U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Well, it finally happened. A Texas federal judge struck down the Obama Administration’s proposed changes to the FLSA overtime regulations, which would have made millions of more people eligible for overtime. The Court’s theory was that the U.S. Department of Labor used a salary level test that was excessive in determining whether workers should be

Usually, in FLSA cases, no emotional damages are allowable in retaliation cases.  Perhaps that inviolate principle is now changing.  In an important case, the Fifth Circuit has recently held that “an employee may recover for emotional injury resulting from retaliation” under the Fair Labor Standards Act in Pineda, et al. v. JTCH Apartments LLC. 

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The DOL filed an appeal of the lower court’s granting an injunction staying the implementation of the new overtime regulations.  Now, as expected, frankly, the agency has requested that the Fifth Circuit expedite these proceedings.  The agency claims that the delay has denied giving additional pay (i.e. overtime) to millions of workers.

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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,