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Wage and Hour Law Blog Posts

Court allows sales representatives in Wyndham's Wisconsin Dells location to pursue off the clock claims collectively

August 14, 2014

The attorneys at Hawks Quindel and Nichols Kaster announce a significant development in an unpaid wage class action brought on behalf of sales representatives employed by Wyndham Vacation Resorts (Wyndham), after a federal district court in Madison granted the plaintiffs' request for conditional class status. The case was initially filed in June 2013 by two former sales representatives who had ... more->>

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Attorneys Halstead and Zoeller to Present at Health, Labor, and Employment Law Institute

August 07, 2014

Attorneys Aaron Halstead and David Zoeller will be among the presenters at the Health, Labor, and Employment Law Institute in Wisconsin Dells on August 21 and 22. The third annual Institute from State Bar of Wisconsin provides comprehensive information for judges, lawyers, legal staff, and other legal professionals to stay current on new developments for their health, labor, or employment law ... more->>

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Tipped Employees and Minimum Wage in Wisconsin

June 24, 2014
by Caitlin Madden

Servers, waiters, and other tipped employees are especially vulnerable to wage theft. The Department of Labor performed nearly 9,000 investigations of restaurants between 2010 and 2012, and found 83.8% of investigated restaurants had violated wage and hour laws. This post examines a common issue for tipped employees: whether an employer can pay the tipped minimum wage for time spent performing ... more->>

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Employees Paid Improperly When Employers Misunderstand What Counts as "Work"

June 13, 2014
by Timothy Maynard

Most people know they should be paid at least the minimum wage, plus overtime pay, by their employers. Since 1938, minimum wage and the 40-hour workweek have become standard, common-knowledge concepts under an employee’s right to fair pay in the American workplace. However, every year employees all over the U.S. are deprived of their right to earn the minimum wage and overtime pay for their work.... more->>

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Collective and Class Actions are Critical Tools to Helping Employees Enforce Their Rights

May 21, 2014
by Larry Johnson

Many workers are victims of their employer’s refusal to pay them overtime pay or minimum wages. Employers’ illegal conduct comes in many forms – through misclassifying employees as exempt, forcing employees to work through unpaid breaks, forcing employees to work off-the-clock, or by illegally rounding the punch times. Whether the employer is violating the law willfully, or not, workers can find ... more->>

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Department of Labor Likely to Increase the Salary Amount Requirement for the FLSA’s White Collar Exemptions

May 08, 2014
by David Zoeller

President Obama recently announced his intention to ask the Department of Labor to update aspects of the DOL’s enforcement of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which, in part, dictates which workers qualify for overtime pay. Even Salaried Workers Must Be Paid Overtime Unless They Are “Exempt” A popular misconception about overtime pay is that anyone receiving a salary, or any form of compensation ... more->>

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Johnson to Speak at Advanced Wage and Hour Seminar in Park City Utah

February 18, 2014

Attorney Larry Johnson to speak at the Ohio Association for Justice's Advanced Wage and Hour continuing legal education seminar in Park City Utah on March 24th through the 26th. Johnson will discuss the broadening scope of successor liability under the Fair Labor Standards Act and his successful arguments before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on the issue in Teed v. Thomas & Betts Power ... more->>

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WISN 12's Colleen Henry Reports on Wage Theft Claim Against St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, WI

February 04, 2014

Attorney Summer Murshid was interviewed by WISN 12's Colleen Henry as part of a Channel 12 Investigation into employees performing work without pay. Henry spoke to Murshid and her client, Margaret Watzka, about the increasing pressures on employees to work from home and at work without being properly compensated for their time. Murshid represents Watzka, and similarly situated nurses, in a claim ... more->>

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Wisconsin Supreme Court to Hear Appeal of Donning and Doffing Case – Weissman et al., v. Tyson Foods, Inc.

January 22, 2014
by Summer Murshid

Summary At issue in this class action is whether donning and doffing of protective equipment by employees must be compensated by an employer. Wisconsin Court of Appeals Judge Hue’s decision to interpret Wisconsin law independent of federal employment law is a significant departure from other federal court decisions in this area. Judge Hue decided in favor of the Plaintiffs; Tyson Foods has ... more->>

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Attorneys Johnson, Maynard, and Murshid Win Overtime Compensation on Behalf of 42 Van Drivers

December 23, 2013

Earlier this year, a van driver working for Med Group Transportation filed a class action against his employer for unpaid overtime compensation and unpaid pre and post shift travel time. The drivers provided transportation services to primarily handicapped and elderly customers. Med Group Transportation was reimbursed for the transportation with what was ultimately public funds (Department of ... more->>

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