Working off the Clock – Alro Steel FLSA Overtime Pay Lawsuit

Federal Court Orders Notice to Alro Steel Employees in Nationwide Overtime Lawsuit [UPDATE 8/15/2022]

Blanchard & Walker sent the court approved notice to 2500+ Alro Steel employees who may have a right to seek recover for off-the-clock uncompensated time at Alro Steel facilities throughout the country. Federal District Court Judge Murphy for the Eastern District of Michigan, granted conditional certification and ordered notice of FLSA rights to opt-in for current and former warehouse employees of Alro Steel Corporation.

UPDATE 8/15/2022:  The opt-in notice period has now closed. Nearly 400 current and former Alro warehouse employees choosing to participate.  We look forward to fighting to recover the unpaid overtime for all those who opted in.  For case updates, please follow our facebook page.

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8/26/2022 UPDATE: NEW UIA CLASS ACTION FILED.  In the federal court Complaint filed in Kreps v. Michigan UIA, the Plaintiffs represent Michigan Unemployment Claimants who never got the pandemic relief benefits they were promised, and others who had benefits halted based on determinations that are on appeal and have not become final.  The Plaintiffs in the Kreps Complaint allege violations of Due Process rights under the US Constitution and also violation of a prior settlement agreement with the Unemployment Agency.

8/11/2022  SAUNDERS UPDATE: JUDGE CONFIRMS BROAD INJUNCTIVE RELIEF.  In a new Clarifying Ruling Court of Claims Judge Brock Swartzle reaffirmed that the Court’s Preliminary Injunction extends to halt all Agency overpayment collection activity against all Michigan UI Claimants who are waiting on timely pending protests and appeals. The Injunction will have sweeping impact for many thousands of UI claimants now facing unconstitutional overpayment collection activity.

In the Saunders UIA Class Action Complaint, Blanchard & Walker clients allege Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency is illegally assessing “overpayments” and initiating collection activity against a broad class of UIA claimants who relied on pandemic unemployment assistance in 2020 and 2021.   The Saunders lawsuit seeks injunctive and other relief to recover for unlawful collections that violate the Michigan due process rights of UI claimants.