Wage & Hour

  • June 21, 2024

    Calif. Meat Markets To Pay $309K After DOL Pay Probe

    Three meat markets in California will pay $309,000 in back wages, damages and fines to end a U.S. Department of Labor suit alleging they failed to pay workers overtime rates and obstructed the agency's probe, according to court papers.

  • June 21, 2024

    HCA Wants Out Of Respiratory Therapist's Wage Suit

    Healthcare company HCA said it didn't employ a respiratory therapist accusing the entity of manipulating workers' time sheets and owing them wages, urging a North Carolina federal court to toss the proposed class and collective suit.

  • June 21, 2024

    NY Paid Lactation Break Law Brings Protection, Confusion

    New York state now requires employers to provide paid lactation breaks, representing another boon to equal pay efforts, but questions remain regarding the specifics of compliance and enforcement, attorneys say.

  • June 20, 2024

    Delta's $16M Pay Stub Deal Stalled On Runway By 'Problems'

    A California federal judge said Thursday that he has "problems" giving preliminary approval to Delta Air Lines' $16 million deal in a pay stub class action that went to the Ninth Circuit and the California Supreme Court, saying the settlement's release "seems way overbroad."

  • June 20, 2024

    Logistics Cos. Face Skilled Worker Visa Misuse Class Action

    A pair of logistics companies in the United States face a proposed worker class action alleging they misled prospective employees in Mexico about purported engineering roles that, in reality, were menial labor.

  • June 20, 2024

    Worker Says Co. Inflated Deductions To Duck Prevailing Wage

    An electrical contracting firm overdeducted fringe benefits from the pay of employees who worked on publicly funded projects, dragging down their prevailing wages, a former electrician said in a proposed class action in Pennsylvania state court.

  • June 20, 2024

    Ex-Satellite Tech Drops Wage Suit Against Dish Retailer

    A satellite technician dropped his proposed collective action accusing his former employer of misclassifying him and his co-workers as independent contractors and depriving them of overtime wages, according to a dismissal notice filed in Georgia federal court.

  • June 20, 2024

    11th Circ. Backs Stryker's Defeat Of Fired Worker's Leave Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit refused Thursday to revive a suit claiming medical technology company Stryker illegally fired a worker on leave awaiting the birth of his child, ruling that because the leave didn't formally kick in until the child was born, his termination was fair game.

  • June 20, 2024

    Wind Farm Worker Can't Use Ill. Wage Law For Claim To Pay

    A wind farm does not owe a former office manager continuing royalty payments under Illinois state law, a state appellate court ruled, saying the royalties aren't considered final compensation because the wind farm did not start generating electricity until a year after she retired.

  • June 20, 2024

    As Viking Decision Turns 2, Calif. Seeks Pre-Election PAGA Fix

    California’s governor and lawmakers want to update the state's Private Attorneys General Act before the certification of a proposed ballot measure that would repeal the law, a development happening as the U.S. Supreme Court's Viking ruling on arbitration of claims under the statute turns two. Here, Law360 explores where PAGA stands.

  • June 20, 2024

    NY Construction Co. Denied Workers OT, Suit Says

    A construction company paid workers a flat hourly rate and denied them overtime rates even though they regularly worked more than 40 hours a week, a worker alleged Thursday in a proposed class and collective action in New York federal court.

  • June 20, 2024

    DOL Says Emergency Discovery Needed In OT Rule Challenge

    The U.S. Department of Labor urged a Texas federal court to expedite a targeted request for discovery in a suit seeking to stop a new overtime rule from going into effect, saying that the information is necessary to tackle the injunction bid.

  • June 20, 2024

    Rocket Mortgage Hit With Race Bias, FMLA Suit

    Rocket Mortgage refused to let a Black associate banker transfer positions while letting her white counterparts do so, held her to stricter standards, reduced her wages and eventually terminated her partly due to her use of medical leave, she said in a complaint lodged in Michigan federal court.

  • June 18, 2024

    Newsom, Legislators Reach Agreement On PAGA Reform

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom and state legislative leaders on Tuesday unveiled reforms to California's Private Attorneys General Act, including major changes to the law's penalty structure, changes they say will avoid a "contentious" ballot measure campaign.

