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Uber Settlement Under Fire, As Named Plaintiff, Others Object

In a development one does not see everyday, named Plaintiff Douglas O’Connor has submitted a declaration blasting the settlement reached in the litigation bearing his name: O’Connor et al. v. Uber Technologies, Case No....more

Be Uber Prepared To Do Business In The Gig Economy

Until recently, the word “gig” had two common meanings: - ..A live music performance; and - ..A long trident used to hunt swamp-dwelling amphibians - However, a noted linguist recently crowned “gig” as the...more

California Employment Law Notes - May 2016

Employee Who Needed To Assist Disabled Son Could Proceed With "Associational Disability Discrimination" Claim - Castro-Ramirez v. Dependable Highway Express, Inc., 246 Cal. App. 4th 180 (2016) - Luis...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Employers Who Use Facially Neutral “Rounding” Timekeeping Policies Do Not Have to Guarantee that an...

On May 2, 2016, the Ninth Circuit issued its decision in Corbin v. Time Warner Entertainment – Advance/Newhouse Partnership and affirmed the district court’s summary judgment in favor of employer, Time Warner...more

Combining 10-Minute Rest Breaks May—or May Not—Be Lawful in California

When must rest breaks occur, and may a company allow employees to combine their rest breaks with other breaks? California’s nuanced meal and rest break rules have spawned an endless cycle of litigation, and as a recent...more

April 2016 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

This past month involved the settlement of a number of high profile IC misclassification cases. In one case, a federal court gave conditional approval to a $226 million settlement between FedEx and its Ground Division...more

Employment Law Commentary, April 2016: Kilby V. CVS Pharmacy: The California Supreme Court In The Driver’s Seat Clarifies Seating...

Kilby V. CVS Pharmacy: The California Supreme Court In The Driver’s Seat Clarifies Seating Standards In The Workplace - Most of the California Industrial Welfare Commission’s industry and occupational wage orders...more

Ninth Circuit Roundly Supports Time Punch Rounding

The Ninth Circuit this week blessed an employer’s policy of rounding employee time punches to the nearest quarter hour, affirming summary judgment in favor of the company on an employee’s challenge to the rounding policy...more

What GCs Need to Know About Reductions in Force

Reductions in force (“RIFs”) are group terminations, usually driven by the financial condition or business needs of the employer. An employer’s General Counsel, even though responsible for protecting the employer from legal...more

Representative Evidence May Or May Not Be Sufficient

A recent U.S. Supreme Court case holding that representative evidence can be used in class/collective actions to the same extent that it could be used in an individual action may not have the broad application hoped for by...more

Uber Drivers to Remain Independent Contractors…For Now

Uber, the independent taxi service where you can “drive your car and be your own boss,” has long attracted controversy for classifying its drivers as independent contractors and not employees. Class-action lawsuits claiming...more

Uber Class Action Settlement Faces Objections from Plaintiffs’ Lawyers

Uber’s recently announced $100 million settlement to resolve the O’Connor v. Uber Technologies, Inc. class action, in which plaintiffs sought an order deeming them employees, rather than independent contractors, already faces...more

Uber Aims to Settle Two Class Actions; Approximately 385,000 Uber Drivers in California and Massachusetts to Remain Independent...

Last Thursday, Uber settled two closely-watched class actions contesting Uber’s classification of approximately 385,000 drivers in California and Massachusetts as independent contractors as opposed to employees. While the...more

Collado v. J & G Transport, Inc. – When a Waived Right to Arbitrate is Revived

Some may have thought that once waived, the right to arbitrate is gone forever. No so! The Eleventh Circuit decision in Collado v. J & G Transport, Inc., No. 15-14635 (11th Cir. April 21, 2016) is but the latest example. In...more

Statistics in Wage and Hour Class Actions: Has Anything Really Changed?

Statistics are kind of a holy grail of class action litigation. Everyone seems to know that they exist, but their understanding is shadowy and the quest to find valid statistical models often proves elusive. Last month’s...more

Uber Tries to “Lyft” Itself Out of Two Independent Contractor Misclassification Lawsuits By Settling for Up To $100 Million – But...

Only two weeks after a federal court judge in California rejected a proposed $12.25 million independent contractor misclassification settlement between Lyft and its drivers in California because it “shortchanged” the drivers...more

Court Insures Allstate Against Unsound Trial Plan Mayhem

Allstate Insurance Company “insured” a major victory last week in an off the clock class action pending in Los Angeles Superior Court, vindicating employers’ argument that plaintiffs cannot simply intone the magical...more

Class Action Roundup: Winter 2016

Where the (Class) Action Is - This issue of Roundup wraps up 2015 with another slate of interesting cases spanning industries and subject matter. The running theme of ascertainability is now stretching into antitrust...more

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

Supreme Court Stops Short of Bright-Line Rule Regarding Statistical Evidence in Class Actions

On March 22, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo. For those unfamiliar with the case, Tyson Foods is a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) case that involved an alleged failure to pay...more

SCOTUS OKs Statistics to Establish Class Action Liability with Limits, Leaves Open Uninjured Class Member Question

Plaintiffs can count the first class action decision to be issued by the U.S. Supreme Court since the death of Justice Scalia as a win; although, they did not receive broad authorization to proceed carte blanche, as some had...more

Attorneys General From Nine States Cooperate on Predictable Scheduling Inquiries of Retailers

As we previously reported, “predictive scheduling” is one of the most closely watched issues by retailers today. In April 2015, New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman garnered national news headlines when he...more

Gawker FLSA Ruling Leaves Interns Gawking

Where's the line between an intern and an employee? If you think that's an easy question, consider this: the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) defines "employ" broadly as to "suffer or permit to work." So, who's to say that...more

Recent Decisions in Class Actions Mixed Bag for Uber, Lyft

It was a mixed bag on the litigation front for Uber and Lyft last week following a string of decisions in class action lawsuits against these companies. On Tuesday, April 5, the Ninth Circuit granted Uber’s petition to...more

Doing the “Two Step”: Court Denies Second Stage Certification of FLSA Claims

Plaintiffs’ counsel frequently speak of the “low” burden necessary at first stage for conditional certification under the FLSA. However, a recent decision from the Eastern District of New York highlights that plaintiffs may...more

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