Wage & Hour

  • July 22, 2024

    Nissan Dealer Can't Escape Ex-Worker's OT Claims

    A Missouri Nissan dealership is still on the hook in a former office manager's lawsuit alleging she was misclassified as overtime exempt, with a federal judge ruling Monday it was still unclear whether the ex-employee's work involved independent decision making that could render her ineligible for overtime premiums.

  • July 22, 2024

    Bankrupt Nursing Homes To Pay $36M To End DOL Wage Suit

    More than a dozen bankrupt nursing homes will have to pay nearly $36 million in a U.S. Department of Labor's suit claiming workers weren't paid full wages after creating "an adversarial" payroll structure, a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Monday.

  • July 22, 2024

    Approval Sought For $1.2M Deal In Labor Trafficking Suit

    A car parts manufacturer, two recruiting agencies and a group of Mexican engineers who alleged the companies lured them to the U.S. with false promises of high-paying jobs before forcing them to work manual labor for long hours and low wages have reached a tentative $1.2 million settlement.

  • July 22, 2024

    Home Health Co.'s $1M Wage Deal Scores Initial OK

    A post-acute healthcare network will shell out about $1 million to end a suit that claimed it cheated direct support personnel workers out of overtime after misclassifying them as independent contractors, after a New Mexico federal judge approved the deal Monday.

  • July 22, 2024

    9th Circ. Backs TSA's Win In Ex-Worker's Retaliation Suit

    The Ninth Circuit declined to reinstate a lawsuit alleging the Transportation Security Administration fired an officer for complaining that he faced a hostile work environment, saying he failed to overcome the agency's assertion that he was terminated for refusing to comply with an investigation into alleged criminal activity.

  • July 22, 2024

    Pizza Franchisees Owe $277K After DOL Child Labor Probe

    The operators of 10 pizza restaurant franchises in Nevada owe more than $277,000 for allowing minors to work at times the law does not permit and operate dangerous machinery, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Monday.

  • July 22, 2024

    Drivers Urge Court To Keep Amazon Wage Suit Alive

    Delivery drivers accusing Amazon of misclassifying them as independent contractors urged a Washington federal judge not to grant the e-commerce giant's bid to toss the eight-year-old suit, saying their claims are solid enough for this stage of the litigation to continue.

  • July 22, 2024

    Mexican Restaurants To Pay $137K For Wage Violations

    Three Mexican restaurant locations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont will pay $137,000 in back wages, damages and fines for denying 126 workers their full tips and wages, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Monday.

  • July 22, 2024

    Canada Dry Agrees To Settle OT Dispute For $1M

    Canada Dry has agreed to shell out $1 million to put to rest a Fair Labor Standards Act suit in Pennsylvania federal court claiming it miscalculated workers' overtime pay.

  • July 22, 2024

    Rising Star: Filippatos' Tanvir H. Rahman

    Tanvir Rahman of Filippatos PLLC secured a $12 million settlement for a former Fox News producer who said she was used as a scapegoat during the network's legal battle with Dominion Voting Systems, earning him a spot among the employment law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 22, 2024

    Ga. Child Therapists Say Employer Cheated Them Out Of Pay

    A Georgia children's therapy provider has not been paying its registered behavior technicians for the time spent working before appointments, traveling, performing administrative work and attending required training sessions, four ex-workers claimed in a proposed collective action in federal court.

  • July 22, 2024

    OT Rule Case Is Key Test In Post-Chevron World

    A suit challenging the U.S. Department of Labor's authority to regulate salary thresholds for overtime exemptions serves as an important test case for how courts will assess the contours of agency rulemaking power because of the salary requirements' particular history, attorneys say. 

  • July 19, 2024

    Business Groups Want DOL OT Rule Tossed

    A slew of business groups urged a Texas federal court to halt on a nationwide basis the U.S. Department of Labor's rule raising salary thresholds for a federal overtime exemption, arguing they raise identical arguments the court already sided with.

