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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

Department Store Retailer Defeats Class Certification Of State Wage-Hour Claims And Preemptively Defeats FLSA Certification In Cross-Motion

Plaintiffs seeking to certify a California class of current and former assistant stores managers and other differently titled managers and associates were denied class certification of their state law claims under Rule 23.  Saks, Inc., the operator of high-end retail department stores across the United States, also convinced the district court to grant its preemptive cross-motion seeking to … Continue Reading

Employer Defeats FLSA Conditional Certification of Nationwide Class Of Former Gym Employees Limiting Class To Include Only Those Employees Who Worked in Gym’s South Texas Region

Given the lenient standard of proof required of plaintiffs, experienced wage and hour attorneys agree that employers, in most jurisdictions, fight an uphill battle when trying to defeat conditional certification of a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  When an employer cannot completely defeat a motion for conditional certification, the next best option is to … Continue Reading

SDNY Certifies for Immediate Appeal Its Ruling That Fox Searchlight Interns Were “Employees”

In the spring of 2010, Nancy Leppink, then-acting administrator of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division sent shock waves throughout the employer community and inspired the plaintiff’s wage and hour bar when she told the New York Times “[i]f you’re a for-profit employer or you want to pursue an internship with a for-profit employer, there aren’t going to … Continue Reading

Motion for Conditional Certification Denied When Plaintiff’s Evidence Consists of Unsubstantiated Observations and Hearsay

Supermarket clerk asserting that she and others similarly situated had been denied overtime pay as a result of a time-shaving policy wherein her employer allegedly deducted one hour per day for lunch breaks while she and others were only provided 30 minutes for such breaks was denied conditional certification of her wage and hour claim under the Fair Labor … Continue Reading

SDNY Denies Class And Collective Certification In Pair Of Off-the-Clock Wage and Hour Cases

Generally speaking, certifying an off-the-clock wage and hour class action is quite difficult as the following two consolidated cases in the District Court of the Southern District of New York illustrate.  Personal bankers who sought to bring such an action against Wells Fargo and Wachovia Bank (acquired by Wells Fargo in 2008) were unable to show that they were subjected to … Continue Reading

Second Circuit Upholds FLSA Collective Action Waivers

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its much-anticipated decisions in Sutherland v. Ernst & Young and Raniere v. Citigroup Inc. affirming the use of Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) collective action waivers contained in arbitration agreements. For an excellent summary of the Second Circuit rulings, visit Jackson Lewis’ Wage and Hour … Continue Reading

Chauffeur Transportation Company Defeats Conditional Certification of Class of Drivers Alleging Wage-Hour Violations under the FLSA

Because of a lenient standard of proof imposed on plaintiffs by most courts, employers rarely are successful at defeating motions for conditional certification, the first step of the two-step opt-in class certification process for collective allegations of wage and hour violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  So when an employer does defeat such a motion, it is newsworthy and must be … Continue Reading

Rule 68 Offer of Judgment Does Not Moot Individual FLSA Claim, Notwithstanding Recent SCOTUS Ruling

A Rule 68 offer of judgment affording complete relief to two named plaintiffs and one opt-in plaintiff does not moot the plaintiffs’ individual claims in an action for overtime compensation pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and parallel provisions of the N.Y. Labor Law (“NYLL”) , a federal court ruled on Monday.  Velasquez v. … Continue Reading

District Court Grants Hearst Interns’ Motion for Appeal to Second Circuit

Former unpaid interns at the Hearst Corp. may have their denial of class certification reviewed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  The District Court of the Southern District of New York (Judge Harold Baer, Jr.) granted the interns’ motion to certify the court’s opinion and order of May 8, 2013 denying class … Continue Reading

FLSA Class Decertified; Motion for Class Certification Under Rule 23 Denied Too

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York decertified a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act and denied the plaintiff’s motion for class certification of the state law claims under Rule 23.  Tracy v. NVR, Inc. (W.D.N.Y. 4.29.13).  Plaintiffs alleged that the national home-builder misclassified them as non-exempt sales and marketing … Continue Reading

Exotic Dancers, Other Gentlemen’s Club Employees Denied Conditional Certification

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas (Judge Susan Webber Wright) denied a FLSA 216(b) motion for conditional certification by seven former employees of a strip club in Jacksonville, Arkansas who filed a putative class and collective action against the club’s owners and managers alleging that they had been improperly classified as independent contractors … Continue Reading
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