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Richard is the Chair of Seyfarth Shaw’s national Wage & Hour Litigation Practice Group and of the firm’s Boston office Labor & Employment Group. Mr. Alfred’s practice is focused on employment litigation, with a particular emphasis on wage and hour collective and class actions, complex litigation, high-stakes discrimination and wrongful termination cases and non-competition matters. He has defended many collective and class actions on behalf of large Fortune 500 companies brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage and hour laws in jurisdictions throughout the United States. These cases often pose enormous risk to his clients, and Mr. Alfred has been successful through various litigation strategies in defusing and reducing that risk and the potential exposure that such cases initially present.

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Last week, the Fourth Circuit (comprising Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North and South Carolina), joined the other five Circuit Courts that have adopted the “half-time” approach to misclassification damages.  In Desmond v. PNGI Charles Town Gaming, L.L.C. Case Nos. 09-2189, 09-2190, 09-2192 and 09-2254 (4th Cir. Jan. 14, 2011) the Court ruled in a mistaken exemption

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The Seventh Circuit ruled yesterday in Ervin v. OS Restaurant Services, Inc., Case No. 09-3029 (Jan. 18, 2011), that “there is no categorical rule against certifying a Rule 23(b)(3) state-law class action in a proceeding that also includes a collective action brought under the FLSA.  In reaching this decision the Court

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