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The Fair Labor Standards Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1938 to promote fair labor conditions and protect workers from abusive treatment. The primary features of the FLSA address excessive... more +
The Fair Labor Standards Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1938 to promote fair labor conditions and protect workers from abusive treatment. The primary features of the FLSA address excessive working hours, child labor, unpaid overtime and unsafe working conditions.  less -

Ninth Circuit Agrees Minimum Wage Compliance Is Determined on Workweek Basis

The Fair Labor Standards Act requires that employees be paid a minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. In Douglas v. Xerox Business Services, LLC, the plaintiffs challenged Xerox’s variable pay system as violating these requirements....more

Restaurant Supply Driver’s Federal FLSA Claims Shown The Exit Ramp On MSJ Ruling

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Finding not a “scintilla” of evidence to support claims of minimum wage violations, a New York federal district court in Yu Sen Chen et al v. MG Wholesale Distribution Inc. et al, 16-cv-04439 (E.D.N.Y.) dismissed a proposed...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

Salary-Threshold Autopilot Still Possible

by Fisher Phillips on

A BloombergBNA report suggests that the U.S. Department of Labor is seriously considering retaining the Obama Administration's procedure (or something like it) for automatic "updates" to the compensation thresholds specified...more

[Webinar] Frequently Asked Employment-Related Questions and Answers Employers Need to Know - December 8th, 10:00am MT

by Payne & Fears on

Every year our clients approach us seeking legal counsel and guidance on a wide range of employment-related issues. Some of these issues are unique to a particular industry; others are common to employers in general. As this...more

Save Local Business Act Passes House: Legislative Narrowing Of A Judicial Doctrine

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I recently blogged about this possibility and now it has come to fruition. The House of Representatives has passed a proposal to walk back the Obama USDOL initiative to expand the doctrine of joint employer status/liability...more

The Waiting Is the Hardest Part: Fifth Circuit Rules on Compensability of Pre-Shift Wait Time

While the Portal-to-Portal Act sounds more like a science fiction movie than a wage statute, it comes into play every day for hourly employees. Enacted in 1947 in response to litigation following the relatively new (at 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

The Obama Administration’s Overtime Final Rule: Unlawful and Revisited

by Benesch on

On October 30, 2017, the Department of Labor (the “Department”) filed a notice to appeal a decision by Judge Amos Mazzant of the Eastern District of Texas, holding that the Overtime Final Rule (“Final Rule”) was unlawful. The...more

Congress Takes Steps to Narrow the Definition of Joint Employer

by Reed Smith on

The U.S. House of Representatives sent a bill to the Senate that would redefine, and narrow, the test for determining whether two entities are joint employers. If the bill passes in the Senate, that could signal the end to...more

What Can You Get for $535?

by Fisher Phillips on

An expensive lawsuit. Let’s say you have a service advisor who is paid $525 per week, plus commissions. The service advisor makes a blatant and careless mistake on a customer invoice, costing your dealership $535. The...more

California Employment Law Notes - November 2017

Newly Enacted California Statutes - Statewide "Ban-the-Box" Legislation - Known as "Ban-the-Box" legislation in reference to the box applicants are asked to check if they have any prior criminal convictions, the new...more

With Overtime Appeal On Hold, When Should We Expect New Regulations?

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has granted a motion filed by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to hold in abeyance the DOL’s appeal of a district court decision that invalidated controversial federal...more

The Beat Goes On For The New USDOL Overtime Rule

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I remember with fondness the Sonny & Cher song, “The Beat Goes On.” That song could be easily applied to the saga of the USDOL overtime rule, which continues. Although the proposed rule has been shot down by the Fifth...more

“Similarly Situated” Seriously Scrutinized by Southern District

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A judge in the Southern District of New York held that FLSA off-the-clock claims could not proceed collectively because the employer’s policy enforcement and approval of overtime compensation varied by...more

House Approves Save Local Business Act – Bill To Overturn Controversial Joint Employer Ruling

Tuesday evening, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “Save Local Business Act” (H.R. 3441 – Bryne), legislation that would amend the National Labor Relations Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act to limit joint...more

Court Grants Summary Judgment For Employer In Tip Credit Collective Action

by BakerHostetler on

With scores of collective actions being filed every month and many courts willing to issue conditional certification on even very weak claims, it’s easy to forget that, yes, it’s important for there to be a claim in the first...more

Department of Labor Files Appeal and Motion for Abeyance in Overtime Rule Litigation

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

There have been new developments in litigation over changes to regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that specify which workers are eligible for overtime pay. Readers of our Mid-Week Memo will recall that...more

Proposed Joint Employment Law Clears Important Hurdle, Passes House

by Fisher Phillips on

By a vote of 242 to 181, the House of Representatives passed the “Save Local Business Act” today, a bill that would significantly narrow the definition of “joint employment” and limit employers’ wage and labor problems. HR...more

Repeat After Me: College Athletes Are Not School Employees Under the FLSA

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

“Close some doors today. Not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance, but simply because they lead you nowhere.” This quote (attributed to Brazilian author Paulo Cuelho) comes to mind with last month’s filing of yet another...more

Puerto Rico’s New Post-Hurricane Guidance: A How-To on Paying Exempt and Non-Exempt Workers

On October 17, 2017, the Secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Labor and Human Resources (Secretary of Labor) published Opinion No. 2017-001, providing further guidance to private-sector employers on how they should...more

I-18- DC Update on Joint Employer and OT Issues, and Part 1 of an Expert Interview on Pay Equity Audits

by Cozen O'Connor on

This episode of Employment Law Now provides an update on current DC initiatives to change joint employer and overtime exemption standards, as well as Part 1 of a two-part interview with a leading expert on conducting an...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

3rd Circuit Rules Employers Must Pay for Short Breaks

A recent case in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals serves as an important reminder that employers must pay workers for short breaks. The opinion by Judge McKee in Secretary United States Department of Labor v. American...more

Halloween Ushers In Potential Resurrection Of Proposed Overtime Rule

You thought it was dead – but the United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced on October 30 that it plans to appeal a Texas district court’s August ruling which invalidated the Obama administration’s overtime rule. The...more

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