Wage & Hour

  • March 25, 2024

    Justices Won't Review Nullification Of Puerto Rico Labor Law

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a First Circuit finding that Puerto Rico's fiscal management board was within its authority to void a 2022 labor law expanding some benefits for private employees because it had not been given an opportunity to review the legislation.

  • March 25, 2024

    Class Cert. In United Military Leave Suit Will Have To Wait

    An Illinois federal judge said he had doubts about claims that United Airlines owes pay to pilots taking military leaves, saying he'll wait for several appeals courts to decide the fate of similar suits before signing off on class certification.

  • March 25, 2024

    How Gov't Contracting Can Help Enforce Labor Standards

    Governments at all levels can use their purchasing power to ensure that private companies meet labor standards, especially when a locality can’t enact wage requirements itself, according to Courtlyn Roser-Jones, an assistant professor at the Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law. Here, Law360 speaks with Roser-Jones about using contracting requirements to ensure governments do business with employers that comply with employment laws.

  • March 22, 2024

    Up Next At High Court: Abortion, Jury Trials And Estate Tax

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this week over the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's decision expanding access to popular abortion pill mifepristone as well as whether juries should determine a defendants' eligibility for repeat offender enhanced sentencing under the Armed Career Criminal Act and how long federal employees have to appeal adverse employment decisions.

  • March 22, 2024

    Floral Co. Pays Feds $2M To End Migrant Exploitation Action

    A Washington floral wreath and garland manufacturer will pay $1.9 million to close a U.S. Department of Labor probe into allegations that it underpaid and withheld safe housing and transportation from hundreds of temporary migrant workers.

  • March 22, 2024

    States Say Prez Doesn't Have Power To Hike Contractor Pay

    Four states told the Ninth Circuit that the Biden administration's implementation of a $15-per-hour minimum wage for federal contractors was unlawful, arguing that the government misinterpreted a statement of statutory purpose as a mandate for broad regulatory authority.

  • March 22, 2024

    Former Hiller Atty Fights To Keep Entire Wage Suit Standing

    A former cannabis attorney at boutique firm Hiller PC told a New York state judge on Friday that her wage suit should stay in place in its entirety, saying that her contract existence doesn't prevent unjust enrichment claims.

  • March 22, 2024

    Class Of Translation Co. Workers Certified In OT Suit

    A New York federal judge applied a recommendation to certify a class of workers in a lawsuit claiming translation services company TransPerfect underpaid overtime wages, saying a magistrate judge's analysis was thorough, well-reasoned and included no clear errors.

  • March 22, 2024

    NYC Adds More Teeth To Paid Sick Leave Law

    New York City recently added a private right of action to its paid sick and safe leave law, raising the risk that employers could see class action lawsuits if they fail to provide the required time off to employees or document it properly, experts say.

  • March 22, 2024

    NYC Realty Co. Seeks Ax of Building Super's Wage Suit

    A New York realty group asked a federal judge Friday for an early win in a building superintendent's lawsuit alleging he was denied overtime and adequate meal and rest breaks, saying his claims are baseless and he contradicts himself in subsequent court filings.

  • March 22, 2024

    DOL, Miss. Cleaning Co. Settle COVID Pay, Firing Suit

    A Mississippi cleaning service will pay nearly $128,000 in back wages and damages to resolve a U.S. Department of Labor suit accusing it of denying two workers pay as they awaited COVID-19 test results and eventually firing them, according to court papers filed Friday.

  • March 22, 2024

    Walmart OT Suit 'Just Barely' Gets Collective Cert.

    Workers claiming that Walmart and a related entity misclassified them as salaried employees exempt from overtime "just barely" met the requirements to move forward as a collective, a Colorado federal judge ruled Friday.

  • March 22, 2024

    DOL Defends Boosting OT Exemption's Salary Threshold

    The U.S. Department of Labor told the Fifth Circuit that the department has been raising the salary threshold to determine whether employees are overtime-exempt since the Fair Labor Standards Act's inception, urging a panel to keep a Texas federal court's decision.

