Wage & Hour

  • May 30, 2024

    DOL Says Challenged Provision In DBA Rule Is Lawful

    The U.S. Department of Labor pressed a Texas federal court not to halt its final rule regulating prevailing wages under the Davis-Bacon Act, saying that one of the provisions several construction groups are challenging is completely lawful.

  • May 30, 2024

    Chauffeur Co. Agrees To Pay $2.5M In Wage Settlement

    A chauffeur company agreed to give $2.5 million to settle over 600 drivers' claims that it failed to pay them hourly or for overtime or maintain records as required by federal and state labor law, according to a bid to approve the deal filed in Arizona federal court.

  • May 30, 2024

    Atty Behind Supreme Court Wins Talks Arbitration Trends

    The U.S. Supreme Court has been seeing a lot of Daniel Geyser, a go-to appellate attorney who recently scored a win in the Smith v. Spizzirri employment case dealing with federal arbitration requirements, his second victory in such a case in just over two years. Law360 spoke with Geyser about his case successes and the road to those wins.

  • May 30, 2024

    Dental Co., Ex-Worker Agree To Arbitrate OT Spat

    A New York federal judge granted a former dental assistant's request to arbitrate her claims accusing a dental company of failing to pay hourly workers all their overtime wages owed or on a weekly basis as state law mandates for manual laborers.

  • May 30, 2024

    Gunster Bolsters Employment And Immigration Teams In Florida

    Gunster has hired two attorneys in two separate Florida offices who will continue their practices focused on labor and employment and immigration issues, the firm announced this week.

  • May 29, 2024

    ​​​​​​​Merrill Lynch Inks $20M Deal In Financial Advisers' Bias Suit

    Merrill Lynch has agreed to pay nearly $20 million to settle class action claims filed in Florida federal court alleging discrimination and retaliation against a proposed class of nearly 1,400 Black financial advisers who alleged they received less pay and promotions compared to their white counterparts. 

  • May 29, 2024

    Contractor Rule Combats Misclassification, Nonprofits Say

    The U.S. Department of Labor's updated independent contractor classification rule is necessary to combat misclassification that a previous version of the rule exacerbated, two nonprofits said in a brief opposing business groups' challenge to the rule.

  • May 29, 2024

    McDonald's Wants Out Of Workers' Lactation Suit

    Two workers claiming McDonald's didn't provide sanitary places for employees to pump breast milk failed to show that the fast-food chain was their direct employer, the company told an Illinois federal court, urging it to toss the proposed collective suit.

  • May 29, 2024

    5th Circ. Says Arbitrator To Decide OT Collective's Status

    The Fifth Circuit found a proposed collective action seeking unpaid overtime should be sent into arbitration, where an arbitrator can decide whether the case can proceed on a representative basis, because the arbitration agreement's language states that question is within the arbitrator's purview.

  • May 29, 2024

    9th Circ. Affirms Dismissal Of Doctor's Military Bias Suit

    An Arizona hospital defeated a doctor's discrimination lawsuit for the second time, with the Ninth Circuit upholding an Arizona federal judge's decision to toss the doctor's claims that the hospital showed bias against his military status by not renewing his contract after he deployed.

  • May 29, 2024

    May Roundup: 11 Wage Rulings on Class, Collective Actions

    The month of May brought plenty of rulings in cases with one or two workers trying to assert claims on behalf of others. Whether it's collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act or class actions under state law where the bar to clear is higher, here are 11 rulings on group wage and hour litigation to know from May.

  • May 29, 2024

    TGI Fridays Ducked Uniform Maintenance Pay, NY Servers Say

    TGI Fridays ducked New York regulations requiring employers to pay for the maintenance of workers' uniforms while also evading minimum wage laws for tipped workers, three servers said in a proposed collective and class action filed in federal court Tuesday.

  • May 29, 2024

    Flowers Foods Subsidiary Must Face Wage Claims

    A California federal judge cut two subsidiaries of Flowers Foods from a suit alleging workers were misclassified as independent contractors, but left a third on the hook for unpaid overtime wages and failure to reimburse claims after finding the worker was integral to the subsidiary's business.

