Wage & Hour

  • June 07, 2024

    Denny's Cuts Deal To End Workers' Tip Credit Suit

    Denny's has agreed to pay more than $437,000 to end a class action accusing it of failing to properly inform a group of more than 100 servers it would be taking a tip credit from their wages, according to a filing in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • June 07, 2024

    Driver's Wage Action Travels Back To State Court

    The Labor Management Relations Act doesn't preempt a driver's suit accusing two cold storage companies of wage and breaks violations, a California federal judge ruled, sending the case back to state court.

  • June 06, 2024

    FTC Says Kroger Hasn't Turned Over Promised Documents

    The Federal Trade Commission urged an administrative law judge on Tuesday to require Kroger to fork over documents related to negotiations for its divestiture plan amid the commission's in-house challenge to the grocer's merger with Albertsons, saying Kroger's prior representations that it would produce the materials "have proven false."

  • June 06, 2024

    Full 4th Circ. Won't Rehear Inmates' Wage Suit

    The full Fourth Circuit won't review a panel's ruling that the purpose of the job of incarcerated individuals performed at a Baltimore County recycling plant determines whether federal minimum wage laws apply, turning down on Thursday the county's bid to step in.

  • June 06, 2024

    Wynn, Casino Worker Ink $600K Deal In Tip Suit

    The Wynn Las Vegas has agreed to pay $600,000 to end a slot attendant's suit alleging the casino shared tips with managers and diverted some to the casino itself claiming misplacement of tips, according to a motion to approve the deal filed in Nevada federal court.

  • June 06, 2024

    Texas Food Truck Operator Pays $157K For OT Violations

    A Texas food truck operator paid more than $157,000 in back wages and damages for denying workers overtime rates, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday.

  • June 06, 2024

    Teachers Want Cozen O'Connor Kicked Off Equal-Pay Case

    Rather than having a Pennsylvania federal judge who has presided over their equal-pay case for years recuse himself over having a son-in-law who's a shareholder at Cozen O'Connor, a class of female teachers asked the court to kick Cozen O'Connor PC off the case Thursday.

  • June 06, 2024

    Logistics Co. Didn't Pay Full OT, Suit Says

    A Connecticut-based freight logistics company only paid time-and-a-half rates when employees worked more than 45 hours per week, denying workers their full overtime pay, according to a proposed class and collective action filed Thursday in federal court.

  • June 06, 2024

    Calif. AG Tells 9th Circ. NRA Ruling Doesn't Impact AB 5 Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision siding with the National Rifle Association on its free speech claims has nothing to do with Uber and Postmates' challenge to California's Assembly Bill 5 governing worker classification, the state attorney general told the Ninth Circuit.

  • June 06, 2024

    TJ Maxx Hit With Rest Break, Sick Pay Class Action

    TJ Maxx has been requiring thousands of California workers to work through their rest breaks but forcing them to mark otherwise on their time sheets in violation of state labor law, a worker alleged in a proposed class action in state court.

  • June 06, 2024

    Tastykake Co. Can't Duck Bias Suit Over Prayer Breaks

    The maker of Tastykake snacks can't escape the bulk of a Black, Muslim ex-worker's suit claiming it unfairly docked time from him for taking prayer breaks, a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled, finding the suit could stay in court even though it read as a "disjointed laundry list" of grievances.

  • June 06, 2024

    NYC Thai Eateries Owe $1.5M In Chefs' Wage, OT Suit

    A New York federal judge ordered several companies that owned and operated four now-shuttered Thai restaurants in Manhattan to pay over $1.5 million to settle class action claims that they failed to pay full minimum or overtime wages.

  • June 06, 2024

    Ga. Mortgage Co. Owes Loan Processors OT, Suit Says

    A mortgage lender unlawfully considered loan processor managers overtime-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act despite them performing nonexempt duties, a former employee said in a proposed class action filed in Georgia federal court.

