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New Piece-Rate Law Toughens Rest & Recovery Compensation Rules in California

Employees are entitled to rest and recovery breaks according to California Labor Law. A new law effective January 1, 2016 has clarified the rules for calculating compensation and how workers are to be paid for rest, recovery and other non-productive time. Employers are required to be retroactively compliant to July 1, 2012, and must notify ... Read More

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California Charter Cities Must Pay Prevailing Wages on State-Funded Public Works Projects

The State of California won an important appeal this week that affirms a lower court ruling regarding public works projects in charter cities. By state law, reimbursements from the state to charter cities are conditioned on local governments requiring contractors to pay prevailing wages. The appeal from certain charter cities claimed that the law interferes ... Read More

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Don-Doff Row: Preparation Time is Compensable Time

The US Supreme Court ruled today that time spent donning and doffing protective gear is time that must be paid. This includes gear such as hard hats, work boots, hairnets, gloves and earplugs. The case before the court involved Tyson Foods Inc. and workers at a pork processing facility in Storm Lake, Iowa. These workers ... Read More

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Collecting Wages After Wage Theft

More than a quarter of a billion dollars of wages went unpaid in California since 2010 according to a recent review of California Labor Commissioner’s Office records. Unfortunately, the real number is probably higher. Perhaps worst of all, only 17% of judgments were actually paid, according to the UCLA Labor Center. Wage theft is a ... Read More

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ERISA Lawsuit Filed Against Wawa Convenience Store Chain

On February 1, 2016 a lawsuit was filed in federal district court alleging Wawa, Inc. violated ERISA laws when administering its Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Plaintiff Greg Pfeifer alleges he and more than 3,000 other former employee participants in the plan, each who had a balance of more than $5,000, were divested from the ... Read More

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