Wage & Hour

  • June 28, 2024

    Morgan Lewis Employment Litigator Jumps To Vedder Price

    Vedder Price has hired an employment litigator from Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP as a shareholder in its Chicago office, the firm announced Friday.

  • June 28, 2024

    Food Distributors Tell 2nd Circ. No Arbitration For Suit

    A misclassification suit that went to the U.S. Supreme Court should stay out of arbitration, two food distributors told the Second Circuit, arguing that a slew of rulings supported their arguments that they should be considered transportation workers.

  • June 28, 2024

    Surgical Techs, Hospital Agree To Settle Off-Clock Wage Suit

    Two surgical technicians and a hospital network settled a class action wage suit and asked a California federal judge to send the suit back to state court for final approval of the deal, where a related Private Attorneys General Act case has been pending.

  • June 28, 2024

    High Court Enters July With 3 Rulings To Go

    In a rare move, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue opinions into the beginning of July as the court tries to clear its merits docket of three remaining cases dealing with presidential immunity, whether governments can control social media platforms' content moderation policies and the appropriate deadline to challenge agency action. 

  • June 28, 2024

    Supreme Court Strikes Down Chevron Deference

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned a decades-old precedent that instructed judges about when they could defer to federal agencies' interpretations of law in rulemaking, depriving courts of a commonly used analytic tool and leaving lots of questions about what comes next.

  • June 27, 2024

    Uber, Lyft Cut $175M Deal To End Mass. Worker Status Fight

    Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. on Thursday agreed to pay a combined $175 million and provide drivers with a suite of benefits to settle an employee classification lawsuit brought by the state of Massachusetts.

  • June 27, 2024

    11th Circ. Upholds Radiology Practice's FMLA Suit Win

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday backed a Florida radiology practice's defeat of a doctor's lawsuit alleging he was fired because he requested medical leave, ruling a lower court didn't err when it blocked him from presenting evidence he hadn't previously disclosed.

  • June 27, 2024

    Austin Public Utility Co. Can't Defuse Wage Suit

    A power utility run by the City of Austin, Texas, can't dodge allegations that it purposely failed to pay a former customer service representative overtime premiums even though she regularly worked 50 hours a week, with a federal judge finding Thursday that she brought enough evidence to keep her claims in play.

  • June 27, 2024

    DOL Says It Put Salary Levels In OT Carveout Since 1938

    The U.S. Department of Labor told a Texas federal court it included a minimum salary aspect in executive, administrative or professional rules since the Fair Labor Standards Act's inception, arguing a marketing firm doesn't have the basis to halt a final overtime rule.

  • June 27, 2024

    Ala. Adult Care Co. Owes $202K For Wage Violations

    The owner of two adult care homes in Alabama will pay nearly $202,000 in back wages, damages and fines for denying workers their full wages, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday.

  • June 27, 2024

    Lewis Brisbois Adds Employment Atty In Nevada

    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP announced that a labor and employment attorney with more than 40 years of experience has joined the firm's Reno, Nevada, office as a partner.

  • June 27, 2024

    Ga. School District, Bus Drivers Settle OT Bonus Suit

    A Georgia school district agreed to pay nearly $114,000 to end a collective action accusing it of underpaying employees on overtime by failing to include a retention bonus when calculating their time-and-a-half rate, according to a motion to approve the deal filed in federal court.

  • June 27, 2024

    5th Circ. Backs Former Steel Co. Worker's Win In OT Suit

    A former employee of a Texas-based steel fabrication and erection company supported his claims that his former employer owes him overtime, a Fifth Circuit panel ruled, affirming a lower court's decision awarding the worker more than $80,000.

  • June 27, 2024

    Appeal Of Wash. Pay Range Suit Remand Gets Shut Down

    A Washington federal judge refused to certify an appeal to the Ninth Circuit concerning the lower court's decision to remand to state court a lawsuit alleging retailer Aaron's should have included pay ranges in job advertisements, saying that state court is the ideal venue to interpret state law.

  • June 26, 2024

    Workers Feeling PWFA's Impact After 1st Year In Effect

    The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which took effect one year ago Thursday, has brought about more pregnancy accommodations for workers without causing overwhelming compliance challenges for employers, attorneys on both sides of the bar say.

  • June 26, 2024

    Jury Says Colo. Gas Co. Owes Trader $3.3M For Texas Deals

    A Colorado state jury on Wednesday found that a gas marketing company breached an employment agreement and violated the Colorado Wage Claim Act when it failed to pay a trading director a $3.3 million bonus from natural gas trades made during a historic 2021 winter storm.

  • June 26, 2024

    Veteran Says Starbucks Fired Him Over Parental Leave

    Starbucks retaliated against an Army veteran who took time off after the birth of his child by firing him during a Teams call, a lawsuit in Washington federal court claims.

  • June 26, 2024

    Texas Pizza Restaurant To Pay $30K For Tip, OT Violations

    A pizza restaurant in Texas will pay nearly $30,000 to end a U.S. Department of Labor suit alleging it operated an invalid tip pool and failed to pay proper overtime rates, according to court papers filed Wednesday.

  • June 26, 2024

    Nurses Say Mich. Hospitals Owe OT For Meal Break Work

    Two locations of a Michigan healthcare system unlawfully require employees to work through their meal breaks without pay in violation of federal wage law, according to two separate proposed collective actions filed in federal court.

  • June 26, 2024

    Project 2025 Author Talks Vision For A Future Trump DOL

    If former President Donald Trump wins reelection, the U.S. Department of Labor could return to wage and hour standards from his prior administration, and there could be a push for Congress to update what counts toward overtime, according to employment attorney Jonathan Berry’s Project 2025 policy recommendations. Berry spoke with Law360 about his recommendations.