  • June 05, 2024

    Hospital Network Stiffs Workers On Meal Breaks, Suit Claims

    A Missouri hospital network automatically deducted meal breaks from nurses' and technicians' pay even though they were unable to take the breaks, a former employee said in a proposed class and collective action filed in federal court.

  • June 05, 2024

    ADP Sales Reps Win Conditional Cert. For Overtime Claim

    Sales representatives for Automatic Data Processing Inc. won conditional certification in their lawsuit alleging they failed to receive all their overtime wages earned, with an Arizona federal judge ruling the workers had offered up substantial evidence that they were all subjected to the same pay policies.

  • June 05, 2024

    Energy Co. Tells 4th Circ. Arbitration Pact Extends To It

    A rig worker's arbitration agreement clearly extended to oil and gas exploration and production company Tug Hill Operating LLC, the company said, telling the Fourth Circuit that a West Virginia federal court gave the pact a too narrow read.

  • June 05, 2024

    Lewis Brisbois Employment Attys Join Kaufman Dolowich

    Kaufman Dolowich has hired a pair of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP employment attorneys as partners in Los Angeles.

  • June 05, 2024

    Healthcare Staffing Co. Hit With Meal Break, OT Suit

    A healthcare staffing company has been automatically deducting meal breaks from workers' time sheets and forcing them to work while off the clock, denying them overtime pay, according to a proposed collective action filed Wednesday in Virginia federal court.

  • June 05, 2024

    3rd Circ. Debates Length Of Breaks In $7M Wage Case

    A Third Circuit panel tried on Wednesday to pin down when the U.S. Department of Labor and an in-home care agency believed that employees were off-duty or just traveling between jobs, and whether the company's lack of travel-time records left it open to a $7 million judgment based on government estimates.

  • June 05, 2024

    Former Exec Drops Mass. Wage Suit Against Tech Firm

    A former executive for a tech company told a Massachusetts federal judge Wednesday the parties agreed to dismissal of her lawsuit claiming she didn't receive promised performance bonuses and was terminated after complaining about the missing pay.

  • June 05, 2024

    Detroit Hospital Hit With Meal-Break Lawsuit Seeking OT

    A Detroit hospital network automatically deducts 30-minute unpaid meal breaks from nurses' and technicians' pay regardless of whether they were actually relieved from their work duties, a former employee said in a proposed class and collective action filed in Michigan federal court.

  • June 05, 2024

    Marriott, Workers' Wage Suit Deal Scores Final Approval

    Marriott will pay nearly $437,000 to end a proposed class action alleging unpaid wages and meal and rest break violations, with a California federal judge placing the final stamp of approval on the settlement agreement.

  • June 05, 2024

    Calif. Wage Hike To Cover Nearly All Healthcare Workplaces

    Nearly all workers at healthcare facilities in California will be entitled to a higher minimum wage beginning July 1 regardless of whether they're involved in patient care. One expert called the increase a sweeping change, partly due to broad definitions of what employees and facilities are covered.

  • June 04, 2024

    Justices Raise Doubt Hospital System Must Face Wage Claims

    The California Supreme Court appeared open Tuesday to undoing a finding that a hospital system is not a public entity and must face workers' meal- and rest-break claims, with one justice noting that state law repeatedly calls the system a public entity and saying, "So what do we make of that?"

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • Employer Takeaways From 2nd Circ. Equal Pay Ruling

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    The Second Circuit 's recent decision in Eisenhauer v. Culinary Institute of America reversed a long-held understanding of the Equal Pay Act, ultimately making it easier for employers to defend against equal pay claims brought under federal law, but it is not a clear escape hatch for employers, say Thelma Akpan and Katelyn McCombs at Littler.

  • The Growing Need For FLSA Private Settlement Rule Clarity

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    A Pennsylvania district court's recent ruling in Walker v. Marathon Petroleum echoes an interesting and growing trend of jurists questioning the need for — and legality of — judicial approval of private Fair Labor Standards Act settlements, which provides more options for parties to efficiently resolve their claims, says Rachael Coe at Moore & Van Allen.

