The Federal Arbitration Act doesn't require courts to put suits on hold while arbitration is underway, a shipping company said, telling the U.S. Supreme Court it doesn't need to weigh whether the Ninth Circuit correctly tossed a misclassification suit.
A California judge said Monday he'll approve Google's $27 million settlement to end Private Attorneys General Act claims on behalf of roughly 97,000 workers who allege they were illegally required to waive certain speech rights, citing the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency's rare support of the deal.
Uber, Grubhub and DoorDash drivers will start receiving about $18 per hour in New York City after a New York state appellate judge turned down the companies' bids to halt the implementation of a rule imposing the minimum wage.
A California federal judge will not allow Hilton Management LLC to immediately appeal his decision preserving claims that the hotel operator pocketed tips bound for banquet servers, ruling Tuesday that another court would not likely rule that service fees charged to customers weren't tips.
A Massachusetts federal judge reluctantly shipped a wage dispute to arbitration, ruling that a former retail worker was not exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act while bemoaning his obligation to strip the worker of her access to the federal court system.
A translation services company called on a New York federal court to reject a magistrate judge's recommendation that differences in job titles and schedules among the members of a nearly 200-strong proposed class meant they were not similarly situated.
A pair of Del Monte Foods Inc. employees have asked a California federal judge to approve a $2 million settlement to class action wage and hour claims that they often worked through lunch without pay and worked up to 120 days in a row during the peak summer season.
The arbitration pacts that loan officers signed with a mortgage lender require their overtime dispute to be sent out of court, an Ohio federal judge ruled, turning away the workers' claims that they were wrongly only paid sign-on bonuses and commissions.
Epstein Becker Green is expanding its labor practice, bringing on an employment expert who is the former managing partner of the Los Angeles office of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP as a member in its Los Angeles office.
A New Hampshire pizza restaurant paid about $269,000 in tips, damages and fines for pocketing workers' tips and letting a minor work at times the law does not permit, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Tuesday.
A Second Circuit panel appeared unlikely on Tuesday to revive an embattled Broadway producer's antitrust lawsuit challenging his placement on the Actors' Equity Association's "do not work" list, saying it seems clear that the union acted appropriately after actors alleged wage violations and a toxic work environment.
A U.S. Department of Labor rule regulating wages for H-2A workers would make foreign labor unaffordable for employers and increase illegal immigration, a group of ranches and farms told the Fourth Circuit, saying implementation of the rule should be halted.
A Georgia pizza delivery driver failed to estimate on-the-job costs he said he unjustly bore and thus failed to establish that unreimbursed expenses pushed his wages below the federal minimum rate, his former employer argued in a motion to dismiss a proposed collective action.
A New York federal judge denied a bid by the former owner of a closed Manhattan hotel to block a labor arbitration hearing on whether it must make an extra $6 million severance payment, saying there's no imminent threat to its constitutional rights because the award is a ways off.
The U.S. Department of Labor and a Massachusetts furniture store owner the federal government said underpaid and assaulted an employee have agreed to end their wage dispute in a $15,000 settlement.
Former H-2A visa workers alleging that a turf farm avoided paying them overtime by calling them agricultural workers urged a Missouri federal judge to hold the business liable, saying the work was landscaping and it is plainly bound by overtime rules.
The owner and operator of a Montana ranch facility will shell out about $333,000 to end a U.S. Department of Labor suit claiming it paid disabled workers as little as $1.17 an hour, the department said Monday.
A former employee of a company specializing in oil and gas pipeline inspections filed a proposed collective action in Oklahoma federal court alleging that he and his colleagues were only paid flat day rates without overtime compensation in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
The U.S. Department of Labor took two Massachusetts restaurants to court Monday, alleging they hadn't paid their kitchen staff overtime wages despite a $250,000 settlement over similar allegations in 2020.
Two sales representatives told a Georgia federal court they reached a deal in their suit claiming that Verizon subsidiary Verizon Connect Fleet discouraged workers from reporting overtime, ending months of arguing over which venue was proper.
A pair of Massachusetts firefighters filed a proposed class action in federal court on Friday alleging the town of Brookline and its fire department improperly calculated base pay and overtime rates as far back as 2000.
On the eve of a trial, a group of emergency medical technicians and paramedics told a Florida federal court that they reached a settlement with an ambulance service that they accused of not providing overtime.
Ultimate Fighting Championship fighters assailed the company for trying to avoid trial next year on antitrust claims alleging it suppressed wages by up to $1.6 billion through coercive, exclusive contracts and the purchase of rival promoters, telling a Nevada federal judge UFC's arguments for dismissal are deeply contradictory.
