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DOL Revises Prevailing Wage Assessments for Construction Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor has given the green light to a new rule under the Davis-Bacon Act that changes how prevailing wages are determined for construction projects funded by the federal government. This update will lead to a significant change to wage assessments and is great news for those in the construction industry.

The Davis-Bacon Act affects nearly all government-funded projects and is a common piece of prevailing wage legislation. Basically, it says that companies working on these projects ...

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$72.5 Million Settlement for Home Depot’s Unpaid Overtime Receives Initial Green Light

In a significant development for Home Depot and its employees, a federal judge in California granted initial approval for a substantial $72.5 million settlement. This settlement brings an end to a prolonged and complex legal battle that spanned seven years, addressing class claims accusing Home Depot of neglecting to compensate its workers for off-the-clock work.

The Judge also authorized the certification of three subclasses. The first subclass comprises hourly, non-overtime-exempt workers in California. The second subclass includes ...

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Delay in Implementation of NYC Minimum Wage for App-Based Delivery Workers

A recent decision by a New York state judge has postponed the implementation of a new rule in New York City that aimed to raise the minimum wage for app-based delivery workers. Companies like Grubhub, DoorDash, and Uber have challenged the rule, arguing that the rule was biased, which led to a delay in its enforcement. The judge has scheduled a hearing for the end of July to further address the matter.

In their lawsuit filed on ...

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Female Workers Allege Disney Underpaid Them $150 Million

A group of current and former employees of The Walt Disney Co. have filed a lawsuit alleging that the company has unfairly paid women in middle management positions at least $150 million less than their male coworkers in similar roles. The employees are seeking class treatment for their case and have presented their claims to a judge in Los Angeles.

The women who initiated the proposed class action against The Walt Disney Co. originally filed their lawsuit ...

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New York City Implements New Law to Raise Minimum Wage for Delivery Workers

In a significant move to tackle the issues faced by delivery workers, New York City has introduced a new law that establishes an increased minimum wage for food couriers employed by delivery platforms such as Uber Eats, DoorDash, Relay, and Grubhub. The main purpose of this law is to respond to the concerns raised by labor rights activists and the city’s comptroller, who have highlighted their belief that the existing minimum pay is inadequate in covering ...

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Magistrate Recommends $1.1M Compensation for Dancers in Employment Lawsuit

A recent development in Maryland involves a magistrate judge’s recommendation that a nightclub pay $1.1 million to a group of dancers who filed a lawsuit for unpaid wages. The dancers claimed they were intentionally misclassified as independent contractors to avoid proper payment.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Brendan A. Hurson found Norma Jean’s Club, operating as PP&G Inc., liable for unpaid wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The ruling determined that three individuals were misclassified, receiving no wages, ...

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Kronos Settles Workers’ Ransomware Lawsuit for $6M

Kronos, a company that provides workforce management services, has reportedly agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by a group of its employees. The employees alleged that Kronos was negligent in its duty to prevent a ransomware attack in 2021, which led to the theft of their personal data. As per the recent court filing, Kronos has agreed to pay a maximum of $6 million to settle the lawsuit.

Kronos Private Cloud (also known as Kronos), a timekeeping ...

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Staffing Company Allegedly Forced Workers to Show Up Early Without Compensation

MadiCorp, a temporary staffing company, is facing a proposed collective action filed in a federal court in New York by two ex-employees who claimed that the company transported them to their workplace early every morning but did not compensate them for the overtime hours.  

Former MadiCorp employees have recently filed a complaint under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and New York Labor Law. The complaint alleges that they, along with other employees, were consistently underpaid ...

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Old Dominion Faces Lawsuit for Fingerprint Collection from Time Clocks

Old Dominion Freight Company is facing a proposed class action lawsuit in Illinois federal court, alleging that the company’s timekeeping platform unlawfully scanned and retained employees’ fingerprints without their permission. According to the lawsuit filed by John Kararo, the company made workers use a unique “biometric identifier” to log in and out of the time clock system to track hours and attendance, which violates the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).

BIPA outlines the definition of biometric ...

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Millions of Salaried Employees Could Become Eligible for Overtime Pay

As early as May 2023, employees may see changes to the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime regulations. Three U.S. Senate Democrats have proposed a bill that would increase the minimum salary requirement for overtime exemption from $684 per week, or about $36,000 per year, to $75,000 per year by 2026. Additionally, the bill seeks to permanently link the exemption threshold to the 55th percentile of earnings for workers, as calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Currently, ...

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