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2020 Wage & Hour Developments: A Year in Review

The laws governing wages and hours of work affect nearly everyone—and have a significant affect on class and collective actions. How employees are paid, whether as hourly non-exempt, salaried-exempt, tipped, or commissioned sales workers, and how much they are paid, are questions of deep interest to employees and employers alike. And because the laws regulating...… Continue Reading
January 22, 2021

Fifth Circuit Rejects Two-Step Approach for Certifying FLSA Collective Actions

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has just issued an important decision addressing “how stringently, and how soon, district courts should enforce Section 216(b)’s ‘similarly situated’ mandate” when considering motions for certification of collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The appeals court rejected the familiar two-step, conditional certification-followed-by-decertification approach...… Continue Reading
January 13, 2021

Four Ways Manufacturing Employers Can Reduce Risk of Class Action Litigation

How can manufacturing employers reduce the prospect of costly wage and hour class and collective actions? In this legal update, James M. Stone, head of Jackson Lewis P.C.’s Manufacturing Industry Group, and Eric J. Gitig, an associate in the firm’s Los Angeles, California, office, offer guidance to minimize the risk of class litigation, particularly for...… Continue Reading
December 14, 2020

Workplace Law Under a Biden Administration

As President-elect Joe Biden selects members of his Cabinet and prepares for his transition into the presidency, he and a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives may pursue a number of significant pieces of federal workplace legislation. Many of these employment law measures successfully passed the House in 2019 and 2020. And, with the...… Continue Reading
November 10, 2020

Class Action Trends Report Fall 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to alter work lives in profound ways, employers are confronted with additional liability risks. The pandemic has created a wave of litigation that is unlikely to ebb until well after the unprecedented public health crisis recedes. In this issue, Jackson Lewis attorneys discuss the risks of WARN Act litigation among the...… Continue Reading
November 3, 2020

Hacked Healthcare Provider Refuses to Pay Ransom, Attackers Target Psychotherapy Patients

From Finland — by way of our Jackson Lewis Workplace Privacy, Data Management, and Security Report blog — comes the story of a healthcare provider whose refusal to pay a ransom to cyberattackers resulted in a particularly disturbing compromise of customer data: the threat of public disclosure of patient psychotherapy records. “This incident reveals a...… Continue Reading
October 28, 2020

COVID-19 screening programs can spur biometric privacy class actions

As organizations aim to return to some type of normalcy, and help ensure a healthy and safe workplace, many have implemented COVID-19 screening programs that check for symptoms, and an employee’s recent travel and potential contact with the virus. Moreover, many states and localities across the nation are mandating or recommending the implementation of COVID-19...… Continue Reading
October 15, 2020

Pandemic necessitates review of donning and doffing policies

As federal and state safety and health guidelines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic call for extensive use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the workplace, employers should give their policies on “donning and doffing” a fresh look. Pandemic-related reopening orders issued by state and local governments may include requirements that will require employers to...… Continue Reading
October 13, 2020

Class actions have not spiked alongside pandemic—yet

Has the COVID-19 pandemic prompted a rise in class action employment lawsuits? Not yet, according to the numbers. For now, COVID employment litigation has been comprised mostly of single-plaintiff claims. Whether the dam will hold, however, remains to be seen. The Jackson Lewis COVID-19 Employment Lit-Watch tracks labor and employment litigation developments nationwide, as sifted...… Continue Reading
October 1, 2020

Eleventh Circuit rejects incentive awards for class plaintiffs

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that “incentive” or “service” awards to lead plaintiffs in Rule 23 class actions are unlawful. It is the first circuit court of appeals to expressly invalidate such awards as a matter of law. (Johnson v. NPAS Solutions, LLC, No. 18-12344, September 17, 2020). In a suit brought...… Continue Reading
September 17, 2020

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