Rest and Meal Break

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SCOTUS Denies Review Regarding Pennsylvania Wal-Mart “Rest Break” Class Judgment

On April 4, the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari review of a $188 million class-action judgment returned against Wal-Mart in Pennsylvania state court and later upheld by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court regarding...more

California’s New Rest Period Requirements for Piece-Rate Workers

California law requires that employers authorize and permit their employees to take rest periods based on the total hours worked in a day. Employers must authorize and permit 10 minutes net rest time for every four hours...more

Unreported Working Lunches May Still Be Work Time

Back in December, we wrote about a case involving the Chicago Police Department, in which officers alleged that they were owed additional overtime for time spent responding to calls and messages on their Blackberry devices,...more

10 Tips to Mitigate or Prevent Wage and Hour Litigation in the Post-Acute Industry

Wage and hour lawsuits are being filed against employers under federal and state wage and hour laws at a record rate. Most wage and hour claims allege the employer failed to pay employees for off-the-clock work, failed to pay...more

Beware Unpaid Rest Breaks for Non-Exempt Employees

A recent federal court decision in Pennsylvania affirmed the risks incurred by employers if they treat brief rest breaks as unpaid for non-exempt employees. In Perez v. American Future Systems, Inc. d/b/a Progressive Business...more

No Peace for Piece Rate Employers

As 2015 drew to a close, the DLSE issued several publications regarding California’s new piece-rate legislation, AB 1513, reminding California employers that it is now even more difficult to pay employees on a piece-rate...more

A New Year = New Laws for California Employers

It’s that time again – a new year means new laws and regulations for California employers. Below we summarize new legislation that will affect employers doing business in California. Unless otherwise indicated, the new laws...more

California Employers Will Be Facing New "Break Wars" In The New Year

Although meal periods have occupied central stage in class action litigation over the past decade in California, rest-period litigation will soon join the “break wars.” A new law that just took effect on January 1, 2016...more

FRANCHISOR 101: 10 Ways Franchisors Can Reduce Vicarious Liability Risks

The U.S. Department of Labor says McDonald's is liable for actions of franchisees. In the last three months a California federal court said McDonald's could be liable for a franchisee's alleged failure to pay overtime and...more

Minimum Wage, Maximum Headache: California’s Minimum Wage Hits $10 in 2016. Are You Prepared?

As you brace for the New Year, don’t forget that California’s minimum wage will reach $10 per hour on January 1, 2016.  This latest increase is the final stage of the two-step legislation that increased the minimum wage from...more

Court Clarifies On-Duty Meal Provisions

Plaintiff of a 24-Hour Residential Care Facility Denied Class Action Over On-Duty Meal Period Allegations - A California Court of Appeal affirmed the denial of a motion for class certification filed by a former employee...more

An Update on Dilts v. Penske Logistics

In May 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the petition for certiorari in Dilts v. Penske Logistics, LLC. The 9th Circuit Dilts decision had reversed the District Court’s determination that the Federal Aviation...more

Employment Law - December 2015

NLRB Goes One Step Further, Holds Optional Waiver of Class Action Arbitrations Illegal - Why it matters - Reiterating its stance against arbitration agreements that prohibit class or collective actions, a panel of...more

Once a Waiver, Always a Waiver: Employee’s Agreement to Waive Meal Break Cannot Be Revoked

In Palacio v. Jan & Gail’s Care Homes, Inc. (Ct. of Appeal F070861), published December 7, 2015, the Court of Appeal for the Fifth Appellate Court ruled against a health care worker who sued to recover penalties for meal...more

The Third Circuit Adopts Predominant Benefit Test For Meal Periods, Leaving The Ninth Circuit As The Sole Holdout

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently joined the chorus of Circuits adopting the pro-employer “predominant benefit test” when weighing the compensability of meal periods under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). As...more

Attention California Employers: New Employment Laws Affecting Your Business Take Effect on January 1, 2016

In past years the Governor of California has enacted new laws related to employment that place additional burdens on employers, while granting additional rights to employees. This year is no exception. Although there is some...more

Third Circuit Decides Two Precedential Employment Cases to Close Out November 2015

Over a span of two weeks at the end of last month, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued two key opinions concerning oft-scrutinized areas of employment law — rights attendant to employer-employee relationships and...more

New Law Creates Additional Rest and Recovery Requirements for Piece-Rate Workers

Effective January 1, 2016, Assembly Bill 1513 establishes Labor Code Section 226.2, which requires that employers paying piece-rate compensation must pay employees for rest and recovery periods and other nonproductive time...more

Ushering in a New Year of Labor and Employment Legislation

With the new year less than one month away, the compliance countdown for new laws has begun. Limited time remains in 2015 for employers to ensure policies and practices are developed or revised to meet 2016 obligations. Time...more

Third Circuit Adopts New Test for Determining Whether Meal Breaks Are Compensable

On November 24, 2015, a divided U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit found that the “predominant benefit” test should be applied when determining whether mealtime breaks constitute compensable time under the Fair Labor...more

Meal Break Win in Third Circuit Gives Employers Reason to Be Thankful for More Than Thanksgiving Meals

Although the turkey (and leftover turkey sandwiches) are all gone, employers within the Third Circuit have reason to extend the Thanksgiving celebration given a recent decision affirming the dismissal of a collective action...more

Recent Prison Guard Case Frees Employers from Meal Period Uncertainty Under the FLSA

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has provided some certainty to Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware employers as to when employees’ meal breaks can be uncompensated and when they must be paid. In a split...more

When Must Meal Breaks Be Paid? Third Circuit Clarifies FLSA Test

Whether meal breaks count as compensable hours worked for non-exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act can be a thorny issue for employers. The FLSA regulations provide that meal periods during which an employee is...more

Changes to California’s Piece-Rate Compensation Requirements

Assembly Bill (“AB”) 1513, will significantly change the requirements governing the payment of piece-rate compensation in California beginning January 1, 2016. AB 1513 creates Labor Code section 226.2 which sets forth...more

Third Circuit: Meal Breaks For Employees' "Predominant Benefit" Are Not Worktime

The Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (with jurisdiction over Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania) has ruled in Babcock v. Butler County that employees who receive the "predominant benefit" of a meal break are not...more

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