5th Circ. Ruling Paves The Way For Private FLSA Deals

Law360, New York (August 9, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT) -- A recent Fifth Circuit ruling enforcing a private Fair Labor Standards Act settlement challenged the conventional wisdom that the release of wage-and-hour claims must always be supervised by either a court or the U.S. Department of Labor and could open the door for more private deals, attorneys say.

The Fifth Circuit held in a July 24 ruling that a union-negotiated settlement precluded several union members who had worked as lighting and rigging technicians on the upcoming movie “Spring Break '83” from bringing unpaid wage claims, even...
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