  • July 19, 2024

    FTC Wants To Block Kroger & Albertsons' 'Principal Defense'

    Federal Trade Commission staffers want to block Kroger and Albertsons from using their main defense to an in-house merger challenge — the plan to sell off 579 stores — or otherwise force the companies to produce documents so far protected as privileged, according to a recently public filing.

  • July 19, 2024

    9th Circ. Says Fueling Planes Is Arbitration-Exempt Work

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday affirmed that an airplane fuel pumper can proceed with his unpaid wage claims in federal court rather than in arbitration, ruling his work is involved in the flow of interstate commerce and he is thus a transportation worker exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act.

  • July 19, 2024

    Temple U.'s Ken Jacobsen On NCAA-House Deal, What's Next

    Even with a deal of such size and consequence — approximately $2.8 billion, more than 184,000 athletes in the class, all the Power Five conferences named and with decades of court rulings leading up to it — the settlement over name, image and likeness compensation in the Grant House-led class action against the NCAA is best seen as a beginning, rather than an end.

  • July 19, 2024

    NJ Says 3rd Circ. Ruling Backs State Temp Worker Law

    The State of New Jersey called a federal court's attention to a recent Third Circuit decision holding that the bar for issuing preliminary injunctions should be higher, saying the ruling supports its argument opposing a business community request to block a state law regulating protections for temporary workers.

  • July 19, 2024

    $15M Kraft Heinz Wage Deal Nabs Initial OK

    A Wisconsin federal court granted preliminary approval to a $15 million deal resolving claims that Kraft Heinz Foods Co. failed to pay employees for all hours worked and include certain compensation when calculating overtime, finding the deal fair and reasonable.

  • July 19, 2024

    Calif. Forecast: $5M Nurses Wage Deal Up For Approval

    In the coming week, attorneys should keep an eye out for the potential final approval of a $5 million deal to end a class action against a nurse staffing agency. Here's a look at that case and other labor and employment matters coming up in California.

  • July 19, 2024

    Rising Star: Jackson Lewis' Douglas J. Klein

    Douglas J. Klein of Jackson Lewis PC has defended employers against class and collective actions, including federal court cases involving a "naked" class waiver at Insomnia Cookies and wage-and-hour claims against New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, earning him a spot among employment law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • July 19, 2024

    Property Management Group Pays $304K For OT Violations

    A Florida property management group paid nearly $304,000 in back wages, damages and fines for denying 92 workers overtime pay, the U.S. Department of Labor announced.

  • July 19, 2024

    Coffee Chain Owes OT, Brewer Says

    Production workers for a coffee chain haven't been getting paid for the time it takes them to put on and take off protective equipment, cheating them out of overtime wages, a brewer claimed in a proposed collective and class action filed in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • July 19, 2024

    NY Forecast: NLRB Injunction Bid Against Starbucks Resumes

    A status conference is scheduled this week in the National Labor Relations Board's recently revived suit seeking an injunction barring Starbucks from violating federal labor law at stores across the country.

  • July 19, 2024

    W&H Litigation Refined Arbitration Law In First Half Of 2024

    The first half of 2024 brought rapid-fire developments in arbitration law thanks to wage and hour cases on misclassification and unpaid wages, underscoring how the contours of the Federal Arbitration Act's Section 1 exemption will continue to be sliced and diced through employment litigation.

  • July 18, 2024

    Miner Seeks Atty Fees After 4th Circ. DOL Judges Ruling

    A former miner urged the Fourth Circuit to approve approximately $21,000 in attorney fees in his case seeking benefits for his black lung disease, saying he has been unable to reach a settlement with an engineering company that challenged the appointment of two U.S. Department of Labor administrative law judges.

Expert Analysis

  • 3 Wage And Hour Tips For A Post-Chevron World

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    Employers can take three steps to handle day-to-day wage and hour compliance in the event that the U.S. Supreme Court soon reshifts the administrative law landscape by overturning the Chevron doctrine, which could cause a massive sea change in the way we all do business, say Seth Kaufman and Matthew Korn at Fisher Phillips.

