Wage & Hour

  • May 09, 2024

    Rail Co. Accused Of Retaliation Over FMLA Use

    CSX Transportation Inc. has been hit with a Florida federal lawsuit brought by its workers, who allege in their proposed class action that the rail company discouraged them from lawfully using the Family and Medical Leave Act, including by punishing them for taking advantage of the law.

  • May 09, 2024

    NY Healthcare Co. Gets Worker's Wage Suit Trimmed

    An Albany, New York-based health system can escape, for now, a proposed collective claim alleging it denied workers overtime wages, a federal judge ruled Thursday, while preserving a claim that it forced employees to work through their lunch breaks.

  • May 09, 2024

    Tenn. County Untangles Collective In Wage Suit Ahead Of Trial

    A Tennessee county snagged a partial decertification win in a lawsuit accusing it of not properly paying a variety of workers within its sheriff's office, after a federal judge ruled that the workers' differences in jobs prevent collective treatment.

  • May 09, 2024

    Staffing Cos. Can't Dodge DOL Suit Over Wage Clawbacks

    The U.S. Department of Labor can keep pursuing a suit alleging two staffing agencies drew employees' compensation below minimum wage by implementing contractual clawbacks if employees didn't stay for more than three years, a New York federal judge ruled.

  • May 09, 2024

    Feds' Pay Bias Suit Against Wis. Military Affairs Heads To Trial

    A federal judge refused Thursday to grant the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs a win in a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, saying a jury could find that the state agency lowballed an applicant for a director position because she's a woman.

  • May 09, 2024

    Liquor Co. Ordered To Stop Flouting Law After DOL Wage Deal

    An Indiana federal judge issued an injunction barring a multistate liquor store operator from violating federal labor law after the U.S. Department of Labor accused it of flouting a previous back wage settlement by coercing workers to accept less money than they were owed.

  • May 09, 2024

    6th Circ. Panel Skeptical Of NLRB Hazard Pay Ruling

    A Sixth Circuit panel questioned on Thursday a National Labor Relations Board decision finding a Michigan nursing home violated federal labor law with its handling of temporary hazard pay and staffing during the COVID-19 pandemic, with judges appearing skeptical the company had to bargain over the changes.

  • May 09, 2024

    DOL Wage Enforcement Penalties Come Under Scrutiny

    Civil monetary penalties aren’t high enough to deter employers from violating wage and hour laws, Democrats in Congress are saying ahead of planned legislation, though employers’ attorneys argue that existing fines are adequate. Here, Law360 explores the penalties debate.

  • May 09, 2024

    Plumbing Co. Ignoring OT Precedent, 1st Circ. Judge Chides

    A First Circuit judge said Thursday that a plumbing supply distributor arguing that its inside sales representatives don't qualify for overtime pay appears to be "running as fast as you can to get away" from a key recent precedent.

  • May 09, 2024

    Ballard Spahr Atty Among 5 Rimon Arrivals On Both Coasts

    Rimon PC has expanded its offices in New Jersey, Philadelphia, Orlando, San Francisco and San Diego with the addition of five attorneys, bolstering its intellectual property, investment management, real estate, employment and litigation capabilities, the firm announced Thursday.

  • May 09, 2024

    Calif. Panel Keeps PAGA Claims Out Of Arbitration

    A Los Angeles trial court correctly refused to sever an arbitration agreement filled with unconscionable provisions, a California appellate panel ruled, affirming the decision to deny a wireless company's bid to arbitrate a worker individual Private Attorneys General Act claims.

  • May 09, 2024

    Acting Labor Sec. Urges Senate Panel To Back DOL Funding

    Acting Labor Secretary Julie Su on Thursday defended President Joe Biden's U.S. Department of Labor budget, telling a Senate panel that such funding is necessary to recover workers' stolen wages and fight unlawful child labor, among other priorities.

