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Lessons for Employers in FLSA Collective Action Strategy from the Service Industry

One of the most common types of litigation facing employers is the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) collective action. These lawsuits are generally a lose-lose situation for employers because they must wage a defense through...more

Supreme Court Declines to Review Second Circuit Decision Requiring Court Approval of FLSA Settlements

On January 11, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a petition for writ of certiorari in Cheeks v. Freeport Pancake House, Inc., et al., declining to address whether the parties in a non-collective lawsuit brought under the...more

Can I Be Criminally Prosecuted for Violating Federal Safety and Health Regulations?

Earlier this month, a federal jury in West Virginia found Don Blankenship, former Chairman and CEO of the Massey Energy Company, guilty of a misdemeanor charge of conspiring to willfully violate safety and health standards...more

OSHA Penalties Set to Increase in 2016

OSHA penalties, like death and taxes, are one of the few certainties in life. The last time OSHA raised its maximum penalties, Vanilla Ice and New Kids on the Block dominated the airwaves, Macaulay Culkin was a bona fide...more

OSHA’s Top 10 Safety Violations for FY 2015

On September 29, 2015, OSHA issued its preliminary list of the agency’s top 10 cited standards for fiscal year 2015. The list was presented at the National Safety Council’s 2015 Congress & Expo in Atlanta, Georgia by Patrick...more

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