Wage & Hour

  • May 30, 2024

    DOL Says Hyundai Hired 13-Year-Old To Work Assembly Line

    Car companies SMART and Hyundai and a staffing agency employed a 13-year-old to work up to 60-hour weeks in an assembly line, the U.S. Department of Labor told an Alabama federal court Thursday, saying the labor "shocks the conscience."

  • May 30, 2024

    Ballard Spahr Faces Claim It Fired Worker Over Sick Husband

    A former legal assistant at Ballard Spahr LLP claims the firm fired her in retaliation for using the Family and Medical Leave Act to take time away from work to care for her cancer-stricken husband, according to a complaint filed in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • May 30, 2024

    Morgan & Morgan Settles Ex-Paralegal's FMLA Suit

    Morgan & Morgan PA reached a deal with a former paralegal ending her suit accusing the firm of interference and retaliation when she was unlawfully fired, she said, after requesting time off afforded by the Family and Medical Leave Act, the firm told a Florida federal judge Thursday.

  • May 30, 2024

    DOL Says Challenged Provision In DBA Rule Is Lawful

    The U.S. Department of Labor pressed a Texas federal court not to halt its final rule regulating prevailing wages under the Davis-Bacon Act, saying that one of the provisions several construction groups are challenging is completely lawful.

  • May 30, 2024

    Chauffeur Co. Agrees To Pay $2.5M In Wage Settlement

    A chauffeur company agreed to give $2.5 million to settle over 600 drivers' claims that it failed to pay them hourly or for overtime or maintain records as required by federal and state labor law, according to a bid to approve the deal filed in Arizona federal court.

  • May 30, 2024

    Atty Behind Supreme Court Wins Talks Arbitration Trends

    The U.S. Supreme Court has been seeing a lot of Daniel Geyser, a go-to appellate attorney who recently scored a win in the Smith v. Spizzirri employment case dealing with federal arbitration requirements, his second victory in such a case in just over two years. Law360 spoke with Geyser about his case successes and the road to those wins.

  • May 30, 2024

    Dental Co., Ex-Worker Agree To Arbitrate OT Spat

    A New York federal judge granted a former dental assistant's request to arbitrate her claims accusing a dental company of failing to pay hourly workers all their overtime wages owed or on a weekly basis as state law mandates for manual laborers.

  • May 30, 2024

    Gunster Bolsters Employment And Immigration Teams In Florida

    Gunster has hired two attorneys in two separate Florida offices who will continue their practices focused on labor and employment and immigration issues, the firm announced this week.

  • May 29, 2024

    ​​​​​​​Merrill Lynch Inks $20M Deal In Financial Advisers' Bias Suit

    Merrill Lynch has agreed to pay nearly $20 million to settle class action claims filed in Florida federal court alleging discrimination and retaliation against a proposed class of nearly 1,400 Black financial advisers who alleged they received less pay and promotions compared to their white counterparts. 

  • May 29, 2024

    Contractor Rule Combats Misclassification, Nonprofits Say

    The U.S. Department of Labor's updated independent contractor classification rule is necessary to combat misclassification that a previous version of the rule exacerbated, two nonprofits said in a brief opposing business groups' challenge to the rule.

  • May 29, 2024

    McDonald's Wants Out Of Workers' Lactation Suit

    Two workers claiming McDonald's didn't provide sanitary places for employees to pump breast milk failed to show that the fast-food chain was their direct employer, the company told an Illinois federal court, urging it to toss the proposed collective suit.

  • May 29, 2024

    5th Circ. Says Arbitrator To Decide OT Collective's Status

    The Fifth Circuit found a proposed collective action seeking unpaid overtime should be sent into arbitration, where an arbitrator can decide whether the case can proceed on a representative basis, because the arbitration agreement's language states that question is within the arbitrator's purview.

  • May 29, 2024

    9th Circ. Affirms Dismissal Of Doctor's Military Bias Suit

    An Arizona hospital defeated a doctor's discrimination lawsuit for the second time, with the Ninth Circuit upholding an Arizona federal judge's decision to toss the doctor's claims that the hospital showed bias against his military status by not renewing his contract after he deployed.

