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ALERT: Senate confirms Acosta as Secretary of Labor

Today the U.S. Senate approved Alexander Acosta as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor by a vote of 60-38.  Click here to read more background information on Acosta.  Acosta’s nomination was previously approved by the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee by a 12-11 party line vote in March. Chief among the issues awaiting Acosta is … Continue Reading

Judge Decertifies Class Based on Plaintiffs’ Differing Accounts of Their Responsibilities

Those who follow developments in wage and hour class actions know that challenges to the exempt status of assistant managers are quite common. Such cases often hinge on a detailed analysis of the actual job duties performed—with the plaintiffs claiming that the entire class performed little or no managerial work and the employer claiming that … Continue Reading

How Does the Supreme Court’s Remand of the Transgender Discrimination Case Impact Wage-and-Hour Class Actions?

On March 6, 2017, the Supreme Court, in a one-sentence summary disposition, remanded the case of Gloucester County Sch. Bd. v. G.G. to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit “for further consideration in light of the guidance document issued by the Department of Education and Department of Justice on February 22, 2017.”  … Continue Reading

Paying Bonuses to Non-Exempt Employees: Avoiding Class-Wide Overtime Violations

Employers generally recognize that their non-exempt employees must receive overtime premiums on their base pay – in most cases, their hourly wage – when they work overtime. However, not all employers are as well attuned to the requirement that overtime premiums may also be required on other, “supplemental” components of compensation to nonexempt employees. Bonuses … Continue Reading

Straightening Out the Fluctuating Hour Workweek: Evaluating the Risks and Benefits of One Method of Overtime Payment

With the Department of Labor’s recent changes to the salary threshold for white-collar exemptions set to take effect on December 1, 2016, many employers are struggling to find the best option for how to comply with the new regulations without breaking the bank. One lesser-known alternative that is receiving increased attention from many companies is the … Continue Reading

11th Circuit Holds Rule 23 Class Actions Can Proceed In Same Suit As FLSA Collective Actions

In a case for minimum wage and overtime claims, the Eleventh Circuit joined the D.C., Second, Third, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits in holding that a state-law Rule 23 class action may be maintained in the same proceeding as a Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) collective action.  Calderone, et. al. v. Scott, No. 2:14-cv-00519-JES-CM (11th Cir. … Continue Reading

Middle District of Florida Finds Certification of FLSA Collective Action and Rule 23 Class Action Claims To Be Inconsistent

In a case for overtime compensation, the Middle District of Florida (Fort Myers Division) held that plaintiffs’ claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 were “mutually exclusive and irreconcilable.” Tamera Goers, et. al. v. L.A. Entertainment Group and Amer Salameh, No. 15-cv-412-FtM-99CM (Aug. 25, 2016). Contending they … Continue Reading

Uber-Frustrating: Tips to Facilitate Approval of Settlements of Class Actions

On April 21, 2016, Uber tried to buy its peace from two class actions in a $100 million settlement with 385,000 putative class members. See O’Connor v. Uber Technologies Inc., 3:13-cv-03826 (N.D. Cal.); Yucesoy v. Uber Technologies Inc., 3:15-cv-00262 (N.D. Cal.).  However, as of July 14, 2016, the class actions still remain open pending court approval … Continue Reading

Seventh Circuit Issues Employer-Friendly Ruling on FLSA Tip Credit

The Fair Labor Standards Act has long provided that an employer may satisfy its federal minimum wage obligations for a tipped employee by applying the employee’s tips as a credit toward the minimum wage and, in doing so, directly pay such employee less than the general minimum wage. If the employer’s wages plus the employee’s … Continue Reading

It’s Summer! Is Your Local Amusement Park or Recreational Establishment Exempt From The FLSA’s Minimum Wage and Overtime Requirements?

Summer is here, which presents the perfect opportunity to discuss one the Fair Labor Standards Act’s lesser-known exemptions, the seasonal amusement or recreational establishment exemption. Conceptually, the exemption is straightforward: an amusement or recreational establishment does not have to comply with minimum wage and overtime regulations if it satisfies one of two tests: 1) it … Continue Reading

Jackson Lewis Class Action Trends Report Summer 2016 Now Available

Below is a link to the latest issue of the Jackson Lewis Class Action Trends Report.  This report is published on a quarterly basis by our firm’s class action practice group in conjunction with Wolters Kluwer.  We hope you will find this issue to be informative and insightful.  Using our considerable experience in defending hundreds of … Continue Reading

