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PAGA 101: Tired of Stupid Answers? Time to Ask the Stupid Questions

Posted in State Laws/Claims

Authored by Simon L. Yang

When PAGA—California’s Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004—was first enacted, we knew it would take years to see how it would be applied. Twelve years (and over $30 million in penalties paid to the state) later, we thought we’d have more answers. But many California employers, attorneys, and judges, now all too familiar … Continue Reading

Advising On Their Own: Financial Advisors’ Class Claims Defeated

Posted in Conditional Certification, Misclassification/Exemptions, Overtime, Rule 23 Certification, State Laws/Claims

Authored by Hillary J. Massey

Employers have a new tool for opposing conditional and class certification of overtime claims by financial advisors and other exempt employees—last week, a judge in the District of New Jersey denied conditional and class certification of such claims because the plaintiffs failed to show that common issues predominated. The court, pointing to other decisions denying … Continue Reading

Better Sit Down for This… or Stand and Rejoice? California Supreme Court Clarifies “Suitable Seating” Rules

Posted in State Laws/Claims

Authored by Jeffrey A. Berman, Julie G. Yap, and Michael Afar

Last week, the California Supreme Court issued a ruling on a California Wage Order requirement that employers provide “suitable seats” for employees when the “nature of the work reasonably permits the use of seats.” The consolidated decision says employers have to provide seating where employee tasks … Continue Reading

Gimme Shelter: A Safe Harbor Deadline Looms for California Piece-Rate Employers

Posted in State Laws/Claims

Authored by Michael Kopp

Piece-rate employers in California have faced a surge of class action lawsuits in recent years seeking substantial sums for the failure to separately pay for rest breaks and nonproductive time. On January 1, 2016, California Labor Code section 226.2 went into effect, requiring employers to separately compensate piece-rate employees for rest break and nonproductive timeContinue Reading

Who Me? Yes, YOU: Personal Liability for Wage Hour Violations

Posted in State Laws/Claims

Authored by Michael A. Wahlander and John R. Giovannone

With March Madness in full swing, we interrupt your crumbling tournament brackets to ensure you’re aware of a truly maddening development. California law now makes individuals potentially liable for employer violations of many often-convoluted wage and hour rules.

That’s right—individuals, not just companies, may be liable for wage and hour violations.… Continue Reading

Coming Soon to the Blog: The California Wage & Hour Series

Posted in State Laws/Claims

We are thrilled to announce a special blog series, coming soon to this very blog! This series will focus on wage & hour issues specific to the Golden State and will highlight the unique problems raised by California labor laws and litigating California wage & hour cases. As many of our readers are all too well aware, California’s wage & … Continue Reading

Signs of (American United) Life for Independent Contractor Status in Massachusetts

Posted in Independent Contractors, Misclassification/Exemptions, State Laws/Claims

Authored by Patrick Bannon and Anne Bider

Independent contractor misclassification claims have become an epidemic — nationally and especially in Massachusetts.  Under most tests for independent contractor status, whether an individual’s services are within the usual course of the business of the company for which they are performed is an important factor.  Under Massachusetts’ Independent Contractor Statute it is an … Continue Reading

I’m Dreaming of a White Collar: 2015 Year in Review

Posted in Arbitration Agreements, City/Local Ordinances, Conditional Certification, Damages, Decertification, Defenses, Discovery, DOL Enforcement, Executive Orders, Hybrid Lawsuits, Independent Contractors, Joint Employment, Jurisdiction, Meal/Rest Breaks, Misclassification/Exemptions, Off-the-Clock Issues, Offer of Judgment, Overtime, Regular Rate, Rule 23 Certification, Salary Basis, Service Charges/Gratuities, Settlement, State Laws/Claims, Uncategorized

Authored by Alex Passantino

‘Twas the week before Christmas, 2-0-1-5 When the poetry elves on the blog came alive. Crafting their rhymes with a purpose so clear: Presenting the wage-hour gems of the year.

In January, for new regs in this year our breath bated. Then for six painful months, we speculated and waited. And just as … Continue Reading

Where’s the (Pork)? Justices Sidestep Meatiest Issues at Oral Argument in Tyson Foods

Posted in Off-the-Clock Issues, Overtime, Rule 23 Certification, State Laws/Claims

Co-authored by Richard Alfred, Patrick Bannon, and Daniel Whang

Companies burdened by an avalanche of wage and hour class and collective actions have been hoping that Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo might be the game-changing decision they have been waiting for.  If the oral argument before the Supreme Court this morning is an accurate indication (and it may … Continue Reading

A Cure for PAGA? At Least for Some Frivolous Wage Statement Claims

Posted in State Laws/Claims

Authored by Simon L. Yang

California employers had reason to celebrate over the weekend, as Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation to curb frivolous “PAGA” lawsuits alleging noncompliance with itemized wage statement requirements in California Labor Code section 226(a). Unlike when they woke up last Friday, employers now have a means to avoid PAGA lawsuits alleging that wage statements lacked either … Continue Reading