Revival of Bag Check Suit Suggests Employers Must Pay Employees for Time Spent Undergoing Exit Inspections

Last week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals revived two previously dismissed cases against California employers that claimed that the employers failed to pay workers for time spent undergoing bag inspections before leaving work each day. The Ninth Circuit’s decisions … Continue reading

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Dynamex Applied Retroactively By The Ninth Circuit

Two days after the one year anniversary of the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision,  the Ninth Circuit issued a blow to companies in California. On May 2, 2019, the Ninth Circuit in Vazquez v. Jan-Pro Franchising International, Inc. held that … Continue reading

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United States Supreme Court Continues Its Trend of Enforcing Individual Employment Arbitration Agreements

Approximately one year ago, the United States Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Epic Systems v. Lewis, 548 U.S. ___ (2018), holding that class action waivers contained in arbitration agreements, including agreements between employers and their employees, are permissible … Continue reading

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Fair Credit Reporting Act Update: Employers Within the Ninth Circuit Are Required to Provide a “Stand-alone” Background Check Disclosure Form – Yes, Literally

On January 29, 2019, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a prospective employer does not satisfy the Fair Credit Reporting Act’s (“FCRA”) stand-alone disclosure requirement when it provides job applicants with a disclosure that also contains various state … Continue reading

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Tolling of Statute of Limitations in Class Action Realm Narrowed

In 1974 the United States Supreme Court in American Pipe & Construction Co. v. Utah held that the timely filing of a class action tolls the applicable statute of limitations for all persons encompassed by the class complaint. This holding … Continue reading

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Indian Tribes Continue to Challenge the NLRB’s Jurisdiction Over Casinos Located on Indian Lands

In this week’s Legal Alert, Jerry Morales takes a look at the recent 9th Circuit case Casino Pauma regarding NLRB jurisdiction over a casino located on the Pauma Tribe’s reservation lands. See here.

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Employers Cannot Use Salary History to Defend Against Equal Pay Claims

On April 9, 2018, the Ninth Circuit ruled en banc that an employee’s prior salary does not constitute a “factor other than sex” to justify wage disparities between male and female employees. “Other than sex” factors is limited to legitimate, … Continue reading

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Legal Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Adopts a “Fair Reading” Standard for FLSA Exemptions

In this week’s L&E Legal Alert, Jennifer Yee and Josh Woodard take a deeper dive into the Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro where the U.S. Supreme Court rejected  the longstanding principle that courts construe FLSA exemptions narrowly and, instead, adopted … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Rejects Principle that FLSA Overtime Exemptions Should Be Construed Narrowly

In a 5-4 opinion issued on April 2nd, the United States Supreme Court held that service advisers at car dealerships are exempt from the overtime pay requirement of the FLSA because they are “salesmn . . . primarily engaged in … Continue reading

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Employees Use of Their Employers’ Email Resources for Union Activities

In Purple Communications Inc., 361 NLRB No. 126 (December 11, 2014) the NLRB reversed established precedent that employees did not have statutory rights to use their employers’ email resources for union activity.  In that case, the Board held that employees … Continue reading

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