Wage & Hour

  • June 05, 2024

    Hospital Network Stiffs Workers On Meal Breaks, Suit Claims

    A Missouri hospital network automatically deducted meal breaks from nurses' and technicians' pay even though they were unable to take the breaks, a former employee said in a proposed class and collective action filed in federal court.

  • June 05, 2024

    ADP Sales Reps Win Conditional Cert. For Overtime Claim

    Sales representatives for Automatic Data Processing Inc. won conditional certification in their lawsuit alleging they failed to receive all their overtime wages earned, with an Arizona federal judge ruling the workers had offered up substantial evidence that they were all subjected to the same pay policies.

  • June 05, 2024

    Energy Co. Tells 4th Circ. Arbitration Pact Extends To It

    A rig worker's arbitration agreement clearly extended to oil and gas exploration and production company Tug Hill Operating LLC, the company said, telling the Fourth Circuit that a West Virginia federal court gave the pact a too narrow read.

  • June 05, 2024

    Lewis Brisbois Employment Attys Join Kaufman Dolowich

    Kaufman Dolowich has hired a pair of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP employment attorneys as partners in Los Angeles.

  • June 05, 2024

    Healthcare Staffing Co. Hit With Meal Break, OT Suit

    A healthcare staffing company has been automatically deducting meal breaks from workers' time sheets and forcing them to work while off the clock, denying them overtime pay, according to a proposed collective action filed Wednesday in Virginia federal court.

  • June 05, 2024

    3rd Circ. Debates Length Of Breaks In $7M Wage Case

    A Third Circuit panel tried on Wednesday to pin down when the U.S. Department of Labor and an in-home care agency believed that employees were off-duty or just traveling between jobs, and whether the company's lack of travel-time records left it open to a $7 million judgment based on government estimates.

  • June 05, 2024

    Former Exec Drops Mass. Wage Suit Against Tech Firm

    A former executive for a tech company told a Massachusetts federal judge Wednesday the parties agreed to dismissal of her lawsuit claiming she didn't receive promised performance bonuses and was terminated after complaining about the missing pay.

  • June 05, 2024

    Detroit Hospital Hit With Meal-Break Lawsuit Seeking OT

    A Detroit hospital network automatically deducts 30-minute unpaid meal breaks from nurses' and technicians' pay regardless of whether they were actually relieved from their work duties, a former employee said in a proposed class and collective action filed in Michigan federal court.

  • June 05, 2024

    Marriott, Workers' Wage Suit Deal Scores Final Approval

    Marriott will pay nearly $437,000 to end a proposed class action alleging unpaid wages and meal and rest break violations, with a California federal judge placing the final stamp of approval on the settlement agreement.

  • June 05, 2024

    Calif. Wage Hike To Cover Nearly All Healthcare Workplaces

    Nearly all workers at healthcare facilities in California will be entitled to a higher minimum wage beginning July 1 regardless of whether they're involved in patient care. One expert called the increase a sweeping change, partly due to broad definitions of what employees and facilities are covered.

  • June 04, 2024

    Justices Raise Doubt Hospital System Must Face Wage Claims

    The California Supreme Court appeared open Tuesday to undoing a finding that a hospital system is not a public entity and must face workers' meal- and rest-break claims, with one justice noting that state law repeatedly calls the system a public entity and saying, "So what do we make of that?"

  • June 04, 2024

    DOJ Remains 'Clear Eyed' About No-Poach Prosecutions

    A senior U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division prosecutor continued Tuesday to emphasize the importance of criminal cases accusing employers of fixing wages or curtailing recruitment and hiring of workers from rivals, asserting that despite courtroom defeats, enforcers are trying to learn from past failures.

  • June 04, 2024

    Airlines Seek Shield From Chicago's New Paid Sick Leave Law

    The trade group representing the largest U.S. airlines alleged in a federal lawsuit Tuesday that Chicago's new paid sick leave law cannot be enforced against airlines because it interferes with flight crew staffing and scheduling in violation of federal law and collective bargaining agreements.

  • June 04, 2024

    New Trial Ordered In Uber Drivers' Misclassification Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge greenlighted a second trial Tuesday to determine whether drivers for Uber's high-end ride-share option are independent contractors after a jury couldn't come to an agreement on the issue in March.

  • June 04, 2024

    Refinery Workers Score Class Cert. On Standby Time Claims

    Workers' claims that an oil refinery company didn't pay them for their 12-hour standby shifts can move forward on a class basis, a California federal judge ruled, rejecting the company's argument that it would be impossible to determine who was on standby.

  • June 04, 2024

    Nurse Staffing Exec Wants Antitrust, Fraud Charges Separated

    An indicted home health care staffing executive asked a Nevada federal court to separate the antitrust charge against him for allegedly fixing nurses wages from claims that he concealed the conspiracy and government probe when selling the business for more than $10 million.

  • June 04, 2024

    3rd Circ. Doubtful NJ Temp Worker Law Is Unconstitutional

    A Third Circuit panel on Tuesday seemed skeptical that a New Jersey law geared toward protecting temporary workers was unconstitutionally protectionist, despite an apparent acknowledgment of industry groups' fears that it could destroy the temp staffing agency industry in the Garden State.

