“Live-in” Nurses Should Be Paid For All 24 Hours of Their Shift

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 The Appellate Division, First Department recently ruled that “live-in” nurses working 24-hour shifts should be paid for all 24 hours regardless of their allotted sleep and meal breaks. This ruling came in stark contrast to what had been the New York State Department of Labor’s (DOL) longstanding view that “live-in” nurses’ payment should follow the 13-Hour Rule. It required that they only be paid for 13 hours of their shift if they were allotted at least 8 hours of sleep ...

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Incinia Contracting Sued for Unpaid Overtime

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On Friday, July 28, 2017 Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP along with Pechman Law Group PLLC filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of two asbestos handlers and their similarly situated co-workers who worked at Incinia Contracting. This full service environmental company with over a decade of servicing the public and private sectors has allegedly failed to pay its hourly employees overtime at time and a half their regular hourly rate for hours worked over 40 in a work week.

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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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Star Nissan Auto Group Sued for Unpaid Wages

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Car dealerships are a commonplace for negotiating deals, however, over the last couple of years sales representatives have been realizing they might actually be the ones getting the short end of those transactions. Two former sales representatives at Star Nissan Autogroup, one of the largest privately owned car dealerships of the NY metropolitan area, have brought a lawsuit against the company to try and remedy violations that they allege include failing to pay minimum wage, overtime, agreed upon wages, unlawful ...

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Wage Issues for PAs in the Movie Industry Run Rampant

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In the last couple of years there has been an explosion in filming throughout New York City almost daily. Crew members like production assistants can be seen running around, helping shut down traffic or detour pedestrians. They weave through the city streets exasperated on coffee runs or scramble around with walkie talkies in hand. As staples to the industry, these assistants have always worked long arduous hours for next to nothing. For decades it had been custom for production assistants ...

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Car Dealerships Plagued with Wage Violations

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Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP is investigating claims against New York car dealerships. After successfully resolving a multi-million dollar unpaid wage case against The Major Automotive Companies, one of New York’s largest dealerships, our firm has found that the car dealership industry is riddled with many of the same violations. These wage violations deprive sales representatives of lawfully earned commissions and wages.

Many sales representatives for car dealerships often work long hours and are underpaid. For instance, dealerships often fail to provide ...

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Rosa Mexicano Wage Lawsuit

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On Thursday, July 07, 2016, Fitapelli & Schaffer LLP filed a class action wage lawsuit against Rosa Mexicana, a Michelin rated restaurant serving upscale Mexican inspired dishes with 17 locations worldwide. This lawsuit seeks to recover minimum wages, overtime pay, call-in pay, and other wages for Plaintiffs and their similarly situated co-workers – servers, bussers, bartenders, food runners, barbacks and other “tipped workers” – who work or have worked at Rosa Mexicano restaurants nationwide with the exception of Rosa Mexicano ...

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Target Warehouse Workers Start Class Action for Unpaid Wages

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Target warehouse workers in New York, specifically “Group Leaders”, have started a class action lawsuit against the retail giant claiming that they didn’t compensate them for all hours worked. They allege that they were misclassified as exempt and were not paid for their overtime hours. The lawsuit claims that they worked 48-54 hours per week, not including the hour and a half long meetings they periodically attended as well as continuing to work once at home emailing supervisors ...

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FLSA Lawsuit Filed Against Steak ‘n Shake

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Steak ‘n Shake,  a casual chain restaurant with over 500 locations in 29 states, has been hit with a collective action FLSA lawsuit on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP is representing the class that includes servers, bussers and runners who work or have worked for Steak ‘n Shake Operations, Inc. in the United States.  This lawsuit is filed on behalf of all servers, bussers, and runners who work or have worked at Steak ‘n Shake restaurants owned ...

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Notice Sent out Nationwide for Uncle Julio’s Class Action

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In October 2015, Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP along with Werman Salas P.C. filed a class action lawsuit against the Uncle Julio’s Corporation and Uncle Julio’s of Illinois, Inc. The lawsuit alleged that Uncle Julio’s Restaurants failed to pay tipped employees the proper minimum wage rates to which they were entitled. Recently, the Court approved that notice of lawsuit be sent out to over 5,000 tipped employees, including servers and bartenders nationwide who work or have worked at any of the ...

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