  • May 09, 2024

    Nike Denied Nursing Workers Lactation Spaces, Suit Says

    Nike failed to provide nursing employees with adequate breaks or spaces to express breast milk and told a manager that she was setting a bad example for her team when she asked to pump milk outside of her scheduled breaks, a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County superior court said.

  • May 09, 2024

    Charter, Workers Both Want Quick Win In Vacation Time Suit

    Workers alleging that Charter Communications failed to pay out unused vacation time when it merged with Time Warner Cable asked a California federal judge to grant them a win, saying state wage law unambiguously requires the payouts, while Charter urged the court to find the opposite.

  • May 09, 2024

    Bronx Urgent Care, DOL Reach $160K Deal In Wage Suit

    An urgent care in the Bronx will pay $160,000 in back wages, damages and fines to end a U.S. Department of Labor suit accusing it of stiffing workers on overtime pay, according to court papers.

  • May 08, 2024

    Lyft Driver Asks Calif. Justices To OK Intervening In PAGA Suit

    An attorney for a Lyft driver who sued the company under the Private Attorneys General Act urged the California Supreme Court on Wednesday to find her client has standing to intervene in a competing PAGA Lyft case that reached a settlement, saying the deal threatened to "extinguish" her client's rights.

  • May 08, 2024

    4th Circ. Says Purpose Of Inmate Labor Affects Classification

    The primary purpose of prisoners' work at a Baltimore County recycling plant should determine whether a group of incarcerated people were employees under federal law, a Fourth Circuit panel ruled Wednesday, rejecting the county's view that any amount of rehabilitative-oriented work spared it from minimum wage obligations.

  • May 08, 2024

    Arbitration Pact Doesn't Bar PAGA Penalty Claims, Panel Says

    An arbitration agreement a worker signed with a gardening retailer doesn't apply to his representative civil penalty claims under California's Private Attorneys General Act, a state appellate panel held, saying the language of the agreement shows the parties didn't intend to arbitrate those kinds of disputes.

  • May 08, 2024

    ​​​​​​​Farmworkers Union Says DOL's 2022 Rules Keep Wages Low

    A farmworkers union in Washington state is challenging rules the U.S. Department of Labor introduced in 2022 that the union said are depressing farmworkers' wages.

  • May 08, 2024

    Oil Field Workers File Proposed Class Suit Over Unpaid Wages

    Three oil field workers have slapped their employers with a proposed collective and class action in Texas federal court accusing the companies of failing to pay overtime and straight-time wages to hourly, day rate and salaried workers in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • May 08, 2024

    Pizzeria Must Face Ex-Driver's Wage Kickback Claims

    A pizza eatery can't escape a former delivery driver's suit claiming unreimbursed expenses pushed his wages below the federal minimum rate, with a Georgia federal judge ruling Wednesday the ex-worker doesn't need to specify the on-the-job costs he alleged he unfairly shouldered.

  • May 08, 2024

    Littler Atty Named Miami Leader Less Than 1 Year After Arrival

    Littler Mendelson PC has selected one of its newest shareholders in Miami to take over the office managing shareholder position, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • May 08, 2024

    Mass. Justices May Give Green Light To Tip Ballot Measure

    Massachusetts' high court justices appeared skeptical Wednesday of arguments by a group of restaurant owners seeking to kill a ballot question that, if approved, would gradually raise the minimum wage for tipped workers to the state's $15-per-hour standard.

  • May 08, 2024

    An Untested Clause Could Fortify DOL's Overtime Rule

    A novel clause in the U.S. Department of Labor's rule expanding workers' overtime protection could help it hold up if critics challenge it in court, experts told Law360.

  • May 08, 2024

    Calif. Sewing Contractors To Pay $200K To End DOL Suit

    Two sewing contractors in Los Angeles will pay $200,000 to end a U.S. Department of Labor suit alleging they denied workers full wages and shipped goods produced in violation of federal wage law across state lines, according to court papers.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • FLSA Ruling Highlights Time Compensability Under State Law

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    While the Third Circuit's August decision in Tyger v. Precision Drilling endorsed the prevailing standard among federal courts regarding time compensability under the Fair Labor Standards Act, it also serves as a reminder that state laws will often find a broader range of activities to be compensable, say Ryan Warden and Craig Long at White and Williams.

