Wage & Hour

  • May 03, 2024

    Mass. Wage-Hour Debates To Intensify In Courts, On Ballots

    Massachusetts is a hot spot for wage and hour issues, with state courts approaching decisions in gig worker battles and voters potentially weighing in this fall on proposed statewide measures regarding app-based drivers and the tipped minimum wage. Here, Law360 explores three key issues to watch.

  • May 02, 2024

    Sysco Unit To Provide Back Pay To End DOL Hiring Bias Probe

    A subsidiary of restaurant food distributor Sysco Corp. will pay over $133,000 in back pay to resolve the U.S. Department of Labor's allegations that it discriminated against women by failing to hire qualified female applicants to fill open warehouse positions in Palmetto, Florida, the agency said Thursday.

  • May 02, 2024

    DaVita Says Nurses Trying Go Around Wage Rulings

    Nationwide kidney care service provider DaVita Inc. has urged a Colorado federal judge to reject a bid by nurses and technicians to merge their wage class action with another suit, arguing Wednesday the plaintiffs are seeking to "circumvent" earlier rulings limiting the case's reach.

  • May 02, 2024

    Poultry Cos. To Pay $5.1M Settling OT, Child Labor Violations

    A network of California poultry processors will pay over $5 million to settle a U.S. Department of Labor lawsuit in federal court after an agency investigation found the processors employed children to debone poultry and failed to pay over 475 workers overtime.

  • May 02, 2024

    Drivers' Calif. Wage Class Action Tossed For Taking Too Long

    A California state court rightly tossed a class action by two drivers accusing a transportation company of wage violations, a state appeals panel ruled, backing the lower court's finding that the case likely would not have been able to proceed to trial within five years of the complaint being filed.

  • May 02, 2024

    Full 11th Circ. Won't Look At Golf Workers Volunteer Decision

    The full Eleventh Circuit won't weigh in on a panel's ruling that a Florida county wasn't three golf course attendants' employer, denying on Thursday the workers' bid for rehearing.

  • May 02, 2024

    How Wage Cases Are Changing Federal Arbitration

    Over the past month, the scope of a federal exemption to arbitration has evolved as appellate courts have refined an important access point for workers to pursue their claims in court. Here, Law360 looks at several cases that have recently made waves in federal arbitration.

  • May 02, 2024

    Seyfarth Litigator Pairs Up With Solo Atty At Atlanta Firm

    A former Seyfarth Shaw LLP partner has joined a solo practitioner's employment law firm in Atlanta with the goal of handling plaintiffs employment litigation and trade secret and noncompete matters while capitalizing on the use of generative artificial intelligence.

  • May 02, 2024

    NC Dems Propose Axing At-Will Work In Workers Rights Bill

    North Carolina Democrats have proposed broad legislation to bolster protections for employees in the Tar Heel State — from abolishing at-will employment to repealing the ban on collective bargaining for public employees and shoring up safeguards for contract workers.

  • May 02, 2024

    Md. Home Care Co. Pays $539K After DOL Probe

    A Maryland home care company that provides adult rehabilitation services paid nearly $539,000 in back wages and damages for denying 37 direct support staff their full wages, the U.S. Department of Labor announced.

  • May 02, 2024

    DOL Fights Bid To Halt Prevailing Wage Rule

    A group of construction groups didn't show how a final rule regulating prevailing wages hurts them, and halting the rule wouldn't be in the public's interest, the U.S. Department of Labor told a Texas federal court.

  • May 02, 2024

    Nurse Hits Mich. Hospital With Meal Break OT Suit

    A Michigan hospital has been automatically deducting a 30-minute meal break from nurses and technicians' shifts though they were frequently unable to take the full break uninterrupted, violating overtime laws, a former nurse claimed in a federal suit.

  • May 01, 2024

    NJ, NY Law Firms Dominate Class Action Filings Since 2021

    Class actions have been steadily increasing over the past decade, with two firms from New Jersey and New York filing the most suits over the past three years, according to a new Lex Machina report surveying the class action field.

  • May 01, 2024

    Judge Mulls New Trial For Uber Drivers' Misclassification Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday seemed poised to start a second trial to determine whether drivers of Uber's high-end ride-share option are independent contractors or employees after a jury deadlocked on the issue in March.

  • May 01, 2024

    Construction Workers Get $940K Default Win In Wage Suit

    A New York federal judge adopted a magistrate judge's recommendation Wednesday to enter a more than $940,000 default win against a contracting company because it didn't respond to a lawsuit by construction workers, finding no issues with the detailed report.

  • May 01, 2024

    Oil Drilling Workers Urge High Court Not To Review PPE Suit

    The Third Circuit's view that time putting on and taking off personal protective equipment becomes compensable if the gear is integral and indispensable to employees' work actually aligns with a Second Circuit's standard, oil rig workers told the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday.

  • May 01, 2024

    La. Home Care Cos. Pay $422K For Wage Violations

    Five home care providers in Louisiana paid more than $422,000 for denying workers their full wages, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Wednesday.

  • May 01, 2024

    DOL's OT Rule Doesn't Touch Trucker Exemption

    Certain interstate truck drivers remain exempt from overtime under federal labor law, even as the U.S. Department of Labor has issued a new final rule addressing overtime exemptions for other workers. Here, Law360 explores the motor carrier exemption.

  • May 01, 2024

    Acting Labor Sec. Defends Status, Rules At Tense Hearing

    Acting Labor Secretary Julie Su defended her U.S. Department of Labor role and recent agency rules at a U.S. House committee hearing on Wednesday from Republicans who accused her of serving through a "loophole" and who questioned the legality of actions under her leadership.

