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California Supreme Court to Weigh in on Suitable Seating Issues

The California Supreme Court recently agreed to decide three significant issues relating to suitable seating requirements. These issues are of tremendous importance to California employers, and particularly those in the...more

Employment Law

PAGA Suit Belongs in State, Not Federal, Court Says Ninth Circuit - Why it matters: A wage and hour suit brought under California’s Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) belongs in state , not federal , court, the Ninth...more

Waiting for Iskanian, Part 4: Friends of the Defendant

As we await Thursday's oral argument before the California Supreme Court in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, our series of preview posts continues. This time in Part 4, we take a look at the seven amicus curiae...more

Waiting for Iskanian, Part 3 - Friends of the Plaintiff

As we await Thursday's oral argument before the California Supreme Court in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation of Los Angeles, in Part 3 of our series of posts, we'll take a look at the amici curiae supporting plaintiffs. ...more

Quirky Question # 222, Seats in the Workplace

We are a retail store. An employee in the warehouse requested an assigned chair to sit on when he is between tasks. Must we comply with this request in our California locations?...more

Ninth Circuit “Chases” Away Another Option for Removing PAGA Actions to Federal Court

In yet another setback for employers seeking to remove California wage and hour cases to federal court, the Ninth Circuit held that the federal Class Action Fairness Act (“CAFA”) provides federal courts with no basis to...more

D.R. Horton and the Arbitration Hotchpotch: Emerging “Rules” and the Future of Compelled Arbitration in California

Last December, the Fifth Circuit issued its long-awaited decision in D.R. Horton, Inc. v. NLRB, holding that employers may require employees to sign arbitration agreements categorically waiving the right to pursue employment...more

California Courts Continue to Rule in Favor of Arbitration

California Supreme Court reverses rule that first required administrative hearing by state Labor Commissioner before permitting arbitration of wage and hour claims - In 2011, the California Supreme Court in...more

Employment Law -- Sep 12, 2013

Federal Agencies Respond to Supreme Court’s DOMA Ruling - In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down part of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), federal agencies are starting to respond with new...more

Did You Know…Ninth Circuit Holds No Aggregation Of PAGA Penalties To Establish Federal Diversity Jurisdiction

In Urbino v. Orkin Servs. of California Inc., a divided Ninth Circuit held that civil penalties recoverable by individual employees under California’s Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (“PAGA”) cannot be aggregated to...more

Who Needs the Aggregation? Ninth Circuit Rejects Combining of PAGA Penalties to Establish Minimum Amount in Controversy

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued a decision in Urbino v. Orkin Services of California, Inc., No. 11-56944 (August 13, 2013) holding that civil penalties available under California’s Private Attorneys General...more

Ninth Circuit Defines Parameters for Removal of PAGA Actions

California's Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA) allows an "aggrieved employee" to recover civil penalties for certain violations of the California Labor Code. The amount of recovery in a PAGA action is based on the...more

Did You Know…U.S. Supreme Court Strengthens Class Action Waivers In AmEx Ruling

In another employer-friendly decision, the U.S. Supreme Court reinforced its support for class action waivers, ruling in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant that an explicit class action waiver in an arbitration...more

California Courts' Split Widens on Arbitrability of PAGA Claims

Additional questions concerning the applicability of AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion to representative actions arose this week when a California intermediate court of appeals ruled that claims under the state's Private Attorneys...more

Suitable Seating Class Action Cases Are On The Rise In California

Green v. Bank of America, No. 11-56365 (February 11, 2013) unpublished: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that employees need not make a request for “suitable seating” before filing a lawsuit against their...more

Plaintiffs Must Offer "Significant Proof" Of A Common Policy Or Practice To Satisfy Commonality Under Rule 23 Post-Dukes

On January 28, 2013, Hon. George King of the United States District Court for the Central District of California issued an order in Pedroza v. PetSmart, Inc. denying class certification of exempt misclassification claims...more

California Court Finds For Retailer After Trial Of PAGA Seating Claims

In 2004, California passed the Private Attorney General Act, more commonly known either as “PAGA” or the “sue your employer act.” PAGA permits employees to bring claims against their employer, essentially on a class basis,...more

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

Fenwick Employment Brief - January 07, 2011

In this issue: California Employer Allowed to Pursue Defamation Action Against Protesting Employees; Payroll Company Not an Employer Under the California Labor Code or FLSA; PAGA Claims On The Rise – Suitable Seating Just...more

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