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  • DOL Proposes New Rule to Increase Minimum Salary Threshold for Exempt Employees

    By SHLC on March 8, 2019
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    On March 7, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with the purpose of raising the minimum salary threshold for exempt employees under federal law.   Background   The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) provides an exemption from federal minimum wage and overtime pay requirements for employees in bona fide executive, administrative, professional, and […]
  • Carrington v. Starbucks: Proof that Mere Minutes Matter Under California Wage and Hour Law

    By SHLC on January 10, 2019
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    In California, employers must provide employees a net thirty-minute meal period—exclusive of preparatory and conclusory activities such as travel time and changing time. The first meal period must commence no later than the end of the fifth hour worked, and where employees work more than 10 hours, a second meal period must commence no later than the end of the […]
  • Sutton Hague Law Corporation is proud to announce that three of its attorneys were named to the 2018 edition of Northern California Super Lawyers.

    By SHLC on January 3, 2019
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    SHLC attorneys Evelin Bailey and Justin Vecchiarelli were named Northern California “Rising Stars”.  Ms. Bailey was selected as a Top Rated Employment & Labor Law attorney. Ms. Bailey has been selected to “Rising Stars “since 2014. Mr. Vecchiarelli was selected as a Top Rated Employment Litigation attorney.   This “Rising Stars” honor recognizes attorneys who are 40 years old or […]
  • “Go F*** Yourself!” NLRB Judge Says No Firing For Foul Language

    By SHLC on December 17, 2018
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    Employers often adopt civility policies, including policies that prohibit employees from using threatening or intimidating language, or using abusive or vulgar language towards co-workers or supervisors.  Violations of those policies, warn employers, may result in disciplinary action, including termination of employment. The National Labor Relation Board (the Board) recently found that a Nexteer Automotive Corp. employee who shouted profanity at […]
  • 2019 California Minimum Wage Update: Minimizing Worries About Minimum Wage

    By SHLC on November 30, 2018
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    It is imperative that employers understand and comply with the California minimum wage. Additionally, some cities and counties have enacted local laws that are more restrictive than the California minimum wage. Therefore, it is important to comply with local laws to the extent that the local laws are more protective of employees than California and federal laws.   The California […]
  • California Clarifies Salary History Ban Law

    By SHLC on November 17, 2018
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    Governor Brown signed the Fair Pay Act Bill, also known as AB 2282, on July 18, 2018. The Fair Pay Act Bill clarifies ambiguities in Labor Code Sections 432.3 and 1197.5, which were created with the passing of AB 168 in 2017.   AB 168 AB 168 was intended to eliminate the gap in pay between male and female workers. […]
  • California Employers Stand Up and Take Notice: Failure To Provide Suitable Seating to Employees May Cost Millions

    By SHLC on October 31, 2018
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    In recent years, California employers have been hit with class action lawsuits alleging that their employees were not provided with “suitable seating,” even when seating would only be appropriate for some of the tasks employees perform.   Two examples from the past month alone illustrate the trend. On October 24, 2018, a California judge approved a $2.6 million class action […]
  • California Enacts New Expansive Workplace Sexual Harassment Laws

    By SHLC on October 4, 2018
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    On September 30, 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a series of bills making significant changes to the state’s workplace sexual harassment laws. The purpose of the newly enacted laws is to expand legal protections to victims of workplace harassment and increase the liability of those who have engaged in such conduct. Together, these new bills make up one of […]
  • Federal Court Issues Important Ruling Interpreting Nevada Wage-and-Hour Law Unfavorably for Nevada Employers

    By SHLC on September 25, 2018
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    A federal appeals court has decided that Amazon warehouse workers in Nevada can move forward with a class action for unpaid wages, based on uncompensated time they spent going through mandatory security screenings at the end of each shift. Under the employer policy at issue in the case, employees were required to undergo a daily security clearance check at the […]
  • The Federal Department of Labor Issued Six New Opinion Letters (Part 2 of a 2-Part Series)

    By SHLC on September 24, 2018
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    Voluntary Participation in Wellness Activities Is Non-compensable Time FLSA2018-20 discusses whether the FLSA requires compensation for the time an employee spends voluntarily participating in certain wellness activities, biometric screenings, and benefits fairs.   Background   An employer allows its employees to participate in voluntary “biometric screening” both during and outside of regular work hours. The screening tests, among other things, […]