Tag Archives: Overtime

Supreme Court Holds that "Mere Presence" of FLSA Collective-Action Claims Cannot Save a Lawsuit Where Named Plaintiff's Individual Claims Are Moot

Guest Author: Lindsey Marcus Some good news for employers. In a recent 5-4 opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court held that collective-action claims brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) are moot when the named plaintiff has no continuing personal interest in the outcome of the lawsuit and no motion for conditional certification has been … Continue Reading

Family Dollar Settles Store Manager Overtime Claim

On September 12, 2012, Family Dollar announced that it will pay up to $14 million to settle a class action in the Southern District of New York.  Similar to other class actions filed against Family Dollar over the years, New York store managers claimed that the Company failed to pay them overtime.  Although the agreement … Continue Reading

Overtime Included in Back-Pay Award Under FMLA

While we generally look at overtime as a “wage and hour” issue, I am once again reminded of how overtime is connected to other employment statutes.  Recently, on an issue of first impression, the First Circuit found that the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows a prevailing plaintiff to recover lost overtime as part … Continue Reading

Court Rejects Challenge to DOL's Interpretation That Mortgage Loan Officers are Non-exempt

I wanted to give our readers a quick update on the status of mortgage loan officers.  In Mortgage Bankers Ass’n v. Solis, a federal district court in Washington D.C. recently rejected a challenge to the March 2010 DOL administrator’s interpretation that mortgage loan officers do not generally meet the administrative exemption under the FLSA.   As previously … Continue Reading

Recent Settlements Agreeing to Pay Overtime for Misclassification of Employees

Misclassification of employees continues to bring a lot of headaches to employers.   I have worked with a wide variety of businesses on this issue – from Fortune 500 to “mom and pop” companies.  Each has its own way of doing things in this area and monitoring classification compliance is pretty low on the to-do list.  … Continue Reading

Mario Batali Restaurants Settle Tip Pool Lawsuit For $5.25 Million

The latest news in celebrity chef wage and hour litigation is that eight New York restaurants owned by Mario Batali have agreed to settle $5.25 million to settle a class action lawsuit alleging that they illegally withheld tips from hourly service workers. The proposed settlement, which must still be approved by the court following a fairness hearing, … Continue Reading

Ten Things Small Business Needs To Know About Minimum Wage and Overtime

I read the stories every day: some small business, often a local restaurant or a similar “mom and pop” operation, gets sued or tagged by the Department of Labor for failing to pay minimum wages and overtime to employees. Here’s just one example.  I have worked with a fair number of small and midsize businesses. … Continue Reading

Seventh Circuit Weighs In On Commonality Requirement in Class Actions

The Seventh Circuit recently applied the Supreme Court’s Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes decision to class certification in a wage and hour action, and affirmed the certification of two classes.  Ross v. RBS Citizens N.A. d/b/a Charter One.  The Seventh Circuit held that the district court did not abuse its discretion in certifying two classes … Continue Reading

Does Lady Gaga Owe Assistant OT?

Imagine you are the personal assistant for the world’s most famous artist, Lady Gaga.  You have the opportunity to travel the world, meet famous people and watch your boss hit the button to drop the “ball” in Times Square on New Years Eve.  What could be better?  Well, apparently, being paid overtime.  Recently, Lady Gaga’s … Continue Reading

Pharmaceutical Sales Representative Case Goes to Supreme Court

In a previous post in August, I questioned whether the pharmaceutical companies were losing the exemption battle as it related to pharmaceutical sales representatives and the outside sales exemption.  The Supreme Court had declined to review the Second Circuit’s Novartis holding that pharmaceutical sales representatives do not qualify for the outside sales exemption because they do not … Continue Reading

Starting Computers and Reading E-Mail May Be Compensable Work

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a settlement with Hilton Reservations Worldwide, LLC, in which the company agreed to pay $715,507 in minimum wages and overtime pay to 2,645 current and former customer service employees in Texas, Florida, Illinois and Pennsylvania. The DOL determined after an audit that the company failed to pay … Continue Reading

Court: Cable Installers Employees, Not Independent Contractors

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about an initiative by the U.S. Department of Labor, IRS and various state agencies to launch a coordinated crack-down on employers who misclassify employees as independent contractors. Recently, a U.S. District Court in Ohio issued a ruling that nicely illustrates the problem of misclassifcation and the potential liabilities … Continue Reading

How to Calculate Overtime for Salaried Employees Who Also Receive Commissions [Wage & Hour FAQ]

Reading about a recent lawsuit filed against Groupon, I was reminded that even the most cutting edge businesses may not understand the nuances associated with calculating overtime and find themselves a target for running afoul of wage and hour laws.  My colleague and fellow blogger, Bill Pokorny, wrote a helpful blog entry last week on … Continue Reading

Can An Employer Pay An Exempt Employee Extra Compensation? [Wage & Hour FAQ]

Q.        My Company anticipates embarking on a big project this fall that will have extreme importance to the Company’s future and require extra hours at the office.  The Company wants to give a little extra pay to employees who work on this important project.  A number of these employees are classified as exempt.  May the Company … Continue Reading

Are Pharmaceutical Companies Losing the Exemption Battle?

Recently, another group of pharmaceutical sales representatives successfully demonstrated that they are not exempt from overtime under the FLSA.  Kuzinski, et al., v. Schering Corp  Focusing on the administrative exemption, the District Court of Connecticut held that the sales representatives’ work was not directly related to Schering’s management or general business operations and they lacked … Continue Reading

The Myth of "Unauthorized" Overtime

Has something like this ever happened in your organization? You have a solid non-exempt employee working hard on a project. His supervisor is out of town and unreachable. In the supervisor’s absence, to get the job done, he works a few hours of overtime. When the supervisor gets back, he asks if she will approve … Continue Reading

Do We Have to Pay Employees for Checking E-Mail Outside of Work? [Wage & Hour FAQ]

Q. Our company provides remote access to e-mail for all employees, and some of our hourly employees carry iPhones and Blackberries with access to their work e-mail. Most non-exempt employees only work during regular business hours, but some will occasionally check and respond to e-mail after hours or on weekends. Do we need to pay … Continue Reading

Security Guards Misclassified As Independent Contractors

On May 24, 2011, a federal district court in Chicago ruled that security guards who were licensed, insured, trained, and paid by the hour by a private security company were not independent contractors, but employees entitled to overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Solis v. International Detective & Protective Service, Ltd.  Granting summary … Continue Reading
LexBlog