Gregory Knopp

Gregory Knopp

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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9th Circuit Rejects Representative Action Waivers for PAGA Claims

If you read one thing... - With 9th Circuit ruling, California federal courts no longer a potential channel for employers to enforce representative action waivers for PAGA claims...more

10/2/2015 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Employer Liability Issues Federal Arbitration Act Iskanian v CLS Transportation Labor Code Misclassification PAGA SCOTUS

California Passes New Equal Pay Law

If you read one thing... - California legislature has passed amendments to the California Fair Pay Act, which the Governor has said he will sign into law. - The amendments expand protections against inequality...more

9/17/2015 - Amended Legislation Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Equal Pay Fair Pay Act Private Right of Action Wage and Hour

Department of Labor Guidance Seeks Expanded “Employee” Classification of Workers

On July 15, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued an Administrator’s Interpretation (No. 2015-1) providing guidance on the classification of employees as independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)....more

7/28/2015 - Administrative Interpretation Classification DOL Economic Realities Test Employee Definition Employer Liability Issues FLSA Independent Contractors Multi-Factor Test Wage and Hour

Proposed DOL Rule Seeks to Require the Provision of Overtime Pay to Millions of Additional Employees

The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a proposed rule that would amend the executive, administrative and professional exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The exemptions exclude workers in such...more

7/2/2015 - Compliance DOL FLSA Minimum Salary NPRM Unpaid Overtime Wage and Hour White-Collar Exemptions

Effectively Managing Workforce Contraction in Turbulent Times

The dramatic drop in the price of oil is forcing many energy-related companies to reevaluate their operations and consider steps to trim their costs. With predictions that low oil prices will extend well into 2016, such...more

1/16/2015 - Best Management Practices Employer Liability Issues Energy Sector Hiring & Firing Involuntary Reduction in Force

California to Mandate Paid Sick Leave

On September 10, California Governor Jerry Brown signed bill A.B. 1522—officially known as the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014—requiring California employers to provide employees with at least three paid sick...more

9/15/2014 - Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues New Legislation Paid Leave Sick Leave

California Supreme Court Upholds Class Waivers In Employee Arbitration Agreements, But Not Waivers Of Representative Claims Under...

Yesterday, the California Supreme Court, in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC (Case No. S204032), upheld a class action waiver in an arbitration agreement between an employee and his employer. The Supreme Court...more

6/25/2014 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements AT&T Mobility v Concepcion Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Federal Arbitration Act Gentry Iskanian SCOTUS

The Ninth Circuit Rules Employer’s Arbitration Agreement Unenforceable Under California Law And Cautions Employers To Ensure...

Today, the Ninth Circuit, in Chavarria v. Ralphs Grocery Company (Case No. 11-56673), issued a decision affirming the denial of Ralphs Grocery Company’s motion to compel arbitration in an action by an employee asserting...more

10/29/2013 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Employment Contract Unconscionable Contracts Void and Unenforceable

Supreme Court Upholds American Express’s Class Arbitration Waiver

On June 20, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled for American Express in a closely watched class action case. In American Express v. Italian Colors Restaurant (No. 12-133), the Court ruled on a 5-3 vote (with Justice Sotomayor...more

6/24/2013 - American Express Arbitration Agreements Class Action Arbitration Waivers Class Arbitration Federal Arbitration Act SCOTUS

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