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Unpaid Overtime Employer Liability Issues

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

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

Time Study Kills Off-the-Clock Claim

by BakerHostetler on

In many cases, particularly in light of last year’s decision in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, it is the plaintiff who tries to use statistical evidence in an off-the-clock case to estimate damages. But that same data may...more

Court Lays Out Guidance For Ensuring Hourly Workers Are Paid For Off-Duty Work

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Addressing an employment issue of interest in an increasingly digital world, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (which has jurisdiction over lower federal courts in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin­­) recently upheld a...more

More Law Firms Hit With FLSA Misclassification Claims: A Cautionary Tale

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I have written a number of times about law firms that have been sued in FLSA actions. Another example. Employees have sued two Florida personal injury law firms, alleging that they were misclassified and not properly paid...more

Seventh Circuit case demonstrates value of good time reporting procedures

by McAfee & Taft on

Police officers in the Chicago Police Department claimed in a recent case that they were not compensated for work they performed on their mobile electronic devices — specifically, their BlackBerrys — while off-duty. A total...more

"Wage Theft"/"Wage Recovery" Bills Introduced

by Fisher Phillips on

Pending proposals would radically transform the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and the related federal Portal-to-Portal Act.  Entitled the "Wage Theft Prevention and Wage Recovery Act" in both the House (H.R. 3467) and the...more

Illinois Appellate Court Reverses Certification in Off-the-Clock Case

by BakerHostetler on

With many of the most common sources of overtime claims being exhausted (e.g., assistant manager cases), plaintiffs are bringing off-the-clock cases in increasing numbers. While employers should certainly pay nonexempt...more

“Time-Tracking Snafu” Not Willful Violation Of FLSA

The Third Circuit ruled last week that a governmental employer who failed to pay overtime due to a “time-tracking snafu” had not willfully violated Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Plaintiffs in Souryavong v. Lackawanna...more

Tenth Circuit Indicates Mandatory Pre-Shift Briefings Are Compensable Time Under the FLSA

On September 14, 2017, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals provided employers with further guidance regarding the compensability of pre-shift tasks under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Specifically, in Jimenez,...more

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Should Employees Receive Compensation For Off-The-Clock Cell Phone Use?

by Fisher Phillips on

You might hate to admit it, but it’s true: mobile devices are the adult version of a toddler’s teddy bear. They give us comfort and a sense of belonging. We carry them everywhere and traveling without them makes us feel like...more

"I'm Not Paying For That": Update On Using Timekeeping Policies To Defend Off-The-Clock Claims

by Fisher Phillips on

We have recently focused upon the growing number of federal court decisions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act that have given legal weight to carefully-crafted, well-maintained employer policies requiring employees...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

Allegations of Misclassification Are Insufficient to Demonstrate Commonality and Typicality According to California Court of...

The California Court of Appeal for the Fourth District held that misclassification alone does not establish liability for overtime violations, and, thus, the fact that members of a putative class were classified as exempt was...more

Florida Court Denies Conditional Certification of FLSA Case Involving Restaurant Staff

by BakerHostetler on

As we’ve noted before, many courts have applied the standard for conditional certification so leniently that in places the requirement of a group of “similarly situated” employees under the FLSA has all but disappeared. So,...more

Oil Energy FLSA Exemption Collective Action Settles: The Right Move By The Employer 

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

No industry is immune to FLSA collective actions and the energy industry is seeing a significant uptick in these actions. In this regard, a class of workers employed by an oil field services company has just agreed to a $2.1...more

Afghanistan-Based Contractors See FLSA Collective Action Dismissed On Jurisdictional Grounds

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

I blogged about this off-the-beaten-path case a short time ago. Wow, whoever thought the courts would work this fast? A federal judge dismissed a proposed FLSA collective action against Fluor Corp. filed by contractors who...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: April 2017

by Payne & Fears on

This month’s key California employment law cases involve wage and hour and discrimination issues. Wage & Hour - Batze v. Safeway, Inc., 10 Cal. App. 5th 440, 216 Cal. Rptr. 3d 390 (2017) - Summary: While determination of...more

Avoid singing the blues: how employers can mitigate wage/hour liability

by FordHarrison on

In the last few years, there have been multiple headlines noting that celebrities are being sued for their (or their businesses’) failure to pay wages in accordance with applicable state and/or federal law. Two such recent...more

The Rapidly Evolving Legal Landscape for New York Employers

New York employers need to prepare for compliance with the most expansive paid leave law in the country and need to ensure compliance with New York’s wage transparency law and minimum wage and salary thresholds for exemptions...more

Sleeping on the Job? New York Court Finds Home Healthcare Employees Entitled to Pay for Each Hour on Overnight Shifts

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A New York appeals court held that home healthcare employees who work overnight shifts are entitled to pay for all hours in a client’s home in a 24-hour period—including sleep and meal periods. The...more

Don’t Let Your Efforts to Reduce Overtime Lead to a Class Action

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Wages, salaries, and benefits make up a large proportion of costs for most businesses. One way to control these costs is to control how much overtime employees work. In California, nonexempt (i.e. hourly) employees are...more

Another Oil Industry Class Action Settles – The Disturbing Trend Continues

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

There have been a number of FLSA lawsuits in the energy industry of late, focusing on unpaid overtime. One of these employers who was sued, Key Energy, has just settled two class actions for $3 million. The case is entitled...more

Pipeline Inspectors Denied Conditional Certification Due To Named Plaintiff’s Inadequacy

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Regretfully, to my lights, conditional certification seems all too easy for plaintiffs in a FLSA collective action to secure. Are things changing? A federal judge has refused to certify a proposed class of natural gas...more

The War on Employee Misclassification: Will Trump Call a Cease Fire?

by LeClairRyan on

During its two terms, the Obama Administration declared war on misclassification of employees as independent contractors. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued additional guidance on the proper classification of workers....more

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