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California Governor Approves Three More Employment Laws: “Ban The Box”; Expansion of Sexual Harassment Training; and Contractors...

The deadline for California Governor Jerry Brown to sign new bills into law officially expired October 15, 2017. In addition to signing five bills last week, the Governor signed three more employment-related bills into law...more

California Employers Face Significant New Requirements - Banning The Box And Prohibiting Pay History Inquiries Among New State...

by Fisher Phillips on

California employers will soon need to adjust themselves to a new reality once again as a number of new workplace restrictions have been passed by the state legislature and just signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. State...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

"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

Could Barring Former Employees From Your Premises Lead To A Lawsuit?

by Fisher Phillips on

Hospitality employers open to the general public should be aware of a recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) with implications across the industry. In a 2-to-1 decision, the NLRB ruled that a hotel and...more

Kentucky Supreme Court Opens the Door to State Wage and Hour Class Actions

On August 24, 2017, the Supreme Court of Kentucky issued its long-awaited decision in McCann, et al. v. The Sullivan University System, Inc., No. 2015-SC-000144-DG (2017), surprising many by overruling the Court of Appeals...more

Second Circuit Upholds Arbitration Award Over Chargers Of Fraud And Perjury In The Arbitration Procedings

by Carlton Fields on

A former bond trader for Odeon Capital Group obtained an arbitration award against Odeon for $1,102,193.00 on a claim for unpaid wages. Odeon then brought a petition to vacate the award on the ground of fraud, contending...more

Court Of Appeal Holds That Claims To Recover Wages Under Labor Code Section 558 Brought Through The Private Attorneys General Act...

In Esparza v. KS Industries, L.P., 2017 WL 3276363 (2017), the Fifth District Court of Appeal recently clarified the arbitrability of certain claims brought under the Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”). Previously, in...more

The Long And Winding Road: Wage And Hour Class Actions Now Viable In Kentucky

by Fisher Phillips on

The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled today that wage and hour class actions for unpaid wages may be maintained in the state, the first-ever time such lawsuits have been ruled viable. The court’s decision concludes more than a...more

Another Chapter in California’s PAGA Saga

Sounds like something our favorite attorney Bob Loblaw would be part of. In reality, the PAGA SAGA (for those of you without California employees) relates to PAGA, the acronym for California’s Private Attorneys’ General Act,...more

Pre-Litigation FLSA Settlements Don’t Require Court Or DOL Approval, New York Federal Court Holds

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In a case of first impression in the Second Circuit, a court in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has held private settlements under the FLSA entered into prior to a lawsuit being filed do not...more

Implement a Waiting Period for Paid Vacation in California? Yes You Can.

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

California employers know they must compensate any employee unused and vested vacation pay upon separation from employment. Once vacation is vested, the right to vacation pay cannot be forfeited. But what happens when...more

Money for Nothing! Court Allows Employees to Pursue Lawsuit Despite DOL Settlement

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The majority of courts have held that releases of FLSA rights require approval by a court or the US Department of Labor. A recent case in the Southern District of New York highlights a dilemma employers...more

Class Action Suits Against Massachusetts Car Dealers on the Rise

by Mintz Levin on

Spurred by a recent change in a Massachusetts wage and hour regulation, plaintiffs’ attorneys are aggressively pursuing class action lawsuits seeking unpaid overtime premium pay on behalf of car salespeople across the...more

California Employment Law Notes - July 2017

In response to three questions asked of it by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the California Supreme Court opined as follows...more

Give Me A Break! Do Your Unpaid On-Call Shifts Remain Alive and Well?

by Fisher Phillips on

There are a variety of situations that may require your employees to handle on-call shifts after finishing their regular shift, most commonly if you need to provide certain services at irregular frequencies and intervals....more

Why having a clear understanding with employees is important

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Over the years, we have written a number of articles about the importance of making sure your employment documents contain clear, understandable language. One of our federal district judges was recently faced with an...more

Class Action Settlement Reminds Employers that Job Duties – Not Job Titles – Rule FLSA Exemptions

In September of 2015, two delivery drivers filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. The employees alleged that their former employer violated the Fair Labor...more

Ontario, Canada: Employer Sentenced to 30 Days in Prison for Non-Payment of Wages

by Littler on

The former owner of two defunct businesses has been sentenced to 30 days in prison for non-payment of more than $125,000 in wages owed to 43 employees. The employer was convicted of failing to comply with an Order to Pay made...more

Utah Legislature’s amendments to two wage statutes now in effect

by Kirton McConkie PC on

Although the origin of the phrase “jumping through hoops” is uncertain, it is generally accepted that it probably was a reference to circus animals jumping through hoops to please their trainers. The phrase is often used to...more

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished – The Supreme Court May Decide Whether Payments for Meal Breaks Can Offset Alleged Off-The-Clock Work

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Pending before the United States Supreme Court is a petition for writ of certiorari asking the Court to determine whether an employer may use payments for bona fide meal periods as an offset/credit against compensable work...more

Canada: Ontario Government's Proposed Legislation to "Create Fairer and Better Workplaces" Includes $15 Minimum Wage and Equal Pay...

by Littler on

On May 30, 2017, the Ontario government issued its response to a Final Report recently released by two Special Advisors as part of their Changing Workplaces Review. This Report included 173 recommendations for amendments to...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

District Court in Cal Dive Rules Against Vessel Owner's Challenge to Maritime Lien

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has denied a motion for summary judgment filed by a vessel owner that sought to dismiss the maritime lien claim of a provider of deck personnel. The court's...more

California Employment Law Notes - May 2017

Ruth Featherstone alleged that her former employer (SCPMG) discriminated against her based on a "temporary disability" that was caused by an adverse drug reaction, which resulted in an "altered mental state." During this...more

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