James A. Eckhart
Mr. Eckhart’s practice focuses on defending transportation companies against class and collective actions involving various labor and employment issues, including independent contractor misclassification claims, claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act, state law wage and hour claims, and other employment issues.
While in law school, Jim served as Articles Editor of the Notre Dame Law Review and participated on the Notre Dame Moot Court Board. He worked for the Firm as a law clerk for two summers and during his final semester of law school.
- Transportation Brief: Plaintiffs Unmask Reimbursement Claims for Personal Protective EquipmentSeveral states require employers to reimburse employees for expenses incurred on the job. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, several class action law suits have already been filed seeking to recover costs related to personal protective equipment (PPE) workers have purchased for use while on the job. Read more about what transportation companies operating in states with reimbursement statutes should do to ensure compliance.
- Transportation Brief: FLSA Conditional Certification Denied In Driver CaseMore on how Shell v. Pie Kingz, LLC could help transportation companies defend against proposed FLSA collective actions by drivers whose compensation, hours worked, and business expenses vary from week to week.
- Transportation Brief: Plaintiffs’ Bar Restless on Sleeper Berth ClaimsTwo recent cases will be of interest for motor carriers whose drivers use sleeper berth equipment. Read more from our attorneys.
- Scopelitis in the News: "Good Faith Under Wage Payment Statute Still Developing." August 22, 2018, Indiana Lawyer.Scopelitis Partner Jack Finklea and Attorney Jim Eckhart in Indiana Lawyer on Indiana's wage deduction statute and liquidated damages/good faith defense when it is violated.