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Key California Employment Law Cases: September 2017

by Payne & Fears on

This month’s key California employment law cases involve wage and hour issues, arbitration, and employment discrimination based on marital status....more

Connecticut Wage Regulations Bar Fluctuating Workweek Method In Calculating Overtime Pay For Retail Workers

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

State wage regulations promulgated by the Connecticut Department of Labor prohibit use of the “fluctuating work week” method of calculating overtime pay for mercantile (retail) employees, the Connecticut Supreme Court has...more

I-14: Update on EEO-1 and I-9 Forms, Employer Obligations After a Hurricane or Other Natural Disaster, and Attorney Jason Barsanti...

by Cozen O'Connor on

Michael Schmidt, Vice Chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Labor & Employment Department, provides an update on required EEO-1 and I-9 Forms, and addresses Employer Obligations to Employees After a Hurricane or Other Natural Disaster....more

Department of Labor withdraws joint employer guidance

by McAfee & Taft on

A joint employer relationship can arise in circumstances where an individual performs work for two entities that share control over how that individual performs his/her work. Although joint employment relationships are most...more

Trump Department of Labor Continues to Chip Away at Obama Wage & Hour Efforts - WHD Interpretive Guidance on Joint Employer and...

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On Wednesday, June 7th, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) withdrew two highly provocative interpretive guidance letters issued under President Obama’s administration. The two letters, issued by the Wage & Hour Division (WHD)...more

California Employers Reminded that Failure to Provide "Suitable Seating" Could Prove Costly

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Since 2009, many large retailers in California have been sued for failing to provide “suitable seating” in accordance with the state’s wage orders. Some of those employers have recently been forced to pay significant...more

Waiver Saver: Second Meal Period Waivers for Health Care Employees are Enforceable

Over two years ago, we issued an advisory reporting on the potential litigation firestorm created by Gerard v. Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, 234 Cal. App. 4th 285 (4th App. Div., 2015) (Gerard I) In Gerard I, a...more

California Employers – Revised Wage Orders Posted

by Weintraub Tobin on

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) updated all but Wage Order 14 and 17 recently. The DIR regulates wages and hours for employees. The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) enforces the...more

The California Edition of the Employment & Labor Newsletter - April 2017

by Wilson Elser on

Exceptions to California’s “Going and Coming” Rule - In Lynn v. Tatitlek Support Services, Inc., E063585, Super.Ct.No. CIVBS1200525, 2/22/17, the plaintiffs appealed a summary judgment at the California Court of Appeal...more

California Court Approves $700,000 Settlement for Seating Claim Brought By Retail Employees

by FordHarrison on

The effects of the California Supreme Court’s latest interpretation to provide seating to workers are beginning to show, as the United States District Court for the Central District of California recently approved a $700,000...more

Federal Court Serves Up Satisfying Seconds For California Franchisors: No Ostensible Agency Liability For Franchisees’ Alleged...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A federal court in California recently held that a franchisor cannot be held liable for labor code claims where it did not exercise control directly, or through an actual agency relationship with the...more

California Court of Appeal Affirms Validity of Hospital Meal Period Waivers

The ability of hospitals to use meal period waivers was called into question by a 2015 Court of Appeal decision in Gerard v. Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center (Gerard I), which held that the provision in Wage Order 5...more

California Court Rejects Verbal Rent Credit Agreement, Finds Building Managers Are Not Exempt From Check Stub Law

On December 1, 2016, a California Court of Appeal, in an unpublished decision, issued a ruling addressing the scope of both California Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Order 5-2001’s minimum wage rent credit and California...more

California Appellate Court Rules that - Like Piece Rate Workers - Employees Paid Commissions Are Entitled to Separate Rest Break...

by Snell & Wilmer on

A California appellate court ruled on February 28, 2017, in Vaquero v. Stoneledge Furniture LLC, that employees paid on a commission basis must be separately compensated for legally required rest breaks if their wages are...more

Commissioned California Employees Must Be Separately Compensated for Rest Periods

On February 28, 2017, the California Court of Appeal issued a significant decision in Vaquero v. Stoneledge Furniture LLC (No. B269657). The decision, which was certified for publication, is the first ruling by a California...more

California Court of Appeal Expands Law on Separate Rest Break Payments

by Morgan Lewis on

Employees who are paid solely on commission must receive separate compensation for rest breaks. On February 28, the California Court of Appeal ruled in Vaquero v. Stoneledge Furniture, LLC that employees who are paid...more

Wage and Hour Compliance: The World of Wage Orders

by McManis Faulkner on

Wage orders are an oft forgotten feature of the employment law landscape, but one which may trip up employers. Employers should take steps to understand what wage order applies to their business, and make sure they are in...more

California Court Confirms Healthcare Meal Waivers Have Always Been Valid

by Fisher Phillips on

In a somewhat unusual ruling last week, a California Court of Appeal announced that its previous February 2015 decision in the case of Gerard v. Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, which partially invalidated healthcare...more

Commission-Based Employees in California Must Receive Separate Pay for Rest Breaks

by Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP on

Last week, in Vaquero v. Stoneledge Furniture, LLC, Case No. B269657, the California Court of Appeal decided that hourly employees that are exclusively compensated on a commission basis must also be separately paid for...more

California Auto Dealers Beware: Commission-Paid Dealership Employees Entitled To Separate Rest Period Pay

by Fisher Phillips on

A California appellate court ruled on February 28, 2017, that employees paid on a commission basis must be separately compensated for legally required rest periods (Vaquero v. Stoneledge Furniture LLC). Although this decision...more

California Court Rules Commission-Paid Employees Are Entitled To Separate Rest Period Pay

by Fisher Phillips on

A California appellate court ruled yesterday that workers paid on a commission basis must be separately compensated for legally required rest periods (Vaquero v. Stoneledge Furniture LLC). When combined with a state Supreme...more

Not Providing Compliant Rest Breaks in California Could Break the Bank – New Clarifications from the State’s High Court

Recently, in Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc., the California Supreme Court upheld a $90 million award of statutory damages, interest, and penalties against an employer who required employees to remain on-call during...more

California Supreme Court: California Prohibits On-Duty And On-Call Rest Periods

by Nossaman LLP on

Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc. On December 22, 2016, the California Supreme Court in Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc., ruled that California law prohibits on-duty and on-call rest periods. You may...more

New York Finalizes New Wage Orders, Raising Minimum Salary Levels for Exemption

The New York State Department of Labor formally adopted new wage orders today that raise the weekly salary thresholds for exemption as an executive or administrative employee from the current $675 per week ($35,100 annually)...more

New York’s New Wage Orders, Raising Minimum Salaries for Exemption, Could Take Effect December 31

The New York State Department of Labor is still sitting on proposed new wage orders that raise the weekly salary thresholds for exemption as an executive or administrative employee from the current $675 per week ($35,100...more

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