The economic and social impact of COVID-19 has been devastating to our global workforce. With unprecedented mass layoffs and furloughs, millions of people are at risk of losing their livelihoods and falling into extreme poverty because of employer bankruptcy. Upon notice of a company’s intention to file for bankruptcy, it is crucial to determine what options may be available to an employee wanting to protect their claims against their employer. Here are action steps to protect yourself when facing a layoff because of company bankruptcy.
As businesses start opening up and employees are going back to work, some are being asked to take a significant pay cut in order to keep their job. If you’re asked to take a substantial wage cut, what protections are in place in North Carolina to protect your pay?
The U.S. Department of Labor’s newly proposed rule to expand overtime pay protections won plaudits from worker advocates, but some management-side lawyers warned the final version could contain changes to the duties tests for overtime eligibility.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to review a donning-and-doffing case against Tyson Foods Inc. gives the justices a chance to both make class actions tougher to pursue by curtailing the use of statistical sampling to support certification, and announce if and how the high court’s landmark Dukes ruling applies to Fair Labor Standards Act collective actions.
Josh Van Kampen said he expected that some employers’ ignorance of or willingness to flout the new requirements would set them up as “low- hanging fruit” for future wage-hour plaintiffs. “Notwithstanding our management colleagues’ attempts to train on this, there are going to be scores of employers who are just caught flat-footed and don’t do anything at all,” Van Kampen said.