CA Supreme Court Holds Employers Must Provide Non-Exempt Employees at Least One Day of Rest Each Workweek and Clarifies Other Day of Rest Rules

The California Labor Code entitles non-exempt employees to at least one day of rest every seven days. Specifically, Labor Code § 551 provides: “Every person employed in any occupation of labor is entitled to one day’s rest therefrom in seven.”  Similarly, Labor Code § 552 provides: “No employer of labor shall cause his employees to work more than six days in seven.” Labor Code § 556 provides an exception to these

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U.S. Dept. of Labor Increases Minimum Salary Requirement for Certain Exempt Employees Effective December 1, 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor has published its Final Rule increasing the minimum salary that must be paid to employees classified as exempt under the executive, administrative, and professional exemptions to no less than $913 per week ($47,476 per year) effective December 1, 2016.  This is significantly higher than the $41,600 minimum annual salary ($800 per week) currently required by California law for an employee to retain

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New Law Effective July 1, 2016 Increases Annual Paid Sick Days For Many Employees Working Within the City of LA to 48 Hours Per Year

As we blogged about here, on July 1, 2015, most California employers became legally obligated to provide their employees up to 3 days or 24 hours (whichever is greater) of paid sick leave per year pursuant to the Healthy Workplace Healthy Family Act.  The City of Los Angeles has now enacted its own ordinance increasing the amount of paid sick leave that must be made available

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California Passes Law Increasing the Minimum Wage

A new law increasing California’s minimum wage to $15 per hour applies to all businesses with employees in California – and not just to those employing minimum wage workers.  The law, available here, implements a phased approach to increasing the statewide minimum wage and distinguishes between employers with 26 or more employees and employers with 25 or fewer employees, giving these smaller employers one additional year to

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Bernstein & Friedland, P.C. Obtains Nearly $350,000 on Behalf of Employee in Unpaid Wage Case

For more than one year, Bernstein & Friedland, P.C. vigorously represented a blue-collar worker whose long-time former employer failed to pay him overtime and did not provide him legally compliant breaks.  The employer aggressively defended the case, which culminated in a one-week trial involving eight testifying witnesses.  Following trial, the court awarded our client approximately $86,000 for unpaid overtime wages, missed meal breaks, and related

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California Employers Must Reimburse Employees Who Use Their Personal Cell Phones for Business Purposes

California Labor Code Section 2802 requires employers to reimburse employees “for all necessary expenditures or losses incurred by the employee in direct consequence of the discharge of his or her duties, or of his or her obedience to the directions of the employer[.]” According to its legislative history, the purpose of this statute is “‘to prevent employers from passing their operating expenses on to their

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