Uber, Grubhub and DoorDash drivers will start receiving about $18 per hour in New York City after a New York state appellate judge turned down the companies' bids to halt the implementation of a rule imposing the minimum wage.
Pay transparency compliance data from Colorado, Washington state and New York City reveals how government agencies are prioritizing giving employers a second chance before wielding penalties while also managing the challenge of counting on vulnerable job applicants for tips, attorneys say.
Members of the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections scrutinized the U.S. Department of Labor's proposed rule raising the salary threshold to exempt employees from overtime under federal law, with the subcommittee's chair calling it "poorly conceived" and an "end-run around the Constitution" during a hearing Wednesday.
On the eve of a trial, a group of emergency medical technicians and paramedics told a Florida federal court that they reached a settlement with an ambulance service that they accused of not providing overtime.
Ultimate Fighting Championship fighters assailed the company for trying to avoid trial next year on antitrust claims alleging it suppressed wages by up to $1.6 billion through coercive, exclusive contracts and the purchase of rival promoters, telling a Nevada federal judge UFC's arguments for dismissal are deeply contradictory.
Following news of retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's death at the age of 93, current and former high court justices paid public homage to her trailblazing career, devotion to the rule of law and illuminating charisma.
BigLaw attorneys mentored by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who died Friday after a lengthy battle with dementia, say she'll be remembered as an incisive jurist who always put facts and practical considerations above abstract ideological commitments, as well as a deeply gracious and down-to-earth woman who never let her dedication to the law overshadow her zest for life.
An Ohio federal court tossed a lawsuit against Geico claiming that it withheld benefits from its insurance agents by misclassifying them as independent contractors, finding Friday that the former agents don't have standing to bring their claim for benefits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
Aerospace and defense contractor Collins Aerospace interfered with a worker's state and federal right to take medical leave, the employee alleged, by refusing to allow her to revoke her resignation in lieu of a period of short-term disability leave.
A former associate who complained about sexism at Booz Allen was unlawfully fired when the consulting firm deemed a news article — in which she disclosed that she had been sexually assaulted — breached company policy, she claimed in a federal lawsuit.
An ex-server in New York City may proceed with claims that his former employer provided inaccurate wage statements, as a New York federal judge ruled that he sufficiently alleged that deficient paystubs prevented him from discovering or redressing wage underpayments.
A worker asked a California federal court to approve a $1.05 million settlement with online car dealer Carvana, saying the deal is the best way to end his proposed wage and hour class action that could cover more than 1,200 workers.
A New York federal judge agreed to reconsider a decision to toss an unpaid overtime claim a driver brought against a beer distributor in a proposed class action, agreeing that a more recent Second Circuit decision warranted reversing the company's earlier win.
A Pennsylvania magistrate judge approved a $300,000 settlement between a Philadelphia-based orchestra and a musicians' union, resolving the union's claims that the orchestra owed wages and benefits contributions for a holiday program in 2022.
A former McDermott Will & Emery LLP partner who lives in Israel has sued the firm in Illinois state court, claiming it unlawfully refused to give him the pay raise it planned for U.S. income partners in 2022.
This week, the Second Circuit will hear a Broadway producer's attempt to revive his lawsuit claiming the Actors' Equity Association launched an illegal boycott against him after a labor dispute over a show. Here, Law360 explores this and other major labor and employment cases on the docket in New York.
Physicians' groups will ask the Sixth Circuit to reinstate their suit claiming the federal government is illegally forcing them to provide gender transition-related care, while American Airlines pilots will try to get their military leave class action back on track at the Third Circuit. Here, Law360 looks at three appellate argument sessions that should be on benefits attorneys' radar in December.
Bank of America flouted federal and state laws by misclassifying mortgage loan officers as overtime-exempt even though they neither received a salary nor performed administrative duties, a group of workers said in a proposed class and collective action in North Carolina federal court.
Delivery drivers for Bob's Discount Furniture and its delivery provider urged a New Jersey federal judge not to toss their unpaid overtime class action, saying the companies can't skirt their obligations to pay fair wages because they were the drivers' joint employers.
Many of the hotly divided cases at the U.S. Supreme Court came down to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a central force on the bench whose savviness at striking compromises and taking a pragmatic approach to resolve disputes is on full display in four opinions.
A Michigan housing commission will pay about $107,000 in back wages, damages and fines for misclassifying 32 employees as independent contractors, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Friday.
A Delaware Superior Court judge has affirmed an unemployment board's decision denying an ex-Morris James LLP paralegal a year's worth of unemployment benefits after he agreed to leave the firm amid claims that he was retaliated against after he accused one of its partners of misconduct.
In the coming week, attorneys should keep an eye out for oral arguments at the Ninth Circuit in a proposed racial discrimination class action against Uber. Here's a look at that case and other labor and employment matters on deck in California.