  • June 04, 2024

    Worker Can't Ditch Jurisdiction He Invoked, Fed. Judge Says

    An Illinois federal judge denied an ex-utility worker's "perplexing" bid to toss his own wage lawsuit soon after his former employer filed a motion for judgment, rejecting the worker's argument that the court lacks jurisdiction over his proposed class action against the utility locating services company.

  • June 04, 2024

    Ogletree Opens 7th California Office In Fresno

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC has opened an office in Fresno, California, absorbing a location previously operated by Raimondo Miller ALC and its five attorneys, the firm has announced.

  • June 04, 2024

    Marketing Co. Says DOL OT Rule Threatens Small Businesses

    A small Texas marketing company said the U.S. Department of Labor's final rule raising the salary thresholds to consider employees overtime-exempt under federal law unlawfully disregards long-standing requirements, urging a federal court to put it aside.

  • June 04, 2024

    Texas Sues DOL Over Exec OT Exemption Rule

    Texas is seeking to block the U.S. Department of Labor's new rule increasing salary thresholds for overtime exemptions for administrative, executive and professional employees, saying in a suit filed in federal court that labor law is silent on salary thresholds for that exemption.

  • June 04, 2024

    A Lawsuit 'Field Day' Over Calif. Healthcare Worker Wage Hike

    Even before going into effect, California's new healthcare worker minimum wage is generating complex legal questions about its scope and predictions of legal clashes to come.

  • June 03, 2024

    Substitute Teacher Co. Says Colo. Classification Rule Illegal

    An independent platform said that an upcoming Colorado rule requiring it to consider employees the substitute teachers it helps schools find will hurt its business, urging a Colorado state court to halt the new policy going into effect on July 1.

  • June 03, 2024

    Kroger, Albertsons Can't Get More Info On FTC Markets

    An Oregon federal judge denied Kroger and Albertsons' requests for more information on the markets at issue in the Federal Trade Commission's ongoing attempt to block their merger, saying the companies' request is premature and excessively broad.

  • June 03, 2024

    El Pollo Loco Hit With Wage, Hostile Work Environment Claims

    El Pollo Loco did not provide a former assistant manager with meal breaks or overtime or pay him the full wages he was promised, and store managers mocked him for requesting leave to tend to his ailing mother, the ex-worker alleged in a complaint filed in state court.

Expert Analysis

  • Water Cooler Talk: Insights On Noncompetes From 'The Office'

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    Troutman Pepper’s Tracey Diamond, Evan Gibbs, Constance Brewster and Jim Earle compare scenarios from “The Office” to the complex world of noncompetes and associated tax issues, as employers are becoming increasingly hesitant to look to noncompete provisions amid a potential federal ban.

  • 3 Compliance Reminders For Calif. Employers In 2024

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    As we enter into the new year, several recent updates to California employment law — including minimum wage and sick leave requirements — necessitate immediate compliance actions for employers, says Daniel Pyne at Hopkins & Carley.

  • Compliance Refresher Amid DOL Child Labor Crackdown

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    In light of the Labor Department’s recent announcement of new penalty assessment procedures for child labor law violations, Erica MacDonald and Sylvia Bokyung St. Clair at Faegre Drinker discuss what employers should know about the department’s continued focus on this issue and how to bolster compliance efforts.

  • Top 10 Employer Resolutions For 2024

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    From technological leaps to sea changes in labor policy to literal sea changes, 2024 provides opportunities for employers to face big-picture questions that will shape their business for years to come, say Allegra Lawrence-Hardy and Lisa Haldar at Lawrence & Bundy.

  • Top 10 Whistleblowing And Retaliation Events Of 2023

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and federal and state courts made 2023 another groundbreaking year for whistleblower litigation and retaliation developments, including the SEC’s massive whistleblower awards, which are likely to continue into 2024 and further incentivize individuals to submit tips, say attorneys at Proskauer.

  • Navigating Issues Around NY Freelancer Pay Protection Bill

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    New York’s recently signed Freelance Isn’t Free Act was designed to protect freelance workers, but leaves business to navigate challenges such as unclear coverage, vague contract terms and potentially crushing penalties, says Richard Reibstein at Locke Lord.

  • The Key To Defending Multistate Collective FLSA Claims

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    Federal circuit courts are split on the reach of a court's jurisdiction over out-of-state employers in Fair Labor Standards Act collective actions, but until the U.S. Supreme Court agrees to review the question, multistate employers should be aware of a potential case-changing defense, say Matthew Disbrow and Michael Dauphinais at Honigman.

  • Ill. Temp Labor Rules: No Clear Road Map For Compliance

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    While the delay of a particularly thorny provision of the Illinois temporary worker law will provide some short-term relief, staffing agencies and their clients will still need to scramble to plan compliance with the myriad vague requirements imposed by the other amendments to the act, say Alexis Dominguez and Alissa Griffin at Neal Gerber.

  • 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.