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Are Your Exempt Employees Properly Classified? – It’s Not Just Based on Salary

Posted in Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations, Wage & Hour

Date: April 20, 2017 Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Summary of Program With the ever increasing number of claims filed with the Department of Labor and California Labor Commissioner for unpaid overtime, and the increasing number of wage and hour class action lawsuits, the importance of correctly classifying employees as exempt or non-exempt is… Continue Reading

“Slaying the PAGA Dragon” – Wage and Hour Compliance for Non-Exempt Employees

Posted in Wage & Hour

Date:  March 16, 2017 Time:  8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Summary of Program Unfortunately, both single-plaintiff and class-action wage and hour lawsuits continue to plague California employers. Often employers are sued because of technical violations that occur simply because the employer is unaware of its legal obligations.  The various federal and state wage and hour… Continue Reading

New DOL Overtime Rules And The Fluctuating Workweek

Posted in Employment Contracts and Agreements, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations, Wage & Hour

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few months, you are undoubtedly aware that December 1, 2016 marks the day that the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) new overtime rules become effective. The new minimum salary level for the executive, administrative, and professional employee exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act… Continue Reading

A Collective Bargaining Agreement That Provides For Premium Rates For Overtime Hours Worked Is Not Subject To The Same Overtime Pay Obligations Defined By California Labor Code Section 510

Posted in Wage & Hour

By:   Duyen T. Nguyen In George Vranish, Jr. et al. v. Exxon Mobil Corporation, 2014 DJDAR 761, January 23, 2014, the Court upheld the terms of a collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) which set forth overtime pay for Exxon Mobil’s employees. Pursuant to the CBA, Plaintiffs were paid at the overtime premium rate of 1.5 times… Continue Reading

Think You Are Leaving a Tip After a Nice Meal, Think Again; You May Be Leaving Someone’s Wages – IRS Ruling On Automatic Gratuity Begins January 2014

Posted in Wage & Hour

Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will recognize automatic gratuities, a percentage automatically added to a restaurant bill, as a service charge, rather than a tip. The IRS ruling on automatic gratuities isn’t new. This was the result of a June 2012 tax ruling that was delayed to give restaurants and related… Continue Reading

Upcoming Seminar: Employment Law Update

Posted in Labor Law

2013  – A Year in Review 2014 – An Interesting Year Ahead Summary of Program Join the attorneys from Weintraub Tobin’s Labor and Employment Group as they discuss important legal developments from 2013 and review the complexities of a number of new laws facing employersin 2014.  Sacramento Date:    January 16, 2014 Time:   9:00 a.m. –… Continue Reading

Weintraub Tobin’s 2014 Labor & Employment Seminars and Training Schedule

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, Employee Privacy Rights, Employment Contracts and Agreements, FMLA and Other Leaves of Absence, Harassment, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations, Reductions in Force, Retaliation and Wrongful Termination, Trade Secrets and Competition, Wage & Hour

Hot off the print press –  Weintraub Tobin’s 2014 Labor and Employment Training and Seminar Schedule is now available.   Click here for a copy of the schedule. Our Employment Law Update is scheduled for January 16, 2014 (Sacramento) and January 23, 2014 (San Francisco).   Seating is limited so register early to reserve your spot.  Please contact… Continue Reading

Settling Employment Law Claims: You, the Employee,…….and the IRS?

Posted in Labor Law, Wage & Hour

By:  Shauna N. Correia Many of our employer clients and their in-house counsel recognize that most of the claims paid in an employment settlement are taxable income for the employee. Employers therefore, wisely require that at least some of the settlement payment to the employee be made in the form of a payroll check, with applicable… Continue Reading

Notice To Employers – Audit Your Compensation Plans Based On The Increase To California’s Statutory Minimum Wage

Posted in New Legislation and Regulations, Wage & Hour

By: Lizbeth V. West, Esq. On September 25, 2013 Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 10 into law. Under the new law the statutory minimum wage for California employees will increase from $8 per hour to $9 per hour as of July 1, 2014. Then, on January 1, 2016, the statutory minimum wage will increase to $10… Continue Reading

Nanny State Gives Nannies Overtime Under New California Law

Posted in Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations, Wage & Hour

On Thursday, Governor Jerry Brown, signed into law AB 241, providing overtime to nannies and other domestic workers in California. The new law requires employers to pay time-and-a-half overtime to any nanny, housekeeper, or personal attendant who works more than nine hours in one day, or 45 hours in a week. Coupled with California’s new… Continue Reading

Amendment to the Labor Code Makes it Harder for Employers to Get Attorney’s Fees if They Prevail in an Unpaid Wage or Benefit Claim

Posted in Labor Law, Wage & Hour

By: Lizbeth V. West, Esq. Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 462 which places restrictions on an employer’s ability to recoup attorney’s fees when it prevails in an unpaid wage or benefit claim. Labor Code section 218.5 previously provided that except in certain circumstances, in an action brought for the nonpayment of wages, fringe benefits, or… Continue Reading

The Ninth Circuit Holds that Lead Plaintiffs in a Putative Class Action Don’t Get to Plead Their Way Out of Federal Court

