Wage & Hour

  • July 12, 2024

    Law360 Names 2024's Top Attorneys Under 40

    Law360 is pleased to announce the Rising Stars of 2024, our list of 158 attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments belie their age.

  • July 12, 2024

    Chevron Irrelevant To Tipped Worker Rule, DOL Tells 5th Circ.

    The U.S. Department of Labor told the Fifth Circuit that it need not consider the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision scrapping Chevron deference in a lawsuit restaurant groups filed combating a rule affecting tipped workers, saying it has no impact on the case.

  • July 12, 2024

    9th Circ. Brings Back Boot-Up Pay Claims For 2nd Time

    The Ninth Circuit revived and sent back to lower court a suit seeking pay from a call center for minutes that workers spent booting up their computers before their shifts, ruling it is still disputed whether the preshift work was too brief and administratively difficult to track.

  • July 12, 2024

    Expect NCAA To Dig In Heels On Employee Status After Ruling

    Even after Thursday's Third Circuit ruling clearing a path for college athletes to be considered employees, experts say the NCAA's record of litigating to the hilt on other athletes' rights matters portends a long road ahead before the issue is clarified.

  • July 12, 2024

    Off The Bench: NCAA Loses, Favre Wobbles, NFL Fights Back

    In this week's Off The Bench, the Third Circuit enlivens the debate over whether college athletes can be considered employees, the Fifth Circuit is skeptical of Brett Favre's defamation suit and the NFL disputes claims of racism.

  • July 12, 2024

    Staffing Agency Accused Of Misclassifying Workers

    A staffing agency misclassified customer service agents as independent contractors and failed to pay them for all the hours they worked, according to a proposed class and collective action filed in Colorado federal court.

  • July 12, 2024

    Gas Co. Says Trader Can't Get Bonus From Risky Trades

    A Colorado gas marketing company has urged a state judge to find a former trading director forfeited his right to collect a $3.3 million bonus because it was the result of risky and unauthorized trading, according to a motion asking the court to toss a jury's damages award.

  • July 12, 2024

    Calif. Restaurant Pays $83K For Wage Infractions

    A California restaurant paid nearly $83,000 in back wages, damages and fines for denying workers their full wages, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Friday.

  • July 12, 2024

    American Airlines Shakes Off Calif. Wage Suit

    A California federal judge tossed proposed class action claims that American Airlines interrupted meal breaks, skimped on overtime wages and required off-the-clock work, leaving a chance for their revival while axing permanently a former worker's individual claims because of an individual settlement agreement, according to court records. 

  • July 12, 2024

    ​2nd Circ. Asked If Workers Can Sue For Incorrect Pay Stubs

    A New York federal judge refused to reconsider a decision tossing workers' claims that a packaging supplies manufacturer provided them with inaccurate wage statements for lack of standing, but he agreed to send the standing question to the Second Circuit.

  • July 12, 2024

    Biggest Washington Decisions Of 2024: A Midyear Report

    The first half of 2024 in Washington courts was punctuated by a fizzled startup's $72 million trial win against The Boeing Co., and Monsanto Co.'s appellate reversal of a $185 million verdict in one of a series of high-profile PCB poisoning cases. Here is a closer look at some of the biggest decisions in Washington state and federal courts in the first half of 2024.

  • July 12, 2024

    Calif. Forecast: Language Co. Could Pay $4M In Wage Deal

    In the coming week, attorneys should watch for the potential initial sign-off on a nearly $4 million settlement to resolve a proposed wage and hour class and collective action against language interpretation company Language Line Services Inc. Here's a look at that case and other labor and employment matters coming up in California.

  • July 11, 2024

    Kroger Asks To Delay At Least Part Of FTC Challenge

    Kroger and Albertsons are asking an administrative law judge from the Federal Trade Commission to pause the evidentiary portion of the agency's in-house case against the supermarket giants' merger, saying the companies are facing too many overlapping cases in different venues to adequately prepare and present their case.

  • July 11, 2024

    Wash. Justices Revive Proposed Class Suit Over Nurse Wages

    The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday said a nurse's wage theft suit against a hospital can proceed even though his claims are the same as the ones lodged by his union in a tossed suit, finding it would be in the best interest of both efficiency and justice.

  • July 11, 2024

    Wash. Pay Transparency Suits Are Making Progress In Court

    Lawsuits filed by job seekers following the enactment of Washington state's unique pay transparency law are lurching forward, and experts say the suits' journeys to the plaintiff-friendly venue of state court and a $3.8 million class action settlement highlight some key takeaways from this type of litigation.

  • July 11, 2024

    Campbell Soup Snack Truck Drivers Misclassified, Suit Says

    A duo of Campbell Soup drivers who deliver snacks to retailers accused the company of misclassifying them as independent contractors to cheat them out of minimum and overtime wages, according to a proposed collective action filed in North Carolina federal court.

  • July 11, 2024

    Ex-Sushi Restaurant Driver Should Get $23K In OT Case

    A former delivery driver of a Manhattan sushi restaurant should receive about $23,000 in damages in his suit claiming unpaid wages, a New York federal judge recommended, significantly lowering what the worker had asked for.

