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Health IQ Slammed with Proposed California Labor Law Class Actions

Health IQ Slammed with Proposed California Labor Law Class Actions January 26, 2023. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA Health IQ has been slammed with two (so far) proposed California labor class actions alleging the Medicare broker insurance company terminated between 700 to 1,000 employees in December without a heads-up. By not giving workers notice, Health IQ violated the California's Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), according to the plaintiffs.
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Can PAGA Claims Survive U.S. Supreme Court’s Pro-Arbitration Decisions?

Can PAGA Claims Survive U.S. Supreme Court’s Pro-Arbitration Decisions? January 24, 2023. By Anne Wallace.
San Francisco, CA In 2023, in Adolph v. Uber Technologies, the California Supreme Court will decide whether non-individual Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) claims can be heard in a courtroom, rather than before an arbitration panel. This is profoundly significant for lawsuits brought under the California Labor Code because many savvy employers now require employees to agree to arbitrate any disputes and to waive their rights to assert PAGA claims. Employer arbitration panels are where workers’ wage and hour claims go to die. PAGA claims have been the exception.
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Walmart Wage Statement Lawsuit and $35M Settlement

Walmart Wage Statement Lawsuit and $35M Settlement January 10, 2023. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA  Walmart has agreed to settle for $35 a wage-and-hour class action lawsuit filed in 2017 alleging the retail giant failed to provide accurate wage statements to employees and therefore violated California labor law. In his lawsuit, plaintiff James Evans argued that an inaccurate wage statement is the same as “not providing any wage statement at all.”
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California FedEx Driver’s Misclassification Lawsuit Settles

California FedEx Driver’s Misclassification Lawsuit Settles January 6, 2023. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA A former linehaul driver for FedEx Ground Package System, Inc. brought a California misclassification lawsuit against FedEx – the poster child for independent contractor misclassification claims. A California federal judge last November agreed to end the lawsuit just days after the driver's proposed class action was denied.
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Mortgage Loan Officers Entitled to Rest Periods

Mortgage Loan Officers Entitled to Rest Periods January 3, 2023. By Jane Mundy.
San Francisco, CA A California federal judge ruled that PNC Bank violated the California labor code by failing to pay mortgage loan officers for rest breaks.  The complaint stems from an unpaid rest break lawsuit that was filed back in 2018.

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Car Wash Employers Don’t Come Clean

Car Wash Employers Don’t Come Clean December 15, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA Wage theft is an ongoing California labor law violation, and it often happens at the car wash. Sadly, most victims are the Golden State’s most vulnerable workers: they are low wage earners, have the least education and fewest legal protections. Often, they are immigrants and people of color. Generally no one goes to jail for the theft so it occurs regularly, despite California making most wage theft a criminal offense last year.

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YouTube’s $4.3M to Settle Moderator Trauma Lawsuit

YouTube’s $4.3M to Settle Moderator Trauma Lawsuit December 8, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Oakland, CA A proposed California labor class action alleging YouTube failed to protect its content moderators from psychological trauma caused by constantly viewing violent and disturbing videos has reached a deal. The technology giant has agreed to pay $4.3M, according to a motion filed in California federal court.

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California Labor Lawsuit Alleges SpaceX Employees Unlawfully Fired

California Labor Lawsuit Alleges SpaceX Employees Unlawfully Fired December 7, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA Eight former SpaceX employees have filed California unfair-labor-practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), alleging that SpaceX after they wrote a letter to management asking them to publicly condemn Elon Musk’s “harmful” behavior on social media. Musk appears to have his own policy: Do as I say, Not as I Do.
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Twitter Layoffs Trigger Labor Lawsuits

Twitter Layoffs Trigger Labor Lawsuits November 30, 2022. By Jane Mundy.
San Francisco, CA The richest man in the world wasted no time to “drastically reduce costs and bring in new revenue from the social media site,” by laying off 3,000 of Twitter’s 7,500 employees – 50 percent of the work force. After purchasing the company for $44 billion on October 27, a mass layoff began during the first week of November. Just days later, the California labor class action was filed in federal court in San Francisco on behalf of Twitter employees who say they were not given the requisite notice, which violated the WARN Act.
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Time Spent “Booting Up” Computers may be Compensable

Time Spent “Booting Up” Computers may be Compensable November 29, 2022. By Anne Wallace.
San Francisco, CA On October 24, 2022, the Ninth Circuit held that the time spent by call center workers booting up their computers could be considered compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Nevada law  because it was integral and indispensable to their primary duties. Although Cadenav. Customer Connexx, LLC is very fact-specific, there is no immediate indication that the decision would be different under California labor law.

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