Wage & Hour

  • July 08, 2024

    State Pay Equity Laws May Ease Path For EEOC Salary Survey

    While the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's first attempt to collect salary details from employers faced strong headwinds, experts said the proliferation of state-level pay transparency mandates may make a fresh wage data collection effort an easier lift for businesses.

  • July 08, 2024

    Mass. Court Tosses School Nurses' Breaks Suit

    A Massachusetts appeals panel kept a trial court's decision tossing two school nurses' suit claiming unpaid meal breaks, saying the duo was paid for the breaks they spent while remaining on school grounds.

  • July 08, 2024

    Medical Co. Worker Asks 9th Circ. Not To Revive Arbitral Bid

    A worker asked the Ninth Circuit on Monday to uphold a lower court's determination that her wage claims against a medical product seller are exempt from federal arbitration law, saying a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling clarifying who qualifies for the exemption supports keeping her claims in court.

  • July 08, 2024

    Chevron Irrelevant To Independent Contractor Rule, DOL Says

    The U.S. Department of Labor pressed a Texas federal court to toss a suit challenging its independent contractor rule, saying that the rule doesn't hurt the trade groups seeking to invalidate it and that the U.S. Supreme Court's recent Chevron decision doesn't move the needle.

  • July 08, 2024

    PAGA Reforms Mark New Era In Calif. Labor Law, Attys Say

    Recently enacted reforms to California's Private Attorneys General Act will likely curb the recent surge in multimillion-dollar PAGA settlements and help employers "stop the bleeding," legal experts told Law360, but the amendments are also likely to spur further litigation over newly created ambiguities in the novel Golden State statute.

  • July 08, 2024

    NJ Says State Temp Worker Law Doesn't Conflict With ERISA

    The State of New Jersey urged a federal judge to keep in place the equal benefits provision of its law codifying protections for temporary workers, arguing it is not superseded by ​the Employee Retirement Income Security Act because employers can satisfy the state law without altering ERISA plans.

  • July 08, 2024

    K&L Gates Labor Atty Moves To Cozen O'Connor In Pittsburgh

    Cozen O'Connor expanded its Pittsburgh office this week with the addition of an attorney with nearly two decades of experience in labor and employment law, who moved his practice after more than five years with K&L Gates LLP.

  • July 08, 2024

    DOL Hits Economic Development Co. With Wage Suit

    A company specializing in technology, real estate, energy and healthcare denied workers their full wages and failed to pay some workers any wages, the U.S. Department of Labor alleged in a complaint filed in Kansas federal court Monday.

  • July 08, 2024

    HR Chief Says Conn. City Cut Pay Without Explanation

    Officials in the city of Derby, Connecticut, flouted the municipal human resources director's contractual and constitutional rights when they reduced her annual compensation in March without explanation, according to a lawsuit in federal court.

  • July 08, 2024

    Rig Worker Tells 4th Circ. Oil Co. Not Part Of Arbitration Pact

    An oil and gas exploration and production company cannot try to involve itself in an arbitration pact that doesn't extend to it, a rig worker told the Fourth Circuit, arguing that his misclassification suit should stay in court.

  • July 08, 2024

    EEOC Floats Plan To Reinstate Pay Data Collection

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is working on reinstalling a shelved data collection initiative aimed at tackling pay inequity by surveying employers for salary details, according to the regulatory agenda of the administration of President Joe Biden.

  • July 08, 2024

    Biggest Wage Legislation Of 2024 So Far

    U.S. cities and states led the way on legislation addressing pay protections for workers in the first half of the year, while federal wage and hour legislation stalled in a divided Congress. Here, Law360 explores the biggest wage and hour legislation of 2024 so far.

  • July 05, 2024

    How Reshaped Circuit Courts Are Faring At The High Court

    Seminal rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court's latest term will reshape many facets of American society in the coming years. Already, however, the rulings offer glimpses of how the justices view specific circuit courts, which have themselves been reshaped by an abundance of new judges.