  • July 11, 2024

    Iowa Mexican Restaurants Pay $49K After DOL Probe

    Two Mexican restaurants in Iowa paid nearly $49,000 in back wages and damages for denying 18 workers their overtime pay, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday.

  • July 11, 2024

    IT Staffing Agency's Terms Exploit Workers, DOL Tells Court

    An information technology staffing agency engages in "modern-day indentured servitude" via contract provisions that tether employees to jobs, forcing them to pay up to $30,000 if they leave the company, and chill their complaints, the U.S. Department of Labor told a New York federal court.

  • July 11, 2024

    Wash. Justices Agree To Review State's Pot Co. Wage Suit

    The Washington Supreme Court has agreed to review whether the state labor agency jumped the gun by suing a cannabis company to collect back pay for employees before the agency knew how much money the workers were owed.

  • July 10, 2024

    ​GOP Bombards Agencies With Demands After Chevron's End

    Republican leaders of major congressional committees Wednesday demanded details from dozens of agencies on policies suddenly shrouded in uncertainty after U.S. Supreme Court conservatives overturned the so-called Chevron doctrine, which for 40 years gave regulators flexibility in rulemaking and advantages in related litigation.

  • July 10, 2024

    Texas Court Severs Constable Workers From OT Collective

    A Texas federal court granted Harris County Sheriff's Department deputies' request to cut several employees from the constable's office from their proposed collective action accusing the department of shorting them on overtime pay, and rejected the county's argument that the case should largely be thrown out.

  • July 10, 2024

    DOL Can't Stop Discovery Disclosures In Fishery Wage Suit

    The U.S. Department of Labor didn't show how a Mississippi federal court erred in ordering the agency to turn over the identities of some migrant workers who participated in the department's investigation of a fishery, the court ruled Wednesday, standing by its earlier decision.

  • July 10, 2024

    9th Circ. Says Nev. Call Center Agents' Bootup Warrants Trial

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday revived, for a second time, call center agents' collective action alleging the time spent turning on and off their computers before their shifts is payable under the Fair Labor Standards Act, finding that to be a factual issue that should be resolved through a jury trial.

  • July 10, 2024

    Performer Hits Atlanta Drag Bar With Wages Class Action

    A performer at Lips Restaurant Atlanta LLC, a bar that provides drag show entertainment to diners and patrons, has filed a proposed class action against the restaurant, its owners and its general manager for allegedly failing to pay proper minimum and overtime wages.

Expert Analysis

  • Why Justices Should Rule On FAA's Commerce Exception

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    The U.S. Supreme Court should review the Ninth Circuit's Ortiz v. Randstad decision, to clarify whether involvement in interstate commerce exempts workers from the Federal Arbitration Act, a crucial question given employers' and employees' strong competing interests in arbitration and litigation, says Collin Williams at New Era.

  • FLSA Conditional Certification Is Alive And Well In 4th Circ.

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    A North Carolina federal court's recent decision in Johnson v. PHP emphasized continued preference by courts in the Fourth Circuit for a two-step conditional certification process for Fair Labor Standards Act collective actions, rejecting views from other circuits and affording plaintiffs a less burdensome path, say Joshua Adams and Damón Gray at Jackson Lewis.

  • After Chevron: Various Paths For Labor And Employment Law

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    Labor and employment law leans heavily on federal agency guidance, so the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to toss out Chevron deference will ripple through this area, with future workplace policies possibly taking shape through strategic litigation, informal guidance, state-level regulation and more, says Alexander MacDonald at Littler.

  • FIFA Maternity Policy Shows Need For Federal Paid Leave

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    While FIFA and other employers taking steps to provide paid parental leave should be applauded, the U.S. deserves a red card for being the only rich nation in the world that offers no such leave, says Dacey Romberg at Sanford Heisler.

  • Eye On Compliance: A Brief History Of Joint Employer Rules

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    It's important to examine the journey of the joint employer rule, because if the National Labor Relations Board's Fifth Circuit appeal is successful and the 2023 version is made law, virtually every employer who contracts for labor likely could be deemed a joint employer, say Bruno Katz and Robert Curtis at Wilson Elser.

  • What High Court Ruling Means For Sexual Harassment Claims

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    In its recent Smith v. Spizzirri decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a district court compelling a case to arbitration is obligated to stay the case rather than dismissing it, but this requirement may result in sexual harassment cases not being heard by appellate courts, says Abe Melamed at Signature Resolution.

  • A Closer Look At Feds' Proposed Banker Compensation Rule

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    A recently proposed rule to limit financial institutions' ability to award incentive-based compensation for risk-taking may progress through the rulemaking process slowly due to the sheer number of regulators collaborating on the rule and the number of issues under consideration, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • DOL's New OT Rule Will Produce Unbalanced Outcomes

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    The U.S. Department of Labor's new salary level for the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime exemption is about 65% higher than the current threshold and will cause many white collar employees to be classified as nonexempt because they work in a location with a lower cost of living, not because of their duties, says Stephen Bronars at Edgeworth Economics.

  • 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.