Wage, Hour & Overtime Benefits Expand for Employees: New Video Online Now from The American Law Journal, Philadelphia CNN-News Affiliate WFMZ-TV

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New Department of Labor rules, court lawsuits increase chances of overtime pay, other benefits for employees. Watch the broadcast: "Wage, Hour and Overtime: What's Fair Pay?"

Shannon Liss-Riordan of the law firm Lichten & Liss-Riordan

The Department of Labor’s proposal may mean five million more people will be getting “time-and-a-half” overtime pay than before.

Working more than forty hours a week and not getting overtime? Are tips going to management instead of servers? And are large companies- such as Uber- getting away with treating people as independent contractors instead of employees?

New video online now: “Wage, Hour & Overtime: What’s ‘Fair Pay’ Today?" The American Law Journal panel of attorneys examined newly proposed rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will change the way employers classify and treat employees in matters of overtime, gratuities and benefits. And a new class action lawsuit (Douglas O'Connor, et al., v. Uber Technologies, Inc., United States District Court Northern District of California, Case No. CV 13-3826-EMC, 2015) may mean Uber drivers should be treated as employees-- not independent contractors.

Host attorney Christopher Naughton welcomed corporate defense counsel Jason Reisman of Blank Rome, plaintiff’s attorney Gerald Williams of Williams Cuker Berezofsky and Joey Price CEO of the human resources firm Jumpstart:HR.

Shannon Liss-Riordan of Lichten & Liss-Riordan, who has successfully taken on Starbuck’s, FedEx and others, and is now leading the class action lawsuit against Uber, joined the discussion from Boston. In the feature report The Legal Intelligencer newspaper's senior staff writer Gina Passarella interviewed Marc Goldich of Sheller PC and Shannon Farmer of Ballard Spahr.

The Department of Labor’s proposal may mean five million more people will be getting “time-and-a-half” overtime pay than before. From doubling the salary range for overtime eligibility, to class action lawsuits over employers skimming server tips, to misclassification of independent contractors, the program examines where- and why- wage and hour litigation is skyrocketing.

“It’s the hottest area of litigation at the federal level- by far,” says Farmer. But Goldich points out that “if new (FLSA) proposals go through, there will be a lot less litigation because anyone paid less than $50,000 will not be exempt from overtime.”

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The American Law Journal is the weekly talk-feature program airing Monday evenings on the CNN-News affiliate for Philadelphia WFMZ-TV 69. All programs are available at http://www.LawJournalTV.com.

The program won an Emmy for another employment law program "Sexual Orientation, LGBT & the Workplace: ENDA of Discrimination?" in the Interview/Discussion category of the 2015 Emmy Awards in the Mid Atlantic chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The American Law Journal was nominated for a total of four categories.

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