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Russell v. Citigroup Inc. – Language in Revised Arbitration Agreement Torpedoes its Application to Pending Class Action

A Sixth Circuit panel found the text of an updated arbitration agreement indicated it did not apply to a wage and hour class action already pending when the agreement was signed. Russell v. Citigroup, Inc., Case No. 13-5994...more

Third Circuit Embraces Successor Liability for Wage-and-Hour Violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act

In a recently decided case, Thompson v. Real Estate Mortgage Network, Case No. 12-3828 (3d Cir. Apr. 3, 2014), the Third Circuit Court of Appeals determined for the first time that a successor-employer may be held financially...more

Reliance on MA Case Finding That Compensation Contingent on Funding is Not Owed is Risky

Historically, Massachusetts courts routinely ruled that it was a violation of the Massachusetts Wage Act to fail to pay an employee who had been promised payment for her work only after the employer received sufficient...more

How Proper Employment Law Training Courses Could Save Employers 248M in Wage & Hour Settlements

Wage and Hour issues have been prevalent in the compliance arena for many years now. According to The Network’s 2013 benchmarking report, 46 percent of all reports that came through the hotline were classified as “Personnel...more

Employer Avoids Massachusetts Wage Claim Through the Use of Well-Drafted Employment Agreement

The importance of drafting employment agreements carefully could not be more evident in the superior court case of Boesel v. Swaptree, Inc., where the court rejected a high-level executive’s ability to bring a claim under the...more

President Obama to Order Expansion of Overtime Pay

President Obama is expected to issue an order today directing the Department of Labor to expand the number of people who qualify for overtime pay under federal labor law. According to reports in the Washington Post and other...more

Michigan Employers May Soon Obtain Relief From Oppressive And Risky Wage Garnishments

An order for a wage garnishment is surprisingly complex to administer and very risky for employers. For instance, if an employer does not answer a garnishment within 14 days or do any other act required by the court, it is...more

When 30 Days Just Isn’t Enough: The Ninth Circuit Rules that Defendants’ Right to Remove May Not be Limited to 30 Days

In Rea v. Michaels Stores, No. 14-55008, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 2928 (9th Cir. Feb. 18, 2014), the Ninth Circuit reversed the district court’s order remanding a wage-and-hour class complaint to state court, ruling that the...more

Employees Seek To Take Bite From Apple (and Urban Outfitters)

Chances are that if you ask someone what they remember from the cult-classic Paul Verhoeven film Total Recall, they’ll recall (among other things) the sequence where Arnold Schwarzenegger attempts to sneak through security....more

Walmart Potentially Liable For Wage Violations As Joint Employer Of Subcontractors’ Employees

Finding that ample evidence existed that Walmart exercised control over the working conditions of the workers employed by Walmart’s warehouse subcontractors, a California federal district court in Carrillo v. Schneider...more

Tick Tock: Don't Back Off on Tracking Employee's Working Time

The Obama Administration announced this week that it will give employers with more than 50 but less than 100 employees one more year to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate. (But beware: You can’t lay off...more

Given Proliferating Wage & Hour Claims, Specialized Insurance an Important Consideration for Employers

Given a dramatic increase in both the number of wage and hour lawsuits and the average cost to employers to resolve one — $4.5 million — a little prevention could be worth at least a pound of cure in this area, Kami Quinn and...more

Employment Law Alert - January 2014: Starting the New Year Right

With the start of a new year comes new labor laws. With 2014 upon us, now is the time for employers to dust off their policies and ensure that they are in compliance with all applicable rules and regulations, both new and...more

2014 Employment Law Update

Whether you choose to set a New Year’s resolution or not, the start of a new year is normally full of changes if you are a business owner or employer. 2014 is no different, with dozens of new employment laws going into...more

Don’t Be Bulldozed by Snow Days: What to Consider Before Docking Pay for Weather-Related Absences

With thanks likely to the polar vortex, states across the nation are experiencing record low temperatures this winter. The bitterly cold winter has caused employees to call off work (or show up late) and employers to...more

The Not So Fine Print

It seems like there’s been a lot of labor law news lately. From the California Labor Commissioner’s crackdown on labor law violations this past year to new labor law-related legislation this year. And here’s another....more

Bill Would Authorize Pre-Judgment Wage Liens On Real And Personal Property Of Employers And Third Parties

I often say that to be an employer in California is to be sued. California is litigious and its labor (and other) laws are maddingly complex. Last spring, Assembly Member Bonnie Lowenthal submitted a bill, AB 1164, that...more

Wage-Hour News Notes

Recent headline items touch upon matters of continuing concern: ? The Employment Policies Institute has highlighted what it calls "Maximum Hypocrisy on the Minimum Wage" among 96% of the Senate and House sponsors of...more

Getting Down To Business: Highlights Of New California Employment Laws

With the start of the new year, it is the perfect time for employers to ensure that their policies reflect the changes in California law. We covered many of the laws affecting employers in our “California Legislative Update...more

Internship Programs: Rite of Passage, or Right to Pay? The Issue Deserves Continued Monitoring by Employers

With the start of the New Year, many employers are gearing up for their internship programs, which often coincide with academic semesters and summer recesses beginning in May. Such programs, though, have become a source of...more

Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group Highlights Legal Issues to Watch in 2014

Happy New Year from your friends and advisors in Bernstein Shur’s Labor and Employment Practice Group. Usually, the new year comes with reviews of the past. At Bernstein Shur, we look forward to the future with a firm...more

First Circuit Allows Retaliation Claim to Proceed Absent Direct Evidence of Decision Makers’ Retaliatory Animus

The First Circuit Court of Appeals recently took an expansive view of the type of evidence that is sufficient to raise a genuine issue of material fact to defeat an employer’s motion for summary judgment in a wage and hour...more

Top New Jersey Legal Developments - January 2014

2013 was a busy year for employment law in New Jersey. This newsletter summarizes noteworthy developments in ten key areas—social media, the Law Against Discrimination ("LAD"), whistleblowing, background checks, drug and...more

New California Statutes Potentially Increase Owners’ and Developers’ Exposure Under the Prevailing Wage Law

California has enacted several statutes, effective January 1, 2014, which will likely increase the exposure of contractors and subcontractors, and the developers and owners for whom they work, to claims for prevailing wage...more

Snow, ice and blizzard tips for employers

As we fall headlong into the teeth of the winter weather season, now is a good time to review some common questions employers face this time of year. ...more

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