Wage & Hour — Developments & Highlights


Mark contributes to the Wage & Hour — Developments & Highlights blog to provide the latest information and his observations on new developments in wage-hour law, such as class actions, exemption/misclassification and working time issues.

Recent Blog Posts

  • American Corporation Seeks to Dismiss Afghan Overtime Claim By Contractors: What Is Going On? We usually think of FLSA and overtime cases arising in our country, but companies operating overseas have to deal with the laws of that country. In an interesting case that hearkens to the headlines of national security and international crisis, Fluor Corporation has requested that a federal judge dismiss a putative class action filed by contractors who allege that they were not paid overtime in violation of Afghanistan labor law. The company claims that the Afghan labor code does not... More
  • Law Firm Misclassifies Secretary As Exempt And Now Must Pay Overtime You know, law firms are not immune from FLSA issues merely because they are law firms and may be allegedly endowed with some superior knowledge of laws. A recent case illustrates this maxim.  The name partner of a Los Angeles firm has been charged with misclassifying his legal secretary as exempt.  She now has won a jury verdict of $80,000 in overtime; her former boss had claimed that she was properly classified as an executive employee. The case is entitled... More
  • Overtime Comp Time Bill Passes The House: Good or Bad? The House has voted by 229-197 to pass a Republican bill that allows employers to offer compensatory time off rather than time-and-a-half wages for overtime hours.  A few days ago, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce voted 22-16 along party lines to approve the Working Families Flexibility Act (H.R. 1180, S. 801).  This is a rather perplexing move, given that the Trump Administration has not yet publicly decided whether it will support the overtime rule introduced by the... More
  • Interesting Tactic in FLSA Collective Action—Pre-Litigation Settlement Talks I have blogged so many times about Assistant Manager class actions.  I never seem to get tired of it because there is a never-ending “supply” of them.  Guess what.  Another one.  A group of employees working for AC Moore, an arts, crafts and floral merchandise retailer, has petitioned a federal judge to approve an almost three-million dollar settlement that settles claims that they have been misclassified as exempt executive employees.  The case is entitled  Rossmeisl et al. v. A.C. Moore... More
  • Another Oil Industry Class Action Settles – The Disturbing Trend Continues There have been a number of FLSA lawsuits in the energy industry of late, focusing on unpaid overtime.  One of these employers who was sued, Key Energy, has just settled two class actions for $3 million.  The case is entitled Grillo v. Key Energy Services LLC and was filed in federal court in the Central District of California. Copyright: 1971yes / 123RF Stock Photo The employees advised the Court, in their motion for preliminary approval, that the decision to settle was founded... More
  • Pipeline Inspectors Denied Conditional Certification Due To Named Plaintiff’s Inadequacy Regretfully, to my lights, conditional certification seems all too easy for plaintiffs in a FLSA collective action to secure.  Are things changing?  A federal judge has refused to certify a proposed class of natural gas pipeline inspectors for Gulf Interstate Field Services Inc. in a Fair Labor Standards Act overtime suit, concluding that the named worker in the suit is not similarly situated.  The case is entitled Sloane v. Gulf Interstate Field Services Inc., and was filed in federal court... More
  • Under Acosta, Maybe DOL Opinion Letters Will Make A Comeback: I Hope So! I am a big believer in the importance of USDOL Opinion Letters because they show the thinking of the agency and how it interprets various provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.  I often look to the published body of these letters for guidance and I lamented when the DOL (back in 2010) decided to stop issuing these letters.  Well, there seems to be good news around the corner.  The newly nominated Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta, has indicated that... More
  • Golf Club Hit With a Bogey: FLSA Class Action Lawsuit for Overtime I have blogged before about fancy golf clubs being sued for FLSA violations.  Well, here is another one.  The Farm Neck Golf Club is a members-only golf club on Martha’s Vineyard, where Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton have played.  This organization was just sued in a putative collective/class action by a cafe cook who alleged that she was not properly paid for overtime hours.  The case is entitled Shkuratova v. Farm Neck Association Inc. and was filed in federal... More
  • What a Hoot!  Yet Another Assistant Manager FLSA Collective Action! There have been many class actions concerning the job title “Assistant Manager” and this malady has risen again.   The chain, Hooters, has been sued in a nationwide collective action that alleges the Company misclassified assistant store managers, calling them supervisors, in order to avoid paying overtime.  The case is entitled Stirewalt et al. v. Hooters of America LLC and was filed in federal court in the Northern District of Alabama. By Ildar Sagdejev (Specious) (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0],... More
  • Is It A Fishing Expedition?: Plaintiffs Propound Burdensome Requests in FLSA Collective Action A defendant in a FLSA collective action case is fighting an initiative to compel it to produce information that the named plaintiffs allege is relevant to their discovery requests.  The defendant labels the requests a “fishing expedition.”  The case is entitled Martinez et al v. T-Mobile Ltd. et al., and was filed in federal court in the Northern District of Illinois. Copyright: ldprod / 123RF Stock Photo The plaintiffs want the defendant, Wireless Vision LLC, to produce electronically stored information to support... More