Delivery Workers Cannot be Paid a Tip Credit says Connecticut Supreme Court

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There has been an important development for tipped workers in the state of Connecticut. The Connecticut Supreme court has decided that delivery workers cannot be paid a tip credit instead of the full minimum wage rate. The norm had been that businesses like hotels and restaurants would pay its delivery workers the reduced minimum wage because they were earning tips, however, this recent decision points out that the law may have been misinterpreted all along. Delivery workers may have always ...

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Supreme Court Issues Landmark Decision Regarding Same-Sex Marriage

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On June 26, 2015, The Supreme Court, in Obegerfell  v. Hodges, ruled in a 5 to 4 decision that the Due Process Clause and Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution require all states to allow same-sex marriages. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the opinion for the court, and stated “same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry in all States [and] that there is no lawful basis for a state to refuse to recognize a lawful same-sex marriage performed in ...

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Supreme Court Issues Favorable Pregnancy Discrimination Decision in Young v UPS

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In a recent 6-3 decision, in the case of Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., the Supreme Court has overturned a Fourth Circuit decision which granted summary judgment in favor of the Defendants, in regards to their failure to grant Plaintiff reasonable accommodations under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.  Specifically, Plaintiff was a pregnant postal service worker who was told by her Doctor that she should not attempt to lift more than 20 pounds while pregnant.  However, since the postal service ...

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Supreme Court Decides Employee Security Screenings Can Be Unpaid

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On December 9, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States found in the case of Integrity Staffing Solutions Inc. v. Busk that warehouse employees were not entitled to compensation under the FLSA for the 25 minutes they spent at work each day waiting to undergo and undergoing security screenings. The case was initially brought before a district court, where it was dismissed for failure to state a claim. However, on appeal, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th ...

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Good Rule 68 Decision

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On August 6, 2013, the United States District Court ruled against Astoria Brewhouse (“Defendant”) in their motion to dismiss several claims filed by former employee/bartender Nicholas Ritz (“Ritz”) alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and New York Labor Law (NYLL). The Defendant’s motion to dismiss was regarding a previous offer made to Ritz which it believed made the Plaintiff’s claims moot. More specifically, after Ritz received ...

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