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A Fresh Take on the Horizontal Joint Employment Theory: Conditional Certification for Subway Employees Denied

Posted in Conditional Certification, DOL Enforcement, Joint Employment

Authored by Christopher Kelleher and Noah Finkel

Seyfarth Synopsis: Federal court denies motion for conditional certification for a proposed class of employees working at separate Subway franchises.

Earlier this year, the DOL’s Wage-Hour Division issued a much-publicized Administrator Interpretation on what employers constitute joint employers, including an explanation of how two or more employers under common ownership can constitute “horizontal” … Continue Reading

Texas Judge Preliminarily Enjoins New Overtime Exemption Rules Nationwide: What Steps Should Follow?

Posted in DOL Enforcement, Misclassification/Exemptions

Authored by Seyfarth’s Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group

Late Tuesday afternoon, Judge Amos Mazzant of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued an order enjoining the U.S. Department of Labor’s implementation and enforcement of the new overtime exemption rules that were set to go into effect on December 1, 2016. The court granted a … Continue Reading

Electoral Impact: How Does Tuesday’s Result Affect the Overtime Exemption Regulations?

Posted in DOL Enforcement, Misclassification/Exemptions, Overtime

Authored by Alex Passantino

As the nation waited for the final states to be called in the early morning hours on Wednesday, we here at the Wage & Hour Litigation Blog focused on our one thing:  what impact would the result have on the DOL’s overtime exemption regulations scheduled to go into effect on December 1, 2016?  How does the … Continue Reading

NY DOL To Increase Salary Threshold for Exempt Employees

Posted in DOL Enforcement, Misclassification/Exemptions, State Laws/Claims

Authored by Robert S. Whitman and Howard M. Wexler

As we all know, the revisions to the FLSA’s “white collar” exemptions will take effect December 1 and will increase the salary level required for the executive, administrative, and professional exemptions to $913 per week (or $47,476 per year).  Avid wage and hour practitioners in New York have been waiting to … Continue Reading

Employers Should Not Retreat on Compliance Planning Despite Two-Pronged Attack on OT Rule

Posted in DOL Enforcement, Misclassification/Exemptions

Authored by Alex Passantino

Seyfarth Synopsis: Two lawsuits related to the Department of Labor’s revisions to the white-collar exemptions have been filed in East Texas.

The first lawsuit, citing (among other things) the severe impact the impending salary increase will have on state and local government budgets, was filed by the Attorneys General of Nevada, Texas, and 19 other … Continue Reading

Should Franchisors Become BFFs with WHD?

Posted in DOL Enforcement

Authored by Alex Passantino

Seyfarth Synopsis:  WHD is seeking to enter into compliance agreements with, among others, franchisors.  Whether an employer should take WHD up on their offer to sign on the line depends on a variety of considerations.

Expanding upon a relationship started in 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage & Hour Division and Subway announced a voluntary Continue Reading

Another Federal Court Thinks the DOL Is Out to Lunch On Tip Credit Rule

Posted in DOL Enforcement, Service Charges/Gratuities

Authored by Noah Finkel and Cheryl A. Luce

Seyfarth Synopsis: New decision from Northern District of Georgia rejects the DOL’s interpretation of the FLSA tip credit law. Holds that the FLSA does not regulate tips received by employees who are paid at least minimum wage.

Imagine that you are a restaurateur. You employ servers and bartenders who receive tips, but … Continue Reading

SCOTUS Says DOL Needs to Explain Itself If It Wants Deference to its Regulations

Posted in DOL Enforcement, Misclassification/Exemptions, Overtime

Authored by Abigail Cahak

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Supreme Court dealt a blow to the Department of Labor’s rulemaking procedures, criticizing the agency for explicitly changing its long-standing treatment  of automobile service advisors as overtime exempt while saying “almost nothing” regarding the reasons for the abrupt change.

This week, the Supreme Court dealt a blow to the Department of Labor’s rulemaking … Continue Reading

They’re Here: White Collar Exemption Revisions Announced

Posted in DOL Enforcement, Overtime

Authored by Alex Passantino

Tomorrow, the Department of Labor’s long-awaited revisions to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s white collar exemption will be announced. Although there certainly will be additional nuance identified once the entire package has been made available, here are the bottom line changes:

The new salary level required for the executive, administrative, and professional exemptions will be $913… Continue Reading