Wage & Hour

  • February 20, 2024

    5th Circ. Hands Independent Contractor Rule To Lower Court

    The Fifth Circuit sent a challenge to the U.S. Department of Labor's actions related to an independent contractor rule back to a Texas federal court, tossing the lower court's decision against the department and giving four groups a chance to renew their claims.

  • February 20, 2024

    Posner Says Ex-Staffer's 'Lies' Warrant Harsh Sanctions

    Retired Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner is asking an Indiana federal judge to impose "the most severe sanctions" against a noted pro se litigant who claims Posner reneged on a promise to pay him to run a short-lived pro bono services organization, arguing the plaintiff has repeatedly lied during litigation and improperly accused opposing counsel of perjury.

  • February 20, 2024

    Justices Question Reach Of Transportation Worker Carveout

    The U.S. Supreme Court questioned Tuesday whether there is still a need for a federal arbitration exemption for interstate transportation workers or if the century-old carveout is an "anachronism," in a case dealing with whether the exemption applies to workers only in the transportation industry.

  • February 20, 2024

    Amazon Agrees To Pay $5.5M To End COVID Screening Suit

    A group of California Amazon warehouse workers asked a federal judge to approve a $5.5 million settlement resolving a proposed collective action accusing the e-commerce giant of failing to pay workers for time they spent undergoing pre-shift COVID-19 screenings, saying it will provide them with all their alleged unpaid wages.

  • February 20, 2024

    Justices Won't Weigh Nonsignatory Arbitration Issue

    The U.S. Supreme Court won't take up an oil and gas company's bid to clear up whether a nonsignatory to an arbitration agreement may play the arbitration card, the justices said Tuesday.

  • February 20, 2024

    High Court Won't Wade Into CSX Medical Leave Fight

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected former CSX Transportation employees' push for review of a Fourth Circuit ruling that ended their suit claiming they were unlawfully fired for requesting medical leave.

  • February 20, 2024

    Cosmetics Co. Accused Of Paying Manual Laborers Biweekly

    A skincare and cosmetics chain does not pay its hourly workers wages every week as required by New York labor law, a former sales associate said in a proposed class action complaint filed in federal court.

  • February 16, 2024

    Landscaping Co. To Pay DOL $1M To Close Out Wage Action

    A New York landscaping company admitted that it withheld proper overtime and accurate wage statements from workers and agreed Friday to pay the U.S. Department of Labor about $1 million to end an enforcement action.

  • February 16, 2024

    Uber Tells Court To Disregard Pa. AG's Brief In Wage Suit

    Uber urged a Pennsylvania federal court on Friday to disregard the state attorney general's amicus brief filed in a wage case that will decide whether UberBlack limo drivers are employees or independent contractors, saying the attorney general's involvement is superfluous.

  • February 16, 2024

    Up Next At High Court: Deadlines, Delivery Drivers & Smog

    The U.S. Supreme Court will be closed Monday for Presidents Day and will begin a short oral argument week on Tuesday, during which the justices will consider the deadlines for challenging a federal agency's action and bringing copyright infringement claims.

  • February 16, 2024

    $1.7M COVID Screening Suit Deal Gets Final OK

    A group of lab testing companies and California employees who say they were denied pay for COVID-19 screenings have ended their wage dispute, as a California federal judge granted final approval to a $1.7 million settlement.

  • February 16, 2024

    Sephora Says NY Ruling Conceals Suit Over Late Wages

    A recent New York appeal court's decision makes it clear workers can't lodge late payment claims against their employers, Sephora told a New York federal court, urging it to toss two workers' suit that the beauty chain didn't pay them on time.

  • February 16, 2024

    Workers Urge Judge To Nix Third-Party Suit In Wage Case

    A worker accusing a delivery service of misclassifying him as an independent contractor urged a California federal judge to toss the company's third-party complaint against his company, saying the delivery company wants to shift the blame and costs or scare the worker into axing his suit.

