Robert A. Jones

Robert A. Jones

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

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Governor Signs Law Giving California Labor Department Greater Role in PAGA Suits

On June 27, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a set of amendments to California’s Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) that will expand labor officials’ involvement in PAGA claims. PAGA gives...more

6/30/2016 - Administrative Hearings Amended Legislation Governor Brown PAGA State Labor Departments

California PAGA Amendments Will Expand Labor Officials’ Involvement in PAGA Claims

On June 15, 2016, the California Legislature approved Governor Jerry Brown’s budget. As part of the budget, the Legislature passed SB 836. Included as part of this 96-page budget “trailer bill” are a number of amendments to...more

6/24/2016 - Amended Legislation Class Action Labor Code PAGA Wage and Hour

What Do the Obama Administration’s Overtime Regulations Mean for California Employers?

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its long-anticipated revisions to the federal overtime regulations governing the so-called white-collar exemptions to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)....more

5/24/2016 - DOL Exempt-Employees Final Rules FLSA Minimum Salary Minimum Wage Non-Exempt Employees Over-Time Recordkeeping Requirements Standard Duties Test Wage and Hour White-Collar Exemptions

California Appeals Court Provides Guidance on the Use of Electronic Signatures by Employees

In many companies, new employees sign key documents and policies—including arbitration agreements—with the use of electronic signatures. There has been a growing trend in litigation brought by former employees to challenge...more

4/27/2016 - Appeals Arbitration Agreements Authentication Corporate Counsel Declaration E-SIGN E-Signatures Enforceability Hiring & Firing Motion to Compel Popular UETA Young Lawyers

A Call to Action: The Comment Period on the new Proposed Overtime Regulations Begins

On Monday July 6, 2015 the Obama Administration and U.S. Department of Labor (DOL or Department) published their proposal to revise the Part 541 overtime exemption regulations in the Federal Register, beginning the required...more

7/9/2015 - Barack Obama Comment Period DOL Executive Orders Exempt-Employees FLSA Multi-Factor Test Non-Exempt Employees NPRM Unpaid Overtime Wage and Hour White-Collar Exemptions

Governor Brown Signs Bill Making Companies Liable for Employment Violations of Independent Labor Contractor Companies

This weekend, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1897. This bill creates new Labor Code section 2810.3, which applies to all but a very limited number of companies with 25 or more employees (i.e., the...more

9/30/2014 - Contractors Employer Liability Issues Labor Code New Legislation Subcontractors Wage and Hour

Ninth Circuit Revives Police Officers’ Age Bias Class Action Over Scrapped Exam

Stockwell v. City & County of San Francisco, No. 12-15070 (April 24, 2014): In a recent decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals diluted the Supreme Court of the United States’ holding in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes,...more

6/2/2014 - ADEA Age Discrimination Appeals Class Action Class Certification Dukes v Wal-Mart Employment Policies FEHA Hiring & Firing Police Wal-Mart

California Supreme Court Action In Piece-Rate Pay Case Causes Concerns About Alternative Pay Systems

Gonzalez v. Downtown LA Motors, LP, No. S210681 (July 17, 2013): In April of 2013, a California Court of Appeal decided how automobile service technicians should be paid while waiting between jobs....more

8/5/2013 - FLSA Payment Plans Piece-Rate Pay Wage and Hour

CA Governor Signs New Law Expanding Protection For Religious Dress And Grooming In The Workplace

On September 8, 2012, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 1964 to amend Section 12926 of the California Government Code which embodies the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. The...more

9/10/2012 - Discrimination Jerry Brown Reasonable Accommodation Religious Discrimination Undue Hardship

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