Following news of retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's death at the age of 93, current and former high court justices paid public homage to her trailblazing career, devotion to the rule of law and illuminating charisma.
BigLaw attorneys mentored by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who died Friday after a lengthy battle with dementia, say she'll be remembered as an incisive jurist who always put facts and practical considerations above abstract ideological commitments, as well as a deeply gracious and down-to-earth woman who never let her dedication to the law overshadow her zest for life.
An Ohio federal court tossed a lawsuit against Geico claiming that it withheld benefits from its insurance agents by misclassifying them as independent contractors, finding Friday that the former agents don't have standing to bring their claim for benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
Aerospace and defense contractor Collins Aerospace interfered with a worker's state and federal right to take medical leave, the employee alleged, by refusing to allow her to revoke her resignation in lieu of a period of short-term disability leave.
A former associate who complained about sexism at Booz Allen was unlawfully fired when the consulting firm deemed a news article — in which she disclosed that she had been sexually assaulted — breached company policy, she claimed in a federal lawsuit.
In light of shifting federal infrastructure priorities and recent updates to U.S. Department of Labor regulations, employers should take the time to revisit the basics of prevailing wage requirements for federal contractors under the Davis-Bacon Act and similar laws, says Timothy Taylor at Holland & Knight.
To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.
The First Circuit’s recent decision in Marcus v. American Contract Bridge League will help employers navigate the Fair Labor Standards Act's "general business operations" exemption and make the crucial and often confusing decision of whether white collar employees are overtime-exempt administrators or nonexempt frontline producers of products and services, says Mark Tabakman at Fox Rothschild.
Workers under arbitration agreements have gained an edge on their employers by filing floods of tedious and expensive individualized claims, but companies can adapt to this new world of mass arbitration by applying several new strategies that may streamline the dispute-resolution process, says Michael Strauss at Alternative Resolution Centers.
The Second Circuit 's recent decision in Eisenhauer v. Culinary Institute of America reversed a long-held understanding of the Equal Pay Act, ultimately making it easier for employers to defend against equal pay claims brought under federal law, but it is not a clear escape hatch for employers, say Thelma Akpan and Katelyn McCombs at Littler.
A Pennsylvania district court's recent ruling in Walker v. Marathon Petroleum echoes an interesting and growing trend of jurists questioning the need for — and legality of — judicial approval of private Fair Labor Standards Act settlements, which provides more options for parties to efficiently resolve their claims, says Rachael Coe at Moore & Van Allen.
Employers that require arbitration of worker claims under the Federal Arbitration Act should closely follow Bissonnette v. LePage Bakeries as it goes before the U.S. Supreme Court, which could thoroughly expand the definition of “transportation workers” who are exempt from compulsory arbitration and force companies to field more employee disputes in court, says Nick Morisani at Phelps Dunbar.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s recently finalized strategic enforcement plan expresses a renewed commitment to advancing equal pay at a time when employees have unprecedented access to compensation information, highlighting for employers the importance of open communication and ongoing pay equity analyses, say Paul Evans at Baker McKenzie and Christine Hendrickson at Syndio.
The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in Hartstein v. Hyatt, which clarified when the hotel giant had to pay out accrued vacation time after pandemic-prompted temporary layoffs, highlights the importance of whether an employer specifies a return date within the normal pay period, say attorneys at ArentFox Schiff.
Several elite soccer teams sharpened their competitive edges for the 2023 Women's World Cup by focusing on environmental, social and governance issues at home, demonstrating that many industries can use the principles of ESG investing to identify opportunities to increase growth, improve performance and address stakeholders' desires, say attorneys at ArentFox Schiff.
Recent reports of child labor in the U.S. raise significant compliance concerns under state and federal child labor laws, but international business and human rights principles provide tools companies can use to identify, mitigate and remediate the risks, says Tom Plotkin at Covington.
While the Second Circuit’s recent holding in Perry v. City of New York reiterated that the Fair Labor Standards Act obligates employers to pay overtime for off-the-clock work, it recognized circumstances, such as an employee’s failure to report, that allow an employer to disclaim the knowledge element that triggers this obligation, say Robert Whitman and Kyle Winnick at Seyfarth.
While the Third Circuit's August decision in Tyger v. Precision Drilling endorsed the prevailing standard among federal courts regarding time compensability under the Fair Labor Standards Act, it also serves as a reminder that state laws will often find a broader range of activities to be compensable, say Ryan Warden and Craig Long at White and Williams.