Wage & Hour

  • 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.

  • May 08, 2024

    Medical Manufacturing Co., Welder Settle OT Suit

    A former welder told an Ohio federal court he reached a deal with the medical and dental product manufacturing company he accused of not paying for the work he performed before his scheduled shifts.

  • May 08, 2024

    Tenn. Hairstylists To Settle Independent Contractor Claims

    A hair salon and a group of hairstylists asked a Tennessee federal judge to sign off on a settlement ending their claims seeking to recover minimum and overtime wages, saying they reached a reasonable compromise during arbitration.

  • May 07, 2024

    Gov't Enforcement Concerns Employers, Littler Report Finds

    Almost three-quarters of U.S. employers share great concern over the impact the U.S. Department of Labor's and the National Labor Relations Board's enforcement actions will have on their businesses, according to a survey Littler Mendelson PC released Wednesday.

  • May 07, 2024

    NYC Eatery Asks 2nd Circ. To Undo Revival Of Workers' Suit

    A New York City restaurant operator urged the Second Circuit Tuesday to reject a lower court finding that its workers' federal wage claims may be cut from their class action but can also be reinstated if the appeals court were to vacate their state wage claims, insisting the decision is unfair.

  • May 07, 2024

    DOJ Tells High Court To Undo 4th Circ. OT Carveout Ruling

    Employers need only adhere to a less stringent standard in proving whether a worker is overtime-exempt, the U.S. Department of Justice told the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday in support of the reversal of a Fourth Circuit ruling that sales workers didn't fit the carveout's guidelines.

  • May 07, 2024

    NJ Justices Say Survivor Gag Orders Flout #MeToo Law

    A nondisparagement clause in a former New Jersey police sergeant's settlement agreement resolving sex discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation claims against her former employer is against public policy and unenforceable, the New Jersey Supreme Court held on Tuesday.

  • May 07, 2024

    Wash. Opinion Establishes Pay Transparency Suit Battle Lines

    A Washington federal court opinion on a job applicant's pay transparency suit offers clues to how this novel area of equal pay could play out in future litigation, attorneys say, and it raises questions on what constitutes harm and a sincere application effort.

  • May 07, 2024

    Ark. Restaurant Operator Pays $12K For FMLA Infractions

    The operator of nine restaurants in Arkansas paid nearly $12,000 in back wages and fines for firing a worker who took protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Tuesday.

  • May 07, 2024

    Excavator Can't Bury DOL Back Pay Retaliation Suit

    A Vermont excavation company can't escape the U.S. Department of Labor's suit alleging it retaliated against the worker who initiated an agency investigation, with a federal judge ruling Tuesday that a threatening Facebook post was meant to intimidate the ex-worker and cannot be protected as free speech.

  • May 07, 2024

    Ogletree Adds Shareholder In Detroit From Miller Canfield

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC has added a labor and employment partner from Michigan firm Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone PLC to its Detroit office, the firm announced Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Understanding Illinois' Temp Worker Obligation Updates

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    Recent amendments to the Illinois Day and Temporary Labor Services Act would significantly expand the protection for temporary workers in the state, impose new compliance obligations on staffing agencies and their client companies, and add significant enforcement teeth to the act, say Nicholas Anaclerio and Ellie Hemminger at Vedder Price.

  • How End Of Forced Arb. Is Affecting Sex Harassment Cases

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    A little over a year after the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault Act became effective, we have started seeing substantive interpretation of the EFAA, almost exclusively from the U.S. district courts in New York, and there are two key takeaways for employers, says Lisa Haldar at Lawrence & Bundy.

  • The Differing Court Approaches To Pay Equity Questions

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    Employers face the tough task of navigating an increasingly complex patchwork of pay equity laws and court interpretations, say attorneys at Hunton.

  • Calif. Whistleblower Decision Signals Change For Employers

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    Because the California Supreme Court's recent The People v. Kolla's decision significantly expands employee whistleblower protections, employers should ensure that internal reporting procedures clearly communicate the appropriate methods of reporting and elevating suspected violations of law, say Alison Tsao and Sophia Jimenez at CDF Labor Law.

  • Pay Transparency And ESG Synergy Can Inform Initiatives

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    The proliferation of pay transparency laws and ESG initiatives has created unique opportunities for companies to comply with the challenging laws while furthering their social aims, says Kelly Cardin at Ogletree.

  • Eye On Compliance: An NLRB Primer For Private Employers

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    Many employers, especially those with nonunionized workforces, may not realize they are subject to federal labor law, but with a recent flurry of precedent-changing rulings from the National Labor Relations, understanding how to comply with the National Labor Relations Act may now be more important than ever, says Bruno Katz at Wilson Elser.

  • RETRACTED: How New Prevailing Wage Rule May Affect H-1B Employment

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    Editor's note: This guest article has been removed due to an inaccurate discussion of the status of the U.S. Department of Labor's prevailing wage rule, "Strengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Aliens in the United States." The rule is no longer on the Biden administration's current rulemaking agenda.

  • Water Cooler Talk: Office Drug Abuse Insights From 'Industry'

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    Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs at Troutman Pepper chat with Squarespace general counsel Larissa Boz about how employees in the Max TV show "Industry" abuse drugs and alcohol to cope with their high-pressure jobs, and discuss managerial and drug testing best practices for addressing suspected substance use at work.

  • How New Pregnancy, Nursing Laws Surpass Prior Protections

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    Employers must understand how the new Pregnant Workers Fairness and PUMP Acts build on existing federal workplace laws — and they will need to make key updates to ensure compliance, say Alexandra Garrison Barnett and Leigh Shapiro at Alston & Bird, and Kandis Wood Jackson at McKinsey & Co.

  • 6th Circ. FLSA Class Opt-In Ruling Levels Field For Employers

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    By rejecting the established approach for determining whether other employees are similarly situated to the original plaintiffs in a Fair Labor Standards Act suit, the Sixth Circuit in Clark v. A&L Homecare reshaped the balance of power in favor of employer-defendants in FLSA collective actions, say Melissa Kelly and Gregory Abrams at Tucker Ellis.

  • FMLA Confusion Persists Despite New DOL Advisory

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    A recent U.S. Department of Labor advisory opinion provides some clarity regarding the Family and Medical Leave Act's handling of holiday weeks, but the FMLA remains a legal minefield that demands fact-specific analysis of each employee's unique situation, says Nicholas Schneider at Eckert Seamans.

  • East Penn Verdict Is An FLSA Cautionary Tale For Employers

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    A Pennsylvania federal jury's recent $22 million verdict against East Penn set a record for the Fair Labor Standards Act and should serve as a reminder to employers that failure to keep complete wage and hour records can exponentially increase liability exposure under the FLSA, say Benjamin Hinks and Danielle Lederman at Bowditch & Dewey.

  • Pay Transparency Laws Complicate Foreign Labor Cert.

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    State and local laws adopted to help close the gender pay gap pose challenges for U.S. companies recruiting foreign nationals, as they try to navigate a thicket of pay transparency laws without running afoul of federally regulated recruitment practices, say Stephanie Pimentel and Asha George at Berry Appleman.