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Apr 08 2014
Labor RelationsWage and Hour

CALIFORNIA: Collective Bargaining Agreements Can Determine Overtime Compensation

Collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) can, in certain cases, override strict state laws on overtime, ruled a California court of appeals. 

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Feb 13 2014
Wage and Hour  

FMCSA allows leeway on rest breaks for drivers who exceed short-haul exception

If drivers of commercial motor vehicles unexpectedly have to drive further or work longer than the short-haul exception allows, they won’t get in trouble for failing to take a 30-minute rest break on time as long as they take certain steps, said the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in regulatory guidance.

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Feb 04 2014
Wage and Hour  

CALIFORNIA: Written policy crucial in obligation to provide meal and rest periods

The obligation to “provide” meal and rest periods may require an affirmative policy authorizing and explaining how to take those breaks, according to a recent decision from a California court of appeals.

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Jan 29 2014
Wage and Hour  

ALERT: Supreme Court says CBA can exclude payment for putting on protective gear

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday that an employer and union may agree that workers aren’t entitled to be paid for their time donning and doffing most protective safety gear at the beginning or end of the workday.

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Jan 06 2014
Q&AWage and Hour  

Do I need to pay employees for their time spent studying?

Q: Are we required to pay employees for study time, if they’re required to pass a certification test as part of their job?

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Nov 21 2013
Wage and Hour  

WASHINGTON: 2014 minimum wage to be $9.32 per hour

The minimum wage in Washington will rise from $9.19 to $9.32 per hour, effective January 1, 2014.

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Nov 18 2013
Q&AWage and Hour  

Does a written policy shield an employer from claims of “off-the-clock” work?

Q: Our company has a very strict written policy in our employee handbook which requires employees to accurately report all regular and overtime hours worked. Employees must verify their hours by signing their time report each pay period. Can we deflect any “off-the-clock” claims by simply relying on the written policy?

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Nov 14 2013
HiringLeave LawsWage and Hour  

New California employment-related laws to take effect in 2014

Governor Brown has recently signed a flurry of California bills into law.

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Oct 15 2013
Wage and Hour  

CALIFORNIA: Huge punitive damage award upheld in retaliation case

Speaking up about concerns in the workplace, and being fired as a result, resulted in a huge jury verdict against a California employer.

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