  • May 29, 2024

    May Roundup: 11 Wage Rulings on Class, Collective Actions

    The month of May brought plenty of rulings in cases with one or two workers trying to assert claims on behalf of others. Whether it's collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act or class actions under state law where the bar to clear is higher, here are 11 rulings on group wage and hour litigation to know from May.

  • May 29, 2024

    TGI Fridays Ducked Uniform Maintenance Pay, NY Servers Say

    TGI Fridays ducked New York regulations requiring employers to pay for the maintenance of workers' uniforms while also evading minimum wage laws for tipped workers, three servers said in a proposed collective and class action filed in federal court Tuesday.

  • May 29, 2024

    Flowers Foods Subsidiary Must Face Wage Claims

    A California federal judge cut two subsidiaries of Flowers Foods from a suit alleging workers were misclassified as independent contractors, but left a third on the hook for unpaid overtime wages and failure to reimburse claims after finding the worker was integral to the subsidiary's business.

  • May 29, 2024

    Fisher Phillips Adds Employment Pro In Dallas From GRSM50

    Fisher Phillips has strengthened its Dallas roster with a litigator experienced in representing employers in a broad array of complex labor and employment disputes who came aboard from Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP.

  • May 28, 2024

    Kia, Hyundai Still Face RICO Claims In Foreign Labor Suit

    Hyundai and Kia are still confronted with claims that they were in on a scheme to obtain cheap labor from skilled Mexican engineers seeking participation in a professional visa program after a Georgia federal judge determined workers had adequately alleged the companies' involvement.

  • May 28, 2024

    Apple Affiliate Says 'Biased Witnesses' Merit Verdict Reversal

    An Apple-affiliated repair company is taking another shot at escaping claims of wage and hour violations in a multistate wage class action, asking a North Carolina federal judge for a directed verdict or new trial based on what the company characterized as insufficient evidence.

  • May 28, 2024

    A Worker Advocate On Desegregating The Workforce

    Rebecca Dixon, a leader in workers' rights, said that major policy reforms like revising the Fair Labor Standards Act are needed to overcome the occupational segregation that characterizes today's workforce. Here, Dixon speaks to Law360 about the effects of occupational segregation and what needs to be done to address it.

  • May 28, 2024

    Healthcare Tech Co. To Pay $1.5M To End Class Wage Claims

    A healthcare software consulting company agreed to a $1.5 million deal resolving claims it violated Washington state wage law by requiring its software training staff to work up to 80 hours and seven days a week, according to a motion to approve the deal filed in federal court.

  • May 28, 2024

    Kroger, Albertsons Must Give FTC Texts, Written Notes

    Claims from a pair of multibillion-dollar grocery giants that a discovery request will pose financial burden held no sway over a Federal Trade Commission in-house judge who last week ordered Kroger and Albertsons to produce text messages and handwritten notes from key employees as part of the agency's merger challenge.

  • May 28, 2024

    Amazon Driver Says Order Clearly Axed Misclassification Suit

    A now-retired federal judge clearly dismissed a suit claiming Amazon misclassified workers as independent contractors when she pushed it into arbitration, the Amazon flex driver suing the company told a New Jersey federal court.

  • May 28, 2024

    O'Reilly Auto Parts Inks $4.1M COVID Screening Settlement

    O'Reilly Auto Enterprises has agreed to pay $4.1 million to settle a California wage and hour lawsuit alleging that the company should have paid workers for the time they spent undergoing COVID-19 screenings before shifts and for work performed during meal breaks, according to a court memo.

  • May 28, 2024

    Littler Brings On Ogletree Pay Equity Leader In NYC

    Employment and labor law giant Littler Mendelson PC announced Tuesday that it has grown its New York team with the addition of a pay transparency law expert and former pay equity practice group co-chair at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Water Cooler Talk: Office Drug Abuse Insights From 'Industry'

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    Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs at Troutman Pepper chat with Squarespace general counsel Larissa Boz about how employees in the Max TV show "Industry" abuse drugs and alcohol to cope with their high-pressure jobs, and discuss managerial and drug testing best practices for addressing suspected substance use at work.