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Case Demonstrates Perils Of Refusing To Discuss Issues With Union

A significant change in NLRB precedent during the last few years was the added requirement that an employer bargain over discretionary aspects of discipline in the period between the union acquiring representational rights...more

Littler Global Guide - Philippines - Q1 2017

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Persons With Disabilities May Now Be Declared as Dependents for Tax Purposes - Enacted Legislation - Republic Act No. 10754, enacted on March 23, 2016 and effective on December 23, 2016, expanded the benefits of...more

Fourth Circuit Re-Affirms Sufficiency of Triple Canopy Complaint

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U.S. ex rel. Badr v. Triple Canopy, Inc., an intervened case arising out of the Fourth Circuit, has been one of the more closely-watched recent FCA cases. Previously, the Fourth Circuit held that the government’s complaint...more

Can Employers Require Their Employees to Remain On Call During Rest Breaks?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In another important decision regarding an employer’s obligation to provide rest breaks, the California Supreme Court in Jennifer Augustus et al. v. ABM Security Services, Inc. (2016) 2 Cal.5th 257, dealt with two issues...more

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

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

Defence & Indemnity - December 2016: II. LIABILITY ISSUES B.

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B. Where a contract for security services explicitly provides that it is not a contract for insurance and contains an enforceable liability exclusion clause, the security provider will not be liable for the loss. ...more

On-Call Rest Breaks Violate California Law

by McGuireWoods LLP on

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

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

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

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

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

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

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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

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

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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 Tells Employees To Rest Assured

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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

Employees on Rest Breaks Must Be Off Duty, California Supreme Court Rules

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A class of security guards received an early holiday present from the California Supreme Court on December 22. The Court ruled that California law requires employees on rest breaks be relieved of all duties. It...more

California Supreme Court Puts On-Call Breaks To Rest

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In what many employers will see as a “break” from workplace reality, the Supreme Court, in Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc., announced that certain “on call” rest periods do not comply with the...more

New California Labor and Employment Laws for 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Continuing a trend from recent years, the California Legislature passed, and Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law, numerous labor and employment bills in 2016. Each becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2017, unless otherwise...more

California employers must relieve their employees of all duties during breaks

$90 Million Judgment Reinstated: Employers Must Relieve Employees Of All Duties During Their Break Time - This week, the California Supreme Court ruled that California law strictly prohibits on-duty rest periods. “What...more

2017 Labor & Employment Law Update for California Employers

by Allen Matkins on

In 2016, California passed a slew of labor and employment laws affecting businesses across the state and their personnel policies and practices. Below is a brief summary of many of these laws, which generally take effect on...more

The $90 Million Question: Can You Rest While On Call?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Does carrying a pager nullify a rest break? What about the possibility of being tapped on the shoulder by your boss? Or being called on your cell phone? The California Supreme Court considered these and...more

Security Firm To Pay $115,000 To Settle EEOC Retaliation Suit

Guardsmark Fired Security Guard Working at Michigan Client Location For Opposing Sexual Harassment, Federal Agency Charges - DETROIT - Security giant Guardsmark has agreed to pay $115,000 and to provide other relief to...more

Employers Will Now be Stuck with Mixed-Guard Unions

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”), the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) may not certify a union to represent a bargaining unit if the union admits into membership both guards and non-guards. (29 U.S.C....more

Board Outs 32-Year-Old Rule Allowing Employers to Oust Mixed-Guard Unions

For thirty-two years, it has been a settled proposition that an employer may, upon the expiration of a contract, refuse to continue to negotiate with a “mixed-guard” union that represents its security guards. Continuing its...more

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