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No Joy In Mudville: Meal and Rest Break Amendment Strikes Out in Final Transportation Bill

Last month, we talked about Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA)’s Amendment 783 to the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act (the formal name for H.R. 22, the House’s version of the transportation bill).  Yesterday, Congress announced ...

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New Federal Transportation Bill May Bring Meal and Rest Break Relief to Employers

UPDATE: Amendment 783 was cut out of the final bill in conference. As you may have heard, the House has passed a 6-year, $325 billion transportation bill, after considering over 130 amendments.  What you may not know is that the bill ...

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Playing with FLSA Fire: Lawsuit over Call Center’s Aggressive “Idle Time” Deductions Proceeds

Recently, the federal district court in Minnesota allowed a collective action filed by call center employees to proceed in an example of how employers can end up playing with fire through over-aggressive time deductions, particularly when employees are idle and “engaged ...

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FLSA FAQ: Automatic Deductions for Meal Periods and Breaks

As we discussed earlier this week, under the FLSA employers do not have to pay employees for “bona fide meal periods,” because the regulations do not consider them to be work time. For a break to qualify as a bona ...

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Fifth Circuit’s FLSA Meal Break Decision Exposes Limit of Supreme Court’s Integrity Staffing Decision

Yesterday, I profiled Naylor v. Securiguard, a Fifth Circuit decision with a seemingly unique fact pattern (security guards on a naval base) with potentially broader impact.  As I mentioned yesterday, Naylor exposes some of the limits of Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. ...

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Travel-shortened meal breaks may be compensable under FLSA says Fifth Circuit

It’s more cult classic than a summer blockbuster, but one of my favorite movies is 2000’s “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” starring George Clooney. To me, it is the Coen brothers at their finest. Loosely based on Homer’s “Odyssey,” the movie follows ...

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