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House Passes Transportation Bill with Meal and Rest Break Implications

On November 5, 2015, the House of Representatives approved a transportation funding bill with an amendment that would reverse a 2014 Ninth Circuit decision that California's meal and rest break laws are not preempted under...more

Quirky Question #268: E-Sign Away!

Question: We have our electronic handbook and arbitration agreement online, and all employees sign both electronically. I saw a news blurb that a California court last year refused to enforce an arbitration agreement that...more

Trick or Treat for California Employers

As we approach Halloween, the California Legislature and Governor Jerry Brown have been busy on the employment front. The results of this activity are a “mixed bag” for California employers....more Hit With Independent Contractor Misclassification Class Action Lawsuit By Delivery Drivers

Amazon is the latest tech company to be sued in a proposed class action by drivers delivering its products – in this case, goods to be delivered within two hours of being ordered through Amazon’s “Prime Now” app. The drivers...more

No More Long Lunches: The $18M FCA Payout for Inaccurate Recordkeeping

In 1920, U. S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote that contractors "must turn square corners when they deal with the Government." That remains true today, and allegations in a recently-settled False Claims Act...more

Summary of Key New California Laws for 2016: What Employers Should Know

Governor Brown has signed several laws impacting California employers. A summary of some of the key new laws follows. The effective date of the particular new law is indicated in the heading of the Assembly Bill (AB) and/or...more

California Enacts a Raft of New Employment Legislation

The latest legislative session has just ended, and, true to form, the California Legislature has added more than a dozen new laws affecting employers doing business in the nation’s largest state.  These statutes are in...more

Attention Health Care Employers: Your Blood Pressure Is About to Drop

Existing law left health care employers in the quagmire of a conflicting statute and wage orders when it came to employees’ meal period waivers on work shifts exceeding 12 hours in a workday. But Governor Brown has signed...more

Keine Vergütung von Raucherpausen aus betrieblicher Übung

So entschied das LAG Nürnberg mit nun veröffentlichtem Urteil vom 21. Juli 2015 (Az.: 7 Sa 131/15; Parallelsache mit Urteil vom 5. August 2015 (Az.: 2 Sa 132/15)). In dem Betrieb des klagenden Arbeitnehmers wurde durch eine...more

Governor Signs Burdensome Piece Rate Legislation

On October 10, 2015, the Governor signed AB 1513, which, effective January 1, 2016, will add Section 226.2 to the Labor Code. Section 226.2 will make it even more difficult for California employers to pay employees on a...more

Fifth Circuit Holds That Meal Breaks May Be Compensable If Employer-Mandated Transition Time Significantly Eats Into Employees'...

The U.S. Department of Labor’s regulations generally provide that employers are not required to pay employees for “bona fide” meal breaks that ordinarily last at least 30 minutes, but rest periods of short durations, running...more

Effective Immediately: California Urgency Legislation Confirms Second Meal Period Waiver for Healthcare Workers

Senate Bill 327 overturns Gerard v. Orange Coast Medical Center, confirming that healthcare workers can waive their second meal period. On October 5, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 327 (SB...more

Governor Brown Signs Law Allowing Health Care Industry Meal Break Waivers

From 1993 through 2000, Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Orders 4 and 5 contained special meal period waiver rules for employees in the health care industry. Specifically, Section 11(D) of these Wage Orders provided as...more

California Supreme Court to Decide Whether (And When) PAGA Plaintiffs Can Compel Discovery of Other Employees’ Contact Information

The California Supreme Court has granted review of the appellate court decision in Williams v. Superior Court to answer the following question: Is the plaintiff in a representative action under the Private Attorneys General...more

2015 California Labor and Employment Legislation Update: The End (of Session) Is Near…

The California Legislature adjourned Friday evening, September 11, to close its 2015-16 Legislative Session. It sent a number of employment-related bills to Governor Brown for consideration by his October 11, 2015 deadline to...more

Fifth Circuit Rules Employer-Mandated Transit Time May Make Lunch Break Compensable

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, ruled Monday that security guards’ “off-the-clock” meal periods may be compensable when they were required to travel for 10 to...more

Live-In Aides Continue to Give Employers Sleepless Nights

Yet another New York court has rejected the New York Department of Labor’s longstanding 13-hour rule regarding home health aides who work 24-hour shifts (live-in aides). Under the longstanding rule, live-in home health aides...more

Basics of Employment Law in Austria: Part I

Austria, located in the heart of Central Europe, with a population of approximately 8.4 million people, is considered by many to be the ideal place for international employers to do business. It is one of the wealthiest, most...more

Five Things Employers Need to Know About the ECJ’s Decision on Working Time

The European Court of Justice decided last week that for workers without a fixed place of work, time spent travelling from home to their first customer appointment and from the last customer appointment back home counts as...more

Uber Employee Classification Class Action Could Impact All Employers

From Payroll Taxes to Sick Leave Laws … Federal Ruling Could Be Game Changer for Sharing Economy - A federal judge’s decision last week to certify a class of California Uber drivers in their lawsuit claiming Uber has...more

Litigating California Wage & Hour and Labor Code Class Actions

We are excited to announce the 15th edition of Seyfarth Shaw’s publication Litigating California Wage & Hour and Labor Code Class Actions. As in previous editions, the publication discusses and analyzes the most commonly...more

California Supreme Court May Limit The Scope Of PAGA Plaintiffs’ Access to Statewide Discovery

The California Supreme Court is poised to clarify what limits may apply to burdensome discovery demands in litigation under California’s Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (“PAGA”), which allows employees to...more

California Employment Law Notes - September 2015

Newly Enacted California Statutes - The Word "Alien" Is Stricken From The California Labor Code - Section 1725 of the California Labor Code defines "alien" as "any person who is not a born or fully naturalized...more

Class Action Defense Cases – Williams v. Superior Court: California Appellate Court Affirms Trial Court Order Limiting Discovery...

Plaintiff’s Pre-Class Certification Discovery Request for Contact Information of Putative Class Members Properly Limited to Employees who Worked in the Same Store Location as Plaintiff California Court of Appeal...more

We Thought It Might Be Getting Better … But Class Certification is Still On the Rise

The explosion of wage and hour class action litigation in the last 10 to 15 years or so has shined a spotlight not only on wage and hour practices themselves, but also on the critical question of whether an employer’s...more

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