A recent U.S. Supreme Court case holding that representative evidence can be used in class/collective actions to the same extent that it could be used in an individual action may not have the broad application hoped for by the plaintiff’s bar. In Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, the Court held it permissible for the class representatives in a wage … Continue Reading
Earlier this year, we brought news that the DOL had revised its regulations applicable to home health care workers. Those regulations, which related to domestic workers who provide “companionship services,” narrowed significantly the classes of workers who were exempt from the minimum wage and overtime protections of the FLSA by removing the ability of home health care agencies to claim … Continue Reading
This past year has brought major changes to the laws affecting wage and hour issues. The Department of Labor has been particularly active this year putting out its first Administrator’s Interpretation regarding independent contractors. The Department of Labor also made a big splash with its long anticipated proposed new regulations to update the Fair Labor Standards Act’s “white collar” exemptions. … Continue Reading
Few can quibble with the fact that 2015 has been a busy year for employment law. From historic pronouncements of the Supreme Court concerning fundamental and civil rights, to the Department of Labor’s release of guidance to curb misclassification and proposed new regulations to update the Fair Labor Standards Act’s “white collar” exemptions, to the General Counsel of the National … Continue Reading
An employee’s violation of timekeeping policies is not a defense to a Fair Labor Standards Act claim, if the employer knows or has reason to know that an employee underreported his hours, according to a recent decision by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Bailey v. TitleMax of Georgia, Case No. 14-11747 (11th Cir., January 15, 2015).… Continue Reading
A federal court has invalidated the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) amended rule that would have extended minimum wage and overtime protections to nearly two million home health care workers and affected the cost and availability of those services to the millions of patients under their care. The ruling represents a significant victory for the home health care industry, though … Continue Reading
Now more than ever, Florida employers should ensure they are properly classifying their workers.
The U.S. Department of Labor and the Florida Department of Revenue have announced an agreement between the two agencies to prevent the misclassification of workers as independent contractors rather than employees.… Continue Reading
In an important decision under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Supreme Court has issued a ruling in Busk v. Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. in favor of employers. As previously discussed in October, the Court had to determine whether employers are required to pay their hourly employees for time spent going through an anti-theft security clearance at the end of … Continue Reading
As 2014 comes to a close, employers must be aware of the pending increase in wages for their nonexempt employees. Florida’s minimum wage will increase to $8.05 on January 1, 2015. With the increase, Florida’s required minimum wage is nearly one dollar more than the federal minimum wage ($7.25). On September 30th of each year, Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity … Continue Reading
The Supreme Court will soon decide whether employers will be required to pay their employees for time spent going through a security clearance at the end of each shift. The case is Busk v. Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc., 713 F.3d 525 (9th Cir. 2013). The Court heard oral arguments on October 8, 2014.… Continue Reading
Let’s assume you’ve done an internal audit, or one required by the Department of Labor, and found – as so many companies do – that certain titles/positions require reclassification from exempt to non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state law. What are the next steps?
The task of making reclassification a reality requires consideration of many factors. For … Continue Reading
The news of late has been filled with articles about employers who are being sued for the misclassification of workers and the failure to pay overtime. South Florida continues to be a hotbed of this litigation. While Florida has only 6% of the nation’s working population, it also boasts 27% of cases filed nationally under the Fair Labor Standards Act. … Continue Reading
In a near unanimous decision on Monday, the United States Supreme Court further clarified the multifaceted and oft-litigated issue of whether “donning and doffing” of some protective gear prior to or following a work shift falls within the “changing clothes” exception of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The Court’s decision permits such actions to be deemed noncompensable in a … Continue Reading
Restaurateurs and wait staff beware: beginning this month, the IRS will classify automatic gratuities not as “tips,” but as service charges reportable as regular wages which are subject to payroll tax withholdings.
Florida’s minimum wage rate increased to $7.93 effective January 1, 2014. As we reported in November, Florida’s minimum wage law requires the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to recalculate Florida’s minimum wage annually based upon the increase in the federal Consumer Price Index for Urban Earners and Clerical Workers in the Southern Region. This minimum wage increase applies to all … Continue Reading
Miami-Dade County’s prevailing wage ordinance, which sets minimum wages on publicly funded construction projects, does not authorize plaintiffs to litigate prevailing wage claims in court under the auspices of the Fair Labor Standards Act, according to a recent court decision, Calderon v. Form Works/Baker JV, LLC (S.D. Fla., December 12, 2013). The opinion is a reversal of the court’s prior … Continue Reading
Florida’s current $7.79 hourly minimum wage rate will increase to $7.93 effective January 1, 2014. Florida’s minimum wage law requires the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to recalculate Florida’s minimum wage annually based upon the increase in the federal Consumer Price Index for Urban Earners and Clerical Workers in the Southern Region. This minimum wage increase applies to all employees … Continue Reading
Last year we reported on the Eleventh Circuit’s decision in Zinni v. ER Solutions, Inc. (11th Cir., August 27, 2012), which seemed to signal that a defendant in a Fair Labor Standards Act case cannot moot the case by offering full monetary relief to the plaintiff without also offering a judgment to the plaintiff. The issue is significant because … Continue Reading
On September 17, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division announced a final rule extending the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime protections to cover certain direct care workers such as certified nursing assistants, home health aides, personal care aides, caregivers and other companions who provide essential home care assistance to elderly people and people … Continue Reading
Worker misclassification continues to be an issue at the forefront of today’s workplace. Along with the use of unpaid interns, we are now seeing litigation brought on behalf of unpaid volunteers seeking compensation. In the last week alone, three court filings highlight various issues related to unpaid workers:
- On August 6, 2013, an unpaid summer intern working at Columbia Music
An employer’s settlement of a Fair Labor Standards Act claim directly with a former employee rather than with the former employee’s attorney was invalid and should not have been approved by the federal district court, according to a recent decision by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Nall v. Mal-Motels, Inc. (11th Cir., July 29, 2013).
Candace Nall worked … Continue Reading
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy last Fall and the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma, forecasters are predicting an aggressive 2013 hurricane season, which started on June 1st. Employers should take time before the storm hits to review and update workplace pay and leave policies:
Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”)
The most frequent issues that arise from hurricanes and other natural … Continue Reading
On April 16, 2013, in Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk, No. 11-1059, the Supreme Court held that when a FLSA plaintiff’s claim becomes moot prior to a conditional certification of a collective action, the entire action itself becomes moot and the case should be dismissed. However, the opinion unfortunately did not render a decision on the key question … Continue Reading
Widespread violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime provisions have been found during an ongoing enforcement initiative conducted by the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division’s Tampa office. The initiative focuses on full-service restaurants and is being conducted in conjunction with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, … Continue Reading