Wage & Hour

  • April 08, 2024

    Court Must Approve Co.'s Collective Member Communications

    A security system sales company will need court approval to contact potential opt-in members of a putative worker collective, as a Utah federal judge found that the company inappropriately pressured an ex-employee to settle his Fair Labor Standards Act claims.

  • April 08, 2024

    3 Questions For California's Fast Food Council

    The California Fast Food Council has a mandate to reform the fast-food industry, and coming off its first meeting, employment law practitioners have questions about how it can improve upon the state's already robust regulations and whether it will be balanced. Here, Law360 explores three such questions for the council as it gets up and running.

  • April 08, 2024

    Pharmacy Co. Underpaid Overtime, Ex-Worker Claims

    A pharmacy company has not been including shift differentials or bonuses in overtime wage calculations for hourly workers, a former employee alleged in a proposed collective action filed in New Jersey federal court.

  • April 05, 2024

    Neb. Beef Seller Says No Proof It Joined Wage-Fixing Scheme

    A Colorado federal judge gave a Nebraska beef wholesaler another chance to petition for dismissal from a class action accusing it of participating in a meat industry wage-fixing scheme, after the company filed a motion that didn't follow the court's page limit.

  • April 05, 2024

    Tesla Workers Skipped Breaks To Meet Quotas, Suit Says

    Two former warehouse workers hit Tesla with a proposed wage and hour class action Thursday in California federal court, alleging the electric carmaker violated labor laws by not providing sufficient break time, operating an illegal quota system and failing to pay all of their wages.

  • April 05, 2024

    Drivers, Chauffeur Co. Settle OT Suit On Eve Of Trial

    A chauffeur company and a collective of drivers accusing it of failing to pay them all their overtime wages told an Arizona federal judge Friday that they reached a settlement and asked the court to cancel a jury trial that was scheduled for April 16.

  • April 05, 2024

    School District Seeks To Knock Out Teachers' Equal Pay Suit

    A school district asked a Pennsylvania federal judge Friday to toss or at least decertify a collective action alleging it paid male teachers more than women who had similar experience, arguing that the workers couldn't show they had enough in common to justify a group action.

  • April 05, 2024

    DOL Joins DOJ's Artificial Intelligence Fairness Pledge

    The U.S. Department of Labor joined a U.S. Department of Justice pledge to enforce civil rights and related federal laws in the use of automated tools like artificial intelligence.

  • April 05, 2024

    PAGA Repeal Bill On Nov. Ballot May Upend Calif. Labor Law

    A controversial bill going before Golden State voters in November has employment attorneys divided over its plan to replace California's Private Attorneys General Act with new legislation doubling penalties for willful labor-law violators, but leaving enforcement solely to a state agency that has proven ineffective in the past.

  • April 05, 2024

    Reger Rizzo Hit With Race, Gender Bias Suit By Ex-Employee

    Reger Rizzo & Darnall LLP has been sued in Pennsylvania federal court by a former firm legal assistant alleging racial and sex discrimination, and claiming that a hostile, harassing and retaliatory work environment caused her to leave her job.

  • April 05, 2024

    2nd Circ. Spurns DOL Bid To Publish Worker-Friendly Opinion

    The Second Circuit rejected a U.S. Department of Labor request that it publish a nonprecedential opinion concluding that a nurse staffing company's so-called loser-pays arbitration clause was invalid under federal labor law.

  • April 05, 2024

    NY Forecast: Worker's $1 Win In Sex Bias Case At 2nd Circ.

    This week, the Second Circuit will consider a dental hygienist's challenge to a New York federal judge's decision to order a new trial over sexual harassment claims against her former employer that resulted in a jury awarding her $1 in damages. Here, Law360 explores this and other cases on the docket in New York.

  • April 05, 2024

    Arbitration Pact's Lack Of Signature Keeps Wage Suit In Court

    A Texas federal judge refused to send a former swimming pool technician's unpaid overtime suit into arbitration, agreeing with a magistrate judge that an arbitration agreement the worker had to sign wasn't valid because his employer never signed it.

