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Overtime Claim Against Chipotle Stayed Until Contempt Motion Is Heard

As previously reported in EmployNews, in December a creative group of plaintiffs’ lawyers filed suit against Chipotle in federal district court in New Jersey. The lawyers contended that despite a Texas federal court’s...more

A Lesson For Employers – Take The Easy Way Out: No Jurisdiction In FLSA Lawsuit

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I always look for the easiest way out of a FLSA lawsuit. I use the word “easiest” in the most generic sense, as no magic bullet defense is truly easy. However, there are times when you catch lightning in a bottle, i.e. the...more

Lousy Internship Experience Does Not Convert It Into Paid Work

In recent years, a number of companies have faced lawsuits from unpaid interns who claim that they should have been compensated for their work. The Department of Labor considers internships to be subject to federal minimum...more

Court Finds General Contractor Liable For Subcontractor’s Employees

In a decision with potentially huge ramifications for the construction industry, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals found that employees of a framing and drywall subcontractor were also the employees of a general contractor...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

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

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

The Federal Overtime Rule Stalls and State Minimum Wage and Overtime Rules Rev Up

As we previously reported, a federal district judge’s invalidation of the Obama-era overtime rules – which proposed a sharp increase in the salary threshold for exempt employees, expanding overtime pay to millions of workers...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

Buckle Up for 2018: New Overtime Regulations Manufacturing Confusion

Readers of this blog may recognize I have spilled a good deal of ink over the last two years discussing the impact of the Obama Administration’s efforts to increase the minimum salary for certain employees to be considered...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

Whatever Happened to Those New Overtime Regulations? DOL May Be Sending a Signal with Its Notice of Appeal

Remember last year when everyone was getting ready for the big change to the salary threshold for the overtime exemption that was set to go into effect on December 1? And then, seemingly out of nowhere, a judge put a stop to...more

Appealed! Overtime Rule Saga Continues

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

On October 30, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) indicated that it intends to appeal to the Fifth Circuit a federal district court ruling from 2016 that invalidated Obama-era overtime changes....more

Just When You Thought the DOL’s OT Rule Was Dead, It Lives to Fight Another Day

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

As my colleague Bill Pokorny reported back on August 31, a Texas District Court struck down the Obama Administration’s FLSA Overtime Exemption Rule, holding that the Department of Labor (DOL) exceeded its authority by...more

A Round and Round We Go . . . The Department of Labor Announces a New White Collar Exemption Rule is in the Works

by Clark Hill PLC on

As Clark Hill reported on August 31, 2017, a federal district court in Texas issued its final ruling in State of Nevada v. United States Department of Labor that invalidated the Department of Labor's ("DOL") white collar...more

DOL to Challenge Order Invalidating Obama Administration’s Controversial 2016 Overtime Rule

On October 30, 2017, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) alerted Texas U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant that it planned to challenge his August 31, 2017 order invalidating the Obama administration’s controversial 2016 overtime...more

USDOL Appeals Ruling Against Its "Overtime Rule" (Updated 10/31/17)

by Fisher Phillips on

The U.S. Department of Labor, on October 30th has filed a notice that it is appealing September's summary-judgment ruling against the compensation-related changes the agency sought to make in regulations defining the federal...more

DOL Confirms New Overtime Rule Coming

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The U.S. Department of Labor confirmed on October 30, 2017 that it intends to “undertake new rulemaking with regard to overtime.” While the DOL simultaneously filed an appeal of the district court order holding the prior...more

A Wage and Hour Time Bomb: Case Highlights the Scope of FLSA’s “Fluctuating Workweek” Method for Paying Overtime

There are still quite a few unsettled questions regarding the details of how overtime compensation must be calculated and paid to employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Within these grey areas, collective and...more

Third Circuit Ruling Gives Employers Some Relief On “Willfulness” Claims In FLSA Collective Actions

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In every FLSA class action I have defended (as well as every demand letter I have seen on this subject) the plaintiff’s lawyer always alleges that the violations were “willful.” It does not matter what the facts are. No, they...more

Are You Owed Overtime Wages?

by Jaburg Wilk on

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires covered employers to pay all non-exempt employees the federal minimum wage. It also requires covered employers to pay non-exempt employees 1.5 times their regular rate for any...more

Service Advisors at Auto Dealerships: An FLSA Exemption Case Makes its Way Back to the Supreme Court

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

The United States Supreme Court will address again whether service advisors are exempt from overtime compensation requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”)....more

Sales Representative Who Was Paid $900,000 Can Still Claim Violation of Overtime Law, Says Federal Court

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

Under federal law, employers must pay employees time-and-a-half if they work over 40 hours in a workweek, unless the employees are exempt from the overtime law. Employers don’t usually think of an employee who takes home...more

The Potential Perils Of "Managing Through The Payroll"

by Fisher Phillips on

Management's already-daunting, time-consuming responsibilities are further complicated by the need to motivate employees to do desirable things and to deter them from doing unwanted things. It is therefore understandable that...more

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