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Second Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment in Putative Internship Class

by BakerHostetler on

Four years ago, a wave of cases involving unpaid internships looked to be the next “big thing.” As those cases sputtered, however, and employers reduced or eliminated internships, the flood of anticipated litigation never...more

Electronic Wage Statements — The Next Trap For Employers?

by Carlton Fields on

An employer dodged a bullet before a California jury this week. But the fact that a class was certified and went to a jury suggests that the plaintiff’s bar is increasingly focused on the adequacy of electronic wage...more

Compensation Policies Under Scrutiny: Federal Court Conditionally Certifies Class of Female Faculty Physicians in EPA Case

On September 28, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois granted conditional collective action certification in Ahad v. Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University, a case under the Equal Pay...more

Certification Of Alleged Misclassified Bakery Distributors Denied Due To Predominance Of Individualized Issues

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Class certification would have been granted in Soares v. Flowers Foods, Inc., 3:15-cv-04918 (N.D. Cal., June 28, 2017), but for the allegedly misclassified independent contractors’ decision to deliver, or not deliver, the...more

Washington Meal Breaks

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Washington Supreme Court held that an employer is not strictly liable under Washington law for an employee who voluntarily waives his or her meal break. The court also held that, once an employee has asserted a prima face...more

Romulus v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc.: Meal Periods, Ascertainability, and the Importance of Removal

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In Romulus v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc., five former Shift Supervisors brought a putative class action against CVS under the Massachusetts Wage Act, contending they were required to work through their unpaid breaks. Specifically,...more

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now: Federal Court Denies Class Certification to Supervisors Claiming In-Store Meal Breaks Violate...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: At a time when the Massachusetts meal break landscape is increasingly friendly to employees, a federal judge in the state recently denied class certification in a meal break case, Romulus, et al. v. CVS...more

Lessons for Employers in FLSA Collective Action Strategy from the Service Industry

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

One of the most common types of litigation facing employers is the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) collective action. These lawsuits are generally a lose-lose situation for employers because they must wage a defense through...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: May 2017

by Payne & Fears on

May's key California employment law cases involve “on call” meal and rest periods, and employees working seven days a week. ...more

Judges Refuse Certification of Off-the-clock Wage and Hour Cases

by BakerHostetler on

The Northern District of Illinois has now either decertified or refused to certify two “off the clock” cases involving hourly workers at O’Hare Airport. Neither case involves O’Hare employees per se, but both involve large...more

California Employment Law Notes - January 2017

$90 Million Judgment Reinstated: Employers Must Relieve Employees Of All Duties During Their Rest Periods - Augustus v. ABM Sec. Servs., Inc., 2016 WL 7407328 (Cal. S. Ct. 2016) - Jennifer Augustus filed this...more

Lessons Unlearned: Franchise and Independent Contractor Agreements Can Be Kiss of Death

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Third Circuit’s decision is a pointed reminder to franchisors, as well as businesses that use independent contractors, that the form of their agreements can either serve their legal interests or harm them in employee...more

FLSA Conditional Certification Denied in NYS for 5,000 Home Care Workers

by FordHarrison on

In a case with far reaching implications, Cowell v. Utopia Home Care, Inc., 2:14-cv-00736-LDW-SIL, Magistrate Judge Steven Locke of the Eastern District of New York (covering Brooklyn, Queens and Long island) ruled that...more

July 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Four of the five independent contractor (IC) misclassification cases reported below from July 2016 illustrate how companies continue to fail to structure, document, and implement a business’s IC relationships in a manner that...more

May 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

TELECOM SALES AND MARKETING AGENTS GAIN CERTIFICATION IN IC MISCLASSIFICATION CLASS ACTION. A New York federal district court grants conditional certification of a proposed FLSA nationwide collective action brought against...more

New York District Court Grants Summary Judgment for Employer in Gawker Intern Case

by BakerHostetler on

Litigation Over Interns Dries Up Internship Opportunities - The natural and probable consequence of litigation over unpaid internships was that such opportunities would disappear because the risk of litigation for even...more

I’m Dreaming of a White Collar: 2015 Year in Review

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

‘Twas the week before Christmas, 2-0-1-5 When the poetry elves on the blog came alive. Crafting their rhymes with a purpose so clear: Presenting the wage-hour gems of the year....more

Court Clarifies On-Duty Meal Provisions

Plaintiff of a 24-Hour Residential Care Facility Denied Class Action Over On-Duty Meal Period Allegations - A California Court of Appeal affirmed the denial of a motion for class certification filed by a former employee...more

What Should Employers Expect During The New Supreme Court Term?

by Fisher Phillips on

The first Monday in October is the traditional first day of a new U.S. Supreme Court term.  As always, the 2015-16 term will have several cases that are of particular interest to the nation’s employers.  Here is a review of...more

Employee or Independent Contractor? Uber Court Moves One Step Closer to Answering This Critical Question

by Lathrop Gage on

Many of us perhaps have grown accustomed to riding Uber and enjoy the often significant discounts that their services may provide as compared to traditional taxi companies, and a recent case is certainly closely watched...more

We Thought It Might Be Getting Better … But Class Certification is Still On the Rise

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The explosion of wage and hour class action litigation in the last 10 to 15 years or so has shined a spotlight not only on wage and hour practices themselves, but also on the critical question of whether an employer’s...more

Employment Law - July 2015 #2

DOL Proposes Major Overhaul of Overtime Rules: Why it matters - Expanding the scope of employees eligible for overtime, the Department of Labor (DOL) released its long-awaited new rules revising the white collar...more

That is SO last week - July 2015 #3

by Zelle LLP on

There’s just no rest for employment lawyers this summer. We had another exciting week. The biggest news was the EEOC’s ruling that Title VII prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The agency found that...more

Client Alert - Interns & Independent Contractors

Second Circuit Reverses Class Certification Ruling in Fox Searchlight Unpaid Intern Case, Directing Trial Court to View Economic Benefit Factors Through New Lens - A federal appellate court in New York handed an apparent...more

California Employment Law Notes - July 2015

Employee's Inability To Work For A Particular Supervisor Does Not Constitute A "Disability" - Higgins-Williams v. Sutter Med. Found., 237 Cal. App. 4th 78 (2015) - Michaelin Higgins-Williams worked as a clinical...more

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