In a long-awaited decision, the California Supreme Court has just rejected the applicability of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s “de minimis” doctrine to California wage and hour law, in Troester v. Starbucks. Troester was an hourly Starbucks employee who claimed unpaid wages for performing store-closing tasks after clocking out. These tasks included transmitting daily sales, profit and…

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Category: Wage-Hour,

On July 13, 2017, the California Supreme Court held that plaintiffs need not demonstrate good cause to discover contact information of other allegedly aggrieved employees in an action brought pursuant to the Private Attorneys’ General Act (“PAGA”).  The Court’s pro-employee decision resolves an issue of first impression concerning the scope of discovery in PAGA cases….

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Category: Class Actions, Wage-Hour,

As we previously blogged here and here, the Obama Administration, through the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) as well as the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”), made it clear early and often that it was going to take an active role in reshaping the landscape of employment and independent contractor relationships. Notably, in the Browning-Ferris…

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Andrew Puzder, the fast food CEO that Donald J. Trump nominated to be Labor Secretary, abruptly withdrew his name from consideration today following revelations that he was physically abusive to his wife and that he employed an undocumented worker at his home.  Puzder had reportedly lost the support of several Republican senators, guaranteeing that his…

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Category: Wage-Hour,

President-Elect Donald J. Trump intends to nominate Andrew F. Pudzer to head the U.S. Department of Labor, according to numerous sources familiar with his office. Pudzer is the CEO of the holding company that operates the fast food chains Hardee’s and Carls, Jr., an avid blogger, and an outspoken opponent of raises to the federal…

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Category: Wage-Hour,