  • June 18, 2024

    Amazon Hit With $5.9M Fine For Violating Calif. Quota Law

    California's labor commissioner has fined Amazon $5.9 million for violating the Golden State's Warehouse Quotas Law, which requires employers to give workers written notice of any quotas they must follow, according to a Tuesday announcement.

  • June 18, 2024

    Feds Say Discovery Order Exposes Migrants To Retaliation

    The U.S. Department of Labor is urging a Mississippi federal court to reconsider ordering the disclosure of informants' identities in an investigation into a fish farm's labor practices, saying the May order exposed the informants, who are also migrant employees at the farm, to possible retaliation.

  • June 18, 2024

    Ex-Twitter Workers Seek Class Cert. In Arbitration Fee Fight

    A group of former Twitter workers who accuse X Corp. of stalling their employment disputes by refusing to pay arbitration fees urged a California federal judge Monday to certify multiple classes of workers over allegations their arbitration efforts have been thwarted by the social media giant.

  • June 18, 2024

    Meat Plant Workers Seek OK On Latest $4M Wage-Fix Deal

    Red meat processing plant workers have sought preliminary approval for their latest settlement over wage-fixing claims, a $4 million deal that adds American Foods Group LLC to the list of companies to cut deals that also includes JBS, Tyson, Perdue, Seaboard, Triumph and consulting firm Webber Meng Sahl & Co.

  • June 18, 2024

    7th Circ. Brings Back Cruise Worker's OT Suit

    The Seventh Circuit revived a proposed collective action Tuesday accusing a steamboat cruise company of depriving workers of overtime wages, finding Indiana arbitration law states that the pact the worker and company signed is governed by, and is invalid under, the Federal Arbitration Act.

  • June 18, 2024

    2nd Pa. Jury Can't Agree On Uber Black Drivers' Status

    A second Pennsylvania federal jury was unable to determine whether Uber Black drivers are the company's employees or independent contractors, telling the trial judge on Tuesday that the eight members were hopelessly deadlocked.

  • June 18, 2024

    Ogletree Adds Quarles & Brady Litigator In San Diego

    Labor and employment firm Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC has hired from Quarles & Brady LLP a new shareholder for its San Diego office who has more than a decade of experience.

  • June 18, 2024

    Bakery Wants To Stop Quick Appeal Of Arbitration Order

    A bakery urged a Connecticut federal judge to deny two food distributors' bid for a quick appeal of an order directing them to arbitrate their independent contractor misclassification claims, saying the request "falls woefully short" of the standards for an appeal.

  • June 18, 2024

    Liberty University Settles Time Sheet Suit

    Liberty University will pay $30,000 to end a proposed collective action alleging that its supervisors of intramural sports employees tampered with workers' time records to cap their schedules at 40 hours per week to avoid paying them overtime, according to court papers filed Tuesday.

  • June 18, 2024

    Mayer Brown Adds Litigation Vet As Employment Co-Chair

    Mayer Brown LLP said Tuesday it added an employment litigation veteran with nearly two decades of experience to co-lead the firm's employment litigation and counseling practice.

  • June 18, 2024

    High Court May Help Employers Claiming Overtime Exemption

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision this week to review evidentiary standards in wage and hour cases is likely to result in a ruling amplifying the justices' 2018 precedent that statutory exemptions from overtime should be construed fairly, rather than narrowly

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 2 Ways Calif. Justices' PAGA Ruling May Play Out

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    In Adolph v. Uber, the California Supreme Court will soon decide whether an employee’s representative Private Attorneys General Act claims can stay in court when their individual claims go to arbitration — either exposing employers to battles in multiple forums, or affirming arbitration agreements’ ability to extinguish nonindividual claims, says Justin Peters at Carlton Fields.

  • How To Navigate Class Incentive Awards After Justices' Denial

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    Despite a growing circuit split on the permissibility of incentive awards, the U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to hear cases on the issue, meaning class action defendants must consider whether to agree to incentive awards as part of a classwide settlement and how to best structure the agreement, say attorneys at K&L Gates.

  • Check Onboarding Docs To Protect Arbitration Agreements

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    The California Court of Appeal's recent Alberto v. Cambrian Homecare decision opens a new and unexpected avenue of attack on employment arbitration agreements in California — using other employment-related agreements to render otherwise enforceable arbitration agreements unenforceable, say Morgan Forsey and Ian Michalak at Sheppard Mullin.