Marketed as a social media and networking hub for working professionals, California-based LinkedIn Corp. recently reported on the company’s tremendous growth which includes a membership base of 313 million users. While the company also recently enjoyed a nearly 50 percent increase in second-quarter revenue earnings, it also gained negative press for business activities that violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Whether white, yellow or every shade in between, taxi cabs are a staple in most major metropolitan areas, including Los Angeles. Each year, millions of city residents and visitors rely upon taxis for transportation needs. Yet, for many individuals who make a living driving taxi cabs, wages earned during a 12 or 14 hour shift make it difficult to provide for oneself much less a family.
When President Obama announced that he will seek to increase the minimum wage of workers associated with federal contracts via an executive order, he increased the level of public debate in regards to a number of wage and hour issues affecting American workers today. In addition to minimum wage hikes for federal workers, many are pushing for a minimum wage hike for all American workers.
If employees are required to stay at their workplace after they clock out in order to have their bags searched, should they be paid for that time? That's the question at the center of a lawsuit recently filed on July 25 in California by two former Apple employees. The plaintiffs are seeking compensation for overtime and unpaid wages, claiming that they should have been paid for all the time they were subjected to bag screenings from their employer.
Under the wage and hour laws of California, employees are offered protections that independent contractors are not, including state-mandated breaks and overtime. One former doggy daycare worker is suing Love Dogs Camp for $142,000 in unpaid wages and penalties, alleging that she was classified as an independent contractor so her pay wouldn't be reported. The woman also claims that the company overworked and underpaid her because of her contractor status.
HSRR's Randy Renick and Cornelia Dai are featured speakers at Bridgeport's Annual Wage & Hour Conference taking place December 13-14, 2012. This two-day program brings together leading practitioners to explore and explain in-depth the critical aspects of Wage & Hour litigation. This year's program will focus on the ever-increasing use of PAGA in wage and hour litigation; key developments in the case law interpreting the white-collar exemptions, the enforcement of arbitration agreements and the rules for settling class claims; and increased and coordinated efforts by government agencies to enforce the wage and hour laws. The program will also explore the unique challenges associated with trying wage and hour claims on a class and individual basis with practitioners who have actually tried such cases in court. This well-balanced program offers the perspective of California's leading experienced litigators, as well as government regulators and in-house counsel. More information and registration information can be found at http://bridgeportce.com/bridgeport/index.php/upcoming-programs/8-up-coming-programs/9-wage-hour-los-angeles.
Imagine working hard to make ends meet, and not getting paid even the minimum amount of money required by law. California wage and hour laws are in place to prevent employers from abusing their workers and to provide an opportunity to employees to earn a fair wage. Last week, eight car wash companies in California agreed to settle a lawsuit alleging the companies failed to pay employees minimum wage, overtime wages, and wages owed after employees quit or were fired.