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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

R&R – what the Working Time Regulations say

The Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR) provide for a right for workers to take a 20-minute rest break where the working day is longer than six hours. The WTR enable a worker to bring a claim if an employer has refused to...more

Paid Breaks Cannot Offset Overtime Obligations

Neither the federal Fair Labor Standards Act nor wage payment laws in place in most states require that employers provide non-exempt employees with paid meal and other breaks. However, employers commonly offer employees paid...more

Employers Beware – The Third Circuit Strictly Construes the FLSA Regulations to Prevent Taking Credit to Offset Overtime...

As employers prepare to implement the new federal Department of Labor regulations which, on December 1, 2016, will double the minimum salary required for many exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), employers...more

The $90 Million Question: Can You Rest While On Call?

Seyfarth Synopsis: Does carrying a pager nullify a rest break? What about the possibility of being tapped on the shoulder by your boss? Or being called on your cell phone? The California Supreme Court considered these and...more

Third Circuit Confirms Paid Meal Breaks Cannot Offset FLSA Overtime Liability

In a recent decision, the Third Circuit emphasized the need for employers to capture and compensate all hours worked by non-exempt employees, even if the employer pays the employees for break time that it could treat as...more

Litigating California Wage & Hour and Labor Code Class Actions

Introduction and Overview - Since the turn of the century, there has been a huge increase in the number of class action lawsuits alleging violations of California’s overtime laws or other Labor Code statutes and wage and...more

No Rest for the Weary: California Law on Rest Breaks

Seyfarth Synopsis: California’s rules on rest breaks are still developing. Recent cases have addressed the timing of rest breaks, and whether employees (particularly those who remain “on call”) must be relieved of all duty...more

Switching off: making sense of working time laws in Europe

In the last five years, with the development of information technology and mobile devices, the distinction between being “at work” and “off work” has been profoundly altered. Working time is no longer confined to being in an...more

Illinois Domestic Workers Now Guaranteed Certain Employment Rights

On August 12, 2016, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights Act (House Bill 1288) (the “Act”) on behalf of domestic workers employed in private homes or residences into law. With the passage...more

Venezuela: Nuevo Programa de Emergencia Obliga a los Patronos a Proporcionar Trabajadores a Empresas Estatales

El Ministerio del Trabajo en Venezuela ha publicado en la Gaceta Oficial un programa de trabajo forzoso, que exige a los patronos del sector público y privado proporcionar trabajadores a empresas estatales, como una especie...more

Venezuela: New Emergency Program Forces Employers to Supply their Workforce, on Demand, to Benefit State-Owned Entities

Venezuela’s Ministry of Labor has enacted the establishment of a forced labor program, which will require public and private sector employers to supply their workers as “temporary loans” to State-owned companies to boost the...more

California Legislative Update: Heading Into The 2016 Session's Final Month

The California Legislature will return from its July recess on August 1, and will devote that month to final consideration of legislation for 2016. The session has entered a somewhat anticlimactic stage for employment...more

New Court Decision Lends Further Guidance To Meal And Rest Period Scheduling

California employers continue to struggle with how to comply with their obligation to provide meal and rest periods to their non-exempt employees. Although the California Supreme Court’s groundbreaking Brinker decision from...more

Injury to feelings awards not available for failure to provide rest breaks

In Gomes v. Higher Level Care Ltd UKEAT/0017/16 the EAT held the claimant could not recover losses for injury to feelings after her employer had breached regulation 12(1) of the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR). Regulation...more

Supreme Court Declines Review of D.C. Circuit’s Decision Upholding DOL Home Care Rule as Regulatory and Litigation Focus on Home...

On June 27, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the plaintiffs’ petition for a writ of certiorari in Home Care Association of America v. Weil, leaving the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) Home Care Rule intact. The Home...more

Employment Law - June 2016

OSHA's Electronic Submission Rule Finalized - Why it matters - Three years in the making, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) finalized a new rule mandating the electronic submission of injury...more

New Arizona Legislation May Affect the Interests of Arizona Businesses and Employers

Two new statutes, signed into law by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey this legislative session, attempt to set new standards on defining the independent contractor relationship and how wages are regulated. Below is a description...more

Combining 10-Minute Rest Breaks May—or May Not—Be Lawful in California

When must rest breaks occur, and may a company allow employees to combine their rest breaks with other breaks? California’s nuanced meal and rest break rules have spawned an endless cycle of litigation, and as a recent...more

A Good Deed Never Goes Unpunished When Applying California’s Wage Order Rules on Scheduling Rest Breaks

California courts continue to strictly enforce the State’s meal and rest break laws. A recent case highlights the importance of adopting statutorily appropriate employee rest break procedures. In Rodriguez v. E.M.E.,...more

SCOTUS Denies Review Regarding Pennsylvania Wal-Mart “Rest Break” Class Judgment

On April 4, the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari review of a $188 million class-action judgment returned against Wal-Mart in Pennsylvania state court and later upheld by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court regarding...more

California’s New Rest Period Requirements for Piece-Rate Workers

California law requires that employers authorize and permit their employees to take rest periods based on the total hours worked in a day. Employers must authorize and permit 10 minutes net rest time for every four hours...more

Unreported Working Lunches May Still Be Work Time

Back in December, we wrote about a case involving the Chicago Police Department, in which officers alleged that they were owed additional overtime for time spent responding to calls and messages on their Blackberry devices,...more

10 Tips to Mitigate or Prevent Wage and Hour Litigation in the Post-Acute Industry

Wage and hour lawsuits are being filed against employers under federal and state wage and hour laws at a record rate. Most wage and hour claims allege the employer failed to pay employees for off-the-clock work, failed to pay...more

Beware Unpaid Rest Breaks for Non-Exempt Employees

A recent federal court decision in Pennsylvania affirmed the risks incurred by employers if they treat brief rest breaks as unpaid for non-exempt employees. In Perez v. American Future Systems, Inc. d/b/a Progressive Business...more

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