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PAGA

Another Chapter in California’s PAGA Saga

Sounds like something our favorite attorney Bob Loblaw would be part of. In reality, the PAGA SAGA (for those of you without California employees) relates to PAGA, the acronym for California’s Private Attorneys’ General Act,...more

California Supreme Court endorses “fishing expedition” discovery under PAGA

In its recent decision concerning the proper scope of discovery under California’s Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 – known as “PAGA” – the California Supreme Court authorized discovery just as broad as that...more

When Is a Civil Penalty Not a Civil Penalty?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Plaintiffs cannot circumvent arbitration agreements by characterizing claims for statutory damages as claims for civil penalties. The purported PAGA exemption from arbitration agreements applies only to...more

Top Ten List – Track These 10 Important Employment Bills as the California Legislative Year Comes to a Close

by Fisher Phillips on

When the Legislature reconvenes from its summer recess on August 21, it will have only a few short weeks to finish work on legislation for this year. All bills must be passed and sent to Governor Brown by September 15, who...more

California Supreme Court Issues Sharp Reminder About Privacy and Discovery

by McManis Faulkner on

On July 13, 2017, the California Supreme Court issued its opinion in the matter of Williams v. Superior Court (Marshalls of CA, LLC) (Case No. S227228). At first glance, the opinion – which holds that an employee who brings...more

The War Between PAGA and Arbitration in California Continues - This Time Employers Win

by Carlton Fields on

Employers finally won a key victory in California courts in the continuing conflict between mandatory arbitration/class waiver agreements versus representative actions brought under the California Private Attorneys General...more

Esparza V. Ks Industries, L.P. – Separating PAGA & Unpaid Wage Claims – A Ray Of Sunshine?

by BakerHostetler on

We have been following how California courts deal with the intersection of Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) claims and individual arbitration agreements after Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC, 59 Cal. 4th...more

July 2017: The Top 12 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there have been an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. July was no different,...more

California Vacation Vesting Ruling Highlights Importance of Clear Policy Language

by Carlton Fields on

Can your employees claim they are owed vacation pay from their first day at work? Last week, the California Court of Appeal reminded employers in California of the importance of a clear vacation policy to avoid that...more

California Supreme Court Expands PAGA Plaintiffs’ Access to Statewide Discovery of Employee Contact Information

On July 13, 2017, the California Supreme Court greatly expanded the scope of discovery available under California’s Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (“PAGA”). In Williams v. Superior Court (Marshalls of CA,...more

Go Fish: Discovery In PAGA Actions Just Got Easier

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Brace yourself. Plaintiffs can now use representative PAGA actions as the basis for a statewide “fishing expedition” to discover alleged employer misconduct. Now, I’m a baby lawyer (or, more aptly, an almost baby lawyer)...more

Employment Law - July 2017

California Supreme Court Reverses PAGA Discovery Ruling - Why it matters - On July 13, 2017, the California Supreme Court in Williams v. Superior Court (Marshalls) issued its first opinion addressing the scope of...more

California Supreme Court Expands Scope of PAGA Discovery

by Reed Smith on

On July 13, 2017, in a decision with serious repercussions on the scope of PAGA discovery, the California Supreme Court overruled the Court of Appeals in Williams v. Superior Court to allow state-wide discovery of Marshalls...more

California Supreme Court Reaffirms Broad Right to Discovery in PAGA Actions

The California Supreme Court issued its long awaited ruling in Williams v. Superior Court, in which it clarified the scope of discovery in actions brought under the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004, Labor Code § 2698 et...more

California Supreme Court Clarifies Discovery Under PAGA

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Emphasizing the broad right of discovery and the remedial nature of the California Private Attorneys General Act of 2004, the California Supreme Court has ruled that, in pretrial discovery, plaintiffs under PAGA has a right...more

Williams v. Superior Court (Marshalls): California Supreme Court to Allow Broad Discovery in PAGA Cases

by Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP on

On July 13, 2017, the California Supreme Court held that plaintiffs need not demonstrate good cause to discover contact information of other allegedly aggrieved employees in an action brought pursuant to the Private...more

California Supreme Court: Statewide Employee Contact Info Generally Discoverable in PAGA Actions

by Morgan Lewis on

California’s Supreme Court holds that representative plaintiffs in PAGA actions brought in state court on behalf of California employees are generally entitled to discovery of statewide employee contact information as an...more

California Supreme Court Gives PAGA Plaintiffs Broad Right to Contact Information; Recognizes Employee Burden to Show...

On July 13, 2017, the Supreme Court of California issued a unanimous opinion in Williams v. The Superior Court of Los Angeles County (Marshalls of CA, LLC), holding that a representative plaintiff in a Private Attorneys...more

Employers Litigating PAGA Actions Take Hit From California Supreme Court

by Fisher Phillips on

In a unanimous decision, the California Supreme Court ruled today that plaintiffs in lawsuits brought pursuant to the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), can seek the contact information for their fellow...more

Calif. High Court OKs Discovery of Employee Contact Info Based on Filing of PAGA Suit

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On July 13, 2017, the California Supreme Court handed down a decision in a long-running dispute in wage and hour litigation regarding whether employers must disclose employees’ names and contact information. In its first...more

California Supreme Court Denies Sequenced Discovery in Representative PAGA Action

by BakerHostetler on

On July 13, 2017, the California Supreme Court rejected lower court holdings that limited an employee’s ability to secure statewide employee contact and employment information in a representative PAGA action, when the...more

Unanimous California Supreme Court Gives Green Light to Plaintiffs to Discover Employee Contact Information - Williams v. Superior...

by Carlton Fields on

In a big blow to employers, the California Supreme Court unanimously held today that plaintiffs and their lawyers must be given access to companywide employee contact information—including addresses and phone numbers—at the...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: May 2017

by Payne & Fears on

May's key California employment law cases involve “on call” meal and rest periods, and employees working seven days a week. ...more

The Ultimate Misclassification Showdown Could Be Right Around The Corner

by Fisher Phillips on

Gig employers returning from the Fourth of July holiday were in for a rude awakening when they learned about the fireworks that just went down in a California federal court. Right before the holiday weekend, Judge Jacqueline...more

FRANCHISEE 101: McDonald's Shaking Damages for OT Policy

by Lewitt Hackman on

In Los Angeles Superior Court, McDonald's claimed victory when 6,600 workers seeking $41 million in back pay and penalties came away with less than 2% of the amount sought in a claim that the fast-food giant cheated them out...more

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