The number of lawsuits filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act reached an all-time high last year.
During the 12-month period ending June 30, 2010, 7,028 FLSA lawsuits were filed in federal district courts nationwide, according to statistics recently released by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.
Waiters, bartenders and other tipped employees may spend no more than 20 percent of their time on “general preparation work or maintenance” duties, such as setting tables, making coffee or washing dishes, a federal appeals court has ruled.
Two federal offices central to the enforcement of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act signed an agreement to coordinate their efforts around National Guard, Reserve and other military veterans.
Since early 2009, the U.S. Department of Labor has collected more than $300 million in back wages for more than 385,000 workers, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced in a statement. DOL also has hired 300 new wage and hour investigators “to ensure that we can promptly respond to complaints and can undertake more targeted enforcement,” she said.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said it is now resolving employee charges filed under federal civil rights laws almost as quickly as they are being filed — a significant change from previous years.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and the American Bar Association are entering into a partnership to help process complaints received by WHD from all over the country about employment law violations.
Employees must follow their companies’ call-in procedures for reporting absences and tardiness, a California appeals court ruled, emphasizing a Family and Medical Leave Act rule that was tightened in favor of employers by the January 2009 regulations.