Wage & Hour

  • July 10, 2024

    9th Circ. Says Nev. Call Center Agents' Bootup Warrants Trial

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday revived, for a second time, call center agents' collective action alleging the time spent turning on and off their computers before their shifts is payable under the Fair Labor Standards Act, finding that to be a factual issue that should be resolved through a jury trial.

  • July 10, 2024

    Performer Hits Atlanta Drag Bar With Wages Class Action

    A performer at Lips Restaurant Atlanta LLC, a bar that provides drag show entertainment to diners and patrons, has filed a proposed class action against the restaurant, its owners and its general manager for allegedly failing to pay proper minimum and overtime wages.

  • July 10, 2024

    4 State AI Bills To Watch In 2nd Half Of 2024

    After Colorado recently moved to the forefront of regulating artificial intelligence in the workplace, numerous other states across the ideological spectrum — including conservative bastions like Oklahoma — are considering legislation of their own. Here, Law360 looks at four bills to regulate the use of AI in the workplace that bear watching in the second half of 2024. 

  • July 10, 2024

    Teamsters Lose 3rd Circ. Fight Over Belated Wage Grievance

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday issued a rare opinion declining to enforce a union's arbitration win, saying a Teamsters unit waited too long to challenge a cemetery operator's read of their new contract's raise language.

  • July 10, 2024

    X Corp., Musk Dodge $500M Severance Suit

    X Corp. and Elon Musk can escape claims they owe former employees $500 million in severance following the business mogul's purchase of the social platform formerly known as Twitter, a California federal judge ruled, saying the facts don't show that federal benefits law governed the payments workers received.

  • July 10, 2024

    Va. Restaurant Pays $172K For Stiffing Workers On OT

    A restaurant in Virginia paid more than $172,000 in back wages and damages for denying 21 workers overtime rates, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Wednesday.

  • July 10, 2024

    Red State Resistance To DOL Child Labor Enforcement Grows

    Republican governors and state legislators are pushing back against the U.S. Department of Labor's attempts to rein in unlawful child labor, a federal effort those at the state level argue is hurting employers.

  • July 10, 2024

    New Orleans Home Care Co. Pays $110K For OT Violations

    A home care company in New Orleans paid $110,000 in back wages and damages for denying workers overtime rates, the U.S. Department of Labor announced.

  • July 09, 2024

    7th Circ. Passes On Look At 2-Step Cert. Process, For Now

    A Seventh Circuit panel turned down pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly & Co.'s challenge to an Indiana federal court's decision to grant collective certification in an age discrimination suit, but said it would be open to looking at the two-step certification process in place to greenlight collectives.

  • July 09, 2024

    DOL, Pa. Mexican Restaurant Ink $1.3M Deal To End Tip Suit

    A Mexican restaurant in Pennsylvania will pay more than $1.3 million in back wages, damages and fines to end a U.S. Department of Labor suit alleging it kept portions of workers' tips and denied proper overtime rates, according to federal court papers filed Tuesday.

  • July 09, 2024

    Dallas Card Dealer Collective Certified In Tip Suit

    A Texas federal judge certified a collective of card dealers for a Dallas poker club who alleged they were paid below minimum wage because they were forced to share their tips with managers, finding Tuesday that their responsibilities were similar enough to support proceeding as a group.

  • July 09, 2024

    Amazon Judge Offers To Quit COVID Pay Case

    A Colorado federal judge urged Amazon and workers suing the company over unpaid COVID-19 screenings to file briefs on whether he should recuse himself from the case, disclosing that his son works for what he believes is an Amazon affiliate.

  • July 09, 2024

    DOL Says It Can Regulate Foreign Farmworkers' Wages

    The U.S. Department of Labor has argued that it has had the authority to regulate wages for foreign H-2A farmworkers for about 40 years, telling a Georgia federal court that 17 Republican attorneys general and two entities cannot halt a rule that just went into effect.

  • July 09, 2024

    Ex-Workers Seek To Appeal $1.3M Tip Deal Denial

    Former employees accusing eight New York City vegan restaurants of wage violations asked a federal judge for a quick appeal of an order denying a proposed $1.3 million settlement, arguing the Second Circuit's take will bring the litigation to a much faster conclusion.

