BurnsBarton LLP Blog

Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Now Required in California

  On September 10th, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (HWHFA).  Beginning on July 1st, 2015, employers in California will be required to allow their employees to accrue, at their regular rate of pay, at least one hour Read more [...]

California High Court Dials Up a Win for Employees

The California Supreme Court recently announced that under section 2802 of the California Labor Code employers must reimburse employees who are required to use personal cell phones for work purposes.  Cochran v. Schwan's Home Service (CA Ct App 2014). "If an employee is required to make work-related Read more [...]

Pregnancy: More Protected Than Ever

On July 14, 2014 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new enforcement guidelines under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA).  Such guidelines are not binding upon employers; rather, they instruct EEOC investigators about issues to watch for when investigating claims under the Read more [...]

ASARCO and BurnsBarton Urge 9th Circuit to Cut Punitive Damages Award

Asarco Urges 9th Circ. Panel To Cut Sex Harassment Award - Law360 6/19/14, 8:57 AM Portfolio Media. Inc. I 860 Broadway, 6th Floor I New York, NY 10003 By Brandon Lowrey Law360, Los Angeles (June 18, 2014, 10:01 PM ET) -- Arizona mining company Asarco LLC urged an en banc Ninth Circuit Read more [...]

BurnsBarton Verdict Among Top 2013 Defense Verdicts in Arizona

The June edition of the Arizona Attorney magazine lists the top eight defense verdicts in Arizona during 2013.  Among them is Sanchez v. United Parcel Service, a case defended by BurnsBarton.  Sanchez sought more than $700,000 in back wages and an unspecified amount in compensatory and punitive damages Read more [...]

Verdict Received in Favor of BurnsBarton Client

On Wednesday, February 19, 2014 a unanimous federal jury in Connecticut returned a verdict in favor of BurnsBarton client ASML US, Inc.  During the five-day trial, Plaintiff Fritz St. Ange alleged that ASML retaliated against him when it ended his employment after allowing him to spend 62 weeks on medical Read more [...]

Vindication for Forever Living in FMLA lawsuit

On Thursday, November 14, 2013 a unanimous federal jury returned a verdict in favor of BurnsBarton client Forever Living Products International, in a trial testing the notice requirements of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA").  Plaintiff Mary Clare Peak was discharged in September 2010 Read more [...]

Success for Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center

On September 26, 2013 a jury returned a verdict in favor of BurnsBarton client Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center, PLC, in a hotly contested breach of contract and unpaid wage lawsuit brought by founding member Ronald Barnet, M.D.   Dr. Barnet retired from the practice in 2011 but sued the company for Read more [...]

Supreme Court Raises Bar for Proving Retaliation

In a decision favoring employers, the Supreme Court split 5-4 on the issue of which causation standard should apply to Title VII retaliation claims.  In University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar, Justice Kennedy wrote for the majority, which held that claimants in retaliation cases must Read more [...]