt status of financial services employees has been explored in numerous cases for many years and in different parts of the country. Now, there is a new chapter to add to this saga. On February 28, 2017,...more

Federal Court In Illinois Rules Online Retailer Of Event Tickets Qualifies As “Retail Establishment” Under Section 207(i) Of The...

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

An online ticket broker that sells tickets to concerts, sporting events, and the theater qualifies as a “retail or service establishment” under Section 207(i) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), Judge John Lee of the...more

Comma, Comma, Comma, Comma, Comma Chameleon: Liability Comes and Goes with Oxford Comma

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Vampire Weekend crassly and rhetorically asked us, “Who gives a f*** about an Oxford comma?” As it turns out, lots of people: First Circuit judges, dairy farmers in Maine, truck drivers, your authors—the...more

Employer Denied Access to Employee GPS Data

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A federal district court in Indiana recently denied an employer’s motion to compel discovery of employee GPS data in defense of an action brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Crabtree v. Angie’s List,...more

Dispelling the 10 Biggest Wage and Hour Myths – Part II

I’m happy to report (at least from the standpoint of my own safety) that I was unable to find any evidence last night of the existence of a Big Foot or Sasquatch roaming the neighborhoods of Orefield, Pennsylvania.  That...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

Fourth Circuit Articulates New Standard for “Joint Employers”

Until recently, there has been inconsistency as to what constitutes a “joint employer” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Under the FLSA, “joint employment” exists when “employment by one employer is not completely...more

Tightening the Screws: Fourth Circuit Establishes New Test for Evaluating Joint Employment Claims Under the Fair Labor Standards...

On January 25, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which governs cases pending in North Carolina, issued two opinions which serve to clarify and expand the circumstances under which entities may...more

When Off-the-Clock Isn’t Off-the-Clock: The Seventh Circuit Considers Employees’ Arguments that Employer Violated the Fair Labor...

Remember that collective action that the Chicago police officers filed complaining that they weren’t paid overtime for checking their BlackBerrys off duty? Well, the cops lost at trial and now the U.S. Court of Appeals for...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

The U.S. Supreme Court And Workplace Class Actions

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: As profiled in our recent publication of the 13th Annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report, the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings have a profound impact on employers and the tools they may utilize to...more

Employer Exposure Increases: Emotional Distress Damages in FLSA Cases

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

The number of federal courts allowing plaintiffs to recover emotional distress damages in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) retaliation cases is expanding, with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals last month joining two other...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

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