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Chen v. Major League Baseball, et al.

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Large Employers Like MLB Can Claim Overtime Exemption at Distinct 'Establishments,' 2nd Cir. Rules

XpertHR • August 18, 2015
Employees of seasonal and recreational establishments that operate no more than seven months per year or take in most of their revenue during only half of the year - such as certain ski resorts, summer camps, swimming pools and amusement parks - are exempt from the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Second Circuit: MLB “Fanfest” Properly Treated as Exempt Recreational Establishment

Jackson Lewis P.C. • August 17, 2015
Last year, Judge John G. Koeltl of the Southern District of New York ruled that individuals who served as volunteers at the 2013 Major League Baseball All Star Weekend FanFest, a four-day event centered around the All Star Game, were not entitled to minimum wage because they were “employed by an establishment which is an amusement or recreational establishment . . . [which did] not operate for more than seven months in any calendar year.” On Friday, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed that decision.

Major League Baseball Volunteers Are not Employees Under the FLSA

Ogletree Deakins • April 10, 2014
On March 26, 2014, the District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed John Chen’s proposed Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective action against Major League Baseball (MLB) alleging that MLB had failed to pay him and all other All-Star Week FanFest volunteers the minimum wage. In Chen v. Major League Baseball, et al., the court held that volunteers, who had worked at MLB’s FanFest experience at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, were not entitled to minimum wage because the FLSA exempts from its minimum wage provisions individuals who perform services for an “amusement or recreational establishment.”

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