U.S. High Court Hears Arguments in Appeal Over FLSA, Verbal Complaints (Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp.)

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Both written and verbal complaints are allowed under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the attorney representing a former plastics company employee argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on October 13 ( Kevin Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation , No. 09-834...

Department of Labor Publishes New FLSA Rules Clarifying Tip Credit Rules and Limiting Use of the Fluctuating Workweek

by: David C. Burton & Igor M. Babichenko On April 5, 2011, the Department of Labor ("DOL") published a final rule [1] updating the regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"). The final rule, which will take effect on May 5, 2011, is particularly significant to...

Fourth Circuit Authorizes Retaliation by Prospective Employers Against FLSA Claimants

In a significant employment law case, the Fourth Circuit ruled last Friday that an employer may decline employment to a prospective employees due to her having made FLSA charges against a previous employer. The case, decided 2-1 over a strong dissent from Judge King, is Dellinger v. Science Applications...

Off-Clock Work: "Flintstone" Laws in a "Buck Rogers" World

It seems like such an insignificant little case, but it's really a can of exploding snakes . An Illinois woman who was terminated after she was caught working during her lunch period has won her claim for unemployment. (The employer said that she was not terminated for working but for her...

KPMG Audit Associates Win Conditional Class Certification in FLSA Action

On January 3, 2012, in Pippins v. KPMG LLP , 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 949 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 3, 2012) [ an enhanced version of this opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers ], U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon issued an order conditionally certifying a national collective action against KPMG LLP,...

Supreme Court Rules Drug Company Sales Employees Are Not Entitled to Overtime Pay

In Christopher et al. v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., d/b/a Glasxosmithkline , 567 U.S. ___ (2012), No. 11-204, decided June 18, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, ruled that certain drug sales employees are to be treated as "outside salesmen" under the Fair Labor Standards Act ...

Will Home Care Workers Finally Get FLSA Protection?

Under the current version of the Fair Labor Standards Act (the "FLSA"), workers that provide companionship services, including home health care workers, are exempt from wage and overtime compensation requirements (the "companionship exemption"). On December 15, 2011, the United States...

More Challenges From Hurricane Sandy: Wage-Hour Issues And Related Matters

by John E. Thompson In thinking-through and implementing their recovery plans in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, employers will want to review our August post summarizing a number of federal Fair Labor Standards Act issues that typically arise following a natural disaster. Readers will recall our...

The 6th Circuit and the FLSA: Shortening the Time to Sue

Employers have used employment agreements to attempt to control the when and where of actions brought by employees. The courts have been receptive to the waiver of the right to sue in court where the forum provided, usually arbitration, is procedurally fair and provides the employee with safeguards....

Volunteer Firefighters are Employees for Purposes of Federal Law, Sixth Circuit Holds

Last week, a divided Sixth Circuit panel determined that "volunteer" firefighters who receive $15 per hour are employees for purposes of federal employment laws. Mendel v. City of Gibraltar , __ F3d __, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 16922 (6th Cir, Aug 15, 2013) [ an enhanced version of this opinion...

Must Employers Pay Salaried Workers for Time Not Worked Under the FLSA?

by Keisha N. Jackson Riddle me (you) this: A salaried employee has worked for your company for just two weeks. He gets sick and misses one full day of work. He has accrued a small number of hours in his leave bank but not enough to cover the whole day. Are you obligated to pay the employee for the...

Three Minor Leaguers Claim Major League Baseball Violated the Fair Labor Standards Act

When you think of minor league baseball, you may draw on movies like Bull Durham or The Rookie ; long bus trips from stadium to stadium where teams play in front of small crowds for small pay. Well, apparently, the pay may be small enough to trigger a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act As...

What Is It Exactly That President Obama Wants to Do to the FLSA?

So, by now, you've likely read the news, first reported on Wednesday night by The New York Times reporters Michael Shear and Steven Greenhouse that "Obama Will Seek Broad Expansion of Overtime Pay" . Messrs. Shear and Greenhouse indicated that, yesterday, President Barack Obama was to...

Ninth Circuit Rules That Twombly Standard of Specificity Applies to FLSA Pleadings

by Gregg Fisch and Ryan Duffy On November 12, 2014, in Greg Landers v. Quality Communications Inc. [ an enhanced version of this opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers ], the Ninth Circuit clarified a previously unsettled point of law by confirming that Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) pleadings...

Will The President's Immigration Initiative Spur FLSA Claims?

Lurking among the numerous considerations raised by President Obama's "immigration accountability" initiative are the prospects that this action will result in more allegations by or on behalf of the affected individuals that they have not been paid in compliance with the federal Fair Labor...