A Working Interview? You’d Better Pay Me

Recently, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee approved a permanent injunction and order filed by the United States Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) Office of the Solicitor against a dental practice based in Nashville. In so … Continue reading

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Department of Labor Changes Course and Ends “80/20 Rule” for Tipped Employees

This month, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (“Division”) issued an opinion letter that, once again, reversed the Division’s position as to which service industry employees may be subject to the “tip credit.” For those who do not … Continue reading

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In-House Counsel Tool Kit: Employment Law Update

A common observation from in-house attorneys is that, unlike those in private practice, many lack the luxury of being able to focus on a specific area of law. Rather, they are often expected to understand and provide legal advice on … Continue reading

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The U.S. Department of Labor Issues Six New Wage and Hour Opinion Letters

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued six new opinion letters this week, covering employer compliance issues under both the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The opinion letters … Continue reading

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Tolling of Statute of Limitations in Class Action Realm Narrowed

In 1974 the United States Supreme Court in American Pipe & Construction Co. v. Utah held that the timely filing of a class action tolls the applicable statute of limitations for all persons encompassed by the class complaint. This holding … Continue reading

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Arbitration Agreement Contained in Employee Handbook and Signed During Pending Class Action Is Invalid

On April 20, 2018, the California Court of Appeal, in the case Nguyen v. Inter-Coast International Training, Inc., held that an arbitration agreement contained in an employee handbook was both procedurally and substantively unconscionable. In that case, after a wage … Continue reading

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Employers Cannot Use Salary History to Defend Against Equal Pay Claims

On April 9, 2018, the Ninth Circuit ruled en banc that an employee’s prior salary does not constitute a “factor other than sex” to justify wage disparities between male and female employees. “Other than sex” factors is limited to legitimate, … Continue reading

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