  • July 05, 2024

    Breaking Down The Vote: The High Court Term In Review

    The U.S. Supreme Court's lethargic pace of decision-making this term left the justices to issue a slew of highly anticipated and controversial rulings during the term's final week — rulings that put the court's ideological divisions on vivid display. Here, Law360 takes a data dive into the numbers behind this court term.

  • July 05, 2024

    High Court Flexes Muscle To Limit Administrative State

    The U.S. Supreme Court's dismantling of a 40-year-old judicial deference doctrine, coupled with rulings stripping federal agencies of certain enforcement powers and exposing them to additional litigation, has established the October 2023 term as likely the most consequential in administrative law history.

  • July 05, 2024

    The Sharpest Dissents From The Supreme Court Term

    The U.S. Supreme Court's session ended with a series of blockbuster cases that granted the president broad immunity, changed federal gun policy and kneecapped administrative agencies. And many of the biggest decisions fell along partisan lines.

  • July 05, 2024

    5 Moments That Shaped The Supreme Court's Jan. 6 Decision

    When the high court limited the scope of a federal obstruction statute used to charge hundreds of rioters who stormed the Capitol, the justices did not vote along ideological lines. In a year marked by 6-3 splits, what accounts for the departure? Here are some moments from oral arguments that may have swayed the justices.

  • July 05, 2024

    The Funniest Moments Of The Supreme Court's Term

    In a U.S. Supreme Court term teeming with serious showdowns, the august air at oral arguments filled with laughter after an attorney mentioned her plastic surgeon and a justice seemed to diss his colleagues, to cite just two of the term's mirthful moments. Here, we look at the funniest moments of the term.

  • July 05, 2024

    Trucking Cos.' Suit Against Contractor Rule Put On Ice

    A Louisiana federal judge stayed five business groups' challenge to a U.S. Department of Labor final rule determining which workers are independent contractors or employees under federal law while the companies appeal the court's denial of a preliminary injunction to the Fifth Circuit.

  • July 05, 2024

    The Firms That Won Big At The Supreme Court

    This U.S. Supreme Court term featured high-stakes oral arguments on issues including gerrymandering, abortion and federal agency authority, and a hot bench ever more willing to engage in a lengthy back-and-forth with advocates. Here's a look at the law firms that argued the most cases and how they fared.

  • July 05, 2024

    Farmworkers Union Wins Partial Block Of DOL Wage Rules

    A Washington federal judge partly blocked U.S. Department of Labor rules on prevailing wage rates that a union claimed depressed farmworkers' wages, saying the agency failed to consider effects on workers and must reinstate wage rates from 2020.

  • July 05, 2024

    NY Forecast: Judge Weighs Dismissal Of Service Fee Tip Suit

    A New York federal judge on Monday will consider a Long Island restaurant's bid to dismiss a worker's lawsuit claiming the restaurant violated federal and state law by retaining a service charge instead of dividing it among servers as it told customers.

  • July 03, 2024

    Wage Ballot Proposal Withdrawals Show Deals Are Possible

    Eleventh-hour deals to keep proposed ballot measures in California and Massachusetts from going to voters show that some wage and hour issues are significant enough for companies and worker advocates to reach compromises, attorneys said. Here, Law360 explores those recent deals.

  • July 03, 2024

    Sandy Cleanup Workers Agree To End Prevailing Wage Suit

    Five workers told a New Jersey federal judge they agreed to put to rest their suit against a disaster recovery company and a waterfront building company claiming they should have been paid prevailing wages while clearing roadways and waterways in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

  • July 03, 2024

    Wage Suit Can Be Arbitrated Under Justices' Ruling, Co. Says

     A medical product seller urged the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to reverse a lower court's determination that a worker is exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act, saying the wage claims should still be sent to arbitration under a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling clarifying which employees qualify for the exemption.

