Skip to Content

Employer Law Blog

We address issues, cases and matters of statutory and regulatory compliance of employment law that can impact a business' growth and profitability.

Employer Law Blog
April 20, 2023

Federal Court Rejects Plaintiff-Friendly Approach to FLSA Conditional Certification

At the end of 2021, we discussed in our Labor & Employment podcast some of the significant legal developments from that year. One of those developments involved the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals - in a case styled Swales v. KLLM Trans. Servs., LLC - rejecting the prevailing “two-step” approach to FLSA conditional certification of overtime or minimum wage claims. This “two-step” approach has been repeatedly characterized by courts as “lenient” and widely considered to be favorable to plaintiffs.

Employer Law Blog
August 15, 2022

FLSA Settlements: Is the Tide Turning on the Requirement of Court Approval?

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.