Federal Wage & Hour Laws and Policy

To me, working time lawsuits are almost the most dangerous for an employer because they often will affect many employees, lending themselves (easily) to a purported class action. A recent
Continue Reading FLSA Training Time Class Action Highlights the Nuances of ‘Working Time’ Issues

I had blogged about this case some months ago and am interested in following it through. Now, a Judge has granted conditional certification to a class of oil and gas
Continue Reading FLSA Travel Time Class Action For Oil & Gas Workers Gets Conditional Certification: Now, The Fun Begins!

There has, of late, been a lot of controversy over whether workers who live outside a State where a FLSA class action is being litigated can opt-in to that action.
Continue Reading Can Out-Of-State Opt-Ins Join A FLSA Class Action: First Circuit Decision Creates Split In Circuits, Signaling Possible Supreme Court Intervention

I have many clients that want to comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and pay workers properly, especially for overtime. However, I have found that even the most
Continue Reading Piece Rate Overtime FLSA Class Action Shows Danger In Improper Overtime Computation: The Nuances of the Overtime Regulations (29 CFR 778)

Many employers believe that if an employee (or many employees) perform a tiny amount of work, or work-like activity, before their shifts, that brief off-the-clock, activity cannot be “working time”
Continue Reading These Pre-Shift Working Time Cases Keep Popping Up–Employers Beware!

The fundamental premise of being an exempt employee is that the worker is paid by a “salary” as that term is defined in the FLSA regulations. Even paying someone an
Continue Reading Payment Of Day Rate, Regardless Of How High, Even Coupled With A Guarantee, Is Not a FLSA “Salary” As Part 541 Demands

I read an interesting post in the Seyfarth Shaw blog about out-of-state employees and their ability to become part of a FLSA collective/class action. The FLSA allows individuals to bring
Continue Reading Two Federal Circuit Courts Throw Obstacles Up Against FLSA Class Action Certification: A Roadmap For Employers!

This is an interesting and rather unique situation. Two lawyers who represent a putative class of workers who filed a class action under the Fair Labor Standards Act now want
Continue Reading Lawyers Want To Withdraw From FLSA Class Action Against Cannabis Company Because Their Clients Are Incommunicado