WSNYC Blog: The Latest in Employment Law

It’s hard for anyone to forget the chaos of March 2020. The initial onset of the COVID-19 pandemic led to all kinds of panic, including mass layoffs from thousands of companies and near-record unemployment. According to federal law, certain employers are required to provide 60 days advance notice to their employees before they execute a mass layoff, except if that layoff is caused by a natural disaster. Following a Texas lawsuit, the 5th Circuit…
Last month, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria approved Amazon engineer David G. Williams’ request to file a class action against the e-commerce giant for costs incurred while he worked from home.  Amazon sought to dismiss the case, arguing that there was no viable claim for the company to be held responsible for reimbursements under California labor law. The company denied liability for the work-from-home expenses considering the government, not the business itself, ordered workers to…
In an email sent to the workers of his notable SpaceX and Tesla companies, Elon Musk ordered all employees to physically return to the office or else be terminated. With a promise to personally review any cases for appeal, Musk has officially mandated one of the strictest remote work policies in the technology industry. The mandate to be in-person is required for at least a full-time schedule. An employee can only do remote work if…
Last month, online used-car retailer Carvana cut 12% of its workforce in a mass layoff of 2,500 employees. Many of the impacted workers were let go via Zoom, recalling an incident from last December during which Better.com fired over 900 employees in similar fashion. Aftermath of the Mass Layoff Carvana’s announcement was met with disappointment and disbelief, much of which was voiced on social media. “Carvana is just the next company to opt for the…
New York, NY – April **, 2022. Working Solutions NYC, a team of top-rated employment attorneys working on unpaid wages and overtime issues at https://www.workingsolutionsnyc.com/, is announcing details of a class action filed by the firm on behalf of COVID-19 Swabbers and Team Leads for unpaid wages and overtime against BioReference Laboratories. The action was filed in US District Court in New Jersey at https://www.njd.uscourts.gov/. “Many workers are not dealt with fairly…
The Law Office of Christopher Q. Davis recently filed a class action lawsuit against BioReference Laboratories on behalf of current and former COVID-19 Swabbers and Team Leads (or “Plaintiffs”) staffed on Royal Caribbean cruises nationwide who were not paid for all of the hours they worked, and not reimbursed for all of their out-of-pocket business expenses.  Here’s a summary of the allegations in our Class Action Complaint: Lead Plaintiff Larry Rosenberg and the Class…
Since March 2020, companies have faced unique challenges in deciding how to manage cohorts of employees under shifting global forces. Some major companies, struggling to keep up with supply-chain issues and economic downturns, chose to lay off mass numbers of their workers. Other businesses adapted to the new pandemic-posed hurdles and directed their employees to work from home.  The modern workforce in its hybrid glory may still feel precarious for workers. And even with…
An older generation of workers is spending more time as a part of the workforce. The AARP reported in a 2021 study that “the number of workers aged 50+ has increased by 80% over the past 20 years.”In other words, older people are working longer. But as industries pivot toward innovations in technology and the Internet, companies are looking to compete with a younger workforce. This has resulted in numerous age discrimination lawsuits against American…
  Subway, Burger King, and Popeyes operators in South Carolina have been fined by the Department of Labor (DOL) for allegedly violating child labor laws. Some of these violations include allowing minors to work more hours than permitted by law and assigning them to perform tasks that are not permitted by law. According to a statement made by the DOL, these fast-food restaurants “illegally employed workers under the age of 18 at…
Apple has announced that beginning April 4, the tech company will expand employee benefits for both full-time and part-time employees in over 250 stores nationwide. Some of these benefits will include sick days, vacation days, and paid parental leave. These changes in company policy come on the heels of months of complaints from employees about poor conditions. They also come in response to nationwide labor shortages. As reported by an Engadget article, “Apple, like…