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Third Circuit Affirms Bright-Line FLSA Rule on Short Breaks, and Rejects Employer’s ‘Good-Faith’ Absent Disclosure of Legal Advice

by Reed Smith on

On October 13, 2017, the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that short breaks during the work day of 20 minutes or fewer are compensable as a “bright-line rule” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The case,...more

Ninety Seconds Is Not Enough: Third Circuit Rules That Break Policy Violates the FLSA

In Secretary United States Department of Labor v. American Future Systems, Inc., No. 16-2685 (October 13, 2017), the Third Circuit Court of Appeals considered whether an employer’s failure to compensate employees for periods...more

Employees Entitled To Pay During Short Breaks Per Precedential Third Circuit Decision

In a recent and precedential decision by the Third Circuit, employers are obligated to pay their employees for breaks of 20 minutes or less under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In an opinion penned by Third Circuit Judge,...more

Do Employers Need to Pay for Short Rest Breaks?

As longtime readers of this blog know, there are some common myths regarding wage and hour issues. One of the most prevalent of these concerns rest breaks. Although many people think that workers are entitled by law to...more

Step Right Up: Tentative Ruling Shows Amusement Park Beats Back Bulk Of Class Bid

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In a mixed ruling, a California state court judge in Villegas v. Six Flags Entertainment Corp., Case No. BC505344, issued a decision last week denying certification of eight subclasses of amusement park workers, but...more

NY DOL to Soon Issue Explanatory Statement on Recent Wage Order Amendment

by Littler on

As we recently reported, on October 6, 2017, the New York State Department of Labor (“NYDOL”) issued an amendment to its Minimum Wage Order for Miscellaneous Industries and Occupations regulation to clarify that bona fide...more

Still Sleeping on the Job? NY DOL Says Home Healthcare Employees Not Entitled to 24 Hours Pay for Overnight Shifts

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Effective October 6, 2017, the New York Department of Labor issued an emergency regulation amending the Miscellaneous Minimum Wage Order, which is designed to undermine two recent Appellate Division rulings...more

NY DOL Issues Amendment to the Regulation Governing the Payment of Wages to Home Care Aides Who Work a Shift of 24 Hours or More

by Littler on

On October 6, 2017, the New York State Department of Labor (“NYDOL”) issued an amendment to its Minimum Wage Order for Miscellaneous Industries and Occupations (“Wage Order”) in response to recent court decisions finding that...more

I-16 – Kneeling, Indefinite Leave, DC Updates, Non-Compete Consideration, and Pretty as a Protected Class

by Cozen O'Connor on

This episode discusses kneeling in the NFL/workplace, indefinite leave entitlement, and sufficient consideration for non-competes, provides an update from DC on OT exemptions and class action waivers, and questions whether...more

The Current State of Meal and Rest Break Law in Washington State

by Littler on

This article summarizes certain aspects of the current Washington State law of meal and rest breaks, taking into account the latest appellate ruling on the topic, Brady v. AutoZone Stores, Inc., 188 Wn.2d 576, 397 P.3d 120...more

Sleeping On the Job… Again? Second New York Appellate Court Finds Home Healthcare Employees Entitled to Pay for all 24 Hours on an...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department (“Second Department”) joined the First Department in finding that home healthcare employees who work 24-hour...more

Who Could Have Predicted? Fair Scheduling Requirements Pose Compliance Challenges for Retail, Restaurant, and Other Employers

by Littler on

After San Francisco passed its Formula Retail Employee Rights Ordinances in November of 2014, making it the first jurisdiction to impose scheduling requirements on private employers, predictive or fair scheduling laws were...more

Another New York State Appellate Court Finds 24-Hour Non-Residential Home Care Attendants Must be Paid for Sleep and Meal Periods

by Littler on

A pair of New York state appellate decisions has serious implications for employers that offer 24-hour home care for clients by ruling that sleep and meal periods must be included in the hourly wages of home care attendants....more

The 2nd Department Rejects NYSDOL's "13 Hours Rule" For 24-Hour Shift Workers

by FordHarrison on

Last week, in two long-awaited decisions, the New York State Appellate Division, Second Department ruled that home care workers who worked 24-hour shifts, commonly referred to as “live-in” shifts, were required to be paid for...more

California Supreme Court Confirms that PAGA Plaintiffs Are Entitled to Broad Discovery of Other Employees’ Contact Information

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) allows aggrieved employees to recover civil penalties on behalf of themselves, other employees, and the State of California for Labor Code violations. On July 13, 2017, the...more

I-14: Update on EEO-1 and I-9 Forms, Employer Obligations After a Hurricane or Other Natural Disaster, and Attorney Jason Barsanti...

by Cozen O'Connor on

Michael Schmidt, Vice Chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department, provides an update on required EEO-1 and I-9 Forms, and addresses Employer Obligations to Employees After a Hurricane or Other Natural Disaster....more

Plaintiffs’ Bar Targets Healthcare Facilities’ Timekeeping Practices

Healthcare facilities are increasingly becoming targets of collective action lawsuits under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Several recent lawsuits in Texas have challenged timekeeping practices related to meal breaks....more

The Washington Supreme Court Addresses Meal Break Claims

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The Washington Supreme Court case Brady v. Autozone recently addressed the standards that apply when a non-exempt employee alleges that an employer did not provide meal breaks. In short: it is now clear that if a lawsuit is...more

Don’t Let a Legal Claim Eclipse This Solar Event

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

On the afternoon of August 21, 2017, the first total eclipse to touch the U.S. mainland since 1979 will cut a “path of totality” through the Carolinas (including Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston). While communities along...more

Wage/Hour — Washington Supreme Court — Two Recent Tips Regarding Meal Break Liability

What happens in Washington when your employee fails to take a meal break? Is the employer “strictly liable” for a statutory wage/hour violation? NO....more

California Supreme Court endorses “fishing expedition” discovery under PAGA

In its recent decision concerning the proper scope of discovery under California’s Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 – known as “PAGA” – the California Supreme Court authorized discovery just as broad as that...more

India Makes Significant Changes to Maternity Benefit Entitlements

by Fisher Phillips on

This year, India became one of the most generous providers of maternity benefits in the world when it extended the period of maternity leave available to eligible working mothers from twelve (12) weeks to twenty-six (26)...more

Washington Supreme Court Clarifies State Meal Break Requirements

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Under Washington State’s meal break statute, an employer must provide an employee working five or more consecutive hours a 30-minute meal period, although employees may waive the meal break under state law. In answering...more

Employment Law - July 2017 #2

Union Posters Crossed the Line, Eighth Circuit Rules - Why it matters - A group of Jimmy John’s workers lost the protection of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) with a disloyal poster campaign, the U.S. Court of...more

California Supreme Court Expands PAGA Plaintiffs’ Access to Statewide Discovery of Employee Contact Information

On July 13, 2017, the California Supreme Court greatly expanded the scope of discovery available under California’s Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (“PAGA”). In Williams v. Superior Court (Marshalls of CA,...more

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