California Bank is Example that Misclassifying Employees Can Cost a Lot of Ka-Ching – Los Angeles Wage & Hour Claims Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik

January 23, 2013

  The recent tale of a California bank is an example that misclassifying employees can cost an employer a lot of ka-ching! In a settlement with the Department of Labor (DOL), last year First Republic Bank, based in California, agreed to pay over $1 million in overtime pay to almost 400 of the bank’s employees […]

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Cell Phones and Tablets Could Entitle Employees to Electronic Overtime – Los Angeles Wage & Hour Claims Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik

January 21, 2013

  Who doesn’t have at least a cell phone, Smartphone, tablet, or laptop?  It’s an easy way to stay in touch and get informed.  These electronic gadgets also allow more and more employers to have employees perform office work outside the office by remotely accessing their work computers. Currently, two separate groups of employees have […]

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Successor Employer Liable for FLSA Violation – Los Angeles Wage & Hour Claims Attorneys Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik

January 17, 2013

  Employers who violate the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) are liable to their employees.  A district court has now ruled that a successor employer is liable to its new employees for FLSA violations committed by the former employer. In Paschal v. Child Development, Inc., CDI provided educational services to children in Arkansas.  A month […]

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Nurses, Computer Technicians, and Dieticians – Know Your Rights in the Workplace – Los Angeles Employment Attorney Norman Blumenthal of Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik Appears on CNN “Money for Lunch”

January 11, 2013

  Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and California labor law, exempt workers are not paid overtime.  Nonexempt workers are paid overtime.  Three professions that are often misclassified as exempt so employers can avoid paying overtime are nurses, computer technicians, and dieticians. Computer technicians are today’s glorified TV technicians who primarily perform nonadministrative tasks.  […]

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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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