Wage & Hour

  • April 10, 2024

    3rd Circ. Skeptical Of Challenge To NLRB Bonuses Ruling

    A Third Circuit panel appeared skeptical Wednesday of a nursing home's challenge to a National Labor Relations Board decision finding it unlawfully altered bonus pay it issued during the pandemic without bargaining, as judges questioned the company's argument that the bonuses were allowable under an expired contract.

  • April 10, 2024

    Cleaning Co. To Pay $400K In H-2B Workers' Exploitation Suit

    Mexican guest workers and a cleaning company that recruited them to work at a Colorado luxury hotel asked a federal judge on Wednesday to grant initial approval of a $400,000 settlement on claims that the company committed myriad wage and visa law violations and threatened to deport workers who complained.

  • April 10, 2024

    Eatery Chain's Tip Credit Bites Illegally Into Wages, Court Told

    A restaurant chain has not been paying its servers and bartenders the correct wages, taking a tip credit out of their hourly wages even when they perform nontip-generating work, a server claimed in a proposed collective action filed Wednesday in Kentucky federal court.

  • April 10, 2024

    Former X Worker Can't Force Doc Release In Bonus Suit

    A California federal judge refused to grant an ex-worker's request that the court decide whether X Corp. must provide employee bonus-related documents to its former chief financial officer before he sits for a deposition, chiding the former worker for not filing a proper request.

  • April 10, 2024

    9th Circ. Says Arbitration Carveout Doesn't Apply To Cos.

    Section 1 of the Federal Arbitration Act only applies to humans, not companies, a Ninth Circuit panel ruled Wednesday, affirming a Washington federal court decision shipping three Amazon workers' misclassification suit to arbitration.

  • April 10, 2024

    Musk Deposition Decision Put Off In Twitter Layoff Fight

    A California federal judge deferred ex-Twitter employees' request to depose X Corp. owner Elon Musk until after other defendants gave their depositions in a suit alleging the company violated federal laws requiring advance warning of mass layoffs.

  • April 10, 2024

    DOL Says Groups' Challenge To Rule Update Must Fall

    The U.S. Department of Labor pressed a Texas federal court to ax two construction groups' challenge to its rule updating the Davis-Bacon Act, arguing that they face no injury and that their suit relies heavily on speculation and fear-based claims.

  • April 10, 2024

    Furniture Delivery Co., Driver Settle Misclassification Suit

    A delivery driver and the company he contracts with to transport furniture for Ashley Furniture told a Florida federal judge Wednesday that they had settled a lawsuit alleging the company misclassified the driver as an independent contractor.

  • April 10, 2024

    Ogletree Adds Veteran Employment Attorney In Minnesota

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC has expanded its ranks in Minneapolis with a lawyer who said she is looking to use her new position to help clients navigate remote work challenges and increasing disability bias issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • April 09, 2024

    Starbucks' Calif. Stores Lack Lactation Spaces, Suit Says

    A Starbucks employee brought a proposed class action in California state court on behalf of similarly situated workers in the Golden State over the coffeehouse chain's "systemic failure" to provide adequate lactation spaces and sufficient pumping time for nursing employees.

  • April 09, 2024

    4 Questions About California's 'Right To Disconnect' Bill

    A newly amended bill in California would give employees a legal right to ignore after-hours work communications, though Golden State employment lawyers on both sides of the bar said the bill would likely need more changes in order to have its desired impact. Here are four open questions attorneys have about the legislation.

  • April 09, 2024

    $1M Wage Deal Between Workers, HVAC Co. Gets Initial OK

    A California federal judge said a nearly $1 million settlement between workers and an HVAC and plumbing company can move forward for now, but indicated skepticism about the deal's proposal to allot about $332,000 for attorney fees.

  • April 09, 2024

    LA County Seeks Early Win In Firefighter Suit for Hotel Time

    Los Angeles County wants a California federal court to wrap up a collective action from firefighter recruits claiming it failed to pay them for time in quarantined hotels during the COVID-19 pandemic, arguing the county had "objectively reasonable grounds" for believing recruits were not entitled to payment for that time.