  • May 29, 2024

    Fisher Phillips Adds Employment Pro In Dallas From GRSM50

    Fisher Phillips has strengthened its Dallas roster with a litigator experienced in representing employers in a broad array of complex labor and employment disputes who came aboard from Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP.

  • May 28, 2024

    Kia, Hyundai Still Face RICO Claims In Foreign Labor Suit

    Hyundai and Kia are still confronted with claims that they were in on a scheme to obtain cheap labor from skilled Mexican engineers seeking participation in a professional visa program after a Georgia federal judge determined workers had adequately alleged the companies' involvement.

  • May 28, 2024

    Apple Affiliate Says 'Biased Witnesses' Merit Verdict Reversal

    An Apple-affiliated repair company is taking another shot at escaping claims of wage and hour violations in a multistate wage class action, asking a North Carolina federal judge for a directed verdict or new trial based on what the company characterized as insufficient evidence.

  • May 28, 2024

    A Worker Advocate On Desegregating The Workforce

    Rebecca Dixon, a leader in workers' rights, said that major policy reforms like revising the Fair Labor Standards Act are needed to overcome the occupational segregation that characterizes today's workforce. Here, Dixon speaks to Law360 about the effects of occupational segregation and what needs to be done to address it.

  • May 28, 2024

    Healthcare Tech Co. To Pay $1.5M To End Class Wage Claims

    A healthcare software consulting company agreed to a $1.5 million deal resolving claims it violated Washington state wage law by requiring its software training staff to work up to 80 hours and seven days a week, according to a motion to approve the deal filed in federal court.

  • May 28, 2024

    Kroger, Albertsons Must Give FTC Texts, Written Notes

    Claims from a pair of multibillion-dollar grocery giants that a discovery request will pose financial burden held no sway over a Federal Trade Commission in-house judge who last week ordered Kroger and Albertsons to produce text messages and handwritten notes from key employees as part of the agency's merger challenge.

  • May 28, 2024

    Amazon Driver Says Order Clearly Axed Misclassification Suit

    A now-retired federal judge clearly dismissed a suit claiming Amazon misclassified workers as independent contractors when she pushed it into arbitration, the Amazon flex driver suing the company told a New Jersey federal court.

  • May 28, 2024

    O'Reilly Auto Parts Inks $4.1M COVID Screening Settlement

    O'Reilly Auto Enterprises has agreed to pay $4.1 million to settle a California wage and hour lawsuit alleging that the company should have paid workers for the time they spent undergoing COVID-19 screenings before shifts and for work performed during meal breaks, according to a court memo.

  • May 28, 2024

    Littler Brings On Ogletree Pay Equity Leader In NYC

    Employment and labor law giant Littler Mendelson PC announced Tuesday that it has grown its New York team with the addition of a pay transparency law expert and former pay equity practice group co-chair at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • May 28, 2024

    Calif. Ups Prosecutor Budgets By $8.6M To Fight Wage Theft

    More than a dozen public prosecutors in California will receive nearly $8.6 million from the state to set up wage theft enforcement programs, the California Department of Industrial Relations announced.

  • May 28, 2024

    Contractor Rule Doesn't Hurt Groups Challenging It, DOL Says

    The U.S. Department of Labor's final rule sorting out workers' independent contractor classification incorporates long-used standards, and therefore the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other groups' arguments of harm aren't plausible, the department told a Texas federal court.

  • May 28, 2024

    Transit Co., Bus Drivers' Wage Deal OK'd

    An Ohio federal judge placed the final stamp of approval Tuesday on a $200,000 deal between a transportation company and the bus drivers accusing it of failing to pay them overtime wages.

Expert Analysis

  • In 2023, Pursue The 'Why' Behind Employment Compliance

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    As employers approach new compliance requirements that will take effect on Jan.1, considering why these laws and regulations were put in place — rather than what must be done to satisfy them — can open greater opportunities to move ahead of the curve and align actions with company values and culture, says Christopher Ward at Foley & Lardner.

