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 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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Category: Wage-Hour,

More than a year ago, President Barack Obama directed the Secretary of Labor to “modernize and streamline” the agency’s white collar exemption regulations under the federal Fair Labor Standard Act.  Today, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced it was proposing a new rule raising the minimum salary level to qualify for an exemption to the…

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Category: Wage-Hour,

HK’s Felicia Reid’s article in the Daily Journal entitled “Sometimes it takes work to leave work,” addresses a case currently under consideration at the U.S. Supreme Court. You can read the article here. “Originally published in the Los Angeles/San Francisco Daily Journal, October, 22, 2014. Copyright 2014 Daily Journal Corporation, reprinted with permission.”

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Number 41:  Discrimination Laws Apply To Undocumented Immigrants Illegal immigration is one of the biggest political issues of the 21st Century in the United States, as both political parties support the reform of immigration laws in one way or another.  Until the laws are reformed, the government has conscripted American employers to wage war against…

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Category: EEO, Immigrants' Rights,