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Laura Reathaford is a Special Employment Law Counsel in the Labor & Employment Law Department of Proskauer's Los Angeles office. Laura's practice focuses on management-side employment litigation, with a particular emphasis on wage and hour collective and class actions, including representative actions under the Private Attorney General Act (PAG).

Prior to joining Proskauer, Laura practiced in the Wage and Hour Practice Group at Seyfarth Shaw.

For the past five years Laura has served as an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management, helping to educate business students on the impact the law has on everyday business and business management decisions.

Authored by Laura Reathaford

What is at stake for employers if their employees miss a meal break and a rest break in the same workday?  Labor Code Section 226.7 provides a remedy for employees who miss their meal and/or rest breaks: “one hour of additional pay…for each workday that the meal or rest period is not provided.”  However, few have

Continue Reading California Court Refuses To Cut Employers A Break On Missed Breaks

Co-authored by Kevin Young and Laura Reathaford

Does California law require employers to merely provide employees a meal break, or must they also ensure that such breaks are taken?  For well over two years now, employers have waited for the California Supreme Court to decide a growing list of cases it has agreed to review, starting with Brinker Restaurant Corp.

Continue Reading The Meal Deal in California

Authored by Laura Reathaford

On January 20, 2011, the District Court for the Southern District of California granted Home Depot’s motion to dismiss a putative class action involving plaintiff’s claim for penalties associated with Home Depot’s purported failure to include earned vacation hours on employee itemized wage statements.  Plaintiff’s complaint alleged that California Labor Code Section 226(a), which requires an

Continue Reading Court Rules that California Labor Code Section 226(a) Does Not Require Employers To Itemize Earned Vacation Hours On Wage Statements