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More Challenges From Hurricane Sandy: Wage-Hour Issues And Related Matters
Posted on 2 Nov 2012 by Fisher & Phillips LLP

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... Read More

Compensable Working Time : FLSA :: Disability : Pre-2009 ADA
Posted on 15 Oct 2015 by Jon Hyman

Think back to when you took your SATs, many years ago—number-2 pencils, plastic school chairs and laminate-topped desks, florescent lights, nervous sweat, and, the bane of many a high-schooler, the analogies that comprise so much of the SAT’s... Read More

Will Home Care Workers Finally Get FLSA Protection?
Posted on 17 Aug 2012 by Abbey Spanier

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"... Read More

Is Anyone Still Using Unpaid Interns?
Posted on 15 Sep 2015 by Jon Hyman

I’ve cautioning about the use of unpaid interns almost as long as this blog has been a blog ( here , here , and here , for example). Last week, the 11th Circuit, in Schumann v. Collier Anesthesia [pdf] , became the third federal appellate court... Read More

Are Paralegals Entitled to Overtime Under the FLSA? Probably.
Posted on 27 Oct 2015 by Eric Meyer

Last Friday, I had the honor and privilege of presenting at the Philadelphia Association of Paralegals’ Education Conference . The class was essentially a primer on the basics of employment law, during which I emphasized both the types of claims... Read More

Three Minor Leaguers Claim Major League Baseball Violated the Fair Labor Standards Act
Posted on 14 Feb 2014 by Eric Meyer

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... Read More

Will The President's Immigration Initiative Spur FLSA Claims?
Posted on 12 Dec 2014 by Fisher & Phillips LLP

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... Read More

Department of Labor Publishes New FLSA Rules Clarifying Tip Credit Rules and Limiting Use of the Fluctuating Workweek
Posted on 15 Apr 2011 by Williams Mullen

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... Read More

Volunteer Firefighters are Employees for Purposes of Federal Law, Sixth Circuit Holds
Posted on 21 Aug 2013 by Barran Liebman LLP

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... Read More

KPMG Audit Associates Win Conditional Class Certification in FLSA Action
Posted on 31 Jan 2012 by Abbey Spanier

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 subscribers ], U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon issued an order conditionally certifying... Read More

What is Retaliation in the Second Circuit Under the FLSA?
Posted on 21 May 2015 by Sheppard Mullin

by Kevin Smith and Ryan Duffy On April 20, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a long-standing precedent when it held in Greathouse v. JHS Security Inc. that an internal oral complaint could be sufficient to demonstrate... Read More

Supreme Court Rules Drug Company Sales Employees Are Not Entitled to Overtime Pay
Posted on 20 Jun 2012 by Edwin Hopson

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"... Read More

Another Court Adopts "Primary Beneficiary" Internship Analysis
Posted on 25 Sep 2015 by Fisher & Phillips LLP

We reported in July that the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (with jurisdiction over Connecticut, New York, and Vermont) laid out seven non-exhaustive factors as part of a "primary beneficiary" analysis for evaluating whether unpaid interns... Read More

Must Employers Pay Salaried Workers for Time Not Worked Under the FLSA?
Posted on 11 Oct 2013 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

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... Read More

SCOTUS Returns to Unanswered Question from Symczyk
Posted on 20 May 2015 by Philip Miles

Remember the FLSA "pick-off" case? In Genesis Healthcare v. Symczyk, the Court held that if an FLSA collective action becomes moot as to the only plaintiff (before additional plaintiffs were added), then the entire claim becomes moot (and the... Read More