Wage and Hour Claims: 9th Circuit Sends to State Court

August 26, 2015
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Thursday a U.S. appeals court ruled on a proposed wage and hour class action against a California staffing agency. As a result of their ruling, it will need to be taken to California state court. The court decided that the plaintiff’s claims could not be weighed according to the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA). The […]

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University of California Set to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

August 24, 2015
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All employees and contract workers of the University of California system will benefit as university officials announce that they will be raising minimum wage to $15 per hour. Labor leaders have been fighting for an increase to workers’ pay and this is one of the latest in a string of victories they have claimed recently. […]

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The DOL Found Most Workers to be Employees Per FLSA

August 21, 2015
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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published advice regarding decreasing the misclassification of employees as independent contractors. The DOL said that most workers qualify as employees according to the terms set down in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) with stress placed on the fact the statute provides a very broad definition of employment. The […]

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Cheering Gets Louder as California Governor Approves Wage Bill

August 19, 2015
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Jerry Brown, Governor of California, signed a new bill into law that requires that professional football and basketball teams both classify and treat their cheerleaders as employees. This would result in a minimum wage requirement from the potentially precedential piece of legislation. A.B. 202 was pitched by a former college cheerleader. It was officially given […]

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California Bill Provides Cheerleaders with Minimum Wage

July 29, 2015
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Last year everyone was looking at the Raiders cheerleaders and not just because they were on the field dancing and cheering for their favorite team. Raiders cheerleaders who worked for the team from 2010 through 2013 were the recipients of a $1.25 million settlement. With their dedication on the sidelines, promotional events, fan events, etc. […]

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Ride Sharing Companies, the “Sharing” Economy and Employment Law

July 22, 2015
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California is seeing more and more new court cases that are pushing the boundaries of established labor law and its ability to distinguish between employees and the independent contractor. This is becoming more and more difficult in the new “sharing economy” with many watching to see the outcome of the recent debate about ride-sharing companies […]

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Federal Government Cracking Down on Misclassification of Workers

July 16, 2015
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Federal agencies are now taking the problem of worker misclassification more serious than ever. Steps are being taken by those agencies with oversight over a number of industries with frequent misclassification violations. The intention is to rein in as many of the violators as possible. As many know, worker misclassification occurs when an employer pays […]

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$228 Million Settlement Resolves Class Action Against FedEx

July 14, 2015
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FedEx Corporation agreed to pay $228 million settlement in order to resolve the class action lawsuit that was brought by FedEx Ground drivers in California. Drivers claimed that the company misclassified them as independent contractors instead of employees. They allege that doing so resulted in shorting FedEx driver wages and benefits. According to Friday’s ruling […]

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Hertz Hit with $4M Putative Class Action in California State Court: Not Properly Paying California Employees

June 17, 2015
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Hertz has been hit with a $4 million putative class action lawsuit. The suit was filed in California state court. In the suit allegations were made that the company failed to property pay California employees who worked through breaks. Allegations were also made that Hertz swindled employees out of overtime wages. Juan Herrera is the […]

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Lost Wages, Job Misclassification Suit: LA, Long Beach Port Truckers Sue Carson

June 3, 2015
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Vasquez and Montoya, two truck drivers from California, filed suit against their employer, Sterling Express. The Carson trucking company allegedly violated state labor code: failing to provide drivers with appropriate wages as due by misclassifying truck drivers as independent contractors when they should have been labeled as employees. Jose Vasquez of Lynwood and Elmer Montoya […]

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State Wage Suit Against Los Angeles Events Contract Company

May 27, 2015
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Noble LA Events, Inc. placed workers at The Theatre at Ace Hotel as well as the APEX condo tower in LA. A contract employee of the company filed a state wage suit in California state court stating allegations that he was denied overtime and appropriate meal breaks while on the job. The Plaintiff, David Moorer, […]

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