  • High Court Bakery Driver Case Could Limit Worker Arbitration

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    Employers that require arbitration of worker claims under the Federal Arbitration Act should closely follow Bissonnette v. LePage Bakeries as it goes before the U.S. Supreme Court, which could thoroughly expand the definition of “transportation workers” who are exempt from compulsory arbitration and force companies to field more employee disputes in court, says Nick Morisani at Phelps Dunbar.

  • In Focus At The EEOC: Advancing Equal Pay

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    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s recently finalized strategic enforcement plan expresses a renewed commitment to advancing equal pay at a time when employees have unprecedented access to compensation information, highlighting for employers the importance of open communication and ongoing pay equity analyses, say Paul Evans at Baker McKenzie and Christine Hendrickson at Syndio.

  • Return Days Key In Hyatt COVID-19 Layoffs Ruling

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    The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in Hartstein v. Hyatt, which clarified when the hotel giant had to pay out accrued vacation time after pandemic-prompted temporary layoffs, highlights the importance of whether an employer specifies a return date within the normal pay period, say attorneys at ArentFox Schiff.

  • How ESG Is Taking Women's Soccer To The Next Level

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    Several elite soccer teams sharpened their competitive edges for the 2023 Women's World Cup by focusing on environmental, social and governance issues at home, demonstrating that many industries can use the principles of ESG investing to identify opportunities to increase growth, improve performance and address stakeholders' desires, say attorneys at ArentFox Schiff.

  • How Int'l Strategies Can Mitigate US Child Labor Risks

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    Recent reports of child labor in the U.S. raise significant compliance concerns under state and federal child labor laws, but international business and human rights principles provide tools companies can use to identify, mitigate and remediate the risks, says Tom Plotkin at Covington.

  • 2nd Circ. OT Ruling Guides On Pay For Off-The-Clock Work

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    While the Second Circuit’s recent holding in Perry v. City of New York reiterated that the Fair Labor Standards Act obligates employers to pay overtime for off-the-clock work, it recognized circumstances, such as an employee’s failure to report, that allow an employer to disclaim the knowledge element that triggers this obligation, say Robert Whitman and Kyle Winnick at Seyfarth.

  • FLSA Ruling Highlights Time Compensability Under State Law

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    While the Third Circuit's August decision in Tyger v. Precision Drilling endorsed the prevailing standard among federal courts regarding time compensability under the Fair Labor Standards Act, it also serves as a reminder that state laws will often find a broader range of activities to be compensable, say Ryan Warden and Craig Long at White and Williams.

  • Understanding Wage Theft Penalties Under New NY Statute

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    Under a recently enacted New York statute, wage theft is considered a form of larceny under the state's penal law, and prosecutors can seek even stronger penalties against violators — so all employers are well advised to pay close and careful attention to compliance with their wage payment obligations, say Paxton Moore and Robert Whitman at Seyfarth.

  • How To Create A California-Compliant Piece-Rate Pay Policy

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    Piece-rate compensation can encourage worker efficiency and productivity, but California has special rules for employers that use this type of pay plan, so careful execution and clear communication with employees is essential for maintaining compliance, says Ashley Paynter at Riley Safer.

  • 3 Employer Considerations In Light Of DOL Proposed OT Rule

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    A recently unveiled rule from the U.S. Department of Labor would increase the salary threshold for Fair Labor Standards Act overtime exemptions, and while the planned changes are not the law just yet, employers should start thinking about the best ways to position their organizations for compliance in the future, say Brodie Erwin and Sarah Spangenburg at Kilpatrick.

  • Prevailing Wage Rules Complicate Inflation Act Tax Incentives

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    Nicole Elliott and Timothy Taylor at Holland & Knight discuss the intersection between tax and labor newly created by the Inflation Reduction Act, and focus on aspects of recent U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of the Treasury rules that may catch tax-incentive seekers off guard.