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California Employment Law Notes - May 2016

Employee Who Needed To Assist Disabled Son Could Proceed With "Associational Disability Discrimination" Claim - Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express, Inc., 246 Cal. App. 4th 180 (2016) - Luis...more

April 2016: Five Biggest Labor And Employment Law Stories

The world of labor and employment law is always rapidly evolving. In order to make sure that you stay on top of the latest developments, here is a quick review of the five biggest stories from last month that all employers...more

Statistics in Wage and Hour Class Actions: Has Anything Really Changed?

Statistics are kind of a holy grail of class action litigation. Everyone seems to know that they exist, but their understanding is shadowy and the quest to find valid statistical models often proves elusive. Last month’s...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

Supreme Court Stops Short of Bright-Line Rule Regarding Statistical Evidence in Class Actions

On March 22, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo. For those unfamiliar with the case, Tyson Foods is a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) case that involved an alleged failure to pay...more

SCOTUS OKs Statistics to Establish Class Action Liability with Limits, Leaves Open Uninjured Class Member Question

Plaintiffs can count the first class action decision to be issued by the U.S. Supreme Court since the death of Justice Scalia as a win; although, they did not receive broad authorization to proceed carte blanche, as some had...more

Employment Law - April 2016

Supreme Court Gives Stamp of Approval to Representative Statistical Evidence - Why it matters - In a closely watched case, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the use of representative statistical evidence for...more

Supreme Court Affirms Certification of a Class Under Fair Labor Standards Act

On March 22, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the certification of a class under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In so doing, the Court permitted Plaintiffs’ use of expert evidence regarding a representative sample of the class...more

The Employment Law Authority - March/April 2016

A federal appellate court recently held that an employer did not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it discharged an employee who had been sleeping at work and falling short of the employer’s performance...more

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Use of Representative Statistical Evidence to Establish Class-wide Liability in Tyson Foods Overtime...

In a much-anticipated decision, the U.S. Supreme Court recently affirmed a $2.9 million judgment in a class action for unpaid overtime wages against Tyson Foods Inc. (Tyson) in which employee class members relied on...more

Defying Expectations, Supreme Court’s Tyson Decision Avoids “Broad and Categorical Rules” on Use of Statistical Evidence in Class...

Expectations were high in the class action world for the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo. At first blush, however, Tyson seems to be neither the test case nor the blockbuster decision that...more

Supreme Court Refuses to Review $188M Class Action Verdict Against Wal-Mart Based Upon “Trial by Formula”

Wal-Mart may have felt the first aftershock of the Supreme Court’s March 2016 opinion in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, which undercut overbroad interpretations of its landmark 2011 Wal-Mart v. Dukes decision and found that...more

"Supreme Court Permits Use of Statistical 'Representational Evidence': Implications for the FCA"

On March 22, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) class action Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo. In an opinion authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the majority held that class...more

Supreme Court Affirms Limited Use of Representative Evidence in Don-Doff Class

In 6-2 decision, the US Supreme Court rejected a challenge to a jury verdict in Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo but declined to impose a broad rule for use of representative evidence. On March 22, the US Supreme Court affirmed...more

Supreme Court Upholds Class Action in Donning-Doffing Dispute Based on “Representative” Statistical Evidence

The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Tyson Foods v. Bouahapeko affirms the use, in some circumstances, of “representative” statistical evidence that produced average times for donning and doffing personal protective gear,...more

Tyson Foods Supreme Court case: What Human Resources and Labor & Employment Practitioners Need to Know

Last week’s Quick Study observed that the U.S. Supreme Court in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, 2016 WL 1092414 (Mar. 22, 2016) decided the class-certification issues on fairly narrow grounds. Specifically, “representative...more

Supreme Court Limits Wal-Mart, Approves Representative Proof in Employee Class Actions

In a highly anticipated decision, the Supreme Court last week affirmed a $5.8 million judgment against Tyson Foods and held that damages in a class action can be established by “statistical sampling” – a phrase that may now...more

Supreme Court Affirms Class Certification and Judgment Predicated upon "Representative Evidence"

On March 22, 2016, the Supreme Court issued a decision permitting class plaintiffs to rely on "representative" or "sample" evidence to satisfy the prerequisites to class certification and certain elements of their claims. ...more

The Supreme Court Charts a Narrow Course in the Use of Statistical Evidence at Class Certification

The United States Supreme Court recently ruled in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, No. 14-1146, --- S. Ct. ---, 2016 WL 1092414 (U.S. Mar. 22, 2016), as to when a plaintiff may use statistical sampling in seeking to certify a...more

Lessons from the Supreme Court: Do Not Settle for Average, Keep Exceptional Time Records

As we have reported several times before, much litigation has been directed at exposing and litigating the uncertainties posed by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in the area of donning (i.e., putting on) and doffing...more

The Aftermath of Tyson Foods: Lessons for Employers

The Supreme Court’s recent decision in a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) class action against Tyson Foods is an important reminder that employers must be aware that certain pre- or post-employment activities are compensable...more

Supreme Court Affirms Class Certification and Judgment Predicated upon "Representative Evidence"

On March 22, 2016, the Supreme Court issued a decision permitting class plaintiffs to rely on "representative" or "sample" evidence to satisfy the prerequisites to class certification and certain elements of their claims. ...more

SCOTUS: Statistical or Representative Evidence Can Be Used In Class and Collective Actions

Class and collective action plaintiffs can establish liability through statistical or “representative” evidence, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, released last week. The decision could have...more

Implications of Supreme Court’s Approval of Statistical Study Use in Wage-and-Hour Class Actions

The Supreme Court issued its decision in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo on March 22, 2016. The Court held that a group of employees in a class action could use a statistical study to establish the employer’s liability for...more

Supreme Court Says Averages May be Used to Establish Classwide Liability

In its 2011 Dukes decision, the U.S. Supreme Court limited the circumstances under which groups of employees can maintain class action claims relating to their employment. In that case, the Court concluded that Wal-Mart...more

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