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Overtime pay expansion for farm workers approved by California lawmakers

California farmers are known for being some of the largest exporters of produce in the nation and now state lawmakers have passed an overtime pay bill to ensure these farmers are paid in accordance to their grueling labor. The overtime bill, if passed by the governor, would make California the first state to require the agricultural industry to meet Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) standards already adhered to by most other industries. The new overtime law, which passed by a 44-32 vote, would take action in 2019 by gradually expanding overtime pay to all of California’s estimated 825,000 farm laborers. ... Read More

Supreme Court rules Labor Department must clarify whether service advisers are exempt from overtime requirements

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-2 that the Department of Labor must better explain its interpretation of an overtime law prior to a ruling regarding which employees at auto-dealerships are exempt from overtime pay. The case, Encino Motorcars LLC v Navarro, was brought to the court’s attention by service advisers at a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Encino, Calif., attempting to earn overtime pay. “This lack of reasoned explication for a regulation that is inconsistent with the department’s longstanding earlier position results in a rule that cannot carry the force of the law and so the regulations does not receive ... Read More

Overtime pay lawsuit filed against Angie’s List by 17 former employees

Angie’s List, the crowd-based review site for local businesses, is being taken to court by former employees claiming the company withheld overtime pay and, in several incidents, requested employees not report overtime hours. According to the federal lawsuits being weighed against the company, many employees were forced to work under very aggressive sales goals, some of which would require employees to sell a high amount in advertising, said Indianapolis lawyer Kathleen Delaney. Delaney is currently representing 17 of Angie’s List past employees, all of whom claim to have been trained to do “whatever it takes” to meet their aggressive goals, despite ... Read More

GNC agrees to settle FLSA class action for $9M; pending court approval

Popular vitamin and health supplement retailer GNC, as well as an 8,000-member class of its current and former employees, is requesting a California federal court to approve a $9 million settlement, putting an end to allegations stating the company violated federal wage and labor laws. The settlement agreement also includes additional costs up to $20,000 for disbursing the settlement payment to the class members, thus ending “all issues in the pending litigation.” Upon being certified in late 2014, the class action claimed GNC was responsible for breaking several labor and wage laws, ranging from failing to provide meal breaks and ... Read More

Bloomberg settles overtime class action for $3.2M after allegedly breaking FLSA regulations

A Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) class action against financial media giant Bloomberg settled this week for a total of $3.2 million, allowing its employees that did not receive overtime pay in the past to receive due compensation. Common protocol within the FLSA allows employees working in excess of 40 hours a week to earn time-and-a-half. According to plaintiff Shervez Jackson, a Bloomberg employee from 2008 until 2010 working in customer service, the company typically required her to work 10 additional hours than what she was being compensated for. The complaint alleged Bloomberg also expected Jackson to arrive at work early, ... Read More

Overtime pay to be expanded? Senators pen letter to DOL requesting FLSA extension to more workers

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), established in 1938, set out to provide U.S. workers with minimum wage, recordkeeping policies and even youth employment standards for full-time and part-time workers within the private sector. Overtime pay is one of the most quintessential benefits provided by the FLSA considering the importance that overworked employees are recognized and compensated for laboring longer than recommended by law. However, not all employees are eligible to receive overtime pay due to past restrictions. Now, lawmakers are challenging this statute in hopes of helping millions of Americans working long hours without fair pay. U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren ... Read More

Telecom company allegedly fails adhere to FLSA’s overtime provisions; former employee files suit

First created in 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) promises most of the U.S. workforce rights that affect their affect their pay and standing within a company. However, when a company chooses to ignore these rights, many times it is up to the employee to file an FLSA lawsuit and bring the company to justice. Consolidated Telecom Services Inc., a telecom business located in Irving, Texas, has been accused of violating the FLSA’s overtime policies. Earl Hicks filed the lawsuit earlier this month in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas, claiming the company failed to compensate ... Read More

DOL orders Calif. sushi restaurant chain to pay more than $620K in FLSA violations

Following a federal investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Cerritos, Calif., based sushi and ramen restaurant chain Gatten Sushi, as well as its sister company GTN, has been ordered to pay more than $620,000 in back wages and damages. Gatten Sushi, which employs approximately 400 employees across 11 different restaurants in both Los Angeles and Orange counties, was found guilty of a number of different Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) violations. Some of the FLSA violations noted by the investigation varied from shaving hours on employees’ timecards to help reduce paychecks to even regularly docking employee pay for ... Read More

Police Department Employees Sue For Unpaid Overtime

More than two dozen employees of the Petersburgh, Va., Police Department have filed a lawsuit against the city, alleging it has not paid them overtime since the state passed a special law in 2005 mandating overtime pay for larger jurisdictions. “In 2005, state law was amended to require that Virginia law enforcement officers working for jurisdictions employing 100 or more law enforcement employees pay overtime compensation for the difference in the regularly scheduled workweek and the federal maximum allowed,” WTVR reported, quoting the lawsuit. “[The Petersburg Police Department] did not pay [police department employees] overtime compensation for (a) all hours worked in ... Read More

San Jose Mexican chain found guilty of more than $510K in FLSA violations after DOL investigation

According to HRMorning.com, restaurant chain San Jose Mexican has been found guilty of violating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and must pay a total of $511,745 in back wages to 125 of its employees. The Department of Labor (DOL)’s investigation uncovered 10 of the San Jose Mexican Restaurant locations in North Carolina were actively committing the following FLSA violations: Compensating employees a fixed salary rather than the actual number of hours they actually worked, which has allowed San Jose Mexican to pay workers less than the federal minimum wage for every hour worked. Refusing to pay employees overtime when ... Read More