  • April 09, 2024

    Insurance Firm Will Pay $4M To End Calif. Wage Class Action

    A California federal judge gave the green light to a $4 million class action settlement resolving allegations that an insurance and risk management company didn't closely track workers' hours, which resulted in underpayment for over 2,100 workers. 

  • April 09, 2024

    Challengers To H-2A Wage Rule Denied Extra Discovery

    A federal judge has refused to let agricultural businesses gather more information on the decision-making behind new H-2A agricultural worker minimum wages, rejecting claims that more discovery was warranted in light of a September order allowing the wages to take hold.

  • April 09, 2024

    Ex-UPS Worker's Race, Sex Bias Suit Gets Partial Go-Ahead

    A California federal judge declined to entirely toss a Black former UPS employee's race and pregnancy discrimination suit, saying she had evidence of "extreme and outrageous" racist comments to back up her race bias claims but not enough proof to support her sex-based pay and pregnancy discrimination allegations.

  • April 08, 2024

    H-2A Workers Want OK On $900K OT Deal With Va. Farms

    Two Mexican farmworkers are asking a Virginia federal court to greenlight their $900,000 settlement with an agricultural association and two farms that they say cheated temporary workers out of $2.5 million in overtime pay.

  • April 08, 2024

    Ford Motor Co. OT Claims Transferred To Michigan

    An Ohio federal judge sent a proposed collective action by a former Ford Motor Co. plant worker to the Eastern District of Michigan on Monday after the worker and the auto manufacturer said the case is better dealt with near Ford's headquarters in Detroit.

  • April 08, 2024

    Workers Oppose X Corp.'s Bid To Stall $500M Severance Suit

    Two workers asked a California federal court to deny a request from X, formerly Twitter, to pause discovery in their suit alleging it stiffed employees on $500 million in severance pay when it conducted mass layoffs following Elon Musk's takeover, saying the move will create unnecessary delay.

  • April 08, 2024

    Marine Co. Beats Ex-Worker's Wage Row, For Now

    A civil marine contractor successfully convinced a California federal judge to toss an ex-worker's wage and hour proposed class action for lack of evidence, but the judge left the door open for the worker to refile the suit.

  • April 08, 2024

    Black Worker's Bias Suit Against VA Lacks Proof, Judge Says

    A Missouri federal judge tossed a black worker's suit Monday claiming the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs subjected him to a racially hostile work environment and suspended him for complaining about it, ruling he didn't put forward proof that bias drove the agency's decision making.

  • April 08, 2024

    Tower Technicians Hit Ericsson With Wage Theft Suit

    A former employee for Swedish telecommunications company Ericsson Inc. claimed the company failed to pay its hourly tower technicians for missed meal breaks or for all the hours they spent completing mandatory training, according to a proposed collective action filed in a Massachusetts federal court.

  • April 08, 2024

    Conn. Worker Says Firing For Talking Wages Was Illegal

    A former employee of a company that designs and manufactures radiation detection devices accused the firm in Connecticut federal court of breaching state law by prohibiting him from discussing his pay with his colleagues and of firing him for telling a friend about receiving a raise.

  • April 08, 2024

    ​Delivery Co. Can't Countersue In Misclassification Case

    ​A California federal court rejected a delivery company's bid to bring a third-party complaint against a worker's LLC after the worker sued the delivery company alleging it misclassified him as an independent contractor, saying allowing the complaint would be contrary to public policy.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • NYC Cos. Must Prepare For Increased Sick Leave Liability

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    A recent amendment to New York City's sick leave law authorizes employees for the first time to sue their employers for violations — so employers should ensure their policies and practices are compliant now to avoid the crosshairs of litigation once the law takes effect in March, says Melissa Camire at Fisher Phillips.

  • 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.