Settlement News: Bank of America to Pay $36M in Overtime Lawsuit

September 16, 2015
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In recent news, Bank of America will pay $36 million to settle a class action overtime lawsuit alleging that the company misclassified residential real estate appraisers to leave them exempt for purposes of overtime pay. Plaintiffs seek preliminary approval of the settlement. The legal representation for the plaintiffs are satisfied with the deal that would leave […]

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Hospice Care Provider the Defendant in a California Overtime Class Action Lawsuit

September 10, 2015
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A California overtime class action lawsuit was filed against a California hospice and palliative care group known as Seasons. The lawsuit includes allegations that the defendants, Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care Group of California, Inc. refused to pay the plaintiffs in the case appropriate overtime pay as required by labor law. In addition, plaintiffs claim that […]

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Allegations Arise Against Voltaggio Restaurants About Overtime for Cooks

September 7, 2015
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Former cooks for Voltaggio restaurants, Sunday Alexander and Heather Hensley, have sued their previous employer, celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio, along with his business partner, Hilda Staples, and the company as a whole, Market Street Management LLC and Volt II LLC. They have made allegations of federal labor and wage law violations. In the simplest terms, […]

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Billy Hunter Lawsuit: Union’s Appeal Rejected by Appeals Court

August 28, 2015
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On Monday, the National California appeals court rejected the National Basketball Players Association’s appeal in the Billy Hunter lawsuit. The previous executive director, Billy Hunter, filed a lawsuit against the union, starting a battle over the validity of his contract. The rejection of the appeal means it will head back to lower court. The Los […]

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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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