  • April 05, 2024

    Tweak To Colo. Sick Leave Rule Helps Ease Compliance

    A small change Colorado made to its paid sick leave requirement is an example of how the state works with employers to ease compliance, observers told Law360.

  • April 04, 2024

    Ill. Temp Worker Dispute Stayed For 7th Circ. Appeal

    A challenge to an Illinois law mandating that many temporary workers receive equivalent benefits to long-term employees has been stayed, as a federal court allowed the state to appeal an order preliminarily blocking the statute.

  • April 04, 2024

    Louisiana Nurses' Attys Sanctioned Over Missed Depositions

    Nurses who abruptly canceled or gave inconsistent testimony at their depositions must pay the hospital they accused of underpaying them nearly $10,000 in sanctions for their lack of cooperation, a Louisiana federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • April 04, 2024

    DOL Defends Federal Contractor Wage Hike At 9th Circ.

    The U.S. Department of Labor told the Ninth Circuit that President Joe Biden had the authority to raise the hourly minimum wage for federal contractors to $15, arguing Thursday that well-settled law confirms that the Procurement Act gives the president broad authority.

  • April 04, 2024

    Wage Law Doesn't Cover Email Seeking Late Pay, Judge Says

    A Virginia federal judge tossed a former client manager's lawsuit alleging the solar power company he worked for fired him after he emailed his supervisor about missing commission payments, saying the email was expressing complaints about compensation owed under a contract, rather than owed under federal law.

  • April 04, 2024

    Domino's Franchise Shorted Mileage, Pa. Delivery Driver Says

    The owners of a group of Domino's Pizza franchises have been hit with a putative collective action in Pennsylvania federal court from an ex-delivery driver claiming drivers at their stores are paid less than minimum wage because of their "flawed" policy of reimbursing mileage expenses.

  • April 04, 2024

    Utility Worker Says Colo. Meter Co. Failed To Pay OT

    A Colorado meter servicing company owes utility locators wages for work they were required to perform before arriving at their work sites and after leaving them, a former worker alleged in a proposed class action filed in state court, saying workers did not receive overtime.

  • April 04, 2024

    Nurses Want To Merge DaVita Wage Suits Over Unpaid Breaks

    Workers suing kidney care giant DaVita Inc. have asked a Colorado federal judge to consolidate two similar collective actions alleging they were denied wages for work performed during meal and rest breaks, saying overlap between the cases is "inevitable."

  • April 04, 2024

    Pierson Ferdinand Brings On Morgan Lewis Litigator In Philly

    Newly formed Pierson Ferdinand LLP has added a high-stakes employment litigator to its Philadelphia office from Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • April 04, 2024

    Okla. Mortuary Pays $463K To Resolve OT Violations

    A mortuary in Oklahoma City paid nearly $463,000 for denying 66 workers, many of whom worked more than 50 hours a week, overtime rates, the U.S. Department of Labor announced.

  • April 04, 2024

    DOL, Mich. Hotel Settle Wage Suit

    A hotel in Michigan will pay $110,000 in back wages and damages to settle a U.S. Department of Labor suit accusing it of not paying workers their full wages, according to an order in Michigan federal court.

  • April 04, 2024

    Telecom Co. Stiffed Tower Techs On Pay, Suit Says

    A telecommunications company did not pay its tower technicians all their wages owed, a group of ex-workers alleged in a proposed collective action in Illinois federal court, saying the company deducted meal breaks they worked through and skimped on overtime premiums.

Expert Analysis

  • Employer Tips For Fighting Back Against Explosive Verdicts

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    Massive jury verdicts are a product of our time, driven in part by reptile tactics, but employers can build a strategic defense to mitigate the risk of a runaway jury, and develop tools to seek judicial relief in the event of an adverse outcome, say Dawn Solowey and Lynn Kappelman at Seyfarth.

