Wage Hour Law

Addressing Retaliation Concerns – Posted June 19, 2019

One of the most common questions we hear from people who want to bring a case or join an existing case is “can my employer come after me?” Section 15(a)(3) of the FLSA states that it is a violation for any person to “discharge or in any other manner discriminate against any employee because such employee has filed…

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New California Bill Poses Challenges to Gig Economy

California is on its way to passing a law that would more or less eliminate independent contractors, presenting a potentially major blow to the gig economy. In May 2018, the California Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in the Dynamex Operations West Inc. v Superior Court of Los Angeles case, finding that most workers are,…

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Workers waiting ‘on call’ must be paid, court rules – SFGATE

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On Monday, the Second District Court of Appeals in Los Angeles ruled that workers in California who are required to be on call for a possible work shift must be paid for that on-call time, regardless of whether they are called into work. In this case, workers were required to call in two hours before…

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Supreme Court decides New Prime case

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On January 15, the US Supreme Court unanimously decided that a court must first determine whether the Federal Arbitration Act’s Section 1 exclusion for disputes involving the “contracts of employment” of certain transportation workers applies before ordering arbitration. The Court also ruled that the phrase “contracts of employment” refers to any work contract, not just…

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Restoring Justice for Workers Act

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The landscape of employment litigation has changed since the Supreme Court decision in Epic Systems v. Lewis, which made forced arbitration clauses permissible (see our post of May 23 for an explanation of that ruling). The decision was a blow to worker’s rights and could potentially be the beginning of the end of class and…

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Minimum Wage Increases in Arkansas and Missouri

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Congratulations to Arkansas and Missouri for voting to increase their minimum wages! Arkansas will increase its minimum wage to $11 per hour by 2021, and Missouri will increase its minimum wage to $12 per hour by 2021. According to the National Employment Law Project, raising the Missouri minimum wage will help 677,000 low wage workers…

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