Co-authored by Coby M. Turner and Laura J. Maechtlen

California is bringing Comcast home—last week, California employers were the beneficiary of some down-home wisdom coming out of San Francisco. 

Giving some sage advice to the wage and hour community, Judge Alsup in Lou et. al. v. Ma Laboratories, Inc., denied conditional and class certification to a broad class of
Continue Reading Ma (Labs) Knows Best—California Court Uses Comcast To Reject Certification Of An Off-The-Clock Claim

Co-authored by Laura Maechtlen and Nadia S. Bandukda

Last week, in Till v. Saks Inc., U.S. District Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong of the Northern District of California denied Plaintiffs’ motion to certify a class of present and former exempt managers and associates at Saks’ Off 5th retail stores, and granted Saks’ preemptive bid to deny approval of a nationwide
Continue Reading Saks Puts Up Its “Dukes”? Judge Rules Class Members Too Dissimilar In Denying Class Certification

Co-authored by Nadia Bandukda and Noah Finkel

In an exempt status misclassification case involving 51 different IT job titles, a federal district judge in California has ruled that the proposed class members perform duties that are too divergent to justify ultimate collective under the FLSA or class treatment under Rule 23(b).

The company here divided employees in several “Bands” to
Continue Reading The Other Area 51? Court Holds 51 Job Titles, Even In Same Area, Are Too Alien From Another for Class Treatment