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Employee Misclassification: Are You Prepared?

We talked earlier about the importance of job classification in determining overtime wages for Internet specialists. The same concerns and problems hold true for your administrative employees. Given existing legal and...more

Wage and Hour Compliance Priorities for 2014

It is easy for us to recommend that employers conduct regular and comprehensive wage and hour audits that examine all facets of the employer’s pay practices to ensure compliance with the myriad of wage and hour laws. After...more

"Right to Know" Initiative Apparently Expanded

The U.S. Labor Department has announced another proposal to conduct a survey relating to "worker classification issues" under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. ...more

Second Circuit Dismisses Improper Deductions Class Action Suit Under CAFA And Holds That Liquidated Damages Under New York Labor...

Gold v. New York Life Insurance Co., No. 12-CV-2344 (2d Cir. Sept. 18, 2013) (Parker, J.): The plaintiff brought suit on behalf of himself and others alleging that he was improperly classified as exempt from the New York...more

Passage of Increase in California’s Minimum Wage Could Impact More Than Just Hourly, Minimum Wage Workers

On September 25, 2013, California Governor, Jerry Brown, signed a bill (Assembly Bill No. 10) that will raise the hourly minimum wage up 25% over the next few years. First, the minimum wage will increase in less than one...more

How To Calculate Unpaid Overtime: Fifth Circuit Rules In Favor of FWW

In an appeal concerning the correct calculation of overtime damages due to employees misclassified as exempt, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals emphatically slammed the door on a trial court’s attempt to require an employer...more

California Wage/Hour Update No. 3, July 2013: Court Clarifies Impact Of Multi-Tasking On Exempt Status

The salaried exemptions remain an actively litigated area in employment litigation. In order to be exempt from overtime and related regulations governing timekeeping and meal and rest periods, it’s not enough that an...more

BRG Review - June 2013, Volume 3, Issue 1

In This Issue: - Letter from the Editor — C. Paul Wazzan, Ph.D. - Introduction to Observational Studies Articles for the BRG Review — David Lewin, Ph.D. - ARTICLES: - Observational Studies in Wage and...more

California Wage/Hour Update - No. 2, April 2013: Managerial Exemption And Class Actions

On March 20, 2013 a California Appellate court reinforced the fact that employees who attempt to certify class claims of “misclassification” of exempt employees (and related meal- and rest-period claims) face an uphill...more

Take 5 Newsletter: EEOC Update; Intern Wage and Hour Claims; NLRB Quorum; Unemployment Discrimination; Social Media Passwords

EEOC Releases Letter Addressing Wellness Programs and Reasonable Accommodation Obligations - In a letter issued recently by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC"), Peggy Mastroianni, the agency's Legal Counsel,...more

Hot Wage and Hour Issues for Home Healthcare Employers

In This Report: - I. Spotlight On Wage-And-Hour Risks For The Home Healthcare Industry - II. Potential Loss Of The Companionship Services Exemption - III. Other Common Types Of Claims - A. Misclassification...more

Internships: Out of Fashion

A former unpaid intern, Dajia Davenport, recently filed a class action lawsuit against Elite Model Management. The lawsuit was filed in the Southern District Court of New York and seeks $50 million in connection with various...more

Nationwide Chain of Gyms Agrees to Pay Substantial Wage and Hour Settlement

24-Hour Fitness, a nationwide chain of fitness centers, recently agreed to pay nearly $17.5 million to settle a class action suit filed on behalf of trainers and managers who claimed that they were misclassified as exempt...more

To Pay or Not To Pay: Payment of Wages under Federal Wage and Hour Law

“These violations reflect one of the problems we’ve found in the oil and gas extraction industry—employees are improperly classified as exempt from the FLSA and are not paid the proper wages in accordance with federal law.” -...more

What’s on the Regulatory Horizon Part Two: Wage and Hour Division Tips Its Hand

In the first part of this series, we examined the three major strategies in the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) regulatory agenda. In part two of this two-part series, we will look at one regulatory topic of great interest....more

Inside Sales Exemption Poorly Understood by Many Employers

Over the past decade, employers have faced a continuing stream of claims alleging that employees have been misclassified as exempt from overtime compensation rules, as well as state laws regarding meal periods and rest...more

Skilled Laborers May Proceed In Class Action Lawsuit For Alleged Overtime And Meal And Rest Break Violations

A group of skilled laborers brought a class action lawsuit claiming that they had been wrongfully classified as independent contractors and denied overtime pay and meal and rest breaks. The court of appeal held that the...more

Wage and Hour Division Unveils Plans to Survey Workers' Knowledge of Their Classification as Employees or Independent Contractors;...

From the advent of the Obama Administration, the U.S. Department of Labor has clearly expressed its intent to adopt an adversarial approach towards employers at the agency and sub-agency levels. As part of that strategy, the...more

California’s Wage Orders: Landmines and Goldmines

Originally published in the Orange County Lawyer magazine - June issue, Vol. 54 No. 6 (pages 12-13). All California employers must comply with a multitude of wage and hour laws that go well beyond setting minimum wages...more

Employee Classification: Employers Must Get It Right Or Face Costly Penalties

Earlier this year, the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) and the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to exchange information received by the agencies. Louisiana...more

How to Report Audit Results and Resolve Issues Identified in the Audit

In this, our fourth installment in our series on the “Anatomy of a Department of Labor Audit,” we address both how to report audit results and how to resolve issues identified in the audit....more

Key Issues to Evaluate When Conducting an Internal Wage and Hour Audit

In our last blog post in this series on the “Anatomy of a DOL Audit,” we discussed tips for conducting an effective internal wage and hour audit. Now we consider some key issues to evaluate during that process....more

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