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What Employers Should Know About The Record Breaking Wage & Hour Class Certifications Of 2016 – Trend #5

Wage & hour litigation is a “hot button” issue for employers around the country. In our fifth installment video detailing the six key findings of the Workplace Class Action Report, we look at the numbers and implications...more

Court Decertifies Class Challenging Timekeeping Practices

Yogi Berra often has been quoted for the phrase “It ain’t over till it’s over,” and Lenny Kravitz even made a hit song of it in 1991. While no one will likely ever make a popular song out of Rule 23, the phrase applies just...more

Class Certification Trends For 2016

Seyfarth Synopsis: This is the fifth installment of our blog series on key trends for workplace class action litigation in 2016. In terms of the sheer number of rulings, a significant trend saw wage & hour class action and...more

The Story Behind Class Certification Statistics In 2016 And What It Means For Employers

In the third post of our series on workplace class action issues, this blog posting focuses on the statistical study of class certification rulings throughout the Unites States in 2016. Not unlike real estate, location – in...more

Court Refuses to Certify Class Due to Lack of Adequacy of Class Counsel

A recent case reflects that some courts will look not only to the presence or absence of conflicts or litigation misconduct but also to the plaintiffs’ counsel’s experience in other class action cases. In Goers v. L.A....more

National Airline Flies Past California Peculiarities

Seyfarth Synopsis: A California federal judge has held that an out-of-state employee’s limited presence in California is not enough on its own to require the employer to comply with California wage and hour laws. Oman v....more

The U.S. Supreme Court And Workplace Class Actions

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

Vacation Policies Are Not All-Inclusive; Seventh Circuit Denies Bid to Certify Class And Affirms Summary Judgment on Part-Time...

Seyfarth Synopsis: In McCaster v. Darden Restaurants, the Seventh Circuit affirmed the District Court’s order denying class certification of claims for denial of earned vacation benefits at separation and granting summary...more

California Employment Law Notes - January 2017

$90 Million Judgment Reinstated: Employers Must Relieve Employees Of All Duties During Their Rest Periods - Augustus v. ABM Sec. Servs., Inc., 2016 WL 7407328 (Cal. S. Ct. 2016) - Jennifer Augustus filed this...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Denial of Class Certification for Failure to Show Commonality under Dukes in Vacation Pay Suit

Last week, in McCaster et al. v. Darden Restaurants, Inc. et al., No. 15-3258 (7th Cir. Jan. 5, 2017), the Seventh Circuit relied on Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 564 U.S. 338 (2011) and affirmed the district court’s denial...more

State Law Prohibiting Class Actions Does Not Preclude Court From Maintaining Certification and Approving Settlement Agreement

The Sixth Circuit recently affirmed approval of a class action settlement agreement, holding that “a post-settlement change in the law does not alter the binding nature of the parties’ settlement agreement, nor does it...more

California Supreme Court Tells Employees To Rest Assured

After a years-long battle, the California Supreme Court finally issued a ruling defining what it means for an employer to provide a rest break to non-exempt employees under California law: rest breaks cannot be “on-duty” or...more

In a Scorching Opinion, Sixth Circuit Refuses to Undo Class Action Settlement

Sometimes, appellate decisions are written in a purely clinical voice. Other times, they’re infused with a dash of hot sauce....more

Employment Law - December 2016 #2

New EEOC Guidance on National Origin Discrimination - Why it matters - For the first time in more than a decade, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published new guidance on national origin...more

U.S. District Court in Florida Decertifies a Class of Haitian Blueberry Pickers Because Class Members Sought Individualized...

Seyfarth Synopsis: After certifying a class of Haitian blueberry pickers who asserted Title VII discrimination claims, Judge James Moody of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida issued a sua sponte order...more

California Appellate Court Permits Use of Statistical Sampling to Prove Class Certification

Statistical sampling has always been an effective and efficient way for plaintiffs to establish class action liability in California. After some hope that a 2011 decision by the Supreme Court of the United States might hamper...more

November 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

Our news update for last month highlights the fact that IC misclassification lawsuits are happening across the country and in virtually every industry, both in the on-demand economy and in more traditional business sectors....more

Opt Ins are Out (of Luck) Appealing Decertification

With all the drama of a get-away chase, the Third Circuit recently brought to a screeching halt plaintiffs’ counsel’s elaborate maneuvers to end run repeated decertification of their FLSA actions, and held as a matter of...more

Courts to Consider Theories, Not Facts, on Certification

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Lubin v. Wackenhut Corp., the California Court of Appeal reinstated an effort to certify a class of over 10,000 security officers required to sign on-duty meal period agreements. The Court of Appeal...more

Class Action Report - October 2016

As the Supreme Court begins its new term, the trajectory of its recent class certification guidance will be a key issue for many. The spring and summer of 2016 delivered significant new contours in class certification...more

Third Circuit affirms class certification in franchisee-as-employee class action

In a recent sharply divided 2-1 decision, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the grant of class certification against commercial cleaning franchisor Jani-King in a lawsuit alleging that Jani-King’s franchisees were...more

Fifth Circuit Instructs that, When Raised, Arbitrability is a Gateway Issue that Must Be Considered Prior to Conditional...

On October 4, 2016, the Fifth Circuit in Reyna v. International Bank of Commerce instructed district courts that when the issue of arbitrability is raised in a prompt motion to compel, it should be decided at the outset of...more

Lessons Unlearned: Franchise and Independent Contractor Agreements Can Be Kiss of Death

The Third Circuit’s decision is a pointed reminder to franchisors, as well as businesses that use independent contractors, that the form of their agreements can either serve their legal interests or harm them in employee...more

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

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

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

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