California Court of Appeal Significantly Expands Employers’ Obligation to Provide “Reporting Time Pay”

Wage & Hour Issues

March 3rd, 2019

California Court of Appeal Significantly Expands Employers’ Obligation to Provide “Reporting Time Pay”

Wage & Hour Issues

Last month, the California Court of Appeal issued a decision stating that a retail employer’s call-in scheduling policy—in which employees were required to call the employer in advance of a shift to find out if they needed to show up for work—triggered the “reporting time” obligation under Wage Order No. 7-2001. In Ward v. Tilly’s, Inc., the court significantly broadened the scope of California’s reporting time pay requirement.

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December 11th, 2018

California Minimum Wage and Minimum Salary Increases Go Into Effect On January 1, 2019

Wage & Hour Issues

California’s minimum wage will eventually reach $15 per hour in 2022, with an increase occurring every January 1st until then. The schedule of increases depends on the size of your business. California businesses with 26 or more employees will reach $15 per hour in 2022, and businesses with 25 or fewer employees will have until 2023 to reach the $15 per hour rate.

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October 14th, 2018

The Importance of Having Written Employment Policies

Application & Hiring, CA Employee Handbooks, Harassment & Discrimination, Leaves of Absence, Meal & Rest Breaks, Paid Sick Leave, Personnel Files, Reasonable Accommodation, Wage & Hour Issues

I was recently retained by a new client to defend the company against wage and hour charges brought by a former employee that were filed with the California Labor Commissioner’s office. As I do whenever I get a new client, I asked if they had an employee handbook or other written personnel policies. Unfortunately, they did not. This makes it much more difficult to defend against employment claims brought by employees. The failure to have written policies may be taken as evidence that you do not comply with your legal obligations.

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