  • Calif. PAGA Ruling Not A Total Loss For Employer Arbitration

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    Contrary to the conclusion reached in a recent Law360 guest article, the California Supreme Court’s ruling in Adolph v. Uber Technologies did not diminish the benefit of arbitrating employees’ individual Private Attorneys General Act claims, as the very limited ruling does not undermine U.S. Supreme Court precedent, says Steven Katz at Constangy.

  • Handbook Hot Topics: Changing Status Quo In A Union Shop

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    A recent administrative law decision concerning a dispute between Fortune Media and the NewsGuild of New York is an important reminder to employers with unionized workforces to refrain from making unilateral updates to employee handbooks that will change the terms and conditions of employment, says Jennifer Hataway at Butler Snow.

  • Eye On Compliance: A Shift In Religious Accommodation Law

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    The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Groff v. DeJoy is making it more difficult for employers to deny religious accommodations, and there are three takeaways employers should keep in mind, say William Cook and Matthew High at Wilson Elser.

  • FLSA Collective Actions: Are Courts Still Dancing The 2-Step?

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    In the absence of amendments to the Fair Labor Standards Act, courts have filled in some of the statute's gaps and established a two-step framework for conditional certification of a class, but recent rulings show signs that courts are ready to hold party plaintiffs to a higher standard if they want to recruit others to join their lawsuits, says Allison Powers at Barack Ferrazzano.

  • Calif. PAGA Ruling Devalues Arbitration For Employers

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    The California Supreme Court’s recent opinion in Adolph v. Uber may lessen employers' appetites for arbitration under the state’s Private Attorneys General Act, because arbitrating an allegedly aggrieved employee’s individual claims is unlikely to dispose of their nonindividual claims, say attorneys at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Understanding Illinois' Temp Worker Obligation Updates

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    Recent amendments to the Illinois Day and Temporary Labor Services Act would significantly expand the protection for temporary workers in the state, impose new compliance obligations on staffing agencies and their client companies, and add significant enforcement teeth to the act, say Nicholas Anaclerio and Ellie Hemminger at Vedder Price.

  • How End Of Forced Arb. Is Affecting Sex Harassment Cases

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    A little over a year after the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault Act became effective, we have started seeing substantive interpretation of the EFAA, almost exclusively from the U.S. district courts in New York, and there are two key takeaways for employers, says Lisa Haldar at Lawrence & Bundy.

  • The Differing Court Approaches To Pay Equity Questions

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    Employers face the tough task of navigating an increasingly complex patchwork of pay equity laws and court interpretations, say attorneys at Hunton.

  • Calif. Whistleblower Decision Signals Change For Employers

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    Because the California Supreme Court's recent The People v. Kolla's decision significantly expands employee whistleblower protections, employers should ensure that internal reporting procedures clearly communicate the appropriate methods of reporting and elevating suspected violations of law, say Alison Tsao and Sophia Jimenez at CDF Labor Law.

  • Pay Transparency And ESG Synergy Can Inform Initiatives

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    The proliferation of pay transparency laws and ESG initiatives has created unique opportunities for companies to comply with the challenging laws while furthering their social aims, says Kelly Cardin at Ogletree.

  • Eye On Compliance: An NLRB Primer For Private Employers

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    Many employers, especially those with nonunionized workforces, may not realize they are subject to federal labor law, but with a recent flurry of precedent-changing rulings from the National Labor Relations, understanding how to comply with the National Labor Relations Act may now be more important than ever, says Bruno Katz at Wilson Elser.

  • RETRACTED: How New Prevailing Wage Rule May Affect H-1B Employment

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    Editor's note: This guest article has been removed due to an inaccurate discussion of the status of the U.S. Department of Labor's prevailing wage rule, "Strengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Aliens in the United States." The rule is no longer on the Biden administration's current rulemaking agenda.