On Wednesday night, March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law emergency legislation addressing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes provisions expanding leave and paid sick leave for employees. The final legislation is somewhat narrower than the bill originally passed by the House to address concerns about its impact on small businesses. Below…

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** UPDATE 3/19/2020 ** Please see this post for an update on this legislation.   In the early morning hours of Saturday, March 14, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an emergency coronavirus bill brokered between Nancy Pelosi and the Administration, by an overwhelming majority. The bill is still in the House awaiting technical…

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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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On April 2, 2018, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Navarro v. Encino Motorcars, LLC, No. 16-1362, holding that service advisors at automobile dealerships are exempt under section 13(b)(10) of the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA).  This is the second time in two years that the high court has reversed Ninth Circuit…

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On November 22, 2016, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas blocked implementation of the Department of Labor’s rule that nearly doubles the minimum salary level for the “white collar” exemptions. This means that the rule is not going into effect as planned on December 1, 2016, unless a higher court…

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