Wage and Hour Fair Labor Standards Act

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Spring Regulatory Agenda Sets Forth New Deadlines, Proposals

In keeping with past practice, federal agencies released their spring regulatory agendas on the eve of a holiday weekend. These semiannual reports list all of the federal agency regulations currently under development or...more

Wage and Hour Division Seeks Information on Smartphones’ Impact on Hours Worked

In the Department of Labor’s regulatory agenda for Spring 2015, the Wage & Hour Division announced a request for information (RFI) regarding “the use of technology, including portable electronic devices, by employees away...more

Third Circuit Upholds the Motor Carrier Exemption for Drivers Who Did Not, But Reasonably Could Have Been Expected to, Cross State...

Are drivers of a motor carrier who rarely or never drive the carrier's interstate routes covered by the motor carrier exemption of the Fair Labor Standards Act?  Yes, according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third...more

Timekeeping For Exempt Employees

Should an employer keep records of the time worked by employees who qualify for a federal Fair Labor Standards Act minimum-wage and/or overtime exemption? At the risk of giving the proverbial "lawyer's answer", it depends. Is...more

Employee Misclassification in the Entertainment Industry

Employee misclassification is one of the leading labor abuses in the country. In fact, in recent years, both the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor have launched a misclassification initiative to combat...more

Courts continue to back employers with strong timekeeping policies, practices

One of the most difficult issues facing employers is off-the-clock work. Employers may find themselves having to pay for this time even if they do not authorize it. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations state that the...more

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Severance Agreement FLSA Collective Action Waiver Case

The Supreme Court has declined to grant review of a Sixth Circuit decision that cast significant doubt on the effectiveness of an employee’s waiver of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action rights. Last summer, the...more

Employment Law - May 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Permits Narrow Review of EEOC Conciliation Process - Why it matters: The U.S. Supreme Court handed a victory—albeit limited—to employers when it determined that courts may consider the...more

#OptIn #OptOut — Update

Back in March we wrote about the group of former unpaid interns from Gawker Media’s Manhattan office suing to recover back pay under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and their desire to use social media to...more

Overtime Regulations on the Horizon: What to Start Thinking About Now

Wage and hour issues are oftentimes amongst a company’s least favorite topics of conversation and yet, at the same time, can be the source of major liabilities. And just as the corporate world tries to figure out where the...more

Interns or Employees? The Issue Draws Nearer to Conclusion

Three and a half years ago, litigation began in the Southern District of New York ("S.D.N.Y.") challenging the long-held assumption that interns were not "employees" under the law. These cases alleged that interns who were...more

Gimme a W!  Gimme an A!  Gimme a G!  Gimme an E!  What’s that Spell?!? . .

NFL cheerleaders are one of the more recent groups to Bring It On! in the form of wage and hour litigation for the alleged failure of their teams to pay them a minimum wage....more

FLSA Trends: A Mixed Bag with a Silver Lining

It came as no surprise, as reported in a Law360 analysis on May 2, that cases brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) continue to trend upward. The FLSA was for many years a sleepy, antiquated, Depression-era...more

Proposed Rule Expected for White-Collar FLSA Overtime Exemptions

Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez announced yesterday that the U.S. Department of Labor has submitted a proposed rule on the white-collar FLSA overtime exemptions to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)....more

Second Circuit Extends FLSA Anti-Retaliation Provision to More Oral Complaints

On April 20, the Second Circuit filled a gap left open by the Supreme Court by extending the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) anti-retaliation provisions to oral complaints made to an employer (rather than just complaints...more

FLSA Exemption Revisions Sent To OMB

U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez has announced that proposed new definitions for the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's Section 13(a)(1) executive, administrative, professional, outside-sales, and derivative exemptions have...more

DOL Sends New FLSA Regulations to OIRA for Final Review Before Draft Publication

Since last spring, we have been following developments in the oft-delayed Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations rewrite by the Department of Labor (DOL). Yesterday, we received word that the DOL has completed a draft of...more

April 2015 Independent Contractor Compliance and Misclassification News Update

The leading news in the area of independent contractor compliance and misclassification in April 2015 is the settlement by Macy’s and its logistics company in New Jersey with the delivery drivers and their helpers used by...more

FLSA Exemption Changes: More On Salaried-Employee Alternatives

Our April 27 post gave an example of how to reduce the financial impact of a previously-exempt employee's becoming subject to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's overtime requirement. The illustration had to do with the...more

Automobile Service Advisers Are Not Exempt Under the FLSA—At Least Not According to the Ninth Circuit

Navarro v. Encino Motorcars, LLC, No. 13-55323 (March 24, 2015): The plaintiffs in Navarro v. Encino Motorcars, LLC were “service advisors” at a Mercedes Benz dealership. The main duties of service advisors are to evaluate...more

Second Circuit Clarifies That FLSA’s Anti-Retaliation Protection Includes Oral Complaints

Greathouse v. JHS Security Inc., No. 12-4521 (2d Cir. Apr. 20, 2015): The Second Circuit Court of Appeals vacated and remanded the Southern District of New York’s decision dismissing an employee’s wage retaliation claim...more

Wage and Hour Basics Series: Penalties for FLSA Non-Compliance

Periodically this year, we have discussed some of the fundamentals of wage and hour law, starting with a general review of the white collar exemptions. We will continue to periodically review some of the more fundamental...more

Security Screening Time in the Wake of Busk - Retail did you know?

Dear Retail Clients and Friends, In 2014, employees across the United States filed dozens of lawsuits under both the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA or the Act) and state law alleging that they and the classes of...more

The Big and Small Implications in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association

There are two important takeaways from Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association, one with a broad scope and the other much narrower. The broader ruling exempts agency interpretations of laws and regulations from any notice and...more

Department of Labor Says "Transparent Government" Begins With...Transparent Data about Businesses?

We’ve reached almost the end of April, and the long delayed, new FLSA regulations are still percolating somewhere in deep inside the DOL. So what has the agency been up to instead? Last month, as part of the annual “Sunshine...more

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