Fair Labor Standards Act News

Alabama Agencies Ordered to Pay $540K in Back Wages to Disabled Workers

A recycling center that employs adults with intellectual disabilities in Alabama should have paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to its workers, federal labor officials said. The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that employees were rightfully owed $540,000. Montgomery …

Cuomo Signs Bill Protecting Immigrant Workers from Workplace Harassment

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation creating penalties for discrimination or retaliation against immigrant employees into law. This law is a codification of federal case law interpreting the anti-retaliation provisions of New York’s Labor Law and the federal …

Feds Fine North Carolina Restaurant Over Wage, Child Labor Law Violations

A North Carolina restaurant has been fined by federal officials who say it violated minimum wage and child labor laws. The U.S. Department of Labor announced in a news release that Max’s Pizza in Surf City was fined $14,287 for …

Judge Orders Georgia Vidalia Onion Farmer to Pay $1.4M in Overtime Suit

One of the largest producers of Georgia’s famous Vidalia onions must pay $1.4 million in damages and unpaid overtime owed to hundreds of workers, a federal judge ruled. A U.S. District Court judge found that Bland Farms Production and Packing …

Judge Blocks Obama’s Overtime Pay Raise for White Collar Workers

An Obama administration policy that would have given more white-collar workers overtime starting Dec. 1 was blocked nationwide by a federal judge in Texas. The decision Tuesday is a victory for 21 states and dozens of business groups that sued, …

Florida Plastic Recycler to Pay $424K in Back Wages to Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor says a Florida plastic recycler will pay $424,537 in back wages to 195 employees for violating overtime and record-keeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. In a news release issued Monday, the agency says …

Supreme Court Denies GEICO Appeal on Claims Investigators’ Overtime Pay

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear GEICO General Insurance Co.’s appeal of a ruling that the No. 2 auto insurer in the United States must pay overtime wages to its claims investigators after the company had sought …

California Judge Rules Apple Workers Can Sue as a Class Over Searches

For California workers seeking to be paid for time spent getting bags searched after their shifts end, state law may provide the remedy that federal law doesn’t. On Thursday, a judge in San Francisco said that Apple Inc. store workers …

Labor Department’s 6-Part Test for Classifying Employees, Independent Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a blog post with new guidance on classifying workers as employees or independent contractors under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA), an issue that has attracted renewed attention in the on-demand economy. …

Beazley Launches Enhanced Management, Cyber Liability Policy for Law Firms

Beazley has launched “Beazley Practice Protect,” an enhanced management liability policy for law firms, designed to confront a rapidly evolving market for counsel and legal services. Beazley Practice Protect covers both law firm partners and non-partner officers such as CEOs …