For the last 40 years, most courts have required court approval of settlements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for their releases of claims to be valid and enforceable. This requirement stemmed from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals’ opinion in a case from 1982 styled Lynn’s Food Stores, Inc. v. United States, wherein the court concluded court approval of settlements was necessary under the FLSA to ensure their fairness.
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On May 4, 2022, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion affirming the District Court’s award of only $1 in attorneys’ fees in action for unpaid overtime wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).
March has been a busy month on the legal front for Major League Baseball. Baseball fans can now breathe a large sigh of relief, as a contentious, months-long lock-out finally came to end on March 10, 2022, when the MLB and the MLB Players Association reached agreement on a new CBA for the next 5 years.
On February 22, 2022, the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas denied a restaurant association’s preliminary challenge to a new Department of Labor (“DOL”) regulation that formally incorporated what is commonly known as the “80/20 rule” for tipped employees.