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Caregivers Protest New California Overtime Laws—or Lack Thereof

Caregivers Protest New California Overtime Laws—or Lack Thereof March 1, 2015. By Jane Mundy.
Sacramento, CA More than 400,000 California caregivers were scheduled to receive California overtime and an increase in pay starting in January, but a district court judge ruled against the federal wage law, arguing the changes must be made by legislature.
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Major Victory for Truck Drivers in California Overtime Lawsuit

Major Victory for Truck Drivers in California Overtime Lawsuit February 19, 2015. By Heidi Turner.
Los Angeles, CA One of the great sources of conflict in California overtime litigation is whether or not workers are considered employees or independent contractors. And although there are times when the matter is clear-cut, for some workers the issue is hazy and based more on industry history than on any legal definitions. But that division can be costly for workers who allege that as independent contractors they do not receive proper overtime pay and other benefits that regular employees are entitled to. As such, various California overtime lawsuits have been filed alleging workers were misclassified as independent contractors and denied overtime pay, in violation of state and federal laws.
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California Government Worker Seeks Class-Action Status in Overtime Pay Lawsuit

California Government Worker Seeks Class-Action Status in Overtime Pay Lawsuit February 11, 2015. By Gordon Gibb.
San Francisco, CA A double standard is alleged amongst the ranks of investigators employed by KeyPoint Government Solutions Inc. This, according to an overtime pay lawsuit filed at the end of January in California by a KeyPoint investigator who feels there are potentially thousands of employees misclassified as contractors and thus are owed a ton of money in back pay, benefits and overtime.
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ERISA Lawsuit to Be Heard by Supreme Court in February

ERISA Lawsuit to Be Heard by Supreme Court in February February 6, 2015. By Heidi Turner.
Washington, DC An ERISA lawsuit concerning the statute of limitations in ERISA plan claims will be heard by the Supreme Court this month. The lawsuit, Tibble, et al vs. Edison International, et al, originally involved claims about imprudent investments for a company ERISA plan, but the Supreme Court will hear arguments concerning the statute of limitations in the ERISA plans.
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Unpaid Wages Lawsuits Filed against Food Processors

Unpaid Wages Lawsuits Filed against Food Processors February 2, 2015. By Heidi Turner.
Clovis, CA Two food processors face unpaid wages lawsuits alleging they failed to properly pay employees for all time spent in work-related duties. Included with the unpaid wages claims are allegations against one of the companies that employees were improperly charged for their uniforms. The lawsuits seek class-action status.
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California Overtime Lawsuit Results in Ruling on Sleep Time

California Overtime Lawsuit Results in Ruling on Sleep Time January 30, 2015. By Heidi Turner.
Los Angeles, CAOvertime pay laws concerning when employees should be given overtime pay are not nearly as straightforward as they may seem. In addition to exemptions given to certain employees, there are also various situations in which an employee may be deemed to be on duty or not on duty at the same time. While cases where an employee is on a worksite carrying out employment-related activities may be clear-cut, there are cases where employees are expected to be on call, including time spent sleeping. A lawsuit filed against a security company highlights these situations, with the California Supreme Court finding in favor of the security guards.
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NYC Liable for $3 Million for Unsafe Workplace

NYC Liable for $3 Million for Unsafe Workplace January 30, 2015. By The National Trial Lawyers.
New York’s Appellate Division Second Department reinstated a $3 million future pain and suffering award against the New York City Department of Environmental Protection for state labor law violations.
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Professor Denied Tenure Launches Ohio Employment Lawsuits

Professor Denied Tenure Launches Ohio Employment Lawsuits January 15, 2015. By Gordon Gibb.
Athens, OH A former assistant professor at Ohio University has launched a series of Ohio Employment lawsuits against the university and other defendants, alleging the denial of tenure at the facility was because of his sexual orientation and religious beliefs. The actions were filed December 18.
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California Overtime: Is There a Grinch in UPS Upper Management?

California Overtime: Is There a Grinch in UPS Upper Management? January 9, 2015. By Jane Mundy.
Sacramento, CA United Parcel Service (UPS) is back to its usual tricks: Not paying its employees California overtime. Is there a Grinch or several in upper management?
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Massive California Labor Ruling Victory for California Workers

Massive California Labor Ruling Victory for California Workers January 9, 2015. By Jane Mundy.
San Francisco, CA The California Supreme Court last week ruled that workers who are required to stay at a worksite, such as security guards and domestic employees, should be compensated for all their hours, including sleep time. This decision may open the flood gates for California overtime claims.
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