  • March 22, 2024

    Calif. Forecast: HP's $18M Wage Deal Up For Final Sign-Off

    In the coming week, attorneys should keep an eye out for a California federal court's final approval of an $18 million settlement in an age discrimination class action against HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. Here's a look at that case and other labor and employment matters on deck in the state.

  • March 22, 2024

    NY Forecast: Conn. Town Worker Sex Bias Case At 2nd Circ.

    In the coming week, the Second Circuit will consider a former Connecticut town employee's attempt to revive a lawsuit claiming she faced sexual harassment on the job without an adequate response from the town. Here, Law360 explores this and other cases on the docket in New York.

  • March 22, 2024

    NYC Area Flight Attendants Say United Estimates Wages

    United Airlines has not been paying thousands of flight attendants based out of its LaGuardia-Newark hub on a biweekly basis, instead paying an advance that is supposed to reflect the entire month, an ex-worker said in a proposed class action in New York federal court.

  • March 21, 2024

    Wisconsin Gov. Signs Earned Wage Access Bill Into Law

    Wisconsin on Thursday solidified a licensing framework for so-called earned wage access services when Gov. Tony Evers signed a state law regulating the cash-advance products.

  • March 21, 2024

    DOL Says Prevailing Wage Rule Hasn't Hurt Construction Orgs

    The U.S. Department of Labor asked a Texas federal court to dismiss construction industry trade organizations' bid to unwind a 2023 rule revising prevailing wage methodologies for federal construction projects, saying the groups failed to assert viable injuries.

  • March 21, 2024

    Home Health Cos. Stiffed Workers On OT Pay, Suit Claims

    The operators of several Ohio-based home care staffing agencies have been failing to pay their employees for all the overtime hours they worked, according to a recent proposed class and collective action.

  • March 21, 2024

    Manhattan Pizzeria Owner Indicted On Wage Theft Charges

    The owner and a manager of a well-known Manhattan pizzeria were indicted in New York state court Thursday on charges of stealing more than $30,000 in wages from seven employees.

  • March 21, 2024

    BNSF, Worker Settle Sick Leave Firing Suit

    BNSF Railway Co. and a conductor who alleged that he was illegally fired for his use of medical leave have reached a settlement to their Family and Medical Leave Act dispute, according to a notice filed in Washington federal court.

  • March 21, 2024

    Baskin-Robbins Franchisee Fined For Child Labor Infractions

    The U.S. Department of Labor fined a Baskin-Robbins franchisee with eight locations in Utah nearly $50,000 for allowing minors to work later and longer than allowed by law, the agency said Thursday.

  • March 21, 2024

    Colo. Cannabis Dispensary Hit With Wage Theft Class Action

    A former hourly worker for a Colorado-based cannabis dispensary said the company failed to provide employees with mandatory meal and rest breaks or compensate them for those missed breaks, according to a proposed class action in Colorado state court.

  • March 21, 2024

    Va. Governor's Veto Shows Pay Transparency Fight Remains

    The Virginia governor’s recent veto of pay transparency and salary history legislation shows that not all states are ready to advance such requirements, even as worker advocates say they are seeing widespread momentum on the issue. Here, Law360 examines what the veto could mean for the state of the pay transparency movement.

  • March 21, 2024

    Multiple Contractors Pay $1.5M For Wage, Benefit Violations

    Nearly three dozen contractors working on a federal earthquake recovery program on a U.S. Navy base in California paid more than $1.5 million in back wages, damages and fines for denying 413 workers their full wages and benefits, the U.S. Department of Labor said.

Expert Analysis

  • Takeaways From Virgin's Wage And Hour Class Action Loss

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    A California district court recently issued a $31 million judgment against Virgin America in a wage and hour class action brought by flight attendants, a reminder that the state Labor Code's reach extends beyond the Golden State when the facts show a strong connection to work performed there, says Julie O’Dell at Armstrong Teasdale.

