Federal Judge Dismisses College-Athletes-Are-Employees Claim

A federal judge in Indianapolis this week threw out a lawsuit by student athletes against more than 100 Division I colleges and universities, alleging they were employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) deserving of being paid the minimum wage. U.S. District Court Judge William T. Lawrence ruled against the athletes, writing: “The question is not […]

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FLSA Lawsuits Break Record in 2015

According to the Federal Judicial Center, lawsuits arising from violations of the wage and hour provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) totaled 8,781 in the fiscal year ending this past Sept. 30. That was up from 8,160 in FY 2014, a 7.6 percent increase. Legal observers expect the total to keep rising this […]

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WHD Administrator Issues Joint Employer Interpretation

Wage and Hour Division (WHD) Administrator David Weil yesterday issued guidance on joint employers that will allow more employees to fall under the protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), advising: “When two or more employers jointly employ an employee, the employee’s hours worked for all of the joint employers during the workweek are aggregated and […]

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MLB Lawsuit Attracts 500 Minor League Signatories

Since winning class action certification in October, the lawsuit against Major League Baseball (MLB) over wage-and-hour issues for its minor leaguers has seen some 500 current and former players add their names, including a couple already in the big leagues. “We’re very happy with it,” said Garrett Broshuis, the lawyer handling the case, a former minor-league […]

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WHD Now Demanding Liquidated Damages in Wage-and-Hour Settlements

The Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the wing of the Department of Labor (DOL) that enforces the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), not only has beefed up its membership and its enforcement activities, but is now also demanding liquidated (doubled) damages in its settlements with employers over back wages. The FLSA has always provided for […]

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Death Knell for Uber Next June?

A federal judge in California has set June 20, 2016, as the date to hear a class-action lawsuit challenging ride-sharing service Uber and its driver classification as independent contractors. The lawsuit seeks full employee status with wages, overtime and other labor law rights for Uber drivers who haven’t signed a waiver. The case, O’Connor v. Uber, […]

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Amazon Prime Now Drivers Sue Over Wage and Status Issues

Four former drivers for Amazon’s Prime Now one-hour delivery service have filed suit against the Seattle company, alleging misuse of the independent contractor designation and demanding full pay and overtime privileges under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). “Amazon’s mission to deliver ‘Now’ at no additional cost to its customers is being funded by the […]

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That Was Quick: SCOTUS Denies Home Care Assn. Appeal

Shortly after receiving an appeal from the Home Care Association of America about the rule from the Department of Labor (DOL) extending overtime and minimum wage protections to home care workers associated with third-party employers, U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts said no. Not only did he say no, but he said it with no explanation. […]

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California Protects NFL Cheerleaders’ Wage and Overtime Rights

The San Diego Chargers of the National Football League (NFL) reportedly pay their cheerleaders $75 per game and nothing for rehearsal time, but that will stop in January when a new California law will force teams to adhere to state and federal labor laws regarding minimum wage and overtime. Already, four teams have lost court […]

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DOL Delays Enforcement of Home Care Worker Wage and Overtime Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) Final Rule amending regulations regarding domestic service employment, which extends Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) protections to home care workers employed by third-party providers, had an effective date of Jan. 1, 2015. The department has not begun enforcement of the Final Rule both because of its previously announced time-limited non-enforcement policy and because it […]

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