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Avoid Apple’s Legal Headaches Over Final Paychecks

In the recently certified class action against Apple for wage and hour law violations, one of the plaintiffs’ allegations is that employees who quit or were dismissed weren’t given final paychecks in a timely manner as...more

Standard for Class Certification of Independent Contractors Clarified by California Supreme Court

In Ayala v. Antelope Valley Newspapers, the California Supreme Court held that the proper test for determining whether newspaper carriers could proceed as a class on the issue of their employment status was the employer’s...more

California Supreme Court Holds Independent Contractor Misclassification Claims Can Be Determined by Common Proof – But Only in...

In its first employment-related class certification decision since its seminal ruling in Duran v. U.S. Bank, the California Supreme Court, in a fragmented opinion, reversed the denial of class certification for a group of...more

Did You Know…California Supreme Court Holds That a Challenge to Independent Contractor Status Is Class Certifiable

In Ayala v. Antelope Valley Newspapers the California Supreme Court held that the critical factor in determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor is “the degree of a hirer’s right to control how...more

California Supreme Court Nixes Certification Denial Ruling Against Newspaper Carriers Classified as Independent Contractors

The California Supreme Court recently held that a trial court needed to revisit its class certification decision regarding newspaper carriers who alleged that they should have been classified as employees rather than...more

California Employment Law Notes - July 2014

"Unauthorized Alien" Who Provided False SSN Can Proceed With Disability Discrimination Lawsuit - Salas v. Sierra Chem. Co., 2014 WL 2883878 (Cal. S. Ct. 2014) Vicente Salas worked on Sierra Chemical's production...more

California Supreme Court: Gentry is Gone. PAGA Lives On.

Compelled by U.S. Supreme Court precedent advancing arbitration as a method of dispute resolution, the California Supreme Court in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC (No. S20432, June 23, 2014) held that its...more

Calif. High Court Ruling Changes Class Action Landscape

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” The California Supreme Court could have been channeling Mark Twain when it rejected, emphatically, the unbridled use of statistical sampling to prove...more

California Almost Goes Along on Class Waivers

The California Supreme Court has ruled that class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements are enforceable – with one gaping exception. Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, L.L.C., S204032 (Cal. June 23,...more

More Good News for Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements: California Supreme Court Upholds Class Action Waiver in...

On June 23, the California Supreme Court issued its first opinion upholding a class action waiver following the U.S. Supreme Court’s seminal decision in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, 131 S. Ct. 1740 (2011). Iskanian v....more

Class Action Waivers in Employment Arbitration Agreements Enforceable - Landmark California Supreme Court Ruling Is Positive for...

In an opinion filed June 23, 2014, Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC,(Iskanian) the California Supreme Court gave employers some relief when faced with class action suits. The court's significant decision will...more

California Supreme Court: Newspaper Carriers Can Proceed With Class Action Challenging Independent Contractor Status

On June 30, 2014, the California Supreme Court issued a decision addressing how trial courts should determine the appropriateness of class certification in cases where workers claim they were improperly classified as...more

The California Supreme Court Holds That an Employee May Waive the Right to Bring a Wage and Hour Class Action in an Arbitration...

On Monday, June 23rd, 2014, the California Supreme Court issued its long awaited decision in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation. In Iskanian, the Court held that waivers of the right to bring a wage and hour class action,...more

California Supreme Court "Green Lights" Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements

On June 23, the California Supreme Court in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation, a case involving state wage and hour claims, recognized that the U.S. Supreme Court's 2011 Concepcion decision effectively invalidated the California...more

Iskanian v. CLS Transportation: California Supreme Court Gives Class Action Arbitration Waivers the Green Light

Today, in a decision with significant ramifications for California employers seeking to use class action arbitration waivers as a deterrent to wage and hour class action litigation, the California Supreme Court issued its...more

California Supreme Court Gives Employers Added Protection Against Wage-and-Hour Class Actions

Today, the California Supreme Court issued its latest and long-awaited arbitration decision, Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC. On the one hand, Iskanian concluded that class action arbitration waivers are...more

Second Circuit Court of Appeals Addresses FLSA’s Public Agency Volunteer Exception, But Withholds Comment on Private Sector...

For the first time the Second Circuit Court of Appeals tackled the Fair Labor Standards Act’s public agency volunteer exception. In Brown v. New York City Board of Education, the Court outlined the contours of the exception...more

California Court Says No Need To Resolve Disputes Over Substantive Law In Evaluating Whether Class Can Be Certified

Suppose that you’re a trial court considering a motion for class certification. And suppose that the parties present you with two competing statutory interpretations. One legal standard permits the case to be adjudicated...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - June 2014

No Liability for Off-the-Clock Work Absent Employer Knowledge - A California appeals court refused to hold Kaiser Foundation Health Plan liable for alleged off-the-clock overtime about which it lacked knowledge. In...more

California Supreme Court Issues Favorable Decision for Employers in Duran v. U.S. Bank

The California Supreme Court has issued its long-awaited decision in Duran v. U.S. Bank. In a significant victory for employers, the Court unanimously agreed to overturn a $15 million judgment in a wage and hour class action...more

Under the FLSA, the NLRB Says Even "Non-Concerted" Activity Can Be Concerted

My colleagues and I have noted repeatedly over the past couple of years that the National Labor Relations Board takes a very expansive view of the National Labor Relations Act, even (and perhaps especially) when the case does...more

California Employers Catch One of Those Rare Wage and Hour Class Action Breaks From the California Supreme Court

Sometimes California employers do get a win when battling in the minefield of California’s wage and hour laws. So California employers, please pause to rejoice in this moment because you know you may not get another one for a...more

Employment Law - June 2014

Appellate Court Tosses Employee’s Seating Suit - Why it matters: An employer won a rare victory in a suitable seating case when a California appellate court affirmed summary judgment in a suit brought by a sample...more

California Supreme Court Provides Guidance on Class Certification

In its Duran decision, the court emphasized that trial courts considering class certification must determine whether the case is manageable as a class action. On May 29, the California Supreme Court issued its decision...more

You need to prove your case: California Supreme Court confirms wage-and-hour defendants have right to argue individualized defense...

Class action trials have long been the bogeyman no one talks about in California. Parties had to address whether a class action was “manageable” before it was certified, but because the vast majority of class actions never...more

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