  • Employee Pay Takeaways From Computer Startup Time Ruling

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    The Ninth Circuit’s recent ruling in Cadena v. Customer Connexx, which held that time spent booting up laptops is compensable, is a reminder of how the continuous workday rule affects employee pay and provides insight on whether other types of tasks are integral and indispensable, say attorneys at Husch Blackwell.

  • IRS Starts Clock On Energy Projects' Labor Rule Exemption

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    A U.S. Department of the Treasury notice published this week started the 60-day clock for clean energy projects seeking to be grandfathered from having to meet new labor requirements to qualify for enhanced tax credits, and uncertainty about how the provisions will apply should be incentive for some investors to begin construction soon, say attorneys at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Top 10 Labor And Employment Issues In M&A Transactions

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    In order to ensure that M&A transactions come to fruition in the current uncertain environment, companies should keep several labor and employment issues in mind during the due diligence process to minimize risk, says Cassidy Mara at Akerman.

  • Employer Lessons From Google's $118M Equal Pay Deal

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    The recent $118 million settlement in the Ellis v. Google class action over a systemic scheme directed at underpaying women can be used as the foundation for employers to implement better business practices and avoid lawsuits of this magnitude, say attorneys at Gordon & Rees.

  • State Law Compliance Considerations For Remote Job Posts

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    In light of the increasing prevalence of state and local laws mandating a salary range on job listings, employers should provide pay transparency when looking for remote workers in order to avoid potential penalties and litigation, says Eric Fox at Gordon & Rees.

  • Employers Should Note Post-Midterms State Law Changes

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    State ballot measures in the recent midterm elections could require employers to update policies related to drug use, wages, collective bargaining and benefit plans that offer access to abortion care — a reminder of the challenges in complying with the ever-changing patchwork of state workplace laws, say attorneys at Jackson Lewis.

  • PAGA Claims Are A Gamble As Calif. Justices Mull Uber Case

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    The California Supreme Court's pending Private Attorneys General Act decision in Adolph v. Uber will have significant repercussions for both employers and employees, potentially forcing employers to question whether there is any benefit to arbitrating individual PAGA claims, says Jonathan Andrews at Signature Resolution.

  • Why Companies Lose In Gig Worker Class Cert. Cases

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    The recent class certification of gig workers in Roman v. Jan-Pro Franchising in California and Bedoya v. American Eagle Express in New Jersey shows that companies who rely on uniform contracts and policies with independent contractors expose themselves to liability in a judicial climate that increasingly favors workers, say Joan Fife and Kevin Simpson at Winston & Strawn.

  • DOL Proposal Invokes ABC Test For Contractor Classification

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    The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued a proposed rule for determining whether workers are independent contractors or employees, that, if adopted, would effectively implement California's so-called ABC test for classification and substantially rewrite the employment playbook nationwide, says Ronald Zambrano at West Coast Employment Lawyers.

  • Labor Rules Will Unlock IRA Tax Credits' Full Value

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    Companies that make sure to follow the Inflation Reduction Act's unique labor rules will be in the best position to unlock the law's tremendous tax incentives aimed at promoting renewable energy, lowering greenhouse gas emissions and encouraging carbon sequestration, say Nicole Elliott and Timothy Taylor at Holland & Knight.

  • What To Know About New Wave Of Calif. Employment Laws

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    Attorneys at Reed Smith share insights on employment and benefits laws recently enacted in California that are certain to affect employers in the year ahead — including new bereavement and medical leave requirements, expanded reproductive health care protections, a minimum wage increase, and updated pay transparency rules.

  • Enforcing Cost-Splitting Employment Arbitration Provisions

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    While recent appellate decisions and executive action have increased scrutiny of employment arbitration agreements, with careful agreement drafting and negotiation employers can still craft enforceable provisions requiring employees to split arbitration costs, says Christopher Deubert at Constangy Brooks.