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Wage & Hour Laws Archives

Walmart worker threatens lawsuit over missing wages

California workers may be interested to learn that, on April 10, it was reported that retail giant Walmart could potentially be facing a lawsuit after allegedly failing to pay their managers for overtime. Under federal overtime laws, hourly employees must be paid time and a half for each extra hour that they work if they work more than 40 hours in a week.

California ruling may widely affect trucking industry

A ruling by a San Diego Superior Court against a California-based international shipping company awarding more than $2 million to seven Los Angeles area truck drivers will have far-reaching implications for companies and drivers throughout the state. The truck