  • Understanding Wage Theft Penalties Under New NY Statute

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    Under a recently enacted New York statute, wage theft is considered a form of larceny under the state's penal law, and prosecutors can seek even stronger penalties against violators — so all employers are well advised to pay close and careful attention to compliance with their wage payment obligations, say Paxton Moore and Robert Whitman at Seyfarth.

  • How To Create A California-Compliant Piece-Rate Pay Policy

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    Piece-rate compensation can encourage worker efficiency and productivity, but California has special rules for employers that use this type of pay plan, so careful execution and clear communication with employees is essential for maintaining compliance, says Ashley Paynter at Riley Safer.

  • 3 Employer Considerations In Light Of DOL Proposed OT Rule

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    A recently unveiled rule from the U.S. Department of Labor would increase the salary threshold for Fair Labor Standards Act overtime exemptions, and while the planned changes are not the law just yet, employers should start thinking about the best ways to position their organizations for compliance in the future, say Brodie Erwin and Sarah Spangenburg at Kilpatrick.

  • Prevailing Wage Rules Complicate Inflation Act Tax Incentives

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    Nicole Elliott and Timothy Taylor at Holland & Knight discuss the intersection between tax and labor newly created by the Inflation Reduction Act, and focus on aspects of recent U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of the Treasury rules that may catch tax-incentive seekers off guard.

  • Calif., Wash. Rest Break Waivers: What Carriers Must Know

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    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's recent invitation for petitions to waive its rules on meal and rest breaks for commercial drivers in California and Washington is an unusual move, and the agency's own guidance seems to acknowledge that its plan may face legal challenges, says Jessica Scott at Wheeler Trigg.

  • Eye On Compliance: Women's Soccer Puts Equal Pay In Focus

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    As the U.S. Women's National Team returns from World Cup, employers can honor the fighting spirit of the athletes — which won them a historic gender pay equality settlement in 2022 — by reviewing federal equal pay compliance requirements and committing to a level playing field for all genders, says Christina Heischmidt at Wilson Elser.

  • How New Illinois Child Influencer Law Affects Advertisers

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    Although Illinois' recently amended child labor law puts the burden on vloggers to ensure minors under the age of 16 featured in online videos are properly compensated, lack of compliance could reflect negatively on advertisers by association, say Monique Bhargava and Edward Fultz at Reed Smith.

  • Lessons On Using 'Advice Of Counsel' Defense In FLSA Suits

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    Several Fair Labor Standards Act cases illustrate the dangers inherent in employers trying to use the advice-of-counsel defense as a shield against liability while attempting to guard attorney-client privilege over relevant communications, says Mark Tabakman at Fox Rothschild.

  • DC Circ. Ruling Puts Issue Class Cert. Under Microscope

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    The D.C. Circuit's recent Harris v. Medical Transportation Management decision, which pushed back against lax application of Rule 23(c)(4) to certify issue classes as an end-run around the predominance requirement, provides potentially persuasive fodder for seeking to limit the scope of issue classes in other circuits, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • Ensuring Child Labor Law Compliance Amid Growing Scrutiny

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    Amid increased attention on child labor law violations, employers should review their policies and practices with respect to the employment of minors, particularly underage migrants who do not have any parents in the U.S., say Felicia O'Connor and Morgan McDonald at Foley & Lardner.

  • Employer Best Practices For Pay Transparency Compliance

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    With conflicting pay transparency and disclosure laws appearing across the country, employers must carefully develop different strategies for discussing compensation with employees, applicants, and off-site workers, disclosing salaries in job ads, and staying abreast of new state and local compliance requirements, says Joy Rosenquist at Littler Mendelson.