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Second Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment in Putative Internship Class

by BakerHostetler on

Four years ago, a wave of cases involving unpaid internships looked to be the next “big thing.” As those cases sputtered, however, and employers reduced or eliminated internships, the flood of anticipated litigation never...more

Google Dodges Gender Discrimination Class Action For Now

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Ellis v. Google, Inc., No. CGC-17-561299 (Cal Sup. Ct. Dec. 4, 2017), Judge Mary Wiss of the Superior Court of California granted a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit brought by Google employees...more

New Jersey Proposes to Drastically Restrict the Use of Non-Compete Agreements

Last month, the New Jersey State Senate introduced Senate Bill 3518 (the “Bill”), which, if passed, will severely restrict the use and enforceability of employee non-compete agreements in the state of New Jersey. Most...more

Case Interpreting FLSA Highly Compensated Exemption Takes Interesting Slant

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

There has not been much litigation over the HCE, the so-called Highly Compensated Employee exemption under the FLSA. Recently, an interesting case explored the issue of whether commission payments can form the entirety of the...more

Inside Canada’s New Employment Rules: Expanded Employee Leaves of Absence and Employment Insurance Benefits

The federal government recently confirmed that the new rules for maternity, parental and caregiver benefits under the Employment Insurance Act (EIA) and the corresponding leaves under the Canada Labour Code (CLC) are...more

Proposed National Paid Leave and Flexible Work Options Law Will Preempt State Leave Laws

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Three Republicans from the House of Representatives hailing from states with paid family and sick leave laws have sponsored the Workflex in the 21st Century Act, signaling increasing frustration with the...more

How to Know Which Jurisdiction’s Employment Laws Reach Border-Crossing Staff: A Comprehensive Guide to International...

by Littler on

For the vast majority of employment relationships around the world,choice-of-law analysis is a non-issue that we rarely ever think about. Obviously (for example), a Paris-resident baker working locally for a French bakery is...more

Refinery Workers’ Pre-Shift Wait Time Not Compensable, Fifth Circuit Holds

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Concluding that the unstructured time spent by the plaintiffs between arriving at the oil refinery and the beginning of their shifts was not “integral and indispensable” to their duties erecting scaffolds at the refinery, the...more

InterConnect FLASH! No. 64 - NLRB Rules against Employee Status for Menard’s Drivers

by Benesch on

A National Labor Relations Judge dismissed an action brought by the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) regional director against Menard, Inc. (“Menards”) for misclassifying its independent contractor (“ICs”) drivers in...more

Jury Returns Verdict in Favor of Dollar Tree in Electronic Wage Statement Class Action

On November 7, 2017, after a four-day trial, a federal jury in Los Angeles, California returned a verdict in favor of Dollar Tree Stores, Inc. in a class action filed against the company by former employee Francisca Guillen....more

Ninth Circuit Concurs That Workweek, Not Individual Hour, Is Relevant Timeframe For Determination Of Minimum Wage Compliance

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In an issue of first impression, the Ninth Circuit joined the Second, Fourth, Eighth and D.C. Circuits (and the position adopted by the Department of Labor) that, in determining whether an employer has complied with the...more

Are "Draws" Against Commissions Unlawful "Kick-Backs"?

by Fisher Phillips on

Media reports have mistakenly suggested that a recent decision by the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee) found the federal Fair Labor Standards Act to prohibit recouping a draw or...more

New York Proposes New “Call-In” Pay and Scheduling Requirements

by Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC on

Employers in New York will be subject to new “call-in” pay and scheduling requirements under recently-proposed state Regulations. Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced these proposed Regulations, which the New York State...more

Ready or Not, Here It Comes! 2018 Brings New Labor & Employment Laws, Primarily at the State Level

by Littler on

As we prepare to turn the calendar to 2018, employers look ahead to the next wave of labor and employment regulations. On January 1, 2018, and throughout the coming year, employers across the nation will confront a host of...more

Summary of Current Federal and State Pay Equity Laws

by Payne & Fears on

Please see full chart summarizing and comparing State and Federal Pay Equity Laws below for more information....more

Bad Break: Oregon Employer Pays Quarter-Million Dollar Wage & Hour Fine

by Fisher Phillips on

The Oregon state agency charged with enforcing the state’s wage and hour laws has announced the largest civil penalty against an employer in its long history – nearly $277,000. According to the Oregon Bureau of Labor and...more

Electronic Wage Statements — The Next Trap For Employers?

by Carlton Fields on

An employer dodged a bullet before a California jury this week. But the fact that a class was certified and went to a jury suggests that the plaintiff’s bar is increasingly focused on the adequacy of electronic wage...more

Big Commissions & FLSA Omissions: How Employers Could Be Required to Pay Six-Figure Earners Overtime Wages

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A recent decision highlights why the FLSA is not always the remedial statute created to protect low-income workers by holding that four commission-based sales representatives, each earning six figures, were...more

Is This Appeal for Real? DOL Seeks Abeyance As It Formulates New Overtime Regulations

On November 3, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) filed a motion with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit asking the appellate court to hold in abeyance the DOL’s appeal of a district court decision that...more

October 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Locke Lord LLP on

There were newsworthy developments in a number of cases in the area of independent contractor misclassification during the month of October. Those cases were brought against companies in an array of different industries...more

Auto Manufacturer Pays Over $20 Million To Settle Union Dispute

by Fisher Phillips on

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently announced that it negotiated a $21.6 million settlement on behalf of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to settle allegations that VIUSA, Inc. refused to hire a group...more

October 2017: The Top 11 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there have been an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. October was no...more

Republican Lawmakers Try New Approach to Paid Leave, Workplace Flexibility

by Littler on

In an effort to promote workplace flexibility and streamline employer paid leave obligations, three members of the House of Representatives on November 2, 2017 introduced a bill that takes a novel approach to promote...more

WPI State of the States: Lawmakers Keep Their Focus on Equal Pay Measures

by Littler on

As the holiday season approaches, legislative activity at the state level is starting to slow down. The California General Assembly closed out its term, for example, giving employers a breather until January. Illinois’...more

Illinois Attorney General Wages War Against Low-Wage Non-Competes

by Fisher Phillips on

Last week, the Attorney General of Illinois filed suit against Check Into Cash, LLC, alleging that the payday lender required its low-wage customer service employees to agree to illegal non-compete agreements in violation of...more

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