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California Supreme Court Deviates From Federal Regulations on Calculating Regular Rate of Pay on Flat Rate Bonuses

On March 5, 2018, the California Supreme Court decided Alvarado v. Dart Container Corp., and formally diverged from the federal regulations on calculating overtime for flat rate bonuses....more

Limiting the Scope of Anti-Retaliation Measures: The Supreme Court Narrows the Definition of the term “Whistleblower” Under the...

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court stated the “Dodd-Frank’s text and purpose leave no doubt” about who the term “whistleblower” applies to, holding that whistleblower protection in the Dodd-Frank Act only covers...more

New Federal Overtime Exemption Rule Will Become Effective December 1, 2016

The Fair Labor Standards Act is the federal law applicable to overtime compensation for employees. The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) announced this week that the overtime rule changes it proposed in 2015 will become...more

Under Construction - December 2015

Letter from the Editor - Welcome to the final 2015 edition of our Under Construction newsletter. It is hard to believe that 2016 is right around the corner! Drones are a hot topic right now. The first article in...more

New California Law Creates New Requirements for Employers Paying Workers on a Piece-Rate Basis

On October 10th, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill No. 1513, which creates new burdensome rules for employers that utilize piece-rate employees in California. Effective January 1, 2016, the new law (which...more

Are You Keeping the Records Related to Your Company’s Selection Procedures? The EEOC is Watching...

Is your company aware that federal regulations require that employers retain certain personnel and employment records related to its selection procedures? A recent lawsuit by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)...more

Changes Affecting Employers’ CFRA Policies and Procedures Begin Today

On July 1, 2015, the recent amendments to the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”) regulations go into effect. Employers who are covered by the CFRA should be aware of these changes as they will impact how they handle family...more

WARNING: Your Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) May Not Protect You

In the past few years, thousands of companies have been targeted by opportunistic plaintiffs’ lawyers looking to make money from hyper-technical violations of state and federal wage and hour laws. Regardless of the...more

New California Law Requires Employers to Provide Heat “Recovery Periods”

On January 1, 2014, California employers will be required to pay a premium for failing to provide heat “recovery periods” to employees. This premium pay is similar to the premium pay already required for violations of...more

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