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California Courts Deny Certification In Wage and Hour Cases Based On Claim That Employer “Should Have Known” Of Unpaid Time

Back in October, we reviewed a number of California cases that, for the most part, denied certification in cases in which certification would have largely been a foregone conclusion only a few years ago. The first few days of...more

2014 Update for California Employers

While 2013 was marked by some novel and interesting judicial and administrative decisions, including Quicken Loans (in which the National Labor Relations Board invalidated certain common employee handbook policies), Vance v....more

Did You Know…California Raises Minimum Wage

On September 25, 2013, Governor Brown signed AB 10 into law, raising California’s minimum wage from $8 per hour today to $10 per hour by 2016. The bill will raise the minimum wage in two separate one-dollar...more

Certification of Meal Break Employment Class Affirmed By Ninth Circuit

In Abdullah v. U.S. Security Associates Inc., the Ninth Circuit held that the district court did not abuse its discretion by certifying a meal break subclass, defined as all past and present employees who (a) worked more than...more

California Legislature Makes It Harder For Employers To Recover Attorney’s Fees On Wage Claims

What the courts giveth the Legislature taketh away. In 2012, California employers received an unexpected early Christmas gift when the California Supreme Court ruled in Kirby v. Immoos Fire Protection, Inc. that the...more

California Wage/Hour Update No. 3, July 2013: Appellate Court Attacks Piece-Rate Compensation – Again

The piece-rate compensation system, common among automotive technicians, agricultural workers, manufacturing employees, truck drivers, and others, has been a viable and rewarding form of compensation in California for over a...more

Supreme Court Provides Employers An Additional Tool To Limit FLSA Collective Action Allegations

On April 16, 2013, in a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court held that a Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") collective action may not proceed when the lone named plaintiff's individual claim becomes moot. This case...more

California Wage/Hour Update, No. 2 - April 2013: "Late Breaking" News

Boss: Time for your lunch break. Employee: Naw, I’ll just finish up what I’m working on and take my break later. Boss: That’s fine with me, but you are free to go now. Employee: Gotcha! Now you owe...more

2013 US Labor and Employment Horizon

Overview - As a resource to our clients, the Labor, Employment and Workplace Safety team at K&L Gates has summarized major legislative changes and key cases affecting employers in 2013 in certain key states in which we...more

Second Circuit Decision

In Lundy v. Catholic Health System of Long Island Inc., Plaintiffs – a respiratory therapist and two nurses – sued on behalf of a putative class of similarly situated employees and alleged that the Catholic Health System of...more

Your Global Workforce in Malaysia

Malaysia is both exotic and magical, and we want to ensure that the management of your global workforce in Malaysia is in compliance with all employment and labor laws. The key statutory authorities governing employment and...more

California Courts Differ On FAAAA Preemption And Flexibility Provided By Brinker

Federal preemption of California’s meal and rest break laws as applicable to truck drivers under the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act (FAAAA) continues to zigzag through California’s federal courts. When...more

FAAAA Preemption Continues to Zigzag Through California Courts

Federal preemption of California’s meal and rest break laws as applicable to truck drivers under the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act (the FAAAA) continues to zigzag through California’s federal courts. In...more

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