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Quirky Question #223, Meal Periods Outside California

We have offices in 13 states, a headquarters in Iowa and a manufacturing facility in Alaska. Several employees have used our “open suggestion box” to request that we allow them to work through lunch so they can go home...more

Got Class? Wage and Hour Class Actions in a Post-Brinker World

In 2012, employers awaited the California Supreme Court’s decision in Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court with the bated-breath anticipation of a presidential election, or an Olympic luge race. And, boy, was it worth...more

California Courts Deny Certification In Wage and Hour Cases Based On Claim That Employer “Should Have Known” Of Unpaid Time

Back in October, we reviewed a number of California cases that, for the most part, denied certification in cases in which certification would have largely been a foregone conclusion only a few years ago. The first few days of...more

Happy 2014 – Gear Up For New Wage And Hour Laws

As the new year begins, California employers, already weary from added wage and hour laws and regulations enacted over the past several years, have yet more to comply with. Here are the highlights....more

Courts May Certify Class Claims Where Damages Differ

In Benton v. Telecom Network Specialists, Inc., the California Court of Appeal for the Second Appellate District affirmed that employee wage and hour and meal break cases may be suitable for class certification even where...more

Post Summer Part 5 of 5 - Continuing the Discovery

Last week began this series of five posts to highlight five developments from this past summer in the area of social media and employment law. In the final Part 5 today: The discoverability of private social media posts in...more

New York District Court Denies Certification and Conditional Certification of Class of Personal Bankers

One can only imagine the outcome the plaintiffs' attorneys were anticipating: a case against the financial industry, involving non-exempt employees subject to an auto-deduct policy for meal periods, in the Southern District...more

Court of Appeals leaves nearly all hours-of-service regulations intact

In the words of Alabama, “Roll on eighteen-wheeler, roll on” but be certain to heed the newly upheld hours-of-service regulations. The Court of Appeals’ recent decision in American Trucking Association Inc. v. FMCSA (find...more

Healthcare Legal Alert: Former Nurse Asks U.S. Supreme Court To Settle Circuit Split On Meal Break And Timekeeping Issue

On July 22, 2013 a former nurse asked the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve a circuit split, which she claims the Sixth Circuit created when it found that the nurse's admitted failure to follow the hospital's procedures for...more

You Can’t Get Paid for Sleeping on the Job

Employees who live in employer-provided housing as part of their job may not so easily claim wages for 24-hour periods of work under California’s Wage Orders, according to a recent opinion, Mendiola v. CPS Security Solutions,...more

How Franchise Systems Can Minimize Risks of Labor Violations

No one enjoys being the center of attention when that attention is coming from federal regulators. Yet that’s where franchise systems have found themselves of late – especially in the hospitality sector, which accounts for a...more

Dukes Of Hazard: Uniform Auto-Deduct Meal/Break Policy Insufficient to Establish 23(a)(2) Commonality

The Supreme Court’s Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes opinion has once again played Bo and Luke to a plaintiff’s Boss Hogg. ...more

California Wage/Hour Update No. 3, July 2013: Appellate Court Attacks Piece-Rate Compensation – Again

The piece-rate compensation system, common among automotive technicians, agricultural workers, manufacturing employees, truck drivers, and others, has been a viable and rewarding form of compensation in California for over a...more

California Employer’s Policy Of On-Duty Meal Periods Will Be Litigated As A Class Action

Faulkinbury v. Boyd & Associates, Inc., No. G041702 (May 10, 2013): A California Court of Appeal recently changed its position on the class certification of claims for meal period, rest period, and off-the-clock violations in...more

Pennsylvania District Court Denies Certification Of Off-The-Clock Case (Again)

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again,” or so the adage goes. A recent case suggests that may not always be the right strategy or, more apropos to this blog, that off-the-clock cases make poor fodder for class...more

Working Hard Or Hardly Working? The Definition Of “Rest” And Towing Vessel Work-Hour Limitations

An often contentious issue in maritime litigation involving both personal injury and property damage is whether the wheelman in charge of a towing vessel that exceeds 26' violated the so-called “twelve-hour rule.” According...more

California Wage/Hour Update - No. 2, April 2013: Managerial Exemption And Class Actions

On March 20, 2013 a California Appellate court reinforced the fact that employees who attempt to certify class claims of “misclassification” of exempt employees (and related meal- and rest-period claims) face an uphill...more

A Tale of Three Cases: California's Split Over Concepcion Continues

In state and Federal courts throughout the country, the defense and plaintiffs’ bars are debating the application of the United States Supreme Court’s landmark 2011 decision in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, in which the Court...more

California Wage/Hour Update, No. 2 - April 2013: "Late Breaking" News

Boss: Time for your lunch break. Employee: Naw, I’ll just finish up what I’m working on and take my break later. Boss: That’s fine with me, but you are free to go now. Employee: Gotcha! Now you owe...more

The Fourth Circuit Uncovers A Lack Of Certification Analysis In Recent Pinkerton Class Action

On November 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected the 16th President of the United States. Shortly after his election, rumors of a possible plot to assassinate the decidedly pro-Union President-elect began to circulate. With...more

Rule 23(b) or Not to Be: Wang v. Chinese News the Ninth Circuit’s Latest Decision to Reevaluate Certification after Wal-Mart

The Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in Wang v. Chinese Daily News is the latest to affirm that Wal-Mart v. Dukes is controlling in wage-and-hour class action cases. ...more

Wang v. Chinese Daily News: the Ninth Circuit Takes A Step

We’ve been watching the stuttering progress of Wang v. Chinese Daily News for some time. The plaintiffs brought a wide range of claims, alleging denial of overtime, meal breaks, wage statements, and timely pay after...more

Seventh Circuit Rejects Class Trial By [Un]Representative Sample

In Espenscheid v. DirectSat USA, LLC, Case No. 12-1943 (7th Cir. Feb. 4, 2013), in a combined collective/class action asserting claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state law, three satellite installation technicians...more

Skilled Laborers May Proceed In Class Action Lawsuit For Alleged Overtime And Meal And Rest Break Violations

A group of skilled laborers brought a class action lawsuit claiming that they had been wrongfully classified as independent contractors and denied overtime pay and meal and rest breaks. The court of appeal held that the...more

California’s Wage Orders: Landmines and Goldmines

Originally published in the Orange County Lawyer magazine - June issue, Vol. 54 No. 6 (pages 12-13). All California employers must comply with a multitude of wage and hour laws that go well beyond setting minimum wages...more

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