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Got Class? Wage and Hour Class Actions in a Post-Brinker World

In 2012, employers awaited the California Supreme Court’s decision in Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court with the bated-breath anticipation of a presidential election, or an Olympic luge race. And, boy, was it worth...more

California Employers Down, But Not Out, Concerning Class Certification Issues

Shortly after the California Supreme Court issued its 2012 decision in Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court, employers saw an immediate uptick in appellate court decisions supporting the denial of class certification to...more

Recent Appellate Decisions Underscore That Wage And Hour Class Actions Are Alive And Well In California Despite Brinker

Some observers of California wage-and-hour class actions contended that the Brinker v. Superior Court—a key decision we have discussed in the past—had sounded the death knell for class certification in those cases of...more

Brinker Round 2: Plaintiffs Secure Class Certification in Trial Court

After the renowned remand from the California Supreme Court, the Hohnbaum plaintiffs in Brinker Rest. Corp. v. Superior Court, 53 Cal. 4th 1004 (2012) sought to certify meal period claims alleging that all California...more

Did You Know…Court Of Appeal Applies Brinker To Reverse Denial Of Class Certification

On May 10, 2013, the California Court of Appeals in Faulkinbury v. Boyd & Associates reversed its denial of class certification as to meal period and rest period violations in light of the California Supreme Court’s decision...more

New Appellate Decision Applies Brinker to Require Certification of Certain Meal and Rest Claims

On Friday afternoon, the Fourth Appellate District, Division 3 (Orange County) decided Faulkinbury v. Boyd & Associates (Faulkinbury II). This was a meal period, rest period, and overtime class certification decision in which...more

Employment Law Newsletter: April 2013

Post-Brinker Meal Break Decisions on Class Certification De-Published by California Supreme Court - We have previously reported on the California Supreme Court’s decision in Brinker Restaurant Corp. v....more

Plaintiffs' Bar is Whistling Past the Graveyard on Comcast

As many readers of this blog know by now, last week the Supreme Court issued yet another anti-class certification decision in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend (“Comcast”). While the full scope and meaning of the Court’s holding is...more

2013 Employment Law Update - New Developments in Employment Law 2013

In this update: - 2013 Schedule of Seminars - Wage & Hour - New Laws Impacting Hiring Practices - Discrimination & Harassment - Developing Law Regarding Employer Arbitration Agreements - Employer...more

Court of Appeal Turns Volume Down on Plaintiff in Meal Period Class Action Against RadioShack

The California Court of Appeal has maintained the recent post-Brinker trend of refusing to certify cases involving meal and rest period claims where an employer has a compliant break policy....more

California Meal and Rest Break Requirements for Employers Clarified by the California Supreme Court in Brinker Decision

The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Brinker finally provides clarity for California employers' obligations with respect to employee meal and rest breaks. This article summarizes the decision....more

Did You Know…Class Action For Meal And Rest Break Violations Defeated – Legally Compliant Policies Are Key

In Flores v. Lamps Plus, Inc., the Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s denial of plaintiff’s motion for class certification based on Lamps Plus’s alleged failure to ensure that employees took their meal and rest...more

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