Department of Labor’s New Overtime Final Rule Carries Class Action Risk

The U.S. Department of Labor’s new Final Rule as to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s “white collar” exemptions to overtime could open employers up to class action liability as previously exempt employees fail to meet new salary requirements. On May 18, 2016, President Obama and Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez announced the Department of Labor’s … Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Wage-Hour Class Action Where Employees Could Edit Their Own Time Entries

In a case that could be of significant benefit to employers in California and elsewhere around the country, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed a ruling that plaintiffs failed to satisfy the “commonality” requirement essential to a collective action on their wage-hour claim where they had the authority to edit the time entries that … Continue Reading

Jackson Lewis Class Action Trends Report Fall 2015 Now Available

Below is a link to the latest issue of the Jackson Lewis Class Action Trends Report.  This report is published on a quarterly basis by our firm’s class action practice group in conjunction with Wolters Kluwer.  We hope you will find this issue to be informative and insightful.  Using our considerable experience in defending hundreds of … Continue Reading

Sixth Circuit Makes It Harder for Employers to Defeat “Bald Assertions” of Wage Violations in Collective Actions

The Sixth Circuit recently issued a decision in Moran v. Al Basit LLC., No. 14-2335 (6th Cir. June 1, 2015), which will make it more difficult for employers to defeat even vague allegations of wage and hour violations in collective actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). For years, like many other courts, … Continue Reading

Jackson Lewis Class Action Trends Report Summer 2015 Now Available

Below is a link to the latest issue of the Jackson Lewis Class Action Trends Report.  This report is published on a quarterly basis by our firm’s class action practice group in conjunction with Wolters Kluwer.  We hope you will find this issue to be informative and insightful.  Using our considerable experience in defending hundreds of … Continue Reading

Second Circuit Holds “Primary Beneficiary” Test Is Standard To Determine Employee Status Of Unpaid Interns; Likely Dooms Any Unpaid Intern Class and Collective Actions

The Second Circuit today issued two eagerly-anticipated decisions addressing the standard that should be applied to determine whether unpaid interns at a for-profit employer are “employees” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) who are entitled to compensation for their services. Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc., Nos. 13-4478-cv, 13-4481-cv (2d Cir. July 2, 2015); … Continue Reading

Preview To Exemption Regulations: White House Announces Drastic Salary Basis Increase

White House coverage reports that the revamped white collar exemption regulations will be released this week, and will include a salary basis requirement more than double the current federal level. Reports peg the new salary basis requirement at $50,440 per year, or $970/week, with future adjustment linked to the 40th percentile of income. This news … Continue Reading

Tips To Avoid Wage-Hour Class Actions In The Hospitality Industry

The hospitality industry continues to be hard hit by wage-and-hour class actions. Because both federal and state wage and hour laws are filled with exacting requirements, here are some of the most common claims made in wage and hour class actions against the hospitality industry and some of the actions an employer can take to … Continue Reading

Sixth Circuit Affirms that, for Executive Exemption to Apply, Class of Employees Must Do More than Merely Carry Out Supervisors’ Orders Regarding Hiring and Firing

In a recent decision, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued helpful guidance to employers – albeit in a decision in favor of a class of employees – as to what responsibilities employees must have in order to satisfy the executive exemption to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). To satisfy the executive exemption, employees … Continue Reading

Denying Motion for Conditional Certification, Court Says FLSA Notice and Opt-In Process Is Not A Discovery Device

The District Court for the Southern District of New York refused to conditionally certify a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) acknowledging that although the bar for conditional certification of a FLSA collective action is low, “it is not this low.”  Sanchez v. JMP Ventures, LLC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14980 (S.D.N.Y. … Continue Reading

Jackson Lewis California Employment Class Action Summit, Feb. 26, 2014, The Pacific Club, Newport Beach

On February 26, 2014, Jackson Lewis will host its California Employment Class Action Summit at The Pacific Club in Newport Beach, CA.  Experienced Jackson Lewis class action litigators will present on a variety of topics including: Developing the Initial Defense Strategy Reviewing the Complaint Early Strategic Considerations Key Strategies in Defeating Class & Collective Certification in Employment Litigation Viability and … Continue Reading

Jackson Lewis Class Action Summit 2013 in NYC

On November 8, 2013, Jackson Lewis held its Employment Class Action Summit: Key Strategies for Defending Class Actions at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.  The purpose of the event was to inform attendees of the significant trends in employment class action litigation and offer key pre- and post-litigation defense strategies.  Experienced Jackson Lewis class action litigators … Continue Reading
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