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Working Families in America Are Forced to Wait for a Raise

Yesterday, millions of American workers were denied a long overdue raise. On December 1, 2016, a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) rule should have made millions of Americans in salaried jobs eligible for overtime pay. Instead, a coalition of businesses and states sought a nationwide injunction blocking the new DOL rule from taking effect, forcing working families to wait indefinitely - and unnecessarily - for relief.

Illinois Attorney General Files Suit Against Jimmy John's

In a civil complaint filed June 8, 2016, the State of Illinois alleges that the sandwich chain Jimmy John's violated the state's Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Practices Act, 815 ILCS 50511, et seq., by requiring its store employees to sign aggressive non-compete agreements.

Seventh Circuit Finds Class Action Waivers Violate Federal Labor Law

Last week, the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals struck a blow to employers that require their employees to waive their right to bring class and collective actions to remedy wage and hour violations, finding these waivers violate the National Labor Relations Act's right to engage in "concerted activities" to improve workplace conditions.

New York Attorney General Says Domino's Pizza Is "Joint Employer" in Wage Theft Scheme

A lawsuit brought by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman accuses Domino's Pizza of under-paying delivery workers and other forms of wage theft at ten locations across New York state. As a result, according to the lawsuit, restaurant workers have been shorted more than a half-million dollars in hard-earned pay.

New federal overtime rules: "Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees"

The White House today issued a blockbuster set of changes to the overtime rules under the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) that will allow far more middle-class workers to earn time-and-a-half. The Final Rule doubles the standard salary floor for exempt workers, establishes automatic increases of that floor every three years, and sets a higher salary threshold for "highly compensated individuals" who are generally exempt under the 2004 rules.

U.S. Women's Soccer Team Demands Equal Pay for Equal Work

Last week, the U.S. women's national soccer team (USWNT), represented by five of its top players, filed a complaint of wage discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), alleging that U.S. Soccer players on the men's national team are paid as much as four times that of their female counterparts on the women's national team.

Navigating the Fissured Workplace: New Guidance from the DOL on Joint Employment

Last Wednesday, the Department of Labor issued guidance to clarify employees' rights and employers' obligations in an increasingly fragmented workplace. The Department of Labor Administrator's Interpretation (AI) No. 2016-1 addresses Joint employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA).

Jennifer Lawarence Says Hollywood Gender Pay Gap Shouldn't be a Part of the Real-Life American Hustle

Co-Written by Outten & Golden LLP Law Clerk Amy Biegelsen and Marketing Assistant Danielle Travali

NLRB Joint Employer decision applies an old test to a modern problem

On Thursday, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision that may have a big impact on the fast food organizing campaigns currently going on around the country. In Browning-Ferris Industries, 362 NLRB No. 186 (Aug. 27, 2015), the NLRB updated the test for whether two companies are "joint employers" of the same group of workers. This issue arises in cases where one agency supplies workers, like temporary employees, to work for another company. It can also arise in franchisor/franchisee arrangements. Noting that these kinds of work arrangements have become much more common in recent decades, the NLRB adjusted its test to keep pace with the changing economy.

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