A Southwestern cowgirl who will always be known as the first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor inspired those around her with an indomitable work ethic, a deep affection for public service and an innate ability to drive consensus among her colleagues.
A California federal judge gave initial approval to a $30 million deal resolving a 15-year dispute between Jan-Pro and more than 2,000 janitorial workers alleging they were misclassified as independent contractors by the company.
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the court's first female member, died Friday at 93, according to the court. Justice O'Connor's position at the ideological center of the court gave her outsized influence in controversial cases during her 25-year tenure.
A Chicago juice bar can't dodge a former cashier's case claiming it ignored her numerous complaints about a colleague's unwanted sexual advances and failed to pay her minimum wage, an Illinois federal judge ruled Thursday, saying the company's factual disputes were brought up prematurely.
A California state court certified a class of roughly 350 marijuana dispensary workers who claim they were denied the minimum wages, overtime and meal periods guaranteed under state law, ruling that the workers presented sufficient evidence that the alleged underpayments were the result of common policies.
Workers under arbitration agreements have gained an edge on their employers by filing floods of tedious and expensive individualized claims, but companies can adapt to this new world of mass arbitration by applying several new strategies that may streamline the dispute-resolution process, says Michael Strauss at Alternative Resolution Centers.
The Second Circuit 's recent decision in Eisenhauer v. Culinary Institute of America reversed a long-held understanding of the Equal Pay Act, ultimately making it easier for employers to defend against equal pay claims brought under federal law, but it is not a clear escape hatch for employers, say Thelma Akpan and Katelyn McCombs at Littler.
A Pennsylvania district court's recent ruling in Walker v. Marathon Petroleum echoes an interesting and growing trend of jurists questioning the need for — and legality of — judicial approval of private Fair Labor Standards Act settlements, which provides more options for parties to efficiently resolve their claims, says Rachael Coe at Moore & Van Allen.
Employers that require arbitration of worker claims under the Federal Arbitration Act should closely follow Bissonnette v. LePage Bakeries as it goes before the U.S. Supreme Court, which could thoroughly expand the definition of “transportation workers” who are exempt from compulsory arbitration and force companies to field more employee disputes in court, says Nick Morisani at Phelps Dunbar.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s recently finalized strategic enforcement plan expresses a renewed commitment to advancing equal pay at a time when employees have unprecedented access to compensation information, highlighting for employers the importance of open communication and ongoing pay equity analyses, say Paul Evans at Baker McKenzie and Christine Hendrickson at Syndio.
The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in Hartstein v. Hyatt, which clarified when the hotel giant had to pay out accrued vacation time after pandemic-prompted temporary layoffs, highlights the importance of whether an employer specifies a return date within the normal pay period, say attorneys at ArentFox Schiff.
Several elite soccer teams sharpened their competitive edges for the 2023 Women's World Cup by focusing on environmental, social and governance issues at home, demonstrating that many industries can use the principles of ESG investing to identify opportunities to increase growth, improve performance and address stakeholders' desires, say attorneys at ArentFox Schiff.
Recent reports of child labor in the U.S. raise significant compliance concerns under state and federal child labor laws, but international business and human rights principles provide tools companies can use to identify, mitigate and remediate the risks, says Tom Plotkin at Covington.
While the Second Circuit’s recent holding in Perry v. City of New York reiterated that the Fair Labor Standards Act obligates employers to pay overtime for off-the-clock work, it recognized circumstances, such as an employee’s failure to report, that allow an employer to disclaim the knowledge element that triggers this obligation, say Robert Whitman and Kyle Winnick at Seyfarth.
While the Third Circuit's August decision in Tyger v. Precision Drilling endorsed the prevailing standard among federal courts regarding time compensability under the Fair Labor Standards Act, it also serves as a reminder that state laws will often find a broader range of activities to be compensable, say Ryan Warden and Craig Long at White and Williams.
Under a recently enacted New York statute, wage theft is considered a form of larceny under the state's penal law, and prosecutors can seek even stronger penalties against violators — so all employers are well advised to pay close and careful attention to compliance with their wage payment obligations, say Paxton Moore and Robert Whitman at Seyfarth.
Piece-rate compensation can encourage worker efficiency and productivity, but California has special rules for employers that use this type of pay plan, so careful execution and clear communication with employees is essential for maintaining compliance, says Ashley Paynter at Riley Safer.
A recently unveiled rule from the U.S. Department of Labor would increase the salary threshold for Fair Labor Standards Act overtime exemptions, and while the planned changes are not the law just yet, employers should start thinking about the best ways to position their organizations for compliance in the future, say Brodie Erwin and Sarah Spangenburg at Kilpatrick.