  • After Years Of Popularity, PAGA's Fate Is Up In The Air

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    The last two years held important victories for plaintiff-side employment attorneys in California Private Attorneys General Act litigation at the trial and appellate court levels, but this hotbed of activity will quickly lose steam if voters approve a ballot measure in November to enact the California Fair Pay and Employer Accountability Act, says Paul Sherman at Kabat Chapman.

  • One Contract Fix Can Reduce Employer Lawsuit Exposure

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    A recent Fifth Circuit ruling that saved FedEx over $365 million highlights how a one-sentence limitation provision on an employment application or in an at-will employment agreement may be the easiest cost-savings measure for employers against legal claims, say Sara O'Keefe and William Wortel at BCLP.

  • Water Cooler Talk: Sick Leave Insights From 'Parks And Rec'

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    Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs at Troutman Pepper spoke with Lisa Whittaker at the J.M. Smucker Co. about how to effectively manage sick leave policies to ensure legal compliance and fairness to all employees, in a discussion inspired by a "Parks and Recreation" episode.

  • What CRA Deadline Means For Biden Admin. Rulemaking

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    With the 2024 election rapidly approaching, the Biden administration must race to finalize proposed agency actions within the next few weeks, or be exposed to the chance that the following Congress will overturn the rules under the Congressional Review Act, say attorneys at Covington.

  • Justices Clarify FAA But Leave Behind Important Questions

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision last month in Bissonnette v. LePage firmly shuts the door on any argument that the Federal Arbitration Act's Section 1 exemption is limited to transportation workers whose employers transport goods on behalf of others, but two major issues remain unresolved, say Joshua Wesneski and Crystal Weeks at Weil.

  • What To Expect From The DOL's Final Overtime Rule

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    The U.S. Department of Labor's final overtime rule dramatically increases the salary threshold for white collar workers to be exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act, so employers should prioritize identifying the potentially affected positions and strategically consider next steps, say Leslie Selig Byrd and Deryck Van Alstyne at Bracewell.

  • Data Shows H-2B Wages May Be Skewed High By Sample Size

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    Occupational Wage and Employment Statistics wage data from April illustrates that smaller sample sizes from less populated areas may be skewing prevailing wages for H-2B visas artificially high, potentially harming businesses that rely on the visa program, says Stephen Bronars at Edgeworth Economics.

  • Refresher On Employee Qualifications For Summer Interns

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    Before companies welcome interns to their ranks this summer, they should consider the extent to which the interns may be entitled to the same legal protections as employees, including the right to be paid for their hours worked and to receive at least minimum wage and overtime, says Kate LaQuay at Munck Wilson.

  • How To Prepare As Employee Data Reporting Deadlines Near

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    As filing deadlines approach, government contractors and private companies alike should familiarize themselves with recent changes to federal and California employee data reporting requirements and think strategically about registration of affirmative action plans to minimize the risk of being audited, say Christopher Durham and Zev Grumet-Morris at Duane Morris.

  • The Practical Effects Of Justices' Arbitration Exemption Ruling

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Bissonnette v. LePage Bakeries, that a transportation worker need not work in the transportation industry to be exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act, may negatively affect employers' efforts to mitigate class action risk via arbitration agreement enforcement, say Charles Schoenwetter and Eric Olson at Bowman and Brooke.

  • New Wash. Laws Employers Should Pay Attention To

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    The Washington Legislature ended its session last month after passing substantial laws that should prompt employers to spring into action — including a broadened equal pay law to cover classes beyond gender, narrowed sick leave payment requirements for construction workers and protections for grocery workers after a merger, say Hannah Ard and Alayna Piwonski at Lane Powell.

  • AI In Accounting Raises OT Exemption Questions

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    A recent surge in the use of artificial intelligence in accounting work calls into question whether professionals in the industry can argue they are no longer overtime exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act, highlighting how technology could test the limits of the law for a variety of professions, say Bradford Kelley at Littler and Stephen Malone at Peloton Interactive.