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Wages & Hours

More lawsuits winning class-action status

01/16/2020
Employees managed to convert individual lawsuits against their employers into class actions at a record-breaking clip in 2019, according to the Seyfarth Shaw law firm’s annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report.

DOL rule narrows ‘joint employer’ status

01/14/2020
A new Department of Labor rule tightens the definition of what constitutes a joint employer under the Fair Labor Standards Act, making it less likely that more than one entity can be held liable for the same federal wage-and-hour violations.

The new overtime rules: 6-point checklist to start complying now!

01/09/2020
Are you fully compliant with the new overtime rules that went into effect Jan. 1? Follow this checklist to ensure you are.

DOL seeks $400 million for Oracle pay bias

12/12/2019
A federal court in California began hearing testimony Dec. 5 in a lawsuit that claims software giant Oracle underpaid current and former workers by more than $400 million while they worked on government contracts over the course of four years.

Demonstrate good faith on wage claims by seeking advice from your attorney

12/10/2019
If you don’t pay overtime as required by the Fair Labor Standards Act, you may end up owing both back pay plus a penalty equal to the amount you owed. But that’s not all; it could get worse.

McDonald’s pays $26 million for OT violations

12/03/2019
Sometimes, seemingly insignificant wage-and-hour practices can add up to a huge employer liability—especially if they are contested in a class-action lawsuit.

California clarifies rest-period pay and rounding rules

12/02/2019
On Oct. 9, 2019, the California Court of Appeal weighed in on two long-debated wage-and-hour issues in Ferra v. Loews Hollywood Hotel, LLC.

California law covers vacation pay disputes, not Fair Labor Standards Act

12/02/2019
The Fair Labor Standards Act sets the federal minimum-wage and overtime rules. Contrary to what many workers seem to believe, it does not guarantee additional wage-related benefits such as vacation or sick-time pay. Employees whose employers provide such benefits can’t sue under the FLSA, claiming they weren’t paid as promised.

Yes, same employee can file several EPA suits

11/07/2019
Can an employee keep coming back to court with a new comparator? The answer appears to be a qualified “yes” as long as the new co-worker comparator arrived on the scene after the earlier lawsuit began.

Rule would allow bonuses for fluctuating workweek employees

11/05/2019
The proposed rule would revise the regulation for computing overtime compensation for salaried, non-exempt employees who work hours that vary each week (i.e., a fluctuating workweek) under the Fair Labor Standards Act.