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The Ninth Circuit Flip-Flops on the Equal Pay Act, Butting Heads with the Seventh Circuit

The Ninth Circuit Flip-Flops on the Equal Pay Act, Butting Heads with the Seventh Circuit

By: Teeka K. Harrison

On April 9, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in Rizo v. Yovino, which held that salary history may not be used by an employer as a factor when defending gender disparities in initial wages, whether considered exclusively or in conjunction with other factors.  The decision, which overruled a previous decision interpreting the Equal Pay Act, has caused some confusion and created a circuit split. 

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Bag Inspection Policies Should Inform Employees to Remain On-The-Clock

Bag Inspection Policies Should Inform Employees to Remain On-The-Clock

By: Stephanie Delatorre

On January 10, 2018, the Northern District of California certified a state-wide class of non-exempt hourly employees who allege that they were not fully compensated for all time spent submitting to their employer’s bag inspection requirements. (Heredia v. Eddie Bauer, LLC, January 10, 2018, Freeman, B.). 

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Federal Court Finds Delivery Drivers Independent Contractors; California Supreme Court Next?

Federal Court Finds Delivery Drivers Independent Contractors; California Supreme Court Next?

By: Charles O. Thompson and Garrett Parks

On February 8, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that meal delivery drivers working for GrubHub, Inc. are properly classified as independent contractors and not employees. This closely watched case provides “gig economy” companies with a trial decision and (at least temporary) guidance regarding how to classify certain workers.

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California Further Clarifies Rest Break Requirements

California Further Clarifies Rest Break Requirements

By: Emily Knoles

Pursuant to Wage Orders promulgated by California’s Industrial Welfare Commission, most non-exempt employees in California are entitled to a paid 10 minute rest break for every 4 hours worked or major fraction thereof. In December 2016 the California Supreme Court clarified in Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc. (2016) 2 Cal. 5th 257, 260, that during said rest breaks, “employers must relieve their employees of all duties and relinquish any control over how employees spend their break time.” As we anticipated when this decision first came out, there has been a steady uptick in litigation about this matter as the courts work to define the nature of relinquishing control in the context of a 10 minute rest break. 

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San Francisco Publishes “Best Practices” Checklist as New Lactation Ordinance Becomes Effective January 1, 2018

San Francisco Publishes “Best Practices” Checklist as New Lactation Ordinance Becomes Effective January 1, 2018

By Garrett C. Parks

Earlier this year, we reported that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed legislation to assist working mothers by requiring employers to provide additional accommodations for lactation. On January 1, 2018, the Lactation in the Workplace Ordinance (the “Ordinance”) takes effect. The City of San Francisco’s Office of Labor Standards and Department of Public Health (collectively, the “City”) has published sample forms and guidance for employers to consider when preparing such policies.

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