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Court Approves $22.5 Million Settlement Covering S.C. Workers

Last week, more than a hundred South Carolina employees became eligible to receive millions of dollars from a settlement fund of $22.5 million. A federal judge approved settlement of a lawsuit against a steel mill in Huger, S.C. Nearly half of the settlement will go to the plaintiffs’ lawyers and the remainder will be allocated to eligible employees based on a settlement formula focusing on individual factors, including pay differentials allegedly due to lost promotions, and the frequency, severity, and duration of alleged racial hostility within the workplace.

South Carolina Court of Appeals Rules on Jury Trials and Class Action Waivers in Master Deeds

UPDATE: The Petitioners' Motion for Rehearing was denied. While the Petition for Certiorari was pending, a settlement agreement was reached, as a result of which the parties seek an Order of the Court dismissing this case and vacating this opinion.

An Employer’s Short Guide to Employee Break Time Obligations

A recent study showed that employees who regularly take short breaks are far more productive than those who work continuously for hours on end. The study, conducted by the Draugiem Group, found that the ideal work-to-break ratio was roughly an hour of uninterrupted work, followed by a break lasting 15 to 20 minutes. Regardless of how employers feel about the results of this study, they should understand their legal obligations with regard to employees’ meal periods and rest breaks.

Employers Cannot Be Mandated to Provide Paid Sick Leave in Carolinas

The issue of paid time off for employees remains a debated issue throughout the nation. Currently, there is no federal law mandating private employers provide paid time off for employees. While many states and cities have legislation mandating paid time off under certain circumstances, there is no state law in North or South Carolina that requires private employers to provide paid time off or leave to employees.

South Carolina Prevents Local Municipalities From Passing Paid Leave Requirements

Governor Henry McMaster recently signed a law that prevents political subdivisions in South Carolina from requiring private employers to provide employee benefits such as paid sick leave, paid vacation, and paid holidays. Senate Bill 218, effective April 5, 2017, added South Carolina Code of Laws Section 41-1-25, which states a political subdivision may not “establish, mandate, or otherwise require an employee benefit” regarding private employers.

Court Finds Broad Non-Disclosure Agreement is Unenforceable Non-Compete

Last week, in the case of Fay v. Total Quality Logistics, LLC, the South Carolina Court of Appeals ruled that language in a non-disclosure agreement was so broad it effectively became an invalid non-compete agreement. The case serves as a reminder for employers to review their non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements to make sure they are enforceable.

Wage and Hour Laws Blog Responding To New FLSA Exemption Requirements Could Implicate Old South Carolina Law

The coming changes in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's "white collar" exemption regulations (scheduled for December 1) leave many employers with essentially two options as to employees who now qualify for exempt status but whose present salaries will not meet the higher salary threshold:

Physical therapists win in employment lawsuit

The South Carolina Supreme Court has decided a case with great significance in the health care industry. The court overturned a ban on physicians employing physical therapists and gave guidance regarding how state agencies make rules.

Carolina Employer Workplace News - October 2015

A case involving a claim for breach of an oral promise provides lessons for employers on what “not to do” when discharging an employee.

Protecting Your Employees’ Right to Work

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce published its annual Workforce & Jobs Report as a way to help educate business leaders and professionals about "the state of the South Carolina workforce and current trends and challenges."

Fisher Phillips | California | California Supreme Court Embraces Employee-Friendly Formula For Calculating OT Pay (March 05, 2018)

Fisher Phillips | California | FEHC Proposes Regulations to Implement California’s New “Ban the Box” and “New Parent Leave” Laws (March 04, 2018)

Fisher Phillips | California | Your Comprehensive Guide to 2018 Proposed California Legislation (February 28, 2018)

FordHarrison LLP | California | California Supreme Court's Recent Overtime Ruling Likely to Cause Payroll Problems (March 07, 2018)

Jackson Lewis P.C. | California | California Court of Appeals Holds Labor Code § 558 Claims Are Indivisible Claims and Not Arbitrable (February 28, 2018)

Jackson Lewis P.C. | California | Calculating Overtime Value of Flat-Sum Bonus Must Be Based on Actual Non-Overtime Hours Worked, California High Court Holds (March 11, 2018)

Fisher Phillips | California | The Plot Thickens: Trump Administration Sues California Over New Immigration Laws, Including AB 450 (March 09, 2018)

Jackson Lewis P.C. | California | Pending California Legislation Alert! Recently Introduced Bill Seeks to Protect Medicinal Marijuana Users from Employment Discrimination in California (February 27, 2018)

Jackson Lewis P.C. | California | California Transportation Industry Waives Goodbye to Enforcement of Federal Arbitration Act Provisions in Employment Contracts (March 07, 2018)

Littler Mendelson, P.C. | California | California Supreme Court Determines How Flat Sum Bonuses Factor into Overtime Calculation (March 12, 2018)