Wage & Hour

  • July 15, 2024

    EMS Workers Want Early Win In OT Gap Dispute

    A class and collective of emergency medical services workers asked a North Carolina federal court for summary judgment in their overtime suit against a county, arguing basic math proves employees were underpaid in violation of an ordinance.

  • July 15, 2024

    JPMorgan Chase Workers Had To Eat At Desks, Suit Says

    Chase Bank encouraged workers to perform off-the-clock work but failed to pay them accordingly, while also giving them so much work that they were forced to take their meals at their desks, a former employee said in a suit in California state court.

  • July 15, 2024

    HVAC Co. To Pay Workers $850K to End Wage Class Deal

    An HVAC company has agreed to pay $850,000 to settle an ex-technician's proposed class action alleging meal break and wage violations, according to a bid for preliminary approval filed in Washington state court.

  • July 15, 2024

    Denver Can't Enforce State Wage And Hour Law, Cos. Say

    A worker-finding platform and a staffing company said the City of Denver and its auditor office don't have the authority to investigate wage and hour violations, telling a Colorado federal court that their overreach could lead to hefty penalties.

  • July 15, 2024

    NLRB Judge Says Bakery Fired Worker Over Tip Complaints

    A bakery in New York City's Harlem neighborhood violated federal labor law by firing a worker who complained about issues workers had with tips and scheduling at the shop, a National Labor Relations Board judge has ruled, rejecting the bakery's argument that the worker quit.

  • July 15, 2024

    Seyfarth Adds 5-Atty Labor Team From Hunton In Calif., Texas

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP announced Monday that it has brought on a five-member team of labor and employment lawyers who previously practiced with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • July 15, 2024

    Mich. School Staffing Co., Ex-Worker Settle OT Suit

    A Michigan school staffing firm has agreed to pay employees double their overtime rate to settle a lawsuit alleging the company denied workers overtime wages, according to a filing Monday, resolving a proposed collective and class action lawsuit that an ex-security guard and support worker filed earlier this year.

  • July 15, 2024

    Renewable Energy Co. Owes $239K For OT Violations

    A renewable energy company in Puerto Rico owes nearly $239,000 for denying more than 1,000 solar panel and system installers their full overtime pay, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Monday.

  • July 15, 2024

    Amazon Tells Wash. Court It Rightfully Filed Arbitration Bids

    Amazon properly moved to arbitrate in districts where drivers accusing the e-commerce giant of misclassifying them as independent contractors agreed to arbitrate their claims, the company told a Washington federal judge, urging the court to deny the workers' request for an injunction.

  • July 15, 2024

    Customer Support Co., DOL Ink $3M Deal In Wage Suit

    A customer support services company agreed to pay out $3 million to end a U.S. Department of Labor suit in Florida federal court claiming it misclassified thousands of workers as independent contractors.

  • July 15, 2024

    Wis. Senior Care Co., DOL Reach $30K Deal To End Wage Suit

    A senior living center in Wisconsin will pay $30,000 to end a U.S. Department of Labor suit alleging it denied workers their full wages, according to court documents.

  • July 15, 2024

    7 Wage-Hour Cases To Watch In 2024

    Several legal fights that will dominate the rest of 2024 are variations on the debate around who has the power to make and change laws and who is considered an employee, with the cases challenging the breadth of the U.S. Department of Labor's rulemaking authority in the spotlight. Here, Law360 looks at seven cases to watch in the year's latter half.

  • July 15, 2024

    Wage Cases To Follow As Justices Rein In Agencies

    A trio of U.S. Supreme Court rulings this term that dulled administrative agencies' power are likely to make an impact on how the U.S. Department of Labor enforces wage and hour law. Here, Law360 reviews six cases where their application is already becoming a point of contention.

  • July 15, 2024

    Veteran Employment Litigator Jumps From Kasowitz To Akin

    A veteran employment litigator has joined Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in New York after nearly 16 years at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.

