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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While Washington is shifting in one direction, California continues its tectonic shift in another. Recent amendments to California’s Fair Pay Act continue that momentum. Effective January 2017, these amendments include the Act’s expansion to race and ethnicity protections and a prohibition on employers’ use of prior salary, standing alone, to justify a pay disparity. With the Obama Administration’s…

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Last week, in the case of Bellagio LLC v. National Labor Relations Board, the Circuit Court for the District of Columbia determined that the Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas did not interfere with a bellhop’s “Weingarten rights” under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). Standing alone, this is an important decision for employers…

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On April 4, 2017, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeal became the first United States appellate court to hold that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. This is a landmark decision and we expect the issue to reach the U.S. Supreme Court in coming…

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Category: LGBT Protections,