‘Twas the week before Christmas, and the WH-L-PG

Contemplated the wage-hour year lyrically;

We considered the issues our readers would most like to savor

And decided the tastiest one was class waiver.


“Employers and employees,” begins the debate,

“Are free to agree that they shall arbitrate.”

But a critical question remains–it is whether

Employees can be stopped from proceeding together.


Will class waivers be cool?  Can’t we be more prophetic,

Than continuously repeating that the case will be Epic?

Well, we expect that class waivers will finally be decided,

More likely than not, from a Court that’s divided.


But which way it breaks, we’ll have to just see

On which side of the case we find Justice Kennedy.

So for now, just sit tight and await the decision

(Unless Congress intervenes with a “minor” revision.)


Where shall we go next?  It’s a place we know well.

As we take a close look at this year’s DOL.

They started out slowly, yes a slight hesitation.

As the Senate could not seem to provide confirmation.


But the overtime reg case could simply not wait,

Until it did, then the new guys pronounced the reg’s fate:

“That double-high salary, we firmly reject.

But our authority to set it at all, please respect.”


Then in an effort to avoid an adverse citation,

DOL told the court “We need more information.”

Now we’ll wait and we’ll see what the Department will do,

And we’ll see a new level in a year (prob’ly two).


WHD also announced the opinion letter’s return,

And the guidance on J/E and I/C got burned.

And when the tip pooling reg lost in the Ninth Circuit,

DOL finally gave up and declared “We’ll rework it.”


Tipped employees and janitors and bankers grew frustrated

As increasingly courts determined they were not situated

Similarly to those for whom they wanted to proceed.

It may be a low hurdle, but it still can impede.


Maybe that is why cases are down . . . although slightly

They’re still filed at a rate of 320, fortnightly.

They crowd up the dockets, they test judges’ mettle,

Yet it seems like they’re making it harder to settle.


But the cases get filed, regardless of position,

From the lowest-paid worker to half a mil in commission.

And up to this point, we’ve neglected to warn ya

About salary increases — New York, California.


Just a couple of points that are worth a short mention,

The debate on the reading of narrow exemptions,

Bag checks, franchises, and PAGA, so zany!

Up to our eyeballs in wagehour miscellany.


From calculating rates (which requires division)

To ordinances that require scheduling with precision.

Franchise liability, meal breaks, and more,

Who knows what 2018 has in store?


But before we proceed to the next year apace,

Let us make sure our commas are properly placed,

And let’s get one last thing off our chests:

We thank you, dear readers, you guys are the best!