  • February 16, 2024

    NYC Salary Range Rules Take Shape Amid Recent Crackdown

    Among the series of complaints New York City fired off in the past six months accusing companies of flouting its salary transparency law are three cases that experts said shine a much-needed light on what the city's civil rights enforcement arm considers a reasonable wage range for a job ad.

  • February 16, 2024

    Calif. Forecast: Coverall Wage Cases Head To 9th Circ. Args

    In the coming week, attorneys should watch for Ninth Circuit oral arguments in a pair of cases against janitorial franchising company Coverall North America Inc. Here's a look at those cases and other labor and employment matters coming up in California.

  • February 16, 2024

    Fired Hospital Worker Can't Keep Fighting PTO Denial

    A maintenance worker who lost an administrative case alleging his ex-employer owed him money for unused paid time off when he was fired cannot try again to get a judgment in state court against the hospital where he worked or Michigan labor regulators, an appellate panel has found.

  • February 16, 2024

    NY Forecast: 2nd Circ. Hears Xerox Healthcare Union Case

    In the coming week, the Second Circuit will consider a union's argument to overturn a lower court decision holding that a union could not arbitrate a grievance over Xerox's decision to end health benefits for retired workers. Here, Law360 explores this and another major labor and employment case on the docket in New York.

  • February 16, 2024

    NY AG Tells Firm To Stop Misleading Uber, Lyft Drivers

    New York Attorney General Letitia James' office put a New York City law firm on notice Friday, warning in a cease-and-desist letter that the firm must immediately stop proffering unnecessary legal services to "help" Uber and Lyft drivers secure funds, for a fee, stemming from a November New York Labor Law settlement.

  • February 16, 2024

    Model Snags Atty Fees In Late Pay Challenges At 9th Circ.

    A model is entitled to recover almost $43,000 in attorney fees for defending a vape maker's Ninth Circuit appeals of the worker's lower court win in her lawsuit alleging late payment for her work, a three-judge panel for the appeals court has ruled.

  • February 16, 2024

    Drivers' Case Before Justices May Fortify Arbitration Carveout

    A case set for oral arguments Tuesday before the U.S. Supreme Court could help transportation workers show they're exempt from federal arbitration law. Here, Law360 breaks down the dispute ahead of the hearing.

  • February 16, 2024

    Former Worker Says Supercuts Owner Cut OT Rate Too Short

    A former worker is accusing the owner of about 400 Supercuts, Cost Cutters and Holiday Hair salons in seven states of shortchanging its hourly employees on their compensation by not accounting for commissions and other non-discretionary bonuses in their overtime rate calculations.

  • February 16, 2024

    Delivery Co. Denied Early Appeal In Mass. Wage Dispute

    A delivery company did not meet the standard for an immediate appeal of a ruling in favor of a group of drivers alleging they were misclassified as independent contractors, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled in denying the company's motion to appeal to the First Circuit.

  • February 15, 2024

    Calif. Justices Won't Give Uber PAGA Case Another Look

    The California Supreme Court won't again mull an Uber driver's misclassification Private Attorneys General Act suit, denying the company's bid to weigh whether nonindividual claims under the state law should survive if individual ones go into arbitration.

  • February 15, 2024

    Autolenders Wants Ex-Worker's OT Suit To Be Tossed

    Auto retailer Autolenders is asking a New Jersey federal judge to toss claims from a former worker that he was fired for complaining about not being paid for overtime, arguing that in an amended complaint, the ex-employee improperly attempted to distance himself from his initial claims that he worked as a salesman.

  • February 15, 2024

    Vaughan Baio Adds 3 Partners And 2 Offices In NY, NJ

    Philadelphia-based midsized firm Vaughan Baio & Partners expanded its footprint and resources this month with the addition of three partners and the opening of two offices in New York and New Jersey.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Compliance Refresher Amid DOL Child Labor Crackdown

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    In light of the Labor Department’s recent announcement of new penalty assessment procedures for child labor law violations, Erica MacDonald and Sylvia Bokyung St. Clair at Faegre Drinker discuss what employers should know about the department’s continued focus on this issue and how to bolster compliance efforts.