Class Action Lawsuit Against Union Bank, N,A. for Misclassifying Asset Review Analysts to Avoid Overtime Pay – Los Angeles Wage & Hour Claims Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik

January 9, 2013

  The Los Angeles Employment Attorneys at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik have filed a class action lawsuit against Union Bank, N.A.   The Complaint alleges that Union Bank misclassified their Asset Review Analysts as salaried exempt employees to avoid paying the analysts for hours worked in excess of 8 hours in a workday and more than […]

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GEICO Security Investigators On the Trail of Overtime Relief – Los Angeles Wage & Hour Claims Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik

January 8, 2013

  Former and current GEICO security investigators are going to trial to collect unpaid overtime wages from one of the largest insurance companies in the world. GEICO has always treated their security investigators as administrative personnel, exempt from overtime pay as decreed by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  In 2010, however, GEICO’s security investigators […]

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9th Circuit District Court Denies Overtime Pay by Finding Insurance Sales Agent is Independent Contractor – Los Angeles Wage & Hour Claims Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik

January 3, 2013

  When employers want to avoid paying workers overtime pay, they misclassify them as exempt administrative, professional, or executive personnel.  Or they claim the employee is actually an independent contractor.  Recently, a 9th Circuit District Court allowed a classification of independent contractor to stand. In Daskam v. Allstate, an Allstate insurance sales agent sued claiming […]

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District Court Takes Steps to Award Overtime Pay to California Field Case Managers – Los Angeles Wage & Hour Claims Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik

December 31, 2012

  The Central District Court of California has certified a class of Field Case Managers for Coventry Health Care, Inc. (Coventry).  According to the district court, the class consists of all field case managers employed by Coventry in California from April 7, 2007 to May 1, 2012. The lawsuit, filed by the law firm of Blumenthal, […]

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Misclassifying Employees may seem a No-Brainer, but Can Be More Costly – Los Angeles Wage & Hour Claims Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik

December 26, 2012

  With employees, an employer has to withhold taxes, pay employment taxes, and provide employee benefits. With independent contractors, a business withholds no taxes, pays no employments taxes, and provides no employees benefits. Furthermore, independent contractors are easier to fire. But while an employer may be seriously tempted to misclassify employees as independent contractors, doing […]

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Ninth Circuit holds FLSA Does not Exempt Social Workers as “Learned Professionals” – Los Angeles Employment Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik

December 21, 2012

  The Ninth Circuit has held that social workers are not “learned professionals” and as such the State of Washington misclassified their positions.  The social workers are not exempt but covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), entitled to overtime compensation for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week. Under the State […]

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Call Center Employees Typically Work Off-the-Clock and Denied Overtime Pay – Los Angeles Wage & Hour Claims Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik

December 19, 2012

Overworked, underpaid, and typically denied overtime pay.   Call center employees often are forced to work off the clock.  Essentially denying these employees pay for all their hours worked.  It also denies them overtime pay because their regular hours are thus under counted.  Both situations are violations of California Labor laws as well as the […]

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San Diego Firm Files Class Action Complaint against California Ad Company – Los Angeles Wage & Hour Claims Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik

December 17, 2012

  San Diego employment lawyers at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik have filed a class action complaint against a California ad company, Local Splash, a Relevant Ads, Inc. company for wage and hour violations.  Specifically the complaint asserts that Relevant Ads, through Local Splash, violated California labor laws by requiring their employees to work off-the-clock.  The […]

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California Supreme Court Depublishes Appellate Decision Finding Insurance Claim Adjusters Non-Exempt – Los Angeles Employment Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik

December 13, 2012

  The California Supreme Court has chosen not to review the Court of Appeals decision that insurance adjusters are nonexempt employees covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Further, the high court has depublished the case, ensuring it cannot be used as precedent in any other misclassification case.  Harris v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. […]

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From Employer’s Greed to Employer’s Fear – Los Angeles Employment Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik Appears on CNN “Money for Lunch”

December 11, 2012

“With the Democrats back in the White House, the pendulum is starting to switch from the employer’s greed side to the employer’s fear side,” said Norman Blumenthal, founding partner of Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik. “This has two results, one, employers will think twice about taking advantage of their employees because it will not be economically […]

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GEICO Severely Slapped for Misclassifying Security Investigators – Los Angeles Wage & Hour Claims Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik

December 10, 2012

A Maryland federal judge has severely slapped General Insurance Company, GEICO, for misclassifying security investigators as personnel exempt from overtime pay. Calderon v. Geico. Security investigators for GEICO assist GEICO claim examiners in uncovering” the facts of a claim and how the claim was reported to GEICO.” Approximately 90% of their time is spent on […]

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