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They Also Serve Who Only Stand and Wait – and Get Paid for It

When the poet John Milton observed that “they also serve who only stand and wait,” it was unlikely that he was thinking about employees who are required to pass through security clearance when leaving the workplace at the end...more

The Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Busk: Could Employers Have to Pay for Employee Time Spent Passing Through Security?

On October 8, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk. In Busk, plaintiffs allege that, under the FLSA, their employer should have compensated them and other warehouse...more

Wage and Hour Cases to Watch at the Supreme Court: Part 2--Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association

As we discussed recently, this month marked the opening of the Supreme Court’s new term. For employment law practitioners, this session will be particularly busy with seven cases analyzing a range of employment questions,...more

The Employment Law Authority - October/November 2014

In This Issue: - Employee Benefits. Recent IRS letter reminds employers about issues associated with offering “free” parking - State Round-Up. Learn about the latest employment law news in your state -...more

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Challenge of Illinois Independent Contractor Classification Law

On October 14, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States refused to consider a challenge to the Illinois Employee Classification Act, which classifies workers in the construction industry as employees unless they can meet...more

The Line Out of This Place Is as Long as the Amazon.com River

This month, the U.S. Supreme Court heard argument in a case that would seem to raise easy enough questions: When does an employee’s workday begin and end? What activities count as “work”? However, these questions have given...more

Employment Law - Oct 2014 #2

EEOC Sues Over Transgender Discrimination - Why it matters: In its first cases alleging bias against transgender employees, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed suit against a Florida eye clinic and a...more

Potentially Far-Reaching FLSA Case Before Supreme Court

On October 8, 2014, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk to determine whether time employees spend in a security clearance solely for their employer's benefit is compensable...more

California District Court Finds Bankrupt Named Plaintiffs Not Adequate Representatives

Anyone questioning whether the Supreme Court’s decision in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011), has had an impact need look no further than the decision in Alakozai v. Chase Investment Services Corp., Case...more

Developments Impacting Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses

As federal and state agencies and courts further examine the implications of the Supreme Court of the United States’ ruling on same-sex marriage in U.S. v. Windsor, the laws and regulations governing employee benefits for...more

California's Inside Sales Exemption May Be Lost Where Commissions Are Paid on a Monthly or Less Frequent Basis

A recent California Supreme Court decision significantly impacts pay practices for commissioned sales employees. On July 14, 2014, the state Supreme Court ruled in Peabody v. Time Warner Cable, Inc. that an employer may not...more

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Review of Restrictions on Federal Agency Rulemaking in Mortgage Loan Officer Overtime Case

In our July 2013 alert, we reported on a federal appellate court ruling in Mortgage Bankers Association v. Harris. Mortgage Bankers Association challenged a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) 2010 opinion letter in support of...more

How Employers Fared With the Supremes This Term and What the Future May Hold

During its recently concluded 2013 term, the U.S. Supreme Court issued decisions in two labor and employment cases, three constitutional or quasi-constitutional cases that impact labor and employment concerns, and one tax...more

California Supreme Court: Gentry is Gone. PAGA Lives On.

Compelled by U.S. Supreme Court precedent advancing arbitration as a method of dispute resolution, the California Supreme Court in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC (No. S20432, June 23, 2014) held that its...more

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Trade Group Challenge To Mortgage Loan Officer Compensation Guidance

On June 16, the U.S. Supreme Court consolidated and agreed to hear two related cases regarding the Department of Labor’s (DOL) 2010 interpretation of its regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act that mortgage loan...more

Supreme Court to Review Cases Involving Overtime Exemption for Mortgage Loan Officers

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court accepted review of two lower court decisions of significant importance to the banking and financial services industries. The cases involve the question of whether mortgage loan officers are...more

Supreme Court to Review Whether Rulemaking is Required When DOL and Other Agencies Flip-Flop on Regulatory Interpretations

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review whether the Department of Labor must engage in notice-and-comment rulemaking in order to significantly alter its interpretation of the agency’s Fair Labor Standards Act...more

The Supreme Court’s Ginsberg Decision Could Significantly Affect the Outcome of Motor Carrier Preemption Cases

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court recently held that the Airline Deregulation Act (ADA) can preempt even common law claims for breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing if such claims relate...more

Is There Quality to the Argument That Severance Payments Are Not Taxable "Wages"? – Supreme Court Holds That Severance Payments...

Earlier this week, on March 25, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a highly publicized decision in the case of United States v. Quality Stores. In Quality Stores, the Court unanimously held that the severance payments...more

Supreme Court Says No Need To Pay Union Employees For Certain Protective Gear Dressing If Bargaining Agreement Excludes It

In Sandifer v. U.S. Steel Corp., the U.S. Supreme Court held that the FLSA does not require unionized employers to compensate employees for time spent putting on and taking off certain protective clothing if they have a...more

Unionized Employers Take Note Of The Recent Supreme Court Ruling Under The FLSA

On January 27, 2014, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court interpreted the meaning of the term “changing clothes” found in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA or Act), specifically at 29 U.S.C. § 203(o). This case is significant for...more

Supreme Court Accepts Certiorari In Security Screening Case

We’ve written at least twice now on class actions arising out of time spent by employees going through security lines, primarily at the end of their shifts. The question is whether and when such time might be compensable...more

Supreme Court Lets Two FLSA Rulings Stand: Yes on Personal Liability and Undocumented Workers’ Standing to Sue

Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States decided that it would not review two wage and hour cases. The first, Catsimatidis v. Irizarry, which was resolved through a settlement agreement, considered whether an...more

Are Employees Owed Pay for Going Through Security? SCOTUS Will Decide

The U.S. Supreme Court granted cert on March 3, 2014 in Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Jesse Busk to resolve a federal circuit split on whether time employees spend in security screenings is compensable under the FLSA....more

Fenwick Employment Brief - March 2014

In February, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Fair Chance Ordinance, which limits when and to what extent employers can inquire into the criminal history of applicants and employees. The ordinance also...more

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