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New California Law Prohibits Inquiries Regarding Applicants’ Salary History

• New California law prohibits employers from seeking or relying on applicants’ salary history information when making hiring and compensation decisions. • The law also requires an employer to provide the pay scale for a...more

DOL Withdraws Classification Guidance

On June 7, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it was withdrawing its 2015 and 2016 Administrative Interpretations regarding independent contractors and joint employment. Both interpretations were designed...more

Final Rule Requires the Provision of Overtime Pay to Millions of Additional Employees

The Department of Labor (DOL) has released its final rule amending the executive, administrative, professional, and computer employee exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The new rule, which goes into effect...more

9th Circuit Approves Neutral Rounding of Time

If you read one thing... - In Corbin v. Time Warner Entertainment-Advance/Newhouse Partnership, the Ninth Circuit held that both federal and California law permit employer to round employees’ time punches to the...more

Effectively Managing Workforce Contraction in Turbulent Times - Part 2

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 recent developments in the industry and predictions that low oil...more

Wage and Hour Division Issues Interpretation Confirming Expansive Standards for Joint Employment Under FLSA

If you read one thing... - The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division issued new guidance emphasizing the broad standards it will apply to determine whether an employer is a “joint employer” under the FLSA. ...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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