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Recent NLRB Decisions On Email And Protected Activities

Posted in Employee Privacy Rights, Employment Contracts and Agreements

A recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision affirmed the Board’s position on employer email policies under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).   In Purple Communications, Inc. and Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO the Board held that employees who may use their employer’s email system for work-related communications have the right to send off-the-clock email… Continue Reading

Holiday Parties: An HR Nightmare!

Posted in Harassment, Wage & Hour

It’s that magical time of year! Time for hot cocoa, warm fires, glad tidings – and office holiday parties! Office holiday parties are a time for co-workers to relax and for employers to show appreciation to employees, all of which builds office morale. Of course, office holiday parties also come with an extra serving of… 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

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

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

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

Definition of “Public Works” Broadened to Include the Assembly and Disassembly of Freestanding and Affixed Modular Office Systems

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

By:   Chelcey E. Lieber Governor Brown signed AB 1598 on September 30, 2012, amending Labor Code section 1720 relating to public contracts. The existing law defines the term “public works” for purposes of imposing certain requirements in the payment of prevailing wages. Existing law generally defines “public works” to include construction, alteration, demolition, installation, or… Continue Reading

Wage and Hour Refresher: Are You Committing a Misdemeanor?

Posted in Wage & Hour

By:       Chuck Post Because employers and employees have the right to reach agreement as to the terms, conditions and nature of the work, many employers believe that anything they can get an employee to agree to is legal and permissible. This notion can lead an employer into a violation of law. Some obligations, however, such as the… Continue Reading

When Can an Employer Seek Reimbursement for Training Costs Advanced to an Employee?

Posted in Wage & Hour

By:     Charles L. Post         Lawyer Answer: It depends.         Here, that answer is not simply a dodge but is instead a reflection of what can be some complicated legal terrain. The question of advanced training costs arises in a number of situations: (1) where an employer advances costs for training to obtain a license or certification that is… Continue Reading