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Labor: Fair Standards
JOSHUA D. WOLSON
Lawyers for workers and businesses don't see eye to eye on a lot, but one topic that elicits scorn from both sides is whether a court needs to sign off on a Fair Labor Standards Act settlement. A Pennsylvania federal judge fueled that debate this month by waving along an overtime settlement without scrutiny.
A Pennsylvania federal judge broke with guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor and said federal judges were not bound by the text of the Fair Labor Standards Act to review any settlement of individual wage claims brought against employers.
The U.S. Department of Labor is using its legal firepower to push for worker-friendly interpretations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Here, Law360 reviews six cases where the DOL is getting involved with amicus briefs.