State Wage & Hour Laws

In FLSA collective action cases, there has been a doctrine of law prevalent for a number of years. Federal claims and state law claims are not compatible and cannot be maintained in the same lawsuit.  I have successfully moved to sever New Jersey state claims when made components of a FLSA action.  What that does

I have been representing an employer in a class action in which Registered Nurses, paid hourly, sought overtime.  We won on summary judgment at the trial court, on the strength of two New Jersey Department of Labor Opinion Letters (one going back to 1975), that held that it was the DOL’s interpretation that as long

After a three-week jury trial, Southern New England Telephone Company has won a verdict finding that employees who were titled as field managers and classified as exempt, were in fact exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state law.  This case is significant because, as a rule, first-level managers are often in reality “working

On September 19, 2011, the leaders of the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”), Internal Revenue Service, and eleven state agencies entered into a “memo of understanding” to work together to “end the practice of misclassifying employees” as independent contractors.  The participating agencies claim that some employers classify their workers as independent contractors, rather than as

In an interesting case, the Fifth Circuit has addressed the issue of whether an employer may take, as an offset, severance payments that were given to an employee under a severance agreement, against an allegation that the employee is due overtime pay.  The Court rejected the employer’s attempt for offset, holding explicitly that such attempts,

On May 9, 2011, a group of Yankee Stadium food service workers filed a complaint in the Southern District of New York alleging that the stadium’s concession providers withheld tips in violation of the New York Labor Law (“NY Labor Law”). The workers allege that the concession providers at the new and old Yankee stadiums

When piece-rate workers work more than forty hours, the Fair Labor Standards Act has developed a formula for determining and computing their overtime pay.  It is first essential, however, to realize that such workers are due overtime and to understand that workers who work “with their hands” such as mechanics or technicians, are entitled to