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PAGA 101: Tired of Stupid Answers? Time to Ask the Stupid Questions

When PAGA—California’s Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004—was first enacted, we knew it would take years to see how it would be applied. Twelve years (and over $30 million in penalties paid to the state) later,...more

A Good Deed Never Goes Unpunished When Applying California’s Wage Order Rules on Scheduling Rest Breaks

California courts continue to strictly enforce the State’s meal and rest break laws. A recent case highlights the importance of adopting statutorily appropriate employee rest break procedures. In Rodriguez v. E.M.E.,...more

Unions In The Digital Newsroom – Everything Old Is New Again

A recent string of successful organizing drives at several prominent digital news media outlets calls into question all those confident predictions about the inevitable demise of unionism in the information-age economy. ...more

Approval of the DOL's Changes to the Overtime Exemption Rules Is Imminent

Last year, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed rules to increase the salary level for employees exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The proposed rules sought to increase the salary level...more

Orchestra Left Without A Chair When The Music Stops: Another Independent Contractor Misclassification

How independent are musicians who play and perform with others? Do they have more artistic control on their own, or do they only become truly great artists in collaboration with others when their independent talents combine...more

Proposed German Equal Pay Act May Complicate Remuneration Issues

Statistics reveal a difference of 7 percent between the remuneration paid to men and that paid to women with the same qualifications in Germany. The average hourly wage even shows a difference of 22 percent, making pay...more

Connecticut Businesses Should Exercise Caution on DOL’s New FMLA Guide for Employers

Over the years in the employment law “blawgosphere” (isn’t there a better term by now?), I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with and conferring with several other attorneys who blog. One of those is Jeff Nowak, whose FMLA...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

“Side Work” Lawsuits Brought by Restaurant Employees on the Rise

Ruby Tuesday is the latest restaurant chain to face a “side work” class-action lawsuit brought by employees who allege that they are underpaid pursuant to federal regulations. The suit against Ruby Tuesday involves thousands...more

Employment Law Updates

Executive Summary - With effect from 1 April 2016, all employers must issue itemised payslips and key employment terms to employees covered by the Employment Act. Failure to comply with these requirements will subject...more

Is the NLRB Trying to Make Independent Contractor Misclassification an Unfair Labor Practice?

A Regional Director for the NLRB issued an unfair labor practice complaint on April 18, 2016 alleging that a transportation company “has misclassified its employee-drivers as independent contractors, thereby inhibiting them...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

Bonding by the Bay: San Francisco Mandates Paid Parental Leave

On April 21, 2016, Mayor Ed Lee signed an ordinance (File No. 160065) making San Francisco the first municipality to require private employers to compensate employees while on parental bonding leave. Under the law, dubbed the...more

Specialty Wage-and-Hour Policies Offer New Protection for Companies Facing Lawsuits

Traditional employment practices liability (EPL) and directors’ and officers’ (D&O) insurance may not apply today to cover wage-and-hour liabilities, an issue we detailed in the first and second installments of this series. ...more

The California Supreme Court’s Ruling on Suitable Seating – a Legal and Ergonomics Perspective

A recent California Supreme Court ruling provides crucial new guidance on how courts should weigh the evidence in so-called “suitable seating” cases, which employee litigants are bringing under the state requirement that...more

New York Budget Deal Will Bring $15 Minimum Wage and Broad Paid Leave Legislation

On April 4, 2016, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to phase in an increased minimum wage and guarantee paid family leave to all eligible employees throughout New York State. The legislation was part of the...more

San Francisco Becomes the First City to Provide Fully Paid Parental Leave

San Francisco has just given the employees of its resident companies quite the baby shower gift. On April 5, 2016, San Francisco passed its Paid Parental Leave law. The local ordinance will leverage off of the California Paid...more

Both Statewide Paid Family Leave and the $15 Minimum Wage for Most of the NYC Metro Area Became Law in New York April 4th

In a flurry of activity accompanying agreement with the Governor on a budget in late March, New York State lawmakers passed, and Governor Cuomo subsequently signed, legislation following California’s lead in raising the...more

Insurance Policy Definitions Essential to Wage-and-Hour Claim Coverage

As discussed in the first installment of our three-part series on insurance protection against wage-and-hour claims, policyholders have looked to two types of traditional insurance for protection against employment...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

Race to the Highest Minimum: California Minimum Wage Increase and San Francisco’s New Parental Leave Ordinance

California’s newly increased minimum wages will impact employers in two ways. First, minimum wage employees will have to be paid the higher minimum wage. Second, salaried exempt employees in California must be paid no less...more

California Wage & Hour: Employer Q&A

Recently, the California Labor Commissioner cited a residential care provider for multiple wage theft violations, including for failure to pay minimum wage and overtime. As a result of the Labor Commissioner’s...more

All in the Family: California Court Holds Employers Have to Accommodate Disability of Employee's Family Member

A California Court of Appeal for the first time has decided that an employer has a duty to reasonably accommodate an applicant or employee who is associated with a disabled person who needs the employee’s assistance. This...more

Using Insurance to Counter the Wage-and-Hour Threat

Yesterday, businesses and their executives face an increased threat given the personal liability for officers, directors, managing agents and others as discussed in our recent alert, “California’s Fair Day’s Pay Act May...more

California DLSE Posts FAQs on New Fair Pay Law but Leaves Tough Questions Unanswered

Three months after the California Fair Pay Act took effect on January 1, 2016, the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (“DLSE”) has issued answers to FAQs about the new law, which by all counts is the most...more

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