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When is a “Bonus” Really a “Commission”? A Helpful Reminder to Ensure Your Pay Plans Comply with State Laws

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In the past, we have highlighted some of the legal risks of employing commission-based employees, as well as some of the methods for limiting those risks.  A new court decision out of Illinois provides a good reminder that vaguely described policies and restrictive payment rules can expose employers to large liabilities.… Continue reading this entry

“Smoking Guns” and Unofficial Rules: A Reminder for Employers

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If you work in human resources, or are an executive or employment lawyer, at some point you probably have thought, heard or said words to the effect of “Juries are very unpredictable and can do some crazy things.” I admit that I often scratch my head reading about the conclusions juries have reached in some … Continue reading this entry

WARN Act Claims Fail Against Oilfield Drilling Company

Today a Dallas federal court found that the WARN Act did not apply to drilling land rigs aggregated within a particular region. A Dallas firm has sued several drilling companies claiming proper WARN notice was not provided to laid off oilfield workers. The court did not rule on whether the rigs could be aggregated with … Continue reading this entry

Genesis Health Care Corp. v. Symczyk--A Magic Bullet for FLSA Class Actions?

On April 16, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that a defendant employer’s settlement offer to a plaintiff mooted the plaintiff’s claim and prevented her from leading a collective action for unpaid wages.  The controversial ruling by a sharply divided Court suggests employers may be able to avoid collective actions under the … Continue reading this entry

Houston Court Rejects "Lactation Discrimination" Claim

Last week, a federal judge in Houston granted summary judgment to an employer being sued by an employee for pregnancy discrimination.  Specifically, the former employee alleged that she was terminated after asking if she would be able to use a back room to express milk when she returned from maternity leave.  The court found that lactation was not … Continue reading this entry