Avantair Fighting to Stop a Class Action as it Slips into Bankruptcy

September 12, 2013
Worker receiving unfair termination

The Florida-based private plane company was hit with yet another class action lawsuit for failing to pay for hours worked or properly terminating employees. However, the suit was filed only weeks before Avantair filed for involuntary bankruptcy, making a fair settlement unlikely. A representative of the company says that although Avantair set up an insurance […]

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CA Companies Failing to Reimburse employees for Business Expenses; a Trend on the Rise

September 9, 2013
Employee in Labor Class Action

According to Section 2802 of the California Labor Code, employers are obligated to reimburse their employees for all applicable “expenditures or losses incurred… in direct consequence… of his or her obedience to the directions of the employer.” This includes but is not limited to the following examples: Fuel, mileage & other expenses for required travel […]

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9th Circuit Court of Appeals Holds a State Law Opt-Out Class Claim Can Proceed Simultaneously with FLSA Opt-in Claim – Los Angeles Wage & Hour Claims Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik

September 5, 2013
Apple

Linda Heyen was an assistant store manager at Safeway.  Classified as exempt from Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and California Labor Laws coverage, Heyen sued Safeway alleging the work she performed did not qualify as exempt tasks.  The trial court held that Safeway did improperly classify Heyen.  Safeway appealed, and the Court of Appeals affirmed […]

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California Labor Commission’s 2013 Report Targets Employer Labor Law Violations – Los Angeles Wage & Hour Claims Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik

September 3, 2013
Reaching

In its 2013 State of the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement report, the California Labor Commissioner identified the Labor Divisions’ enforcement activity for 2011 and 2012.  Highlights included: Over $3 million in unpaid minimum wages were assessed in 2012.  This is a 462% increase over the 2010 assessments. More than $13 million in unpaid overtime […]

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11th Circuit Court of Appeals Holds Cable Installers are Employees Subject to FLSA – Los Angeles Wage & Hour Claims Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik

August 30, 2013
contractors

The Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has overturned a district court decision which held that cable installers were independent contractors, not employees, and therefore not subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) jurisdiction.  Under the FLSA, employees are entitled to overtime pay for work performed over 8 hours per day, or 40 hours […]

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Parties Settle Unconscionable Arbitration Agreement after Court of Appeal Affirms Order Denying Motion to Compel Arbitration – Los Angeles Wage & Hour Claims Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik

August 28, 2013
Gavel

The parties in an employment lawsuit have settled after the California Court of Appeal affirmed an order denying the defendants’ motion to compel arbitration.  Wisdom v. AccentCare, Inc. Plaintiffs worked as on-call staffing coordinators for the Defendant.  The Plaintiffs filed suit against the Defendant alleging that they were not paid for off-the-clock work.  Because the […]

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Multi-Industry Field Case Managers are Routinely Denied Overtime Pay – Los Angeles Wage & Hour Claims Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik

August 26, 2013
nurses

They work in several industries, but primarily the medical, healthcare, and social services fields.  They are required to have excellent interpersonal and communications skills, the ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple priorities, and effectively adapt and respond to complex, fast-paced, rapidly growing, and results-oriented environments.  They collect, analyze, and evaluate clinical documentation, and use […]

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Los Angeles Labor Law Firm, Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik Files Suit Against Cogent Communications for Allegedly Failing To Pay Overtime Pay to Account Managers – Los Angeles Wage & Hour Claims Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik

August 22, 2013
call center

The Los Angeles Labor Law firm of Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik, continues to pursue Cogent Communications to make them accountable to their Account Managers for overtime pay.  According to the class action lawsuit, Valverde v. Cogent Communications, Inc., Cogent allegedly routinely misclassified its Account Managers as administrative workers to exempt them from coverage under California […]

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Dollar General Faces Class Action Lawsuit for Violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act – Los Angeles Wage & Hour Claims Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik

August 20, 2013
minimum-wage

Dollar General Corp., a U.S. chain of variety stores, is facing a class action lawsuit for violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Dollar General is also accused of violating employment laws of the State of Tennessee. According to the Plaintiffs, who worked as hourly nonexempt employees, Dollar general did not give them […]

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Property Appraisers at Financial Services Firms are Routinely Misclassified To Avoid Overtime Pay – Los Angeles Wage & Hour Claims Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik

August 16, 2013
Apartment

California Labor Law and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) entitle all non-exempt employees to overtime pay when they work more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week.  “To avoid having to pay overtime, though, some employers will classify an employee as exempt alleging that the work they perform is administrative, executive, […]

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Second Circuit Court of Appeals Holds CEO is Individually Liable for Any Wages Found Unpaid Under the FLSA – Los Angeles Wage & Hour Claims Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik

August 14, 2013
Money

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has held that a CEO is individually liable for any wages that were unpaid under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  John Catsimatidis is the CEO of Gristedes, the largest supermarket chain in the New York City area.  With approximately 30 to 35 stores in the New York area, […]

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