Elliott Greenleaf Wins FLSA Appellate Victory for Health Care Systems

Firm News

August 28, 2014

Elliott Greenleaf won a substantial victory in a widely-followed health care and employment case in the United States Court of Appeals on behalf of health care systems. On August 26, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit rejected claims against Philadelphia hospitals and regional hospital systems for alleged unpaid overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), and affirmed judgment in their favor in this significant precedential Opinion.

Analyzing competing federal authority, the Third Circuit adopted Elliott Greenleaf’s arguments, and held that plaintiffs failed to “connect the dots” between allegations of unpaid time worked and the forty-hour threshold that entitles certain employees to overtime compensation. The Court of Appeals reasoned it is not sufficient to allege FLSA violations in general terms. This Opinion affirmed a series of rulings by Judge Cynthia M. Rufe of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, who dismissed the case with prejudice in August 2012.

John M. Elliott, Mark J. Schwemler, Eric J. Bronstein and Gregory S. Voshell represented the successful health care systems, including the Jefferson Health System, Aria Health System, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Main Line Health System, and Magee Rehabilitation Hospital