An Update on DOL Overtime Regulations

In May of last year the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it would increase the threshold salary requirements in determining whether an employee is exempt from receiving overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The DOL’s final rule affected professional, administrative and executive employees by dramatically increasing the threshold salary from $455per week to $913 per week. It also bumped the salary threshold for exempt highly compensated individuals from $100,000 to $122,148.

This change in overtime regulations caused ...

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7 Million Dollar Settlement for Real Estate Appraisers

On January 31, 2017, Real Estate Appraisers for Bank of America Corp. were awarded a 7 million dollar settlement after alleging LandSafe, Inc. and LandSafe Appraisal Services, Inc., and their parent company, Defendant Bank of America Corp., refused to pay them overtime even after a similar case against them for unpaid overtime two years prior settled for 36 million dollars. This lawsuit claimed that Bank of America Corp. refused to change their compensation practices even after the prior lawsuit and ...

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Construction Companies Frequently Fail to Pay Laborers Overtime

Laborers for construction companies are frequently paid improperly at the hand of their employers. They are often salaried or paid a day-rate which as argued by a recent lawsuit against Magnetic Contracting Corp. and City Metro Corp., would entitle them to receive overtime pay when working over 40 hours per week. Magnetic Contracting Corp., a commercial and residential construction company operating throughout the greater New York City area, was hit with a class action Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and ...

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Duane Reade to Pay Out Big for Overtime Violations

The popular drugstore chain, Duane Reade, has finally settled a 5 year long class action lawsuit that alleged it denied overtime pay to its employees. They have agreed to pay $13.5 million to cover claims that its assistant store managers were not paid for all of their hours worked in accordance to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

According to the lawsuit, Duane Reade required its Assistant Store Managers to work at least 55 hours per week but only ...

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Keane Group Holdings Sued for Unpaid Overtime

Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP along with Bruckner Burch PLLC filed a collective action against Keane Group Holdings for unpaid overtime. Keane, well known to some of the largest oil and gas companies, offers completion services such as hydraulic fracturing, engineered solutions, wireline technologies, coiled tubing, top hole air rig packages, and cementing. This lawsuit seeks to recover overtime pay for plaintiffs and their similarly situated oilfield coworkers. Affected workers include QSHE Coordinators, Wireline Supervisors and other similar salaried workers.

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Staten Island Hospital Settles Big in Unpaid Overtime Case

A hospital worker, Robert Volpe, at Staten Island University Hospital filed a wage and hour lawsuit against the facility in May of 2015. The phlebotomist and lab technician working within the hospital’s Dyker Lab Patient Service Center was completing at least 60 hours of work per week for the last 6 years and paid a salary of approximately $65,000. Volpe was never paid overtime but was required to work long hours.  Now, not even a year later, the hospital has ...

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BofA Settles Overtime Lawsuit

Bank of America, the second largest national bank, has settled a class action overtime lawsuit for $14,000,000. The lawsuit alleged the bank failed to pay its Financial Advisor Trainees in the Merrill Lynch unit their overtime pay. The trainees claim they were working 60 hours or more per week and were not compensated at time and a half what their hourly rate would be for overtime.

Approximately 9,500 trainees nationwide will be benefiting from this settlement if approved by the court. ...

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Marina Ice Cream Wage Lawsuit Filed By F&S

On January 28, 2016, Fitapelli & Schaffer, LLP filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against Marina Ice Cream Corp. and Selinger Ice Cream Corp., who together do business as “Marina Ice Cream” in New York City. The lawsuit is filed on behalf of all delivery drivers who work or have worked for Marina Ice Cream Corp. located at 133-14 Jamaica Avenue, Richmond Hill, New York 11418; 424 East ...

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Buffalo Bills Cheerleaders Charge On for Better Wages

Professional cheerleaders for the NFL around the nation are pushing for their rights. Some of these side line entertainers and half time performers for the Buffalo Bills are stepping forward and demanding an increase in wages and better treatment as employees. The main issue in their push for better wages stems from how cheerleaders are categorized by the Buffalo Bills and the NFL in general. It has become common practice in the industry to categorize cheerleaders as independent ...

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Minimum Wage Increase for Fast-food Workers’ is Upheld

Handing down a victory for restaurant worker rights, the decision to increase the minimum wage for fast food workers to $15 an hour in the state of New York has been upheld by a state oversight board. On Wednesday, the New York Industrial Board of Appeals rejected arguments made by the National Restaurant’s Association that claimed the mandate to increase wages was arbitrary and unfair by focusing on national chain restaurants with 30 or more locations.

Earlier this year ...

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