Posted in Wage & Hour

By: Lizbeth V. West, Esq. Plaintiff Robert Rodriguez brought a putative class action against AT&T Mobility Services, LLC, on behalf of himself and all other similarly situated retail sales managers of AT&T wireless stores in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Rodriguez asserted various claims under California law related to alleged unpaid wages, overtime compensation, and… Continue Reading

Employer Wins: Independent Contractor Determination Is Binding On California Labor Commissioner

Posted in Labor Law, Wage & Hour

By:  Lizbeth V. West As many California employers are learning the hard way these days, the misclassification of workers as independent contractors rather than employees can have far reaching consequences when an employer is audited by different governmental agencies during either a random audit or an audit that is prompted in response to a claim… Continue Reading

Mortgage Loan Officers Exempt? Don’t Take it to the Bank Just Yet

Posted in Labor Law, Wage & Hour

By:  Shauna N. Correia Under the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"), employers are generally required to pay overtime wages to employees who work longer than 40 hours per week. The FLSA provides several exceptions to this rule. Those "employed in a bona fide executive, administrative, or professional capacity[,] . . . or in the capacity… Continue Reading

Upcoming Seminar – Overtime or No Overtime: How to Properly Analyze the Exempt Status of Employees

Posted in Labor Law, Wage & Hour

Summary of Program The ever increasing number of claims filed with the Department of Labor and California Labor Commissioner for unpaid overtime, and the increasing number of wage and hour class action lawsuits, highlight the importance of correctly classifying employees as exempt or non-exempt. This seminar is designed to help employers and HR professionals gain… Continue Reading

Upcoming Seminar: Intricacies of Wage and Hour Laws for Non-Exempt Employees

Posted in Wage & Hour

Summary of Program Unfortunately, both single-plaintiff and class-action wage and hour lawsuits continue to plague California employers. Often employers are sued because of technical violations that occur simply because the employer is unaware of its legal obligations. Come join the Labor and Employment Group at Weintraub Tobin as they discuss the “Ins and Outs” of… Continue Reading

Upcoming Seminar: Independent Contractor v. Employee – “Saying It’s So, Doesn’t Make It So”

Posted in Wage & Hour

The risks involved in misclassifying a worker as an independent contractor rather than an employee have always been serious. A number of federal and state agencies regulate the proper classification of workers and have the authority to impose significant monetary and non-monetary sanctions against employers who get the classification wrong.

Don’t Gamble On Tip-Pooling Arrangements

Posted in Labor Law, Wage & Hour

By:   Brendan J. Begley On Wednesday, the California Court of Appeal affirmed a casino’s tip-pooling arrangement for its card-dealer employees in Avidor v. Sutter’s Place, Inc. That published decision (available at this link) brings to mind verses from Kenny Rogers’ old country song, The Gambler: “You got to know when to hold ’em, know when… Continue Reading

You’ve Got To Stand Up To Sit Down: Suitable Seating In California

Posted in Labor Law, Wage & Hour

California Employers have watched in recent years as an obscure provision in California Wage Orders has wreaked havoc in the courts. The provision requires “suitable seating” for employees when the nature of their work reasonably permits the use of seats. Not surprisingly, awareness of this issue came as a result of a warped interpretation of… Continue Reading

9th Circuit to Review Order Granting Class Certification of “Suitable Seating” Suit Against Wal-Mart

Posted in Labor Law, Wage & Hour

“Suitable seating” class actions have been on the rise in the last couple of years in California. The first “suitable seating” class action is currently under review by a trial judge in San Francisco. However, in the meantime, the Ninth Circuit has decided to consider a related case against Wal-Mart, where plaintiffs’ attorneys are claiming… Continue Reading

San Jose Joins San Francisco in Adopting Its Own Minimum Wage Requirement

Posted in Labor Law, Wage & Hour

By:  Meagan D. Christiansen On November 6, 2012, nearly sixty percent of San Jose’s residents voted to raise San Jose’s minimum wage to $10.00. In doing so, San Jose became the fifth city in the United States to institute a higher minimum wage than otherwise required, joining San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Albuquerque and Santa Fe…. Continue Reading

The Continuing Danger of Terminating Employees on Leave: An Honest Belief That Leave is Being Misused is Not Always Enough (Richey v. Autonation, Inc.)

Posted in FMLA and Other Leaves of Absence, Labor Law, Wage & Hour

By:  Chelcey E. Lieber Avery Richey, a sales manager at Power Toyota of Cerritos (“Toyota”), went on medical leave under the California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”) due to a back injury. While on leave, Toyota learned Richey was working at a restaurant he owned. Toyota dispatched an employee and a supervisor to Richey’s business, where… Continue Reading

Latest Court of Appeal Decision in Harris v. Superior Court (Liberty Mutual) Depublished, the Administrative/Production Worker Dichotomy Remains Uncertain

Posted in Labor Law, Wage & Hour

 By:   Meagan D. Christiansen If you’ve attended any of our seminars revolving around wage and hour issues over the past year, you will undoubtedly remember our discussions of Harris v. Superior Court (Liberty Mutual), and the so-called “administrative/production worker dichotomy.” You may also remember an earlier post discussing the California Supreme Court’s ruling last January… Continue Reading