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Delivery drivers file FLSA collective action against Amazon as joint employer

April 29th, 2021

By Pamela Wolf, J.D.
The drivers claim Amazon jointly employs them to deliver packages to Amazon customers but has failed to comply with wage laws to pay them for all hours worked, including OT.
A group of delivery associates (drivers) has filed an FLSA wage-hour collective action against Amazon.com Services, Inc., Amazon.com LLC, and [Read more...]


DOL’s Wage and Hour Division adds resources on COVID-19-related obligations

April 29th, 2021

By Pamela Wolf, J.D.
New FAQs address compensation, teleworking, nursing mother, and sick and family medical leave issues.
On April 26, the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division announced that it has launched the Essential Workers, Essential Protections initiative to help make sure that workers know about the wage and hour laws that protect them, and how [Read more...]


Black officer’s claim he was disciplined for complaining about arrest by fellow officers revived

April 27th, 2021

By Brandi O. Brown, J.D.
The officer claimed he was the subject of racial harassment during an incident in which he was berated, tightly handcuffed, and arrested by fellow officers.
Reversing in part the grant of summary judgment against an African-American police officer’s claims alleging his municipal employer and several individual [Read more...]


Kaiser Permanente willing to pay $11.5M to settle race-based pay, promotion class action

April 27th, 2021

By Pamela Wolf, J.D.
After allotted allocations, about $7.5M would remain for distribution to about 2,225 African-American current and former employees.
Under a proposed settlement, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, The Permanente Medical Group, Inc., and the Southern California Permanente Medical Group (collectively, Kaiser Permanente) would pay $11,504,759 [Read more...]


Pilgrim’s Pride faces suit for wrongful COVID-19 deaths of employee’s husband, deceased worker

April 26th, 2021

By Pamela Wolf, J.D.
Despite the CDC’s March 9, 2020, guidelines for workers, neither the employee nor the decedent allegedly was required or instructed to wear a mask, facial shield, or other precautions until late May or early June.
An employee who allegedly contracted COVID-19 at work and gave it to her [Read more...]