On March 24, 2015, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that automobile service advisors – those friendly faces that evaluate your car troubles and recommend services and repairs – are not exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime pay requirements
On March 25, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc. refused to rule in favor for either Plaintiff, Peggy Young, or Defendant, United Parcel Service, Inc. (“UPS”), and instead, vacated the Fourth Circuit’s ruling and remanded the case back
On Thursday, February 19, 2015 a unanimous jury in Arizona District Court returned a verdict in favor of BurnsBarton client Kingman Hospital, Inc., d/b/a/ Kingman Regional Medical Center (“KRMC”). During the three-day trial, Plaintiff Chappell Grant-Willis alleged that KRMC violated
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
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
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
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
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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