  • July 09, 2024

    NH Brewery Pays $918K For Tip, OT Infractions

    A brewery in New Hampshire paid nearly $918,000 for stiffing 44 workers on their full tips and wages, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Tuesday.

  • July 09, 2024

    Why Stopping 'Hot' Goods Is Key To Fighting Child Labor

    The U.S. Department of Labor's efforts to combat child exploitation include the use of the Fair Labor Standards Act's provision on "hot" goods, an important tool that ups the ante for accountability across the supply chain, experts say.

  • July 08, 2024

    Polsinelli Adds Prominent Employment Attys To Calif. Offices

    Polsinelli LLP has added a pair of experienced labor and employment attorneys to its Los Angeles and San Francisco offices, bolstering the firm's wage-and-hour and general employment practice in the Golden State, according to an announcement made Monday.

  • July 08, 2024

    UPS Beats 'Old Boys' Club' Gender Bias Suit For Good

    United Parcel Service Inc. scored a pretrial win Monday in a lawsuit claiming it passed over women for promotions and gave men better pay and working conditions after a California federal judge ruled that the three plaintiffs hadn't done enough to show the shipping company discriminated against them.

  • July 08, 2024

    State Pay Equity Laws May Ease Path For EEOC Salary Survey

    While the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's first attempt to collect salary details from employers faced strong headwinds, experts said the proliferation of state-level pay transparency mandates may make a fresh wage data collection effort an easier lift for businesses.

  • July 08, 2024

    Mass. Court Tosses School Nurses' Breaks Suit

    A Massachusetts appeals panel kept a trial court's decision tossing two school nurses' suit claiming unpaid meal breaks, saying the duo was paid for the breaks they spent while remaining on school grounds.

  • July 08, 2024

    Medical Co. Worker Asks 9th Circ. Not To Revive Arbitral Bid

    A worker asked the Ninth Circuit on Monday to uphold a lower court's determination that her wage claims against a medical product seller are exempt from federal arbitration law, saying a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling clarifying who qualifies for the exemption supports keeping her claims in court.

  • July 08, 2024

    Chevron Irrelevant To Independent Contractor Rule, DOL Says

    The U.S. Department of Labor pressed a Texas federal court to toss a suit challenging its independent contractor rule, saying that the rule doesn't hurt the trade groups seeking to invalidate it and that the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Chevron decision doesn't move the needle.

  • July 08, 2024

    PAGA Reforms Mark New Era In Calif. Labor Law, Attys Say

    Recently enacted reforms to California's Private Attorneys General Act will likely curb the recent surge in multimillion-dollar PAGA settlements and help employers "stop the bleeding," legal experts told Law360, but the amendments are also likely to spur further litigation over newly created ambiguities in the novel Golden State statute.

  • July 08, 2024

    NJ Says State Temp Worker Law Doesn't Conflict With ERISA

    The State of New Jersey urged a federal judge to keep in place the equal benefits provision of its law codifying protections for temporary workers, arguing it is not superseded by ​the Employee Retirement Income Security Act because employers can satisfy the state law without altering ERISA plans.

  • July 08, 2024

    K&L Gates Labor Atty Moves To Cozen O'Connor In Pittsburgh

    Cozen O'Connor expanded its Pittsburgh office this week with the addition of an attorney with nearly two decades of experience in labor and employment law, who moved his practice after more than five years with K&L Gates LLP.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Calif., Wash. Rest Break Waivers: What Carriers Must Know

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    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's recent invitation for petitions to waive its rules on meal and rest breaks for commercial drivers in California and Washington is an unusual move, and the agency's own guidance seems to acknowledge that its plan may face legal challenges, says Jessica Scott at Wheeler Trigg.

  • Eye On Compliance: Women's Soccer Puts Equal Pay In Focus

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    As the U.S. Women's National Team returns from World Cup, employers can honor the fighting spirit of the athletes — which won them a historic gender pay equality settlement in 2022 — by reviewing federal equal pay compliance requirements and committing to a level playing field for all genders, says Christina Heischmidt at Wilson Elser.

  • How New Illinois Child Influencer Law Affects Advertisers

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    Although Illinois' recently amended child labor law puts the burden on vloggers to ensure minors under the age of 16 featured in online videos are properly compensated, lack of compliance could reflect negatively on advertisers by association, say Monique Bhargava and Edward Fultz at Reed Smith.