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California Supreme Court Reaffirms Broad Right to Discovery in PAGA Actions

The California Supreme Court issued its long awaited ruling in Williams v. Superior Court, in which it clarified the scope of discovery in actions brought under the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004, Labor Code § 2698 et...more

Washington Meal Breaks

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Washington Supreme Court held that an employer is not strictly liable under Washington law for an employee who voluntarily waives his or her meal break. The court also held that, once an employee has asserted a prima face...more

California Supreme Court: Statewide Employee Contact Info Generally Discoverable in PAGA Actions

by Morgan Lewis on

California’s Supreme Court holds that representative plaintiffs in PAGA actions brought in state court on behalf of California employees are generally entitled to discovery of statewide employee contact information as an...more

Romulus v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc.: Meal Periods, Ascertainability, and the Importance of Removal

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In Romulus v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc., five former Shift Supervisors brought a putative class action against CVS under the Massachusetts Wage Act, contending they were required to work through their unpaid breaks. Specifically,...more

Employers Litigating PAGA Actions Take Hit From California Supreme Court

by Fisher Phillips on

In a unanimous decision, the California Supreme Court ruled today that plaintiffs in lawsuits brought pursuant to the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), can seek the contact information for their fellow...more

Should I Stay or Should I Go Now: Federal Court Denies Class Certification to Supervisors Claiming In-Store Meal Breaks Violate...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: At a time when the Massachusetts meal break landscape is increasingly friendly to employees, a federal judge in the state recently denied class certification in a meal break case, Romulus, et al. v. CVS...more

Turning Over Every Stone: Don’t Ignore Possible Exemptions And Waivers

by Fisher Phillips on

Many employers fail to fully appreciate the existence of a variety of exemptions from, or waivers of, some of California’s strict wage and hour regulations. A quick survey of common issues includes the following escape...more

Need Cool Relief From Summer Heat? Try a Refreshing Handbook Update!

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Although there’s no right or wrong time to do a handbook update, we recommend them annually. Might as well take the opportunity when operations are typically slower, summertime, to give your handbook a...more

California Employment Law Notes - July 2017

In response to three questions asked of it by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the California Supreme Court opined as follows...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: May 2017

by Payne & Fears on

May's key California employment law cases involve “on call” meal and rest periods, and employees working seven days a week. ...more

Give Me A Break! Do Your Unpaid On-Call Shifts Remain Alive and Well?

by Fisher Phillips on

There are a variety of situations that may require your employees to handle on-call shifts after finishing their regular shift, most commonly if you need to provide certain services at irregular frequencies and intervals....more

And on the Seventh Day, Let Them Rest… or Work—If They Want!

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Last month in Mendoza v. Nordstrom, Inc., the California Supreme Court addressed three questions about California’s “day of rest” statutes that prohibit employers from causing employees “to work more than...more

Employment Law - June 2017 #2

Class Certification Denial Reversed in Wake of Augustus - Why it matters - Applying the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Augustus v. ABM Security Services, a California appellate panel reversed a trial...more

Mendoza v. Nordstrom – Day Of Rest Rule

The California Supreme Court issued its long awaited ruling in Mendoza v. Nordstrom, in which it clarified California’s so-called “day of rest” rule, which guarantees employees “one day’s rest therefrom in seven,” prohibits...more

2017 Labor & Employment Legislative Update: House of Origin Deadline

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Pay equity and Ban The Box bills lead the list of bills approved to continue their quest (moving to the other house of the California Legislature) to become California law....more

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished – The Supreme Court May Decide Whether Payments for Meal Breaks Can Offset Alleged Off-The-Clock Work

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Pending before the United States Supreme Court is a petition for writ of certiorari asking the Court to determine whether an employer may use payments for bona fide meal periods as an offset/credit against compensable work...more

California Supreme Court Defines “Day of Rest” Requirements

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In Mendoza v. Nordstrom, Inc., the Supreme Court resolved three unsettled questions concerning how to read California’s “day of rest” statutes: Employees are entitled to one day of rest during each...more

Rest Assured – California Supreme Court Clarifies What One Day's Rest in Seven Means

by Nossaman LLP on

In Mendoza v. Nordstrom, Inc., the California Supreme Court unanimously ruled that employees are guaranteed one day of rest for each defined workweek. However, an employee may voluntarily decide to work more than six days...more

Beat the Summer Heat: Vacation, Heat-Related Illness, Company-Sponsored Events

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Summer is just getting started, and with it come special circumstances California employers should keep in mind. Vacations, hot weather, and company-sponsored events are among the summertime activities that...more

An Employer’s Short Guide to Employee Break Time Obligations

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

A recent study showed that employees who regularly take short breaks are far more productive than those who work continuously for hours on end. The study, conducted by the Draugiem Group, found that the ideal work-to-break...more

The FLSA and Your CBA: 3rd Circuit Finds Claims Were Not Subject to Dispute Resolution Provisions

In Jones v. SCO Silver Care Operations LLC, No. 16-1101 (May 18, 2017), the Third Circuit Court of Appeals addressed whether several certified nursing assistant plaintiffs were entitled to pursue their claims for violations...more

Employment Law Commentary - May 2017 #2

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

"On The Seventh Day He (She) Rested"... Maybe - It took 124 years, but the California Supreme Court in Mendoza v. Nordstrom, Inc., No. S224611, 2017 WL 1833143 (Cal. May 8, 2017) finally addressed in detail California’s...more

Picking a Fight: How California Makes Employment Law Peculiar

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Our mission here at Cal-Pecs is to illuminate how California employment law differs from the law that employers generally experience throughout America. In this back-to-basics piece, we provide some...more

Employment Law - May 2017 #2

One Day of Rest Mandated by California Supreme Court - Why it matters - Resolving a contentious issue of California law, the state’s highest court ruled that one day of rest is guaranteed for each defined workweek,...more

The Suspense is Killing Me! What Big Labor Bills Will Make it Off the Suspense File?

by Fisher Phillips on

In the California Legislature, bills first are referred to the appropriate policy committee for hearing. Labor bills are referred to the Labor Committee, crime bills are referred to the Public Safety Committee, health bills...more

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