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Unpaid Wages

Second Circuit Affirms Court’s Confirmation Of Multiple Arbitration Awards

by Carlton Fields on

This matter involved appeals by appellant Best Made Floors Inc. (“Best Made”) from a December 22, 2016 corrected judgment of a district court confirming two arbitration awards in favor of appellees, and from the district...more

Massachusetts High Court Rules that Investors and Board Members are not Personally Liable for Unpaid Wages Under State Law

by Littler on

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently held that individuals acting as board members and investors cannot be held personally liable under the Massachusetts Payment of Wages Law, M.G.L. c. 149, § 148, for a...more

Direct Contractors Potentially Liable for Subcontractors' Failure to Pay Wages

by Clark Hill PLC on

Commencing on January 1, 2018, California has enforced and made effective AB 1701 (Labor Code § 218.7). In accordance with this new law, "direct contractors" on private works of improvements will now be directly liable for...more

How Not To Stub Your Toe On Pay Stub Claims

by Fisher Phillips on

Perhaps no law is a better example of California’s finicky wage and hour rules than Labor Code section 226, which governs the format, content, and issuance of pay stubs. Even well-intentioned and otherwise careful employers...more

Company Investors And Board Members Off The Hook For Unpaid Wages In Massachusetts

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In an important decision, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court clarified the scope of personal liability for unpaid wages under the Massachusetts Wage Act. The SJC held that board members and directors...more

N.Y. Decision May Hinder Early Class Action Settlements

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The decision of the New York Court of Appeals, in Desrosiers v. Perry Ellis Menswear, LLC., and in Vasquez v. Nat'l Sec. Corp., has created a potential obstacle to early class action settlements in cases filed in New York...more

"A to Z" of What California Employers Need to Know for 2018

by BakerHostetler on

With the New Year come new laws that affect California employers. The following is the “A to Z” of changes in the law that may affect your business in 2018. Effective January 1, 2018, California’s Fair Pay Act will extend...more

The Hard Hat Bulletin

On September 13, 2017 the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill No. 1701, which requires the General Contractor of a private construction project to pay all unpaid wages and fringe benefits owed to an employee of a...more

Nevada Supreme Court Holds that Employees Have a Private Right of Action for Unpaid Wages

by Payne & Fears on

In a case of first impression in Nevada, Neville v. Eighth Judicial Dist. Court, 133 Nev. Adv. Op. 95 (Dec. 7, 2017), the Nevada Supreme Court held that employees have a private right of action to recoup unpaid wages under...more

New California Labor and Employment Laws for 2018

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The California Legislature passed numerous labor and employment bills that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law in 2017. • Many of the new laws relate to wages and hours, leaves and benefits, hiring practices, health and...more

California Employment Law Update: What’s New for 2018

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

2017 has been a busy year for the California legislature, with the result that a number of new and significant employment laws have been added to the books and will take effect on January 1, 2018. Employers should take note...more

The Use of Staffing Agencies Is About To Get More Expensive (and Risky) in Illinois

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As we have reported in the past, utilizing temporary staffing agencies to fill gaps in labor needs can be an efficient and economically beneficial way for companies to meet business demands. This is particularly true in...more

Sales Commission Agreements Can Limit Potential Liability

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A manufacturing company’s sales employee successfully convinces a new customer to purchase a commercial cooler. Under the employee’s sales commission plan, she receives a commission of 2% of the price of the cooler and any...more

New Law Holds Contractors Liable for Subcontractors’ Non-Payment of Wages

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Assembly Bill 1701 (AB 1701) provides a “direct contractor” is liable for the wages, benefits and contributions (plus interest) owed by its subcontractor(s), even if the subcontractor has been paid for the work. A “direct...more

New Employment Laws Will Require Changes for Most Employers in 2018

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

The 2017 California legislative session resulted in several new laws that will affect employers’ day-to-day operations and policies in 2018. Some of these new laws, including bans on criminal history and salary history...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

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

Paying Employees During Short Rest Breaks

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q: Do I need to pay non-exempt employees when they go on short rest breaks of 20 minutes or less? A: Yes. The United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) has long taken the position that when employers offer non-exempt...more

Contractors on Private Works Now Liable for Unpaid Wages Owed by its Subcontractors

by Snell & Wilmer on

California enacted Assembly Bill 1701 on October 14, 2017, which adds section 218.7 to the California Labor Code. It applies to contracts entered into after January 1, 2018 for private construction projects....more

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

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