Wage & Hour

  • 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.

  • June 03, 2024

    DHL, Courier Service Agree To Shell Out $1M In OT Suit

    DHL and its direct courier services told a Washington federal court they have agreed to shell out $1 million to a group of drivers who claimed they were paid a flat daily rate that did not include overtime.

  • June 03, 2024

    As State Minimum Wages Rise, Fewer Workers At Fed. Floor

    The relevance of the federal minimum wage, which trails the floor in more than half of U.S. states, remains up for debate, as a recent government report says the share of hourly workers making that national amount continues to decline.

  • June 03, 2024

    Fisher Phillips Grows In Tampa With Cantrell Astbury Founder

    Employer-side law firm Fisher Phillips announced Monday that it added a new of counsel to its Tampa, Florida, office who was previously a shareholder and founder of a boutique employment law firm.

  • June 03, 2024

    Vanderbilt Health, Nurse's Pay System Suit Deal OK'd

    A Tennessee federal judge approved a confidential deal ending a retired nurse's claims that Vanderbilt University Medical Center failed to pay patient-facing employees for meal breaks they had to work through nor properly track their hours after the timekeeping system went offline.

  • June 03, 2024

    Mich. High Court Keeps $15 Min. Wage Proposal Off Ballot

    An initiative to raise the hourly minimum wage in Michigan to $15 by 2027 will stay off the 2024 ballot, the state Supreme Court ruled, turning down a group's bid to force the state canvassers board to certify the proposal.

  • June 03, 2024

    Ex-Servers Win Class Cert. In Tip Suit Against NY Restaurants

    A New York federal judge granted class certification to a group of workers for two Manhattan Chinese restaurants who claim they were forced to share tips with nontipped co-workers and underpaid, finding the restaurants' policies similarly affected all tipped workers.

  • June 03, 2024

    Justices Won't Mull Worker-Friendly Ruling On Preshift Pay

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to hear a case asking how to decide when an employer must pay employees for time they spend on preshift tasks that are necessary for them to do their jobs.

  • June 01, 2024

    Blockbuster Summer: 10 Big Issues Justices Still Must Decide

    As the calendar flips over to June, the U.S. Supreme Court still has heaps of cases to decide on issues ranging from trademark registration rules to judicial deference and presidential immunity. Here, Law360 looks at 10 of the most important topics the court has yet to decide.

  • May 31, 2024

    5th Circuit Decision Hints At Salary Debates To Come

    What constitutes a bona fide salary for overtime-exempt professionals continues to be a source for debate, and a recent Fifth Circuit decision affirms long-standing principles behind federal salary regulations while presaging future battles around whether those regulations are valid, attorneys say. 

  • May 31, 2024

    3rd Circ. Preview: Labor Battles Heat Up In June

    Several cases are heating up the Third Circuit argument calendar in June, including a home care company's attempt to duck a $7 million payout to thousands of workers who claimed the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by not compensating them for travel time.

  • May 31, 2024

    Maritime Employees Stiffed On Sick Leave, Wash. Court Told

    A nonprofit representing shipping industry employers and a Washington state marine terminal operator have not been providing longshoremen with paid sick leave in violation of state wage law and a Seattle city ordinance, a longshoreman told a state court.

Expert Analysis

  • A Look At Recent Service Contract Act Compliance Challenges

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    Complying with the Service Contract Act and potential U.S. Department of Labor audits have grown tougher due to the rise of remote work and increasing inflation, but certain best practices can help manage compliance risks, say Eric Leonard and Craig Smith at Wiley.

  • Worker Misclassification Poses Large Perils For NJ Cos.

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    Considering the New Jersey Legislature’s and governor’s recent focus on worker misclassification — as well as the state supreme court’s recent interpretation of the so-called ABC test — the dangers of noncompliance for businesses that use independent contractors cannot be understated, say Brent Bouma and Peter Shapiro at Lewis Brisbois.

  • All Employers Must Heed Md. Paid Commuting Time Ruling

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    The Maryland Court of Appeals’ recent ruling that federal pay carveouts for preliminary work don't apply to state wage laws is a wake-up call for employers nationwide, who should proactively review their employees' pre- and post-shift activities, analyze state laws, and take steps to avoid liability, say Kirsten Eriksson and Elisabeth Hall at Miles & Stockbridge.

  • Why FLSA Settlement Reviews May Be Increasingly Unneeded

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    While most federal courts have followed the Eleventh Circuit's 1982 holding in Lynn's Food v. U.S. that Fair Labor Standards Act claims may be settled only with approval by a court or the U.S. Department of Labor, more courts are beginning to question — or outright challenge — that obligation, say attorneys at Jackson Lewis.

  • Key Takeaways From Calif.'s Sweeping Fast-Food Wage Law

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    California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed a controversial wage bill that will have a major impact on fast-food employers and employees, will likely shape how the state regulates other industries in the future, and represents a radical step toward sectoral bargaining, says Pooja Nair at Ervin Cohen.

  • Forecasting A Rise In 11th Circ. State Court Class Actions

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    Two recent opinions from the Eleventh Circuit have created an unusual landscape that may result in a substantial increase of class action litigation in state courts, particularly in Florida, that will be unable to utilize removal tools such as the Class Action Fairness Act, says Alec Schultz at Hilgers Graben.

  • Key Employer Takeaways From DOJ's Poultry Antitrust Case

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    The U.S. Department of Justice’s settlement with three major U.S. poultry processors for allegedly conspiring to fix employee wages and benefits may signal an uptick in antitrust violation investigations and serves as a reminder to companies of the risks they face when managing employee personal data, say attorneys at Akin Gump.

  • Recent Employer Lessons On Facing Calif. Labor Hearings

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    A California state appeals court in Elsie Seviour-Iloff v. LaPaille recently set forth multiple important holdings expanding the potential relief available to employees pursuing administrative relief for wage claims with the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, and they offer crucial takeaways for employers, says Tyler Bernstein at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Poultry Sector Wage-Fixing Case Shows Info Exchange Risks

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    The nearly $85 million settlement of a U.S. Department of Justice case accusing Cargill and other poultry processors of conspiring to suppress worker pay should prod employers and trade groups to scrutinize all exchanges of potentially competitive sensitive information for compliance with labor market antitrust rules, say attorneys at Mintz.

  • Beware Employee Tracking As A Response To 'Quiet Quitting'

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    "Quiet quitting" — a recent trend that encourages a bare-minimum work ethic — may prompt employers to electronically monitor worker productivity, but this response raises concerns about discrimination, employee classification, labor law compliance, overtime pay and workplace morale, says Chris Deubert at Constangy Brooks.

  • 9th Circ. Class Cert. Move Illustrates Individual Claim Issues

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    The Ninth Circuit's recent class certification decision in Bowerman v. Field Asset Services illustrates the challenges presented when a defendant argues that not all putative class members have been injured or that damages must be determined on a claimant-by-claimant basis, says Robert Fuller at Robinson Bradshaw.

  • What Proposed Contractor Rule May Mean For Wage Litigation

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    The Biden administration's proposed independent contractor rule could have major implications for wage and hour litigation, but comparing it to the Trump administration's rule could help employers prepare for the next phase of employee classification disputes, say Jessica Scott and Frederick Yarger at Wheeler Trigg.

  • A Calif. Employer's Guide To Telework Expense Obligations

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    As the COVID-19 pandemic recedes and California employers face an increase in workplace reimbursement lawsuits from remote employees, it’s imperative to know what expenses must be covered — and how repayment should be administered — under state law, says Eric Fox at Gordon & Rees.