On-Call Employees

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Hurricane Preparedness Applies at Work as Well as at Home – Questions Employers May Face This Season

Florida Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency as forecasters continue to track the path of Tropical Storm Erika, which is predicted to hit the state on Monday. Although it is unclear how strong the storm will...more

Appellate Court Notes

Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions - AC36506 - Sidorova v. East Lyme Board of Education - Due to budget cuts, the Board of Education laid off the plaintiff who was a tenured French teacher. She sued for...more

Countdown to July 3 for San Francisco Retailers to Modify Flexible Scheduling Practices

We have written before of the growing movement to suppress the flexible scheduling practices commonly employed in the retail industry. Retailers have long used factors such as projections of sales traffic, conversion rates,...more

Employment Law - June 2015

Actual Knowledge by Employer Not Necessary for Title VII Religious Discrimination Claim, U.S. Supreme Court Rules - Why it matters: In a closely watched case, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with a teenage applicant to...more

New York Attorney General’s Office Demands “On Call Shift” Information From Retailers

As reported in various media outlets, the New York Attorney General’s office recently sent a request to several retail employers who do business in New York for information concerning their practices of scheduling employees...more

NY Attorney General’s Office Begins Campaign Against Scheduling Practices of Large Retailers

In letters sent to 13 large retail chains on April 10, the New York State Attorney General’s Office has questioned the lawfulness of a scheduling practice known as “on-call shifts,” and has requested wide-ranging information...more

Answering The Call

California leads the nation in vigilantly regulating the conditions which constitute “hours worked.” Definitions are established, modified, and expanded by the California Labor Code, its Wage Orders, and decisions by...more

Security Guards Are Entitled To Compensation For All On-Call Hours Spent At Employer’s Worksite

CPS employed on-call guards to provide security at construction worksites. Part of each guard’s day was spent on active patrol. Each evening, guards were required to remain on call and on premises at the worksite to respond...more

Being on Call in California Does Not Impede on Rest Breaks

Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc., No. B243788 (filed December 31, 2014, pub. ord. January 29, 2015)): In its recently published decision, the California Court of Appeal held that on-call rest breaks are permissible. In...more

On Premises, On-Call Time Compensable; Sleep Time Not Excluded

Emphasizing that California law provides greater protections than federal law to on-call employees, the California Supreme Court in Mendiola v. CPS Security Solutions, Inc. held that security guards were entitled to...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - February 2015

On Premises, On-Call Time Compensable; Sleep Time Not Excluded - Emphasizing that California law provides greater protections than federal law to on-call employees, the California Supreme Court in Mendiola v. CPS...more

The California Supreme Court Holds That Certain Security Guards Must Be Paid to Sleep

On December 31, 2014, the California Supreme Court held in Mendiola v. CPS Security Solutions, Inc. (Case No. S212704) that security guards who work shifts of 24 or more hours under Wage Order 4 must be compensated for their...more

Employment Law Alert: Remaining On Call During Rest Periods is Okay

In Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc. (Nos. B243788 & B247392, filed 12/31/14), the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District held Labor Code section 226.7 prescribes only that an employee may not be...more

Employment Law - January 2015

U.S. Supreme Court: Security Screenings Not Compensable - Why it matters: In a closely watched case, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously reversed the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rule that the time spent by...more

Employment Alert: Security Guards Entitled to Compensation for On-Call Hours Spent Under Employer’s Control

In Mendiola v. CPS Sec. Solutions, Inc., 2015 WL 107082, published January 8, 2015, the California Supreme Court held that: (1) on-call hours at a worksite represented “hours worked” for overtime purposes when the employer...more

No Lullaby for Employers: California Supreme Court Finds Sleep Periods Considered 'Hours Worked'

In Mendiola v. CPS Security Solutions, Inc., S212704 (Jan. 8 2015), California’s Supreme Court reaffirmed the rule that “hours worked” under California law includes all hours an employee is under the employer’s control, even...more

Employers Finally Get a Break—Court Reverses $90 Million Verdict and Holds That Employers Are Not Required to Relieve Employees of...

On December 31, 2014, the Court of Appeal for the Second District of California held in an unpublished opinion that employers are not required to relieve employees of all duty during rest periods mandated by California state...more

California Supreme Court Rules On-Duty Guards Entitled to Pay for On-Call and Sleep Time

On January 8, 2015, the California Supreme Court issued a decision holding that the on-call hours for security guards who work 24-hour shifts constituted compensable hours worked. Further, the court ruled that the guards’...more

Quick Quiz Answer: Pay For Being In On-Call Status

The answer to our September 22, 2014 Quick Quiz is, "Yes, even though the payments are not tied to the on-call hours he works." In declining percentage order, the responses were...more

Lady Gaga, Former Personal Assistant, Settle Overtime Claims; Case Highlights Risk Of "On Call" Expectations For Non-Exempt...

Last week, a federal court in New York approved an undisclosed settlement between pop singer Lady Gaga and her former personal assistant to resolve the personal assistant’s overtime claims. Although the terms of the...more

Did You Know…Lady Gaga Settles Wage And Hour Claim

As we reported to you earlier in the year during our annual employment seminars, Lady Gaga was sued by her former personal assistant who alleged Lady Gaga violated federal law by failing to pay her overtime for being...more

Done With Lady Gaga

Whether it’s on the phone, in my office, or just on the street, people – I mean, hoards of people – have been asking me the same one question: What’s happening with Lady Gaga? A few weeks ago, on September 30th, I...more

Restricting The Activities Of California On-Call Employees May Mean Having To Pay Them For Their Time

Mendiola v. CPS Security Solutions, Inc., No. B240519 (July 3, 2013): In a recent decision, the California Court of Appeal held that employees need to be compensated for “on-call” hours if the employer substantially...more

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