The Washington State Employment Security Department audits records of employers located in Washington to confirm that wages and hours are accurately reported and to ensure compliance with the state’s unemployment insurance laws and rules. During the audit, ESD auditors will perform a wide variety of functions, including looking for evidence of unreported employees, casual labor,

In October 2019, Ralph “Trey” Johnson filed a putative class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and a number of universities alleging that college student-athletes are employees who are entitled to pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Judge John R. Padova ordered the parties to submit supplemental briefing on the Defendants’ Motions to Dismiss in light of the Supreme Court’s June 21, 2021 opinion in National Collegiate Athletic Association v. Alston. The Alston decision held that the NCAA could not bar certain education-related benefits (such as tutors or computers) and left open the door for a direct challenge to the NCAA’s prohibition on paying athletes.
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On June 21, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to limit the amount of non-tip producing work that a tipped employee can perform when an employer is taking a tip credit. In other words, when an employee is working in a tipped occupation and the employee has performed a substantial amount of non-tipped labor (more than 20% or 30 consecutive minutes), the employer can no longer take a tip credit and must pay the full federal minimum wage to the worker.
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The Biden presidency has become a focus of employers who are looking to see what policy and enforcement priorities will come out of the federal Department of Labor. In addition, the pandemic has placed a spotlight on low-wage workers and the policies that affect them. As the administration has passed the 100-day mark, we expect to see a strong focus on wage and hour issues at the federal level as the government ramps up additional resources and hires key personnel to fulfill its objectives.
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In Bernstein v. Virgin America, Inc., ___ F.3d ___, 2021 WL 686281 (9th Cir. 2021), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the application of California wage-and-hour laws to employees who worked both within and outside of the state.

Prior case law established that California’s wage-and-hour laws apply to non-California residents

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has ordered courts to discontinue using a “two-step” certification process where the first step customarily results in the distribution of notice of opt-in rights to putative class members.

The order affirmatively rejects the nearly “universal” approach of the 1987 New Jersey district court opinion, Lusardi v.