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Jani-King franchisees obtain Rule 23 class certification in misclassification unjust enrichment action

January 18th, 2019

By Nicole D. Prysby, J.D.
Jani-King cleaning service franchisees convinced the federal district court in Connecticut to certify a proposed Rule 23 class in their lawsuit claiming Jani-King misclassified them as independent contractors, instead of employees, and was unjustly enriched by the fees the franchisees paid in order to be employed. Finding that the class was [Read more...]


Dems unveil bill to raise minimum hourly wage to $15 by 2024

January 18th, 2019

By Pamela Wolf, J.D.
On January 16, Democratic leaders introduced the Raise the Wage Act of 2019 in the House. The bill, which was introduced with 181 House cosponsors, would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 in 2024, index future minimum wage increases to median wage growth, and ensure all workers are paid at least [Read more...]


In prevailing wage suit, California high court asked if offsite equipment mobilization is part of ‘public work’

January 17th, 2019

By Lorene D. Park, J.D.
In a suit claiming a government contractor employer failed to pay prevailing wages required by state law, the Ninth Circuit certified to the California Supreme Court the question of whether operating engineers’ offsite “mobilization work”—including the transport of roadwork grinding equipment to and from a public works site—was performed “in the [Read more...]


State appeals court justice has qualified immunity from 1st Amendment retaliation claims of employee who reported misconduct

January 17th, 2019

By Marjorie Johnson, J.D.
The chief justice of a Texas appeals court was entitled to qualified immunity from a First Amendment retaliation lawsuit by a former briefing attorney who claimed his employment offer was rescinded because he reported the justice’s judicial misconduct to the state commission, resulting in an investigation by the district attorney’s office. Reversing [Read more...]


Trump signs bill to guarantee retroactive pay to federal employees impacted by shutdown

January 17th, 2019

By Pamela Wolf, J.D.
On January 16, the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019 was signed by President Trump. The bill will ensure that employees of the federal government and District of Columbia get paid retroactively, as soon as possible, for any period of furlough during the government shutdown, as well as for any period [Read more...]