Rest and Meal Break

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Massachusetts Superior Court Holds That Meal Breaks Are Compensable Unless Employees Are Relieved of All Work-Related Duties

In a decision that could spell trouble for Massachusetts employers, a judge in the Superior Court’s Business Litigation Session recently held that meal breaks count as “compensable working time,” for which employees must be...more

CBAs Must Specifically State Intent to Arbitrate Statutory Rights

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Court of Appeal has held that unless a collective bargaining agreement includes an explicitly stated, clear and unmistakable, intent to waive the right to a judicial forum for statutory causes of...more

Puerto Rico Issues Comprehensive Labor Law Reform

On January 26, 2017, Puerto Rico’s Governor, Ricardo Roselló, signed into law the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act (the “Act”). The Act represents the first significant and comprehensive labor law reform to occur in...more

Review of UK Employment Law: Key Issues to Monitor in 2017

In a year dominated by the Brexit vote in June, 2016 also saw a number of developments that will have a significant impact on UK employment law. This alert provides a brief summary of those developments and looks at what...more

Not Providing Compliant Rest Breaks in California Could Break the Bank – New Clarifications from the State’s High Court

Recently, in Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc., the California Supreme Court upheld a $90 million award of statutory damages, interest, and penalties against an employer who required employees to remain on-call during...more

MA Superior Court Adopts “Relief from Duties” Test to Determine If Meal Breaks Are Compensable

In a recent decision, a Massachusetts Superior Court judge clarified the standard for determining whether employers must pay employees for time spent on meal breaks under Massachusetts law. In Devito v. Longwood Security...more

Fenwick Employment Brief

California Legislative Update - In the latter half of 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed numerous bills into law. Below is a summary of those laws that will affect California employers in 2017 and...more

Felicia Reid Explores 2016 California Wage-and-Hour Law Affecting Agricultural Workers in Daily Journal

HK's Felicia Reid authored the Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal “New Laws” supplement article titled, “AB 1066: Overtime for farmworkers.” The piece unpacks the Phase-In Overtime for Agricultural Workers Act of 2016, a...more

Employment Law - January 2017

California: On-Duty, On-Call Rest Periods Violate State Law - Why it matters - Ruling in a closely watched case, the California Supreme Court declared that on-duty and on-call rest periods violate state law....more

On-Call Rest Breaks Violate California Law

On Dec. 22, 2016, the California Supreme Court ruled in Augustus, et al. v. ABM Security Services, Inc. that an employer’s policy requiring employees to remain “on call” during paid rest breaks violated state law. This...more

Employment Law – Rest Break Requirement for On-Call Work

Jennifer Augustus, et al. v. ABM Security Services, Inc. - California Supreme Court (December 22, 2016) - The California Supreme Court reinstated a nearly $90 million award recently supporting a class action claim...more

California Supreme Court Holds That California Law Requires Unencumbered Rest Breaks

California law requires most employers to authorize paid rest breaks for non-exempt employees of at least 10 minutes for each four hours worked or a major fraction thereof, and to provide this rest break approximately mid-way...more

Massachusetts Superior Court Adopts Stringent Standard for Unpaid Meal Breaks Under State Wage Law

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Massachusetts Superior Court recently issued an opinion holding that, under Massachusetts wage law, employers in the Commonwealth must pay employees for meal breaks, unless the employees are completely...more

California Employment Law Notes - January 2017

$90 Million Judgment Reinstated: Employers Must Relieve Employees Of All Duties During Their Rest Periods - Augustus v. ABM Sec. Servs., Inc., 2016 WL 7407328 (Cal. S. Ct. 2016) - Jennifer Augustus filed this...more

What Does It Mean That CA Employers Must “Relinquish All Control” During Meal and Rest Periods?

Let’s pick up where we left off. In our last post of 2016, I was complaining about the California Supreme Court’s decision in Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc. The majority opinion in that case said that employees who...more

California Employers May Not Control How Employees Spend Their Break Time or Require On-Call Rest Periods

Action Item: California employers are urged to review their rest period policies and practices, and consider changes that will ensure they relinquish control over how employees spend their break time and relieve their...more

California Supreme Court: California Prohibits On-Duty And On-Call Rest Periods

Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc. On December 22, 2016, the California Supreme Court in Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc., ruled that California law prohibits on-duty and on-call rest periods. You may...more

California Supreme Court Rejects On-Call Rest Breaks

The California Supreme Court recently issued a significant opinion regarding the issue of off-duty rest breaks in Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc. (Dec. 22, 2016). The Court, in the context of employees being required...more

Supreme Court Holds That Rest Periods Must Be Free From Duties And Employer Control

On December 22, 2016, the California Supreme Court issued a critical decision in Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc., 2016 D.J. 12608 (2016), relating to California’s rest period obligations. The California Supreme Court...more

The Aggressive Push For Broad New Interpretations Of California’s Wage And Hour Laws

The past several years have been a difficult time for many California employers when it comes to wage and hour compliance. But if enterprising plaintiffs’ attorneys have their way, times will get even worse in the coming...more

Can Rest Breaks Be ‘Refused' Even If Not Requested?

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in Grange v Abellio London Ltd [2016] UKEAT/0130/16/DA Ltd considered whether an employee must ask for a rest break before claiming to have been refused one. Mr Grange was employed by...more

California Supreme Court rules employees cannot be on-call or on-duty during rest breaks

On December 22, 2016, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in Augustus, et al. v. ABM Security Services, Inc., holding that California employees cannot be on-call or on-duty during rest periods....more

California Supreme Court: No On-Duty, On-Call Rest Breaks

The California Supreme Court holds that California wage and hour laws prohibit on-duty and on-call rest breaks. On December 22, 2016, the California Supreme Court ruled that California “employers must relieve their...more

California Supreme Court Prohibits Employers from Implementing “On-Call” Rest Breaks

In Jennifer Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc., the California Supreme Court determined that employers are prohibited from implementing “on-call” rest breaks. This holding led the Supreme Court to reinstate an...more

California Supreme Court Tells Employees To Rest Assured

After a years-long battle, the California Supreme Court finally issued a ruling defining what it means for an employer to provide a rest break to non-exempt employees under California law: rest breaks cannot be “on-duty” or...more

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