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Home Healthcare Provider Agrees to $12.5 Settlement in FLSA Case

An in-home healthcare provider based in New York City recently agreed to pay out $12.5 million to settle allegations it systematically denied workers their overtime pay, a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). That provider, Preferred Home Care of New York (a subsidiary of Assistcare Home Health Services), paid $6.5 million to a Read More

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Department of Labor Ceases Automatically Seeking Double Damages in Settlements for FLSA Cases

As of July 1, the United States Department of Labor is no longer automatically seeking double damages in settlements with employers believed to have violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). There were shifts in FLSA settlement standards this year in response to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. An executive order from President Trump Read More

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Department of Justice Claims Businesses May Discriminate Against Transgender Workers

The U.S. Department of Justice told the Supreme Court in October 2018 that businesses are allowed to discriminate against workers based on gender identity without violating federal law. In an appearance in front of the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Noel Francisco said the civil rights law that bans sex discrimination in the workplace does not Read More

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Supreme Court Rejects a Longstanding FLSA Exemption ‘Narrow Construction’ Rule

The U.S. Supreme Court has maintained a standard of construing exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) narrowly for more than 70 years. However, on April 2, 2018, it issued a ruling in Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro that broke this tradition. The court ruled 5-4 that the employees involved in the case were Read More

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Bank of America Subsidiary Pays $36 Million Settlement in Overtime Lawsuit

Lansafe Appraisal Services Inc., an appraisal subsidiary of Bank of America, recently agreed to pay a $36 million settlement in a class action lawsuit in which the company was accused of wrongfully classifying residential real estate appraisers as being exempt from overtime pay. There were 365 members of the plaintiff class, each of whom will Read More

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About the New Overtime Rules for White Collar Hospitality Employees

The U.S. Department of Labor recently proposed some revisions to the overtime exemptions in the Fair Labor Standards Act. These revisions could have a significant impact on employees in all fields, but particularly for people working white collar positions in the hospitality industry (such as hotels and restaurants). Under current laws, employees who earn at Read More

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President Obama Proposes Major Changes to Overtime

President Barack Obama recently proposed raising the threshold for overtime salary to $50,400 in an op-ed he penned for the Huffington Post. Currently, the threshold is less than half that amount — set at $23,660 per year. That amount is currently below what is considered to be the poverty line for a family of four. Read More

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LinkedIn Pays Nearly $6 Million After US Labor Department Investigation

After being investigated by the US Labor Department for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, LinkedIn has been forced to pay out nearly $6 million in damages and unpaid overtime to 359 employees. The investigation revealed violations of the overtime and record-keeping parts of the Fair Labor Standards Act, affecting employees in California, Illinois, Read More

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