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Common-Law Agency Principles, Not DOL Regulations, Dictate Whether Company Is a Joint “Employer”

The Eleventh Circuit considered the meaning of “employer” in the context of the H-2A visa program and declined to apply Chevron deference to a then-prevailing Department of Labor interpretation.  The court instead applied common-law agency principles.  Garcia-Celestino v. Consolidated Citrus Limited Partnership, 2016 WL 7240150 (Dec. 15, 2016), involved claims brought by a group of...

Employees May Join FLSA Collective Action With Rule 23 Class Action in Same Proceeding

The Eleventh Circuit has joined the D.C., Second, Third, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits in holding that employees may bring a collective action against their employer under § 216(b) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (“FLSA”) in the same proceeding in which they seek Rule 23(b) certification of state-law claims. Calderone v. Scott, 2016 WL 5403589 (11th Cir. Sept. 28, 2016). The...

Waiver of the Right to Arbitrate Federal Claim Does Not Extend to Later-Asserted State-Law Claims

On April 21, the Eleventh Circuit decided Collado v. J. & G. Transport, Inc., 820 F.3d 1256 (11th Cir. 2016), holding that a defendant’s waiver through litigation of the right to arbitrate claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) did not extend to state-law claims asserted by a later amendment to the complaint. Enrique Collado, a former truck driver for J. & G., filed a...