  • 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

    Territories Await OT Update As Rulemaking Window Narrows

    A U.S. Department of Labor final rule raising salary thresholds for overtime exemptions is now in effect, but attorneys are waiting on updates for the U.S. territories after the federal government abandoned such proposed changes. Here, Law360 explores the territories overtime issue.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • Employer Trial Tips For Fighting Worker PPE Pay Claims

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    Courts have struggled for decades to reach consensus on whether employees must be paid for time spent donning and doffing personal protective equipment, but this convoluted legal history points to practical trial strategies to help employers defeat these Fair Labor Standards Act claims, say Michael Mueller and Evangeline Paschal at Hunton.

  • Employer Lessons From NLRB Judge's Union Bias Ruling

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    A National Labor Relations Board judge’s recent decision that a Virginia drywall contractor unlawfully transferred and fired workers who made union pay complaints illustrates valuable lessons about how employers should respond to protected labor activity and federal labor investigations, says Kenneth Jenero at Holland & Knight.

  • 9 Tools To Manage PAGA Claims After Calif. High Court Ruling

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    In Estrada v. Royalty Carpet Mills, the California Supreme Court recently dealt a blow to employers by ruling that courts cannot dismiss Private Attorneys General Act claims on manageability grounds, but defendants and courts can still use arbitration agreements, due process challenges and other methods when dealing with unmanageable claims, says Ryan Krueger at Sheppard Mullin.

  • The 7th Circ.'s Top 10 Civil Opinions Of 2023

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    Attorneys at Jenner & Block examine the most significant decisions issued by the Seventh Circuit in 2023, and explain how they may affect issues related to antitrust, constitutional law, federal jurisdiction and more.

  • Where Justices Stand On Chevron Doctrine Post-Argument

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    Following recent oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court, at least four justices appear to be in favor of overturning the long-standing Chevron deference, and three justices seem ready to uphold it, which means the ultimate decision may rest on Chief Justice John Roberts' vote, say Wayne D'Angelo and Zachary Lee at Kelley Drye.

  • Calif. High Court Ruling Outlines Limits On PAGA Actions

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    While the California Supreme Court’s ruling last week in Estrada v. Royalty Carpet Mills held that courts cannot dismiss Private Attorneys General Act claims on manageability grounds, the opinion also details how claims can be narrowed, providing a road map for defendants facing complex actions, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

  • NY Pay Frequency Cases May Soon Be A Thing Of The Past

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    Two recent developments in New York state have unfurled to suggest that the high tide of frequency-of-pay lawsuits may soon recede, giving employers the upper hand when defending against threatened or pending claims, say attorneys at Reed Smith.

  • A Focused Statement Can Ease Employment Mediation

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    Given the widespread use of mediation in employment cases, attorneys should take steps to craft mediation statements that efficiently assist the mediator by focusing on key issues, strengths and weaknesses of a claim, which can flag key disputes and barriers to a settlement, says Darren Rumack at Klein & Cardali.

  • How To Start Applying DOL's Independent Contractor Test

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    Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor finalized a worker classification rule that helpfully includes multiple factors that employers can leverage to systematically evaluate the economic realities of working relationships, says Elizabeth Arnold and Samantha Stelman at Berkeley Research Group.

  • PAGA Turns 20: An Employer Road Map For Managing Claims

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    As California’s Private Attorneys General Act turns 20, the arbitrability of individual and representative claims remains relatively unsettled — but employers can potentially avoid litigation involving both types of claims by following guidance from the California Supreme Court’s Adolph v. Uber ruling, say attorneys at Mintz.

  • Water Cooler Talk: Insights On Noncompetes From 'The Office'

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    Troutman Pepper’s Tracey Diamond, Evan Gibbs, Constance Brewster and Jim Earle compare scenarios from “The Office” to the complex world of noncompetes and associated tax issues, as employers are becoming increasingly hesitant to look to noncompete provisions amid a potential federal ban.

  • 3 Compliance Reminders For Calif. Employers In 2024

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    As we enter into the new year, several recent updates to California employment law — including minimum wage and sick leave requirements — necessitate immediate compliance actions for employers, says Daniel Pyne at Hopkins & Carley.

  • Compliance Refresher Amid DOL Child Labor Crackdown

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    In light of the Labor Department’s recent announcement of new penalty assessment procedures for child labor law violations, Erica MacDonald and Sylvia Bokyung St. Clair at Faegre Drinker discuss what employers should know about the department’s continued focus on this issue and how to bolster compliance efforts.