  • May 01, 2024

    Fired HR Worker Hits Financial Co. With Age, Sex Bias Suit

    A financial services company laid off a human resources worker after she took federal medical leave and in retaliation for her repeated complaints about pay disparities between herself and younger, male employees, according to a lawsuit filed in Colorado federal court.

  • May 01, 2024

    Overtime Theft Scheme Earns Ex-Mass. Trooper 3 Years

    The former second-in-command of a Massachusetts state police traffic safety unit was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in a widespread conspiracy to steal federally funded overtime through no-work shifts.

  • May 01, 2024

    Ala. Insurance Co. Settles Adjuster's Overtime Suit

    An Alabama insurance agency will pay a settlement to end a claims adjuster's suit accusing it of failing to pay adjusters overtime wages for time they spent inspecting and assessing property damage, according to court papers.

  • May 01, 2024

    Teachers Say Pa. Can't Nix Equal Pay Suit

    A Pennsylvania school district can't snag a win on claims that it paid women teachers less than their male colleagues because it is clear that while the teachers performed comparable work, the pay was different, the women told a federal court.

  • May 01, 2024

    7th Circ. Backs Dismissal Of Ill. City Worker's Equal Pay Suit

    The Seventh Circuit declined to give an Illinois city diversity officer a second chance at her sex bias suit that claimed she was terminated after complaining that male co-workers were paid more for lighter workloads, ruling she didn't adequately back up her allegations.

  • May 01, 2024

    Texas Oil Field Supply Co. Wants OT Suit Arbitrated

    An ex-worker for a Texas oil field equipment supply company signed a valid agreement to arbitrate any employment disputes, the company said in asking a federal judge to send his unpaid overtime claims into arbitration.

Expert Analysis

  • Eye On Compliance: Joint Employment

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    Madonna Herman at Wilson Elser breaks down the key job conditions that led to a recent National Labor Relations Board finding of joint employment, and explains the similar standard established under California case law — providing a guide for companies that want to minimize liability when relying on temporary and contract workers.

  • How Unions Could Stem Possible Wave Of Calif. PAGA Claims

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    Should the California Supreme Court hold in Adolph v. Uber that the nonindividual portions of Private Attorneys General Act claims survive even after individual claims go to arbitration, employers and unions could both leverage the holding in Oswald v. Murray to stifle the resurgence in representative suits, say attorneys at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Tips For Defending Employee Plaintiff Depositions

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    A plaintiff cannot win their employment case through a good deposition, but they can certainly lose it with a bad one, so an attorney should take steps to make sure the plaintiff does as little damage as possible to their claim, says Preston Satchell at LexisNexis.

  • Predictions On Salary Levels In Proposed DOL Overtime Rule

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    In May, the U.S. Department of Labor is expected to propose new salary thresholds for overtime exemptions for both executive, administrative and professional employees and highly compensated earners under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and based on methodologies used in recent DOL rules, it will likely increase both thresholds, says Stephen Bronars at Edgeworth.

  • Water Cooler Talk: Whistleblowing Insights From 'Dahmer'

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    Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs at Troutman Pepper chat with DS Smith's Josh Burnette about how the show "Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story" provides an extreme example of the perils of ignoring repeat complaints — a lesson employers could apply in the whistleblower context.

  • Retail Employer Strategies For LA Fair Work Week Ordinance

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    The recently effective Los Angeles Fair Work Week Ordinance changes how employers in the retail trade industry approach scheduling and hiring employees, so they should consider creating new standardized forms and procedures to maintain compliance and avoid penalties, say Thomas Petrides and Charlie Wang at Vedder Price.

  • AI For Advancing Diversity In The Workplace: Friend Or Foe?

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    In the wake of calls for increased workplace diversity, employers are turning to artificial intelligence to automate hiring and cut costs to reach environmental, social and governance objectives, but this technology requires human oversight to minimize biases and discrimination, say Consuela Pinto and Dawn Siler-Nixon at FordHarrison.

  • Handbook Hot Topics: Attendance Policies

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    Employee attendance problems are among the most common reasons for disciplinary action and discharge, which is why a clear policy neatly laid out in an employee handbook is necessary to articulate expectations for workers and support an employer's position should any attendance-related disputes arise, says Kara Shea at Butler Snow.

  • Noncompete Ban Is Key To Empowering Low-Wage Workers

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    The Federal Trade Commission's proposed ban on noncompete clauses is needed because limitations alone have very little practical value to low-wage workers, who will continue to be hurt by the mere existence of these clauses unless they are outlawed, says Brendan Lynch at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia.

  • Top 5 Issues For Employers If Their Bank Suddenly Fails

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    The sudden closure of a bank can create a host of ripple effects, and if such a liquidity crisis occurs, employers should prioritize fulfilling their payroll obligations, as failing to do so could subject employers and even certain company personnel to substantial penalties, say attorneys at Manatt.

  • Prepare Now To Comply With NJ Temp Worker Law

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    New Jersey temporary staffing firms and their clients must prepare now for the time-consuming compliance requirements created by the controversial new Temporary Laborers' Bill of Rights, or face steep penalties when the law's strict wage, benefit and record-keeping rules go live in May and August, say attorneys at Duane Morris.

  • Employment-Related Litigation Risks Facing Hospitality Cos.

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    A close look at recent hospitality industry employment claims highlights key issues companies should keep an eye out for, and insurance policy considerations for managing risk related to wage and hour, privacy, and human trafficking claims, say Jan Larson and Huiyi Chen at Jenner & Block.

  • Acquiring A Company That Uses A Professional Employer Org.

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    With the professional employer organization industry rapidly expanding, those seeking to acquire a company that uses a PEO should understand there are several employment- and benefits-related complexities, especially in regard to retirement, health and welfare plans, say Megan Monson and Taryn Cannataro at Lowenstein Sandler.