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Category: Wage & Hour Laws

Arbitration Agreements – Can Your Employer Make You Waive Your Rights?

Posted in Class Action,Firm News,Wage & Hour Laws on August 16, 2018

Arbitration Agreements Are Generally Enforceable An issue that sometimes comes up at work is an arbitration agreement.   What happens when an employer requires employees to sign an arbitration agreement? In general, if an arbitration agreement meets certain legal requirements, employers can require them and they can be enforceable. In those cases, any claim that… read more

Are Your Unpaid Wages Too Trivial? Maybe Not

Posted in Class Action,Firm News,Wage & Hour Laws on August 3, 2018

California Supreme Court Decision – Troester v. Starbucks The term “de minimis” is a legal concept. It basically means that the legal system does not deal with “trifles”, or trivial things.  That’s what Starbucks argued when a former Starbucks employee, Douglas Troester, brought a class action lawsuit for a few minutes of unpaid “off the… read more

HR group argues federal exempt overtime threshold should rise

Posted in Firm News,Wage & Hour Laws on October 4, 2017

A federal judge recently scuttled plans to raise the salary level that helps determine whether employees are entitled to overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Workers who are subject to the federal FLSA are generally entitled to overtime pay unless they meet a specific exemption from the law. The salary level is part of… read more

How can I use my paid sick leave?

Posted in Firm News,Wage & Hour Laws on June 8, 2017

As part of an ongoing mission to alleviate employee anxiety concerning the need to take time off for unexpected illness or medical treatment, our blog has been closely examining California’s Healthy Workplace, Healthy Families Act of 2015. As we discussed in previous posts, this landmark law establishes that qualifying workers in the Golden State —… read more

Can I take a break to eat at work?

Posted in Firm News,Wage & Hour Laws on June 6, 2017

One of the most common questions that California workers ask is also one of the most basic – “am I entitled to a break to eat?” In short, the answer is yes. Most people are entitled to at least one meal break for each shift they work. Hourly workers are also entitled to periodic rest… read more

How is paid sick leave allocated under California law?

Posted in Firm News,Wage & Hour Laws on May 25, 2017

Last week, our blog began discussing how many people often feel anxious about calling in sick to work, as some are concerned about falling behind or missing important meetings, and still others are fearful of possible retaliatory measures by their employer. To that end, we discussed how qualifying workers here in California — including full-time,… read more

Who’s eligible for paid sick leave under California law?

Posted in Firm News,Wage & Hour Laws on May 18, 2017

Most of us would prefer not to think about it, but there will come a time over the course of the work year when we develop some manner of illness from an especially nasty cold to an incapacitating intestinal ailment. Indeed, even though we might try our best to try to make it to our… read more

California Supreme Court clarifies scope of ‘day of rest’ law

Posted in Firm News,Wage & Hour Laws on May 11, 2017

In a previous post, we discussed how the state’s “day of rest” law, which dates back to 1919 and has long been the subject of considerable uncertainty, was at the epicenter of a highly anticipated case — Mendoza v. Nordstrom — before the California Supreme Court. In recent developments, the state’s high court handed down… read more

Can payroll company be sued for wage and hour violations?

Posted in Firm News,Wage & Hour Laws on March 31, 2017

If a worker in the state of California thinks that he or she has not received all that is owed for work completed, the first party they likely think to go after is their employer. A joint employer may be another potential defendant. But could another party be liable as well? That is the question… read more

A closer look at on duty meal periods

Posted in Firm News,Wage & Hour Laws on March 21, 2017

Last week, our blog began discussing how workers here in California must understand that the 30 minutes allocated to them for lunch are much more than just a welcome reprieve from the rigors of the workday, but rather a right under state law. Specifically, we explored how employees must be given a single unpaid 30-minute… read more