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“Business Development Managers” Fall Under FLSA Administrative Exemption, Not Entitled to Overtime

In Brown v. Nexus Business Solutions, LLC, 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 8777 (11th Cir. Apr. 1, 2022), the Eleventh Circuit held that “business development managers,” tasked with persuading corporate customers to purchase General Motors vehicles for their fleets, are not entitled to overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The business development managers were employed...

Restaurant’s Mandatory Service Charge is Not a “Tip” Under FLSA

Tipped employees at Miami’s Nusr-et Steakhouse sued their employer, alleging that the restaurant violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by counting payments to employees from the restaurant’s mandatory 18% “service charge” as part of the employees’ “regular rate of pay,” rather than as tips. The district court rejected the employees’ claim and granted the restaurant’s motion for summary...

Dual Jobs and Dueling Opinions: Divided Panel Reverses Summary Judgment in Employer’s Favor in FLSA Case

A divided panel of the Eleventh Circuit reversed summary judgment for the employer on an employee’s Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) claims in Rafferty v. Denny’s, Inc., 13 F.4th 1166 (11th Cir. 2021). Lindsay Rafferty, who had been a Denny’s server, claimed that the restaurant violated the FLSA in paying her sub-minimum wage for time she spent doing non-tip-producing work. The...

Appeal on the Merits Untimely, and Costs Award to Defendant Under Rule 68 Affirmed, in FLSA Case

In a hectic end to 2020, we almost overlooked an interesting appellate procedure opinion affecting FLSA cases, Vasconcelo v. Miami Auto Max, Inc., 981 F.3d 934 (11th Cir. 2020). In Vasconcelo, the Eleventh Circuit dismissed an FLSA plaintiff’s appeal on the merits as untimely; affirmed the district court’s attorneys’ fees award, which awarded less than the plaintiff had sought; and...

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Judgment for Employer in Paralegal’s FLSA Overtime Action

The Eleventh Circuit clarified the standards for relief under Rule 59 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in Jenkins v. Anton, 2019 WL 1894415 (11th Cir. Apr. 29, 2019). After a paralegal sued her employer for overtime wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act and lost at a bench trial, she was denied relief under Rules 59 and 60. On appeal, she argued that the denials were abuses...

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