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Ninth Circuit Requires Reimbursement of H2A Expenses

In the latest in a series of decisions addressing the proper allocation of travel and immigration fee expenses between employers and employees utilizing the H2A agricultural guestworker program, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (the largest federal circuit, encompassing Washington, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, California, Arizona, Alaska and Hawaii) ruled an employer must … Continue Reading

New York’s New Miscellaneous Wage Order Tip Credit Provision to Impact Businesses Such As Car Washes and Salons

As discussed in greater detail here, the New York State Department of Labor’s revised Wage Orders, which were published in the administrative record on October 9, 2013 and set to become final by the time New York’s December 31 minimum wage hike becomes effective, implement a number of changes to the pay requirements and credits … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Declines Review of Intern Compensability Issue

While the compensability of time spent in internship programs continues to be an hotly contested litigation issue, the United States Supreme Court has declined an opportunity to provide clarity in this area, denying certiorari to a Florida medical billing intern whose claim was rejected last year by the Eleventh Circuit.  Kaplan v. Code Blue Billing … Continue Reading

New Jersey Amends State Constitution to Increase Minimum Wage

Overriding the March 2013 veto by Governor Chris Christie of a proposed bill increasing the state’s minimum wage, New Jersey’s Democratic legislative majority successfully pushed through a constitutional amendment through a voter referendum (not subject to gubernatorial veto) to increase the New Jersey minimum wage from $7.25/hour to $8.25/hour effective January 1, 2014. This request is … Continue Reading

New York Department of Labor Provides Draft Wage Orders Implementing Minimum Wage Increase

The legislation setting forth a schedule for increasing New York’s minimum wage has numerous implications for the New York employer community. On October 9, 2013, the Department of Labor published proposed amended Wage Orders for all industries which are effective as of December 31, 2013.  The changes to the minimum wage implicate many facets of employee … Continue Reading

FLSA Coverage Extends to Majority of Home Care Workers

The Department of Labor continues carrying out its aggressive regulatory agenda, releasing the much-anticipated final rule extending FLSA minimum wage and overtime protection to direct care workers such as home health aides, personal care aides and certified nursing assistants working for home care agencies and other domestic services employers, and reversing the application of the … Continue Reading

Labor Secretary Details Obama Administration Wage-Hour Agenda at AFL-CIO Convention

Newly appointed Labor Secretary Thomas Perez addressed the 2013 AFL-CIO Convention earlier this week, providing details on the Obama Administration’s legislative and administrative wage-hour agenda for the remainder of the President’s second term. The wage-hour agenda likely will be overseen by the President’s new nominee for Wage and Hour Administrator, Dr. David Weil, a professor at … Continue Reading

More and More Interns Seeking Allegedly Unpaid Wages

Presumably buoyed by the district court ruling in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures Inc., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 82079 (S.D.N.Y. June 11, 2013), a number of copy-cat lawsuits have been filed by former entertainment industry interns in recent weeks in the Southern District of New York’s Manhattan courthouse seeking unpaid wages. Salaam, et al. v. Bad … Continue Reading

Eighth Circuit: Vehicle Weight of “Motor Carrier” Determined By Manufacturer Ratings, Not Actual Weight

Of the FLSA’s many highly technical exemptions from overtime, one that can require a detailed regulatory and factual analysis to properly apply, is the motor carrier exemption. In a new decision highlighting one of technical aspects of the exemption, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled that the proper measure of a … Continue Reading

DOL Announces App Competition Incorporating Employer Violation Data

Building upon its prior efforts to leverage contemporary technology, the Department of Labor has announced an “app” competition, inviting the public to create an app to incorporate its data regarding labor investigations “with consumer ratings websites, geo-positioning Web tools, and other relevant data sets, such as those available from state health boards.” This is not the … Continue Reading

New Jersey Federal Court Dismisses Truck Driver Misclassification Claims

Even as the New Jersey legislature contemplates amendments to the law (similar to those enacted in New York) limiting the classification of certain truck drivers as independent contractors, a New Jersey federal judge has granted an industry employer’s motion to dismiss claims that its drivers were misclassified as independent contractors.  Luxama v. Ironbound Express, Inc., … Continue Reading

Intern Filings Seeking Alleged Unpaid Wages Continue

In the wake of the first substantive decisions issued as part of the growing trend of wage-and-hour claims being initiated by interns recently seeking alleged unpaid minimum wages and overtime, several more high profile filings have become public over the last few weeks, including most recently a claim against popular internet media conglomerate Gawker. Mark, et … Continue Reading

Manhattan Judge Analyzes Appropriate Standard for Intern Determination, Denies Class Certification

In a significant victory for employers in the series of hotly contested cases regarding the status of interns, the Hearst Corporation successfully defeated class certification under the New York Labor Law. Xuedan Wang v. Hearst Corp., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 65869 (S.D.N.Y. May 8, 2013).  As important to wage/hour practitioners and employers as the Court’s ruling … Continue Reading

Text of NY Minimum Wage Bill Finalized

The text of the New York legislature’s proposed minimum wage increase confirms increases as previously reported: ·         $8.00 on and after December 31, 2013 ·         $8.75 on and after December 31, 2014 ·         $9.00  on and after December, 2015. Per the language of the amendment, the minimum wage requirements for food service workers and other … Continue Reading

Progress Towards NY Minimum Wage Hike

Reports indicate that the New York State legislature and Governor Cuomo have tentatively reached agreement regarding the terms of the anticipated proposed increase in the state’s minimum wage. As portrayed in news coverage, the latest proposal would increase the minimum wage to $8/hour in 2014, $8.75/hour in 2015 and $9/hour by 2016, but not tie further … Continue Reading

Kansas Supreme Court: Exotic Dancers Employees, Not Independent Contractors

Among the types of service providers who consistently challenge their classification as independent contractors are exotic dancers, who allege that they are employees of the night club or clubs at which they perform. This allegation can give rise to a host of claims relating to wage-and-hour law, including minimum wage, overtime and gratuities-based claims, as well … Continue Reading

Eleventh Circuit: “Externs” Who Received Academic Credit Are Not Employees Under FLSA

As discussed in this space just last week, there is an ongoing war regarding compensation of interns under the FLSA. In a victory for employers, last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that individuals completing externships relating to their enrollment in MedVance Institute’s Medical Billing and Coding Specialist program were … Continue Reading

New York Judge Rejects Interns’ Novel Argument That Paying School Tuition Is An Indirect Wage Deduction

In the latest chapter in the ongoing intern battles currently being waged in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Judge Harold Baer rejected plaintiffs’ novel assertion of unlawful wage deductions. Wang v. Hearst Corp., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 3768 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 9, 2013). The Wang litigation concerns the applicability of the … Continue Reading

New York Federal Court Holds Former Student Turned “Volunteer” Was Just That, Not Employee Under The FLSA

This blog has explained that the Fair Labor Standards Act does not expressly authorize unpaid interns, and the viability of unpaid internships is generally assessed through the FLSA’s definition of an unpaid “trainee.” Application of this trainee test to various interns and volunteers is often murky and inconsistent. In a new decision deftly navigating this difficult analysis, … Continue Reading

Fifth Circuit Upholds Companionship Exemption, Despite Allegations of General Household Work

The Supreme Court’s seminal decision in Long Island Care at Home v. Coke, confirmed that the companionship exemption to minimum wage and overtime under the FLSA applies to individuals employed by third party agencies who provide companionship services in a private home. Regulations limit this exemption to companions who do not spend more than 20% of … Continue Reading

Democrats Introduce Minimum Wage Increase (Again)

Via the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2012 (H.R. 6211), House Democrat George Miller (Calif.) has introduced proposed legislation which would increase the federal minimum wage from its current level of $7.25/hour to $9.80 over the next three years. This proposal comes on the heels of a letter to President Obama from prominent economists, including Nobel … Continue Reading

USDOL To Announce Proposed Domestic Service Rule Expanding Right To Overtime Pay

As we reported here, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor previously announced it would propose a rule regarding the applicability of the companionship exemption to the FLSA’s minimum wage and overtime requirements. This longstanding exemption was the subject of a rare Supreme Court opinion on FLSA issues, in which the Court … Continue Reading
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