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U.S. High Court Hears Arguments In Appeal Over FLSA, Verbal Complaints

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) 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 Oct. 13 ( Kevin Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation , No...

Department of Labor's 'Bridge to Justice' Will Likely Lead to More Lawsuits Against Employers

Effective December 13, 2010, an unprecedented joint "Bridge to Justice" initiative between the U.S. Department of Labor and the American Bar Association will assist plaintiffs in obtaining legal counsel for claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and the Family and Medical Leave Act...

U.S. Supreme Court Makes It Easier To Sue Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court made it easier to haul businesses into court on Tuesday, ruling that investors can sue them for purposefully withholding damaging information about a product and that employees can sue them for retaliation without having to make a written complaint. The court...

U.S. Supreme Court: Labor Complaints May Be Filed Orally

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) anti-retaliation provision applies to complaints that are filed orally and written, the U.S. Supreme Court majority ruled March 22 ( Kevin Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation , No. 09-834, U.S. Sup.). ...

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Overtime For Pharmaceutical Reps

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) Pharmaceutical sales representatives, or "detailers," "tout" drugs to doctors but do not actually engage in sales as defined in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and thus are entitled to overtime pay, an attorney representing a class of sales representatives...

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 ...

Littler Mendelson on Employment Law Class Actions, Second Edition, Just Released

Written by the attorneys of Littler's Class Action Practice Group, Employment Law Class Actions provides a comprehensive review of the strategic, procedural and legal issues that arise in such matters. The Second Edition includes an extensive expansion and reorganization of the publication and features...

High Court Considers Whether Offer Of Judgment Moots Collective Action

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) An employer's offer of judgment in an amount representing alleged unpaid wages plus attorney fees, costs and expenses under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 68 to an employee who brought a collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) moots the collective...