Expert Analysis

  • Where Justices Stand On Chevron Doctrine Post-Argument

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    Following recent oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court, at least four justices appear to be in favor of overturning the long-standing Chevron deference, and three justices seem ready to uphold it, which means the ultimate decision may rest on Chief Justice John Roberts' vote, say Wayne D'Angelo and Zachary Lee at Kelley Drye.

  • Calif. High Court Ruling Outlines Limits On PAGA Actions

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    While the California Supreme Court’s ruling last week in Estrada v. Royalty Carpet Mills held that courts cannot dismiss Private Attorneys General Act claims on manageability grounds, the opinion also details how claims can be narrowed, providing a road map for defendants facing complex actions, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

  • NY Pay Frequency Cases May Soon Be A Thing Of The Past

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    Two recent developments in New York state have unfurled to suggest that the high tide of frequency-of-pay lawsuits may soon recede, giving employers the upper hand when defending against threatened or pending claims, say attorneys at Reed Smith.

  • A Focused Statement Can Ease Employment Mediation

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    Given the widespread use of mediation in employment cases, attorneys should take steps to craft mediation statements that efficiently assist the mediator by focusing on key issues, strengths and weaknesses of a claim, which can flag key disputes and barriers to a settlement, says Darren Rumack at Klein & Cardali.

  • How To Start Applying DOL's Independent Contractor Test

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    Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor finalized a worker classification rule that helpfully includes multiple factors that employers can leverage to systematically evaluate the economic realities of working relationships, says Elizabeth Arnold and Samantha Stelman at Berkeley Research Group.

  • PAGA Turns 20: An Employer Road Map For Managing Claims

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    As California’s Private Attorneys General Act turns 20, the arbitrability of individual and representative claims remains relatively unsettled — but employers can potentially avoid litigation involving both types of claims by following guidance from the California Supreme Court’s Adolph v. Uber ruling, say attorneys at Mintz.

  • Water Cooler Talk: Insights On Noncompetes From 'The Office'

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    Troutman Pepper’s Tracey Diamond, Evan Gibbs, Constance Brewster and Jim Earle compare scenarios from “The Office” to the complex world of noncompetes and associated tax issues, as employers are becoming increasingly hesitant to look to noncompete provisions amid a potential federal ban.

  • 3 Compliance Reminders For Calif. Employers In 2024

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    As we enter into the new year, several recent updates to California employment law — including minimum wage and sick leave requirements — necessitate immediate compliance actions for employers, says Daniel Pyne at Hopkins & Carley.

  • Compliance Refresher Amid DOL Child Labor Crackdown

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    In light of the Labor Department’s recent announcement of new penalty assessment procedures for child labor law violations, Erica MacDonald and Sylvia Bokyung St. Clair at Faegre Drinker discuss what employers should know about the department’s continued focus on this issue and how to bolster compliance efforts.

  • Top 10 Employer Resolutions For 2024

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    From technological leaps to sea changes in labor policy to literal sea changes, 2024 provides opportunities for employers to face big-picture questions that will shape their business for years to come, say Allegra Lawrence-Hardy and Lisa Haldar at Lawrence & Bundy.

  • Top 10 Whistleblowing And Retaliation Events Of 2023

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and federal and state courts made 2023 another groundbreaking year for whistleblower litigation and retaliation developments, including the SEC’s massive whistleblower awards, which are likely to continue into 2024 and further incentivize individuals to submit tips, say attorneys at Proskauer.

  • Navigating Issues Around NY Freelancer Pay Protection Bill

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    New York’s recently signed Freelance Isn’t Free Act was designed to protect freelance workers, but leaves business to navigate challenges such as unclear coverage, vague contract terms and potentially crushing penalties, says Richard Reibstein at Locke Lord.

  • The Key To Defending Multistate Collective FLSA Claims

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    Federal circuit courts are split on the reach of a court's jurisdiction over out-of-state employers in Fair Labor Standards Act collective actions, but until the U.S. Supreme Court agrees to review the question, multistate employers should be aware of a potential case-changing defense, say Matthew Disbrow and Michael Dauphinais at Honigman.