Suit filed on behalf of home health aide for failure to compensate for “sleep time.”


On August 2, 2017, the law firm of Barkan Meizlish, LLP filed a Complaint against Defendants Serenity Homes LV, LLC (“Serenity Homes”), and its manager, Valerie Kaleal, for the failure to properly compensate an employee in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and the Ohio Minimum Fair Wage Standards Act. Serenity Homes is … Continue reading Suit filed on behalf of home health aide for failure to compensate for “sleep time.”

Oil & Gas: Long, long days deserve fair pay, including overtime calculated the lawful way.


Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that it is finding “unacceptably high numbers of [wage and hour] violations in the oil and gas industry,” and “pattern of industry employers failing to pay workers legally required overtime.”[1] Common violations include: the mistaken classification of salaried employees as exempt;[2] not properly calculating employees’ regular … Continue reading Oil & Gas: Long, long days deserve fair pay, including overtime calculated the lawful way.

DOJ Reverses its Position on Class Waiver.


The National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) was enacted in 1935 to “to protect the rights of employees and employers, to encourage collective bargaining, and to curtail certain private sector labor and management practices.”[1] The Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) was enacted in 1925 to encourage private dispute resolution through arbitration.[2] Whether two federal statutes can live … Continue reading DOJ Reverses its Position on Class Waiver.

To Be or Not to Be . . . exempt. I’m salaried, so I shouldn’t get overtime, right? Sorry, that is wrong.


There is a common and recurring misperception among many employees, employers and even attorneys that “salaried” means “exempt” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) or Ohio wage and hour laws.[1] This is not true. While many exempt employees are salaried,[2] not all salaried employees are exempt. This misunderstanding often results in underpayment of wages … Continue reading To Be or Not to Be . . . exempt. I’m salaried, so I shouldn’t get overtime, right? Sorry, that is wrong.

Department of Labor withdraws 2015 and 2016 informal guidance concerning joint employment and independent contractors.


Whether a worker is classified as an “employee” versus an “independent contractor” has significant ramifications. Indeed, according to the Department of Labor, “[t]he misclassification of employees as independent contractors presents one of the most serious problems facing affected workers, employers and the entire economy.”[1] There are many protections for employees that simply are not available … Continue reading Department of Labor withdraws 2015 and 2016 informal guidance concerning joint employment and independent contractors.

Automatic deductions for meal breaks and the law – what you need to know.


Lunch breaks are an essential part of most employees’ work days. However, many employers do not properly compensate employees for this time. When a lunch break becomes interrupted for any job-related duty, no matter how short the interruption lasts, the employee must be paid for the entire lunch break. Although the Fair Labor Standards Act … Continue reading Automatic deductions for meal breaks and the law – what you need to know.

TAKE ACTION: Protect Workers Compensation for Undocumented Workers


The Ohio House recently passed, and the Ohio Senate is now considering legislation that would deny workers compensation benefits to undocumented workers who are seriously injured on the job.  The bill would also limit undocumented workers access to the courts for injuries suffered on the job. This bill is bad for all Ohio workers, and … Continue reading TAKE ACTION: Protect Workers Compensation for Undocumented Workers

The Crawford Crew


The Crawford Crew is an amazing organization helping raise awareness about cervical cancer around central Ohio! They put on  huge yearly fundraiser called Raise a Racket and are excited to announce the event has already sold out! However, you can still help them reach their fundraising goal of $30,000 by joining the online auction! Please … Continue reading The Crawford Crew

The Pitfalls of Employee Misclassification


The misclassification of employees is both against the law and damaging to the employee and employer. Employees lose significant wages when they are misclassified, while employers are confronted with large class action lawsuits and potentially hefty monetary judgments awarded against them. Generally, the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) requires an employer to pay employees the … Continue reading The Pitfalls of Employee Misclassification

FLSA Test For Meal Break Compensation Clarified


An often difficult issue for employers is whether meal breaks for non-exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) count as compensable hours worked. Generally, the FLSA regulations state meal breaks do not count as hours worked when an employee is “completely relieved from duty for the purposes of eating regular meals.” 29 C.F.R. … Continue reading FLSA Test For Meal Break Compensation Clarified