Business owners are often sued personally in FLSA suits, but a recent case shows there’s a significant risk for restaurant managers, as well. In Jang et al. v. Woo Lae Oak, Inc., et al., No. 12-cv-00782, 2013 WL 6577027 (N.D....more
California’s 20122013 Legislative Session concluded with the enactment of a variety of new laws that will affect California employers. In light of these developments, summarized below, California employers should review...more
Two restaurants in California have been fined $1.9 million for a variety of wage and hour violations as the result of an investigation by state and federal labor agencies.
The fines mark the latest example of joint...more
Social media and technology seem to be doing more harm than good in the workplace this week. A new study suggests that some employers may be using Facebook profiles to discriminate against job applicants based on legally...more
As 2013 comes to an end, we will consider a number of issues that employers might be facing at the end of the year. In this blog series, we will cover topics such as seasonal hiring, religious discrimination claims stemming...more
While the federal government ground to a halt, the California Governor and Legislature have been busy voting on and signing a flurry of new legislation at the end of this year’s legislative session. The following is a survey...more
In This Issue:
- High Court Takes on Union Strategy to Push Neutrality Agreements
- Justices Consider Pay for Union Workers to Don Safety Gear
- Appeals Court Rules for Employers Over Birth Control Coverage
The U.S. Labor Department has announced another proposal to conduct a survey relating to "worker classification issues" under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
In 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law approximately 9 out of 10 bills presented to him. This three-part blog series summarizes the new legislation and captures the key employment law related bills that are likely to...more
Over the past few years, the number of college undergraduates and recent graduates engaging in unpaid internships has grown dramatically. One expert estimates that there are between 1 and 2 million internships each year, and...more
The United States Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division issued a final rule on September 17, 2013 that will extend the minimum wage and overtime protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act to in-home workers who...more
On September 25, 2013, California Governor, Jerry Brown, signed a bill (Assembly Bill No. 10) that will raise the hourly minimum wage up 25% over the next few years. First, the minimum wage will increase in less than one...more
Wage and hour law in Turkey is deceptively complex despite its seemingly simple premise, just as its American counterpart. Indeed, many of the same issues American employers wrangle with relative to laws and regulations...more
California Minimum Wage Reaches New High -
California employers should brace themselves to shell out higher wages with the state set to raise the minimum wage to $10 per hour by 2016.
Currently, the state...more
As expected, Governor Brown signed legislation to raise California’s minimum wage today. The new law raises the minimum wage to $9 per hour on July 1, 2014 and to $10 per hour on January 1, 2016. Thus far, it is the only...more
Minimum wage earners across the state are celebrating.
This morning, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 10 into law, raising California’s minimum wage to $10 per hour by January 2016. The first increase will go into effect...more
New regulations from the US Department of Labor (DOL) mean most employers will need to begin paying the minimum wage and, potentially, overtime to direct care workers such as home health aides, personal care aides and...more
Generally, most employees in the United States must be paid at least the federal minimum wage for all hours worked and overtime at one and one half times the regular hourly rate for all time worked above 40 hours in a seven...more
AFL-CIO RESOLUTION ATTACKS OBAMACARE -
On September 10, 2013, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, to a standing ovation from assembled labor leaders, addressed the AFL-CIO’s 27th quadrennial constitutional...more
On July 29, a federal appeals court addressed the question of whether the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime protections apply to undocumented aliens working illegally for an employer. Drawing on an analogy...more
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division investigated Gem Interiors Inc. and found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the H-2B temporary nonimmigrant visa program. The company agreed to pay...more
In Lucas v. Jerusalem Café, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit held that undocumented workers are entitled to recover for unpaid overtime and minimum wage violations under the federal Fair Labor...more
Unpaid summer internships are routine for some businesses, especially those in creative fields such advertising, design, music, publishing and film – all areas that have flourished locally in recent years....more
It was recently reported that a worker at a Pennsylvania McDonald’s sued her employer, a McDonalds’s franchisee, because she was required to receive her pay in the form of a debit card that carried hefty charges for virtually...more
Recently, the practice of paying employees via payroll debit cards came under fire when an employee filed a class action lawsuit against her employer, a McDonalds' franchisee, alleging that payment of wages via a Chase...more