MARCIA MORALES HOWARD, District Judge.
THIS CAUSE is before the Court on the Joint Motion for Conditional Certification of the Settlement Class, Appointment of Plaintiffs' Counsel as Class Counsel, Approval of the Proposed Notice of Settlement and Preliminary Approval of Collective Action Settlement and Incorporated Memorandum of Law (Doc. 45; Joint Motion), filed on April 29, 2015. This is the parties' second motion seeking the Court's approval of a proposed collective action settlement. See Amended Joint Motion for Approval of Settlement and Incorporated Memorandum of Law (Doc. 34; First Motion), filed March 11, 2015. On April 10, 2015, the Court denied the First Motion as premature and set the matter for a hearing to discuss the appropriate procedures for pursuing a collective action settlement in this case. See Order (Doc. 36). The Magistrate Judge conducted the hearing on April 17, 2015. See Minute Entry (Doc. 41; Hearing). After hearing argument from the parties, the Magistrate Judge rejected the parties' proposed "all-inclusive" approach to collectively settling this matter, and instructed the parties to instead utilize the "two-tiered" approach to collective action settlements implemented in Colson v. Cableview Commc'ns of Jacksonville, Inc., 3:09-cv-850-J-34JRK, ECF No. 128 (M.D. Fla. July 28, 2011) and Hosier v. Mattress Firm, Inc., 3:10-cv-294-J-32JRK, ECF No. 55 (M.D. Fla. Dec. 29, 2011). As explained at the Hearing, the parties must first file a motion seeking conditional certification of the collective action. The motion should also request authorization to provide notice of the proposed settlement to potential members of the collective action. Once granted, the parties will then issue the notice, and class members will have the opportunity to opt-in and/or object to the proposed settlement. Following the opt-in period, the parties must seek final certification of the collective action and approval of the settlement. At that time, the Court will conduct a fairness hearing to determine whether to finally certify the collective action and approve the settlement.
Following the April 17, 2015 Hearing, the parties filed the instant Joint Motion seeking preliminary approval of the settlement, conditional certification of the collective class, appointment of plaintiffs' counsel as class counsel, and approval of the proposed notice, opt-in consent form, and settlement and release form.1 See Joint Motion at 13. As indicated in the Court's April 10, 2015 Order and addressed at the Hearing, to the extent the parties request approval of the collective action settlement, this request is premature and due to be denied. See Order (Doc. 36). Moreover, upon review of the Joint Motion, it appears that the parties complied with the Court's instruction to file a motion for conditional certification in name only. See Joint Motion at 1, 3, 13. Although the Joint Motion now includes a statement requesting conditional certification of a collective class and the appointment of Plaintiff's counsel as class counsel, the parties fail to provide any legal authority or analysis in support of this request. See generally Joint Motion.2 Thus, because the parties failed to address the legal requirements for certification of a collective action, the Court finds that the Joint Motion is due to be denied without prejudice to the parties' refiling an appropriate motion.3 As the matter is undisputed, such a motion need not contain a lengthy analysis of whether certification is appropriate, but, at a minimum, the parties must set forth the relevant standards and address the factual basis for certifying this case as a collective action. While the Court recognizes that the parties wish to promptly implement the proposed settlement, continued attempts to short-cut the process only serve to prolong these proceedings unnecessarily. To the extent the parties remain unclear as to the required procedures, the parties should request a transcript of the April 17, 2015 Hearing so as to ensure future compliance. In accordance with the foregoing, it is
1. The Joint Motion for Conditional Certification of the Settlement Class, Appointment of Plaintiffs' Counsel as Class Counsel, Approval of the Proposed Notice of Settlement and Preliminary Approval of Collective Action Settlement and Incorporated Memorandum of Law (Doc. 45) is DENIED without prejudice.
2. The parties shall have up to and including June 5, 2015, to file an amended motion that complies with the Court's instructions.
DONE AND ORDERED.