A Punitive Damages Award of $185 Million: How to Avoid the Zone of AutoZone

There has been a lot of buzz about the gigantic punitive damages award recently handed down in a pregnancy and sex discrimination case in California.  For us, it is an opportunity to examine what lessons can be learned. Lesson No. 1:  Employers must thoroughly train their managers and
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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Employers on Security Screening Time

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court handed a considerable win to employers with the unanimous decision that businesses are not required to pay workers for time spent waiting for mandatory security checks. In Integrity Staffing Solutions v. Busk, the Ninth Circuit had previously
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Court of Appeals Hands Employers Another Argument to Defeat Wage and Hour Collective Actions

The Ninth Circuit decided a matter of first impression on Wednesday, which could make it easier for employers to defeat wage and hour collective actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In Greg Landers v. Quality Communications, Inc., et al., employees argued that QCI (a ca
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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 lea
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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 ma
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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 cl
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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 Ci
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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 an
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