  • There's More To The Helix FLSA Opinion Than Meets The Eye

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    At first blush, the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Helix decision seems remarkable for its determination that an oil rig worker who makes $200,000 a year can still be entitled to overtime, but the decision also offers two more important takeaways about how the Fair Labor Standards Act may be applied, says Nicholas Woodfield at The Employment Law Group.

  • What Employers Need To Know About New Breastfeeding Law

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    The recently enacted federal PUMP Act expands employers' existing obligations to provide breaks and space for certain employees to express breast milk, so employers should review the requirements and take steps to ensure that workers' rights are protected, say Sara Abarbanel and Katelynn Williams at Foley & Lardner.

  • 6 Labor Compliance Questions For Infrastructure Contractors

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    Eric Leonard at Wiley provides a checklist to help both traditional and nontraditional government contractors identify and understand the enhanced labor and employment compliance obligations they assume by taking on a project funded under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

  • Water Cooler Talk: Termination Lessons From 'WeCrashed'

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    Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs at Troutman Pepper chat with Fulton Bank’s Allison Snyder about how the show “WeCrashed” highlights pitfalls companies should avoid when terminating workers, even when the employment is at will.

  • Clean Energy Tax Credits' Wage, Apprentice Rules: Key Points

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    The Inflation Reduction Act's complicated prevailing wage and apprenticeship requirements for clean energy facility construction tax credits recently took effect — and the learning curve will be more difficult for taxpayers who are not already familiar with such programs, say attorneys at Shearman.

  • New Rulings Show Job Duties Crucial To Equal Pay Act Claims

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    Two recent decisions from the Fourth and Tenth Circuits emphasize that it is an employee's actual responsibilities, and not just their job title, that are critical to a pay discrimination claim under the Equal Pay Act and can offer some lessons for employers in avoiding and defending these claims, say Fiona Ong and Lindsey White at Shawe Rosenthal.

  • Tips For Handling Employee Pay Scale Asks As Laws Expand

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    Due to the increase in pay transparency legislation, companies are being forced to get comfortable with pay-related discussions with their employees, and there are best practices employers can apply to ensure compliance with new laws and address the challenging questions that may follow, say Maria Stearns and Joanna Blake at Rutan & Tucker.

  • Eye On Compliance: Employee Biometric Data Privacy

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    Following recent high-profile developments in Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act lawsuits and an increase in related legislation proposed by other states, employers should anticipate an uptick in litigation on this issue — and several best practices can help bolster compliance, say Lisa Ackerman and Laura Stutz at Wilson Elser.

  • Water Cooler Talk: Trade Secret Lessons From 'Severance'

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    In light of the recently enacted Protecting American Intellectual Property Act, attorneys at Troutman Pepper chat with Tangibly CEO Tim Londergan about trade secret protection as it relates to the show “Severance,” which involves employees whose minds are surgically divided between their home and work lives.

  • The 7th Circ.'s Top 10 Civil Opinions Of 2022

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    Attorneys at Jenner & Block examine the most significant decisions issued by the Seventh Circuit in 2022, and explain how they may affect issues related to antitrust, the False Claims Act,​ ​federal jurisdiction and more.

  • 5 Recruiting Trends Shaping Employment Law's New Frontier

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    As remote recruiting comes under more legal scrutiny at the state and local level, U.S. employers should mitigate risk by practicing pay transparency, developing compliant background check processes, training managers on proper data storage, and more, say Jessica Shpall Rosen and Kevin Doherty at Greenwald Doherty.

  • Independent Contractor Laws Are Ignoring Economy's Evolution

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    Over the last year, federal and state approaches to independent contractor classification have demonstrated an inability to adjust to changes in the economy — save for a 12-factor test proposed in New York City, which would have balanced gig economy prosperity and worker protections, say attorneys at Greenberg Traurig.