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Gas Station Owners in New Jersey Agree to Pay Almost $500,000 in Back Wages Aug 10, 2017

Six gas station owners in New Jersey recently agreed to pay 27 of their employees almost $500,000 in damages and back pay to resolve claims that their employers violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The United States Department of Labor's ...

Costco Agrees to $9 Million Settlement with San Diego-Area Pharmacists Jul 7, 2017

Costco Wholesale Corp. agreed to settle for $9 million a putative class action filed against them by pharmacists from the San Diego area claiming that they were pressured to work overtime without pay and forced to remain on call during their breaks. ...

Judge Grants Preliminary Approval for $6.2 Million Deal for Nurses Jun 19, 2017

A group of call center-based nurses were granted preliminary approval by a California federal judge for their deal to end 1,325 claims stating that they did not receive compensation for the time spent starting up and turning off their work computers. ...

Bartash Printing Inc. Agrees to Pay $305,000 Over Wage Violations Jun 8, 2017

Bartash Printing Inc. agreed to pay $273,892 in liquidated damages and back wages to 136 temporary employees and a $31,350 civil penalty after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor found that they violated the Fair Labor Standards Act ...

Door Dash Agrees to Pay $5 Million After Misclassifying Employees Jun 2, 2017

Earlier this year, online restaurant food delivery provider DoorDash agreed to a $5 million settlement after delivery personnel filed a claim stating that they were illegally misclassified as independent contractors. The four-year-old company agreed ...

Florida Judge Rules in Favor of Exotic Dancers in FLSA Suit Mar 29, 2017

A federal judge in Florida ruled in favor of a group of exotic dancers in their case against two South Florida clubs, finding that the dancers were employees, not contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). U.S. District Judge William P. ...

California Federal Judge Rules in Favor of Misclassified Vendors Mar 22, 2017

A group of workers classified as “vendors” by Field Asset Services Inc. recently won a court case, where they argued that they were misclassified by their employer and were really employees. The company requested to decertify the class, which was ...

Hotel Workers in Southeast Texas Receive $285,000 in Back Wages, Damages Jan 31, 2017

An investigation into the Baymont Inn, Super 8 and Travelodge Hotel of Galveston, TX conducted by the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Labor Department found that the employer failed to pay over 125 workers overtime wages in Fiscal Year ...

Duane Reade Has Agreed to Pay $13.5 Million to Settle Class Action Lawsuit Jan 24, 2017

Duane Reade Inc., a convenience store and pharmacy chain, has agreed to pay $13.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit that alleges they failed to pay their assistant store managers overtime wages. The agreement was filed on Friday, January 20 in ...

Federal Contractors Should be Held to Higher Standards Sep 21, 2016

Federal Contractors Should be Held to Higher Standards Every employer in the United States needs to adhere to a variety of standards set forth by the Department of Labor, unions, and any other applicable regulatory body. However, some employers need ...

Chevron Subsidiaries to Pay $1.5 Million in Damages, Overtime Back Wages Sep 20, 2016

The United States Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division’s investigation into three Chevron Corporation subsidiaries revealed violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime provisions. The companies failed to properly track the pay of ...

Brownlow Plastering To Pay Over $365 Thousand in Overtime Back Wages Sep 14, 2016

A United States Department of Labor Wage and Hour investigation into Brownlow Plastering based out of Hammond, LA found that the company violated both the record-keeping and overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). During the ...

National Freight Inc. Fined Over $1 Million Following Investigation Sep 12, 2016

An investigation by the United States Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division into National Freight Inc. (NFI), one of the country’s biggest commercial transportation companies, has revealed that they incorrectly classified yard spotters and ...

Dinh Construction Fined $134 Thousand in Back Wages, Damages, and Penalties Sep 6, 2016

During an investigation into Dinh Construction, a Riverside, CA-based company, the United States Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division discovered violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime provisions. According to the Wage ...

California Court Rulings Provide Over $1 Million in Back Wages and Damages Jul 19, 2016

Two U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California court rulings will require the owners of Bay Area nursing homes and residential care facilities to pay dozens of workers denied overtime or minimum wage a total of more than $1 million ...

Recent FLSA Cases Jul 8, 2016

The United States Department of Labor has recently been involved in numerous investigations and cases involving back wages, overtime, and more. The agency has also provided resolutions to help those who have been affected by these violations of the ...

New Rule Makes Millions of Americans Eligible for Overtime Pay May 19, 2016

On Tuesday, the Obama administration brought to light a new rule that would make millions of Americans eligible for overtime pay. Some businesses oppose to the new measure, stating that they would reshuffle salaries in an effort to avoid the ...

Worker Claims Retaliation After Report of Asbestos Mar 23, 2016

A Yellowstone National Park maintenance worker made a report claiming that he and five other employers were unknowingly exposed to asbestos at an archaic lodge. Now, he claims that a park concession company has taken action to retaliate against him ...

U.S. Labor Department Seeking Back Wages for Restaurant Workers in Ohio Mar 22, 2016

A restaurant in Ohio is facing a lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Labor in an attempt to recover back wages totaling roughly $21,390. An equal and separate amount is being sought in damages for a total amount of $42,780. The lawsuit is on behalf of ...

Understanding Joint Employers Mar 16, 2016

The Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division has put a lot of focus on making sure workers in fissured (or joint-employer) workplaces are protected. This is a situation where there is a potential for multiple employers benefiting from the work of ...

Tip Distribution Ruled as Violation of Labor Standards Mar 2, 2016

In a ruling on February 24, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit determined that the distribution of tips is a violation of labor standards. It was ruled that employers are no longer able to collect service employees’ tips to ...

Ford Spent Millions Reshaping Science Behind Asbestos Risks Feb 16, 2016

Asbestos has been connected with many life-threatening illnesses, including mesothelioma cancer. The heat-resistant silicate mineral can be found in fibers, particularly those that line car brakes. While researchers still discuss the amount of ...

Former Kroger Employees File Suit Alleging Failure to Pay Overtime Feb 15, 2016

The Kroger supermarket chain is the subject of a recent class action lawsuit by three former employees who are alleging failures in overtime pay. Cincinnati-based Kroger supermarket chain is facing a class action lawsuit that claims the company ...

New DOL Warnings for Joint Employment Feb 4, 2016

In a big, recent development for overtime law, the Department of Labor says that companies should take responsibility for indirect hires – a warning to clients of temporary staffing agencies. Last October, the DOL found that temporary workers at a ...

Marketing Company Owes $1.75 Million in Back Wages & Damages Jan 5, 2016

A Malvern publishing company was recently found to be in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by a federal judge. According to reports, the company docked telemarketing workers for essentially all time that they were not making sales ...

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