Category Archives: Wage and Hour

CA Supreme Court Holds Employers Must Provide Non-Exempt Employees at Least One Day of Rest Each Workweek and Clarifies Other Day of Rest Rules

The California Labor Code entitles non-exempt employees to at least one day of rest every seven days. Specifically, Labor Code § 551 provides: “Every person employed in any occupation of labor is entitled to one day’s rest therefrom in seven.”  … Continue reading

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U.S. Dept. of Labor Increases Minimum Salary Requirement for Certain Exempt Employees Effective December 1, 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor has published its Final Rule increasing the minimum salary that must be paid to employees classified as exempt under the executive, administrative, and professional exemptions to no less than $913 per week ($47,476 per year) … Continue reading

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New Law Effective July 1, 2016 Increases Annual Paid Sick Days For Many Employees Working Within the City of LA to 48 Hours Per Year

As we blogged about here, on July 1, 2015, most California employers became legally obligated to provide their employees up to 3 days or 24 hours (whichever is greater) of paid sick leave per year pursuant to the Healthy Workplace … Continue reading

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California Passes Law Increasing the Minimum Wage

A new law increasing California’s minimum wage to $15 per hour applies to all businesses with employees in California – and not just to those employing minimum wage workers.  The law, available here, implements a phased approach to increasing the statewide … Continue reading

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Bernstein & Friedland, P.C. Obtains Nearly $350,000 on Behalf of Employee in Unpaid Wage Case

For more than one year, Bernstein & Friedland, P.C. vigorously represented a blue-collar worker whose long-time former employer failed to pay him overtime and did not provide him legally compliant breaks.  The employer aggressively defended the case, which culminated in … Continue reading

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California Employers Must Reimburse Employees Who Use Their Personal Cell Phones for Business Purposes

California Labor Code Section 2802 requires employers to reimburse employees “for all necessary expenditures or losses incurred by the employee in direct consequence of the discharge of his or her duties, or of his or her obedience to the directions … Continue reading

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California Makes Overtime Available to Nannies and Other Household Help

In Labor Code Sections 1450-1454, Governor Jerry Brown has enacted a new “Domestic Worker Bill of Rights,” which prohibit a “domestic work employee who is a personal attendant” from working more than nine hours in a workday or more than … Continue reading

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California Increases Minimum Wage–Tips for Compliance

On September 25, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill increasing the minimum wage from $8 per hour to $9 per hour effective July 1, 2014 and to $10 per hour effective January 1, 2016. California employers who … Continue reading

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Court Holds Companies Violated the Law By Having Unpaid Interns

In Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc., the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York held that Defendants Fox Searchlight Pictures Inc. and Fox Entertainment Group, Inc. violated federal and New York labor laws by classifying … Continue reading

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California Labor Commissioner Announces Record-Breaking Assessments of Unpaid Minimum Wage and Overtime Claims Against Employers

According to a Department of Industrial Relations News Release issued yesterday, California Labor Commissioner Julie Su announced that “labor law enforcement under Governor Brown in the first two years of his Administration resulted in more minimum and overtime wages found … Continue reading

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