Allison Riechert Giese

Allison Riechert Giese

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Time To Pay Up? California Adopts Stronger Equal Pay Protections

With Governor Jerry Brown’s signature, California officially amended its equal pay legislation through the California Fair Pay Act (the Act) to include more employee-friendly provisions. The Act, which now creates the...more

10/21/2015 - Anti-Retaliation Provisions Equal Pay Fair Pay Act Gender-Based Pay Discrimination New Legislation Wage and Hour

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Security Screenings Are Not Compensable Under the FLSA

In a long awaited 9-0 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that employers are not required to compensate employees for time spent waiting for and undergoing security screenings (aka bag checks) under the Fair Labor Standards...more

12/11/2014 - FLSA Integrity Staffing v Busk SCOTUS Security Checks Wage and Hour

Calling All California Employers: You Must Reimburse Employees for Mandatory Use of Their Personal Cell Phones Even if They Have...

A California appellate court recently held that employers are always required to reimburse employees for mandatory use of their personal cell phones, even if they do not incur any additional expense for doing so. The case is...more

9/8/2014 - Bring Your Own Device Cell Phones Corporate Counsel Employer Liability Issues Mobile Devices Reimbursements

De Minimis Defense Closes Shop on Starbucks Barista’s Off-the-Clock Claim in the Central District of California

On March 7, 2014, Judge Feess of the Central District of California granted Defendant Starbucks’ motion for summary judgment on Plaintiff’s proposed class claims for unpaid wages under the California Labor Code. Plaintiff...more

3/26/2014 - Affirmative Defenses De Minimis Claims Starbucks Wage and Hour Wages

Employers Beware: You May be Liable for Your Employees’ Tortious Off-Duty Conduct during Their Commutes

In Moradi v. Marsh USA, Inc., the California Court of Appeal concluded that employees who are required to use their personal vehicles to travel to and from the office and make other work-related trips during the day are...more

9/24/2013 - Employer Liability Issues Off-Duty Employees Respondeat Superior Vicarious Liability

The High Cost of Hiring Unpaid Interns

Given the difficulty of finding a job in today’s economy, unpaid internships are becoming increasingly popular, particularly for students looking to gain resume-boosting experience....more

6/26/2013 - Class Action FLSA Fox Searchlight Pictures Minimum Wage Unpaid Interns Wages

Three More States Hop on the Social Media Legislation Bandwagon

Act 1480, signed by Governor Mike Beebe on April 22, 2013, prohibits an Arkansas employer from requiring or requesting a current or prospective employee to (1) disclose his or her username or password for a personal social...more

4/30/2013 - Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Passwords Social Media

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