Lauren T. Howard

Lauren T. Howard

Perkins Coie

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Ninth Circuit’s Twin Decisions May Signal Decline in Employment Class Actions and Rise in PAGA Claims

The future of California labor and employment class actions took several blows this week. First, the Supreme Court of California issued a decision in Iskanian v. CLS Transp. L.A., LLC, No S204032 (Cal. June 23, 2014)...more

6/26/2014 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Federal Arbitration Act Iskanian PAGA Trucking Industry

California Supreme Court OKs Arbitration Agreements with Class Action Waivers, but Exempts PAGA Claims

The California Supreme Court has ruled that arbitration agreements with class action waivers are generally enforceable, but it refused to compel the waiver of representative claims brought under California’s Private Attorney...more

6/24/2014 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers PAGA

Duran v. U.S. Bank National: California Supreme Court Finds Class Certification Violated Due Process

The Supreme Court of California released its decision in Duran v. U.S. Bank National Association on May 29, 2014. The decision will likely reshape the landscape of class-action practice in California. ...more

6/2/2014 - Banks Class Action Class Certification Due Process Dukes v Wal-Mart SCOTUS Wal-Mart

San Francisco Enacts New Workplace Protection For Caregivers

The San Francisco Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance goes into effect on January 1, 2014. The ordinance grants employees who act as caregivers the right to request accommodation from their employers, including flexible...more

12/20/2013 - Caregivers Flexible Work Arrangements Local Ordinance Municipalities

California Law Soon To Require Written Contracts For Employees Paid On Commission (AB 1396; Cal. Labor Code § 2751)

On January 1, 2013, all employers with employees in California who are paid by commission will be required to have written contracts with those employees. This law is a significant departure from the previous law, which only...more

12/28/2012 - PAGA Sales Commissions Unfair Competition Written Agreements

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