Wage & Hour

  • June 03, 2024

    As State Minimum Wages Rise, Fewer Workers At Fed. Floor

    The relevance of the federal minimum wage, which trails the floor in more than half of U.S. states, remains up for debate, as a recent government report says the share of hourly workers making that national amount continues to decline.

  • June 03, 2024

    Fisher Phillips Grows In Tampa With Cantrell Astbury Founder

    Employer-side law firm Fisher Phillips announced Monday that it added a new of counsel to its Tampa, Florida, office who was previously a shareholder and founder of a boutique employment law firm.

  • June 03, 2024

    Vanderbilt Health, Nurse's Pay System Suit Deal OK'd

    A Tennessee federal judge approved a confidential deal ending a retired nurse's claims that Vanderbilt University Medical Center failed to pay patient-facing employees for meal breaks they had to work through nor properly track their hours after the timekeeping system went offline.

  • June 03, 2024

    Mich. High Court Keeps $15 Min. Wage Proposal Off Ballot

    An initiative to raise the hourly minimum wage in Michigan to $15 by 2027 will stay off the 2024 ballot, the state Supreme Court ruled, turning down a group's bid to force the state canvassers board to certify the proposal.

  • June 03, 2024

    Ex-Servers Win Class Cert. In Tip Suit Against NY Restaurants

    A New York federal judge granted class certification to a group of workers for two Manhattan Chinese restaurants who claim they were forced to share tips with nontipped co-workers and underpaid, finding the restaurants' policies similarly affected all tipped workers.

  • June 03, 2024

    Justices Won't Mull Worker-Friendly Ruling On Preshift Pay

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Monday to hear a case asking how to decide when an employer must pay employees for time they spend on preshift tasks that are necessary for them to do their jobs.

  • June 01, 2024

    Blockbuster Summer: 10 Big Issues Justices Still Must Decide

    As the calendar flips over to June, the U.S. Supreme Court still has heaps of cases to decide on issues ranging from trademark registration rules to judicial deference and presidential immunity. Here, Law360 looks at 10 of the most important topics the court has yet to decide.

  • May 31, 2024

    5th Circuit Decision Hints At Salary Debates To Come

    What constitutes a bona fide salary for overtime-exempt professionals continues to be a source for debate, and a recent Fifth Circuit decision affirms long-standing principles behind federal salary regulations while presaging future battles around whether those regulations are valid, attorneys say. 

  • May 31, 2024

    3rd Circ. Preview: Labor Battles Heat Up In June

    Several cases are heating up the Third Circuit argument calendar in June, including a home care company's attempt to duck a $7 million payout to thousands of workers who claimed the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by not compensating them for travel time.

  • May 31, 2024

    Maritime Employees Stiffed On Sick Leave, Wash. Court Told

    A nonprofit representing shipping industry employers and a Washington state marine terminal operator have not been providing longshoremen with paid sick leave in violation of state wage law and a Seattle city ordinance, a longshoreman told a state court.

  • May 31, 2024

    NYC Landlord Inks Deal To End Wage Theft Suit

    A former maintenance worker has agreed in principle to settle his proposed wage theft collective action against a New York City landlord and its property manager, according to a letter filed Friday in New York federal court.

  • May 31, 2024

    NY Forecast: Judge Considers IATSE Movie Pay Dispute

    This week, a New York federal judge will hear arguments over the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees' attempt to force a film production company to make wage and benefits payments the union claims it has not made as required under an arbitration award.

  • May 31, 2024

    Complaints About BC Tennis Coach Led To Firing, Suit Says

    A former assistant women's tennis coach at Boston College says the head coach of the program "set out on a campaign to undermine and alienate" her out of professional jealousy and gender bias, alleging she was fired in retaliation after complaining to administrators.

  • May 31, 2024

    Split NH High Court Says Cops Must Pay Back Sick Leave

    An updated version of a City of Manchester ordinance requires four police officers to pay the city back for the sick leave benefits they received while their compensation claims for on-the-job injuries were pending, a split New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled.

  • May 31, 2024

    Steptoe Adds To Employment Department In Pittsburgh Office

    A commercial litigator's plan to refocus her practice on employment law prompted a recent move to Steptoe & Johnson PLLC's Pittsburgh office after more than eight years with Sherrard German & Kelly P.C.

  • May 31, 2024

    Store Applicant Wants Pay Range Case In State Court ASAP

    A job applicant told a Washington federal judge not to grant retailer Aaron's bid to appeal to the Ninth Circuit his case accusing it of violating a state requirement to include pay ranges in job advertisements, saying it contradicts the company's claim the suit shouldn't be in federal court.

  • May 31, 2024

    Ex-OneMain Atty Joins Semmes' Baltimore Employment Team

    LaTonya D. Reynolds had early dreams of being an international corporate attorney, but a passion for finance and taxation, and later, employment law, ultimately led her to her new role as counsel in the labor and employment practice group of Semmes Bowen & Semmes in Baltimore.

  • May 31, 2024

    Calif. Forecast: State Justices To Hear 'Sovereignty' Args

    In the coming week, attorneys should watch for oral arguments at the California Supreme Court regarding whether all public entities are exempt from certain state labor law wage requirements. Here's a look at that case and other labor and employment matters coming up in California.

  • May 31, 2024

    Customer Support Co. Assails DOL Early Win Bid In Wage Suit

    Employees for a customer support services company have control over their work and manage their own business, the company told a Florida federal court in its request to stop the U.S. Department of Labor from securing an early win in an independent contractor classification case.

  • May 31, 2024

    DOL Asks To Wait To Disclose Workers In Fishery Wage Case

    The U.S. Department of Labor urged a Mississippi federal court to halt the disclosure of the identities of some migrant workers who helped in the department's investigation of a fish farm, saying that it plans to ask the court to reconsider ordering the disclosure.

  • May 30, 2024

    9th Circ. Reopens Mandatory Security Check Wage Fight

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday largely revived a proposed wage class action by a subcontractor who sought to be paid for undergoing mandatory security checks and vehicle inspections at a solar project site, following the California Supreme Court's ruling that found the time to be compensable as "hours worked."

  • May 30, 2024

    Divided FTC Won't Delay Kroger-Albertsons In-House Case

    The Federal Trade Commission's three Democrats refused Wednesday to delay the agency in-house challenge to Kroger's $24.6 billion purchase of Albertsons, blaming the grocery giants for their scheduling challenges and drawing a sharp dissent from the FTC's two Republicans.

  • 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.

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.