  • June 26, 2024

    Paper Manufacturer, Ex-Worker's $500K Wage Deal Approved

    A California federal judge placed the final stamp of approval on a $500,000 deal ending claims that a paper company didn't pay a class of over 3,000 workers minimum wages or provide meal and rest breaks owed under state law.

  • June 26, 2024

    Mass. Dunkin' Managers Can Sue For OT As Collective

    A Massachusetts federal judge granted an unopposed request to certify a collective action brought by managers at 60-plus Dunkin' Donuts locations who claim they were required to work more than 40 hours a week without overtime pay.

  • June 26, 2024

    Whole Foods Resolves Time-Shaving Class Action

    Whole Foods has resolved a proposed class action alleging the grocer trimmed workers' paychecks if they came back slightly late from breaks.

  • June 25, 2024

    Public Pensions Have Personnel Authority, Calif. Panel Rules

    A county public employee retirement system has the authority to create employment classifications and set its employees' salaries, a California appellate court ruled Monday, reviving the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association's lawsuit seeking confirmation of its authority to make key personnel decisions.

  • June 25, 2024

    Gas Co. Says Trader Flouted Credit Cap For $37M Storm Trades

    A Colorado gas marketing company Tuesday urged a jury to find that an ex-trader ignored a credit policy when he helped make $37 million worth of natural gas trades during a historic 2021 winter storm, arguing that none of his testifying co-workers backed up his story.

Expert Analysis

  • Tips For Defeating Claims Of Willful FLSA Violations

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    As employers increasingly encounter wage and hour complaints under the Fair Labor Standards Act, more companies could face enhanced penalties for violations deemed willful, but defense counsel can use several discovery and trial strategies to instead demonstrate the employer’s commitment to compliance, say Michael Mueller and Evangeline Paschal at Hunton.

  • A Gov't Contractor's Guide To Davis-Bacon Prevailing Wages

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    In light of shifting federal infrastructure priorities and recent updates to U.S. Department of Labor regulations, employers should take the time to revisit the basics of prevailing wage requirements for federal contractors under the Davis-Bacon Act and similar laws, says Timothy Taylor at Holland & Knight.

  • Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • 1st Circ. Ruling Helps Clarify Test For FLSA Admin Exemption

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    The First Circuit’s recent decision in Marcus v. American Contract Bridge League will help employers navigate the Fair Labor Standards Act's "general business operations" exemption and make the crucial and often confusing decision of whether white collar employees are overtime-exempt administrators or nonexempt frontline producers of products and services, says Mark Tabakman at Fox Rothschild.

  • 3 Employer Strategies To Streamline Mass Arbitrations

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    Workers under arbitration agreements have gained an edge on their employers by filing floods of tedious and expensive individualized claims, but companies can adapt to this new world of mass arbitration by applying several new strategies that may streamline the dispute-resolution process, says Michael Strauss at Alternative Resolution Centers.

  • Employer Takeaways From 2nd Circ. Equal Pay Ruling

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    The Second Circuit 's recent decision in Eisenhauer v. Culinary Institute of America reversed a long-held understanding of the Equal Pay Act, ultimately making it easier for employers to defend against equal pay claims brought under federal law, but it is not a clear escape hatch for employers, say Thelma Akpan and Katelyn McCombs at Littler.

  • The Growing Need For FLSA Private Settlement Rule Clarity

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    A Pennsylvania district court's recent ruling in Walker v. Marathon Petroleum echoes an interesting and growing trend of jurists questioning the need for — and legality of — judicial approval of private Fair Labor Standards Act settlements, which provides more options for parties to efficiently resolve their claims, says Rachael Coe at Moore & Van Allen.

  • High Court Bakery Driver Case Could Limit Worker Arbitration

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    Employers that require arbitration of worker claims under the Federal Arbitration Act should closely follow Bissonnette v. LePage Bakeries as it goes before the U.S. Supreme Court, which could thoroughly expand the definition of “transportation workers” who are exempt from compulsory arbitration and force companies to field more employee disputes in court, says Nick Morisani at Phelps Dunbar.

  • In Focus At The EEOC: Advancing Equal Pay

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    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s recently finalized strategic enforcement plan expresses a renewed commitment to advancing equal pay at a time when employees have unprecedented access to compensation information, highlighting for employers the importance of open communication and ongoing pay equity analyses, say Paul Evans at Baker McKenzie and Christine Hendrickson at Syndio.

  • Return Days Key In Hyatt COVID-19 Layoffs Ruling

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    The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in Hartstein v. Hyatt, which clarified when the hotel giant had to pay out accrued vacation time after pandemic-prompted temporary layoffs, highlights the importance of whether an employer specifies a return date within the normal pay period, say attorneys at ArentFox Schiff.

  • How ESG Is Taking Women's Soccer To The Next Level

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    Several elite soccer teams sharpened their competitive edges for the 2023 Women's World Cup by focusing on environmental, social and governance issues at home, demonstrating that many industries can use the principles of ESG investing to identify opportunities to increase growth, improve performance and address stakeholders' desires, say attorneys at ArentFox Schiff.

  • How Int'l Strategies Can Mitigate US Child Labor Risks

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    Recent reports of child labor in the U.S. raise significant compliance concerns under state and federal child labor laws, but international business and human rights principles provide tools companies can use to identify, mitigate and remediate the risks, says Tom Plotkin at Covington.

  • 2nd Circ. OT Ruling Guides On Pay For Off-The-Clock Work

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    While the Second Circuit’s recent holding in Perry v. City of New York reiterated that the Fair Labor Standards Act obligates employers to pay overtime for off-the-clock work, it recognized circumstances, such as an employee’s failure to report, that allow an employer to disclaim the knowledge element that triggers this obligation, say Robert Whitman and Kyle Winnick at Seyfarth.