Tag Archives: learned professional

ESL Teachers At Private Learning Center FLSA “Teachers” Exempt from Overtime

Earlier this week, in a matter of first impression within the Second Circuit, Judge P. Kevin Castel of the Southern District of New York held that employees who teach English as a second language (“ESL”) at a privately-owned ESL learning center qualify for the professional exemption under the FLSA as “teachers.”  Fernandez v. Zoni Language … Continue Reading

Second Circuit Finds Audit Associates Are Exempt Professionals

Affirming a highly-publicized 2012 decision from Southern District of New York Judge Colleen McMahon, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled last week that audit associates employed by “Big Four” accountancy KPMG qualified for the learned professional exemption from overtime under the FLSA.  Pippins v. Kpmg Llp, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 13997 (2d … Continue Reading

California Court Upholds Employer’s Classification of Registered Dietitians as Exempt ”Professionals”

As the healthcare field continues to expand to meet evolving standards of care and government regulations, industry employers have created or modified categories of professional employees to meet business and medical needs.  New positions have been created which are not addressed by name in existing DOL regulations and case law concerning applicability of the learned … Continue Reading

Southern District Judge McMahon: Junior Accountants Are Exempt “Professionals”

FLSA litigation generally moves from industry-to-industry, and, in the most recent wave of litigation, one of the hardest hit industries has been the accounting profession, particularly the “big four” accounting firms, which have been subjected to large-scale challenges of their classification of junior accountants as exempt. Typically, these individuals hold accounting degrees and work on massive … Continue Reading

Mississippi Judge: Question of Fact As to Exempt Status of Paralegal

That exemption analysis is fact specific is one of the only central tenets of wage-and-hour law on which all practitioners agree. The facts surrounding an individual’s employment must be analyzed in every case, whether to determine an employee’s level of discretion and independent judgment (under the administrative exemption), to determine if their primary duty was management … Continue Reading

Despite Lack of Direct Care Duties, Case Managers Are FLSA Learned Professionals

As we frequently discuss in this space, application of the FLSA’s “learned” professional exemption is a frequent topic for litigation, including within the 9th Circuit. These disputes emanate not only from jobs not historically recognized by the DOL as learned professions, but even from within those areas, as exemplified by a new District Court decision in … Continue Reading

Appellate Court Holds That Social Workers Employed By The State of Washington Are Not Exempt “Learned” Professionals

Disputes regarding the application of the FLSA’s “learned” professional exemption can arise where many – but not all or even “most” – holders of a given position possess specific or substantially-job related academic credentials, but others do not. This is so due to some courts’ narrow interpretation of the learned professional exemption’s requirement that the position … Continue Reading

California Workplace Blog Coverage of Campbell v. PWC: Unlicensed Accountants Eligible for Professional Exemption

As discussed in detail on Jackson Lewis’ California Workplace Blog, the Ninth Circuit has resuscitated the California Labor Code’s “learned professional” exemption, reversing a decision from the Eastern District of California which held that unlicensed accountants could not qualify as a matter of law.  Campbell v. PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 12062 (9th Cir. … Continue Reading

Minnesota Federal Court Discusses Applicability of White Collar Exemptions in the Financial Services Industry

On March 31, Magistrate Judge John Tunheim of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota issued a lengthy opinion in several consolidated FLSA actions brought by a group of securities brokers who alleged they were misclassified as exempt under the FLSA.  In re Rbc Dain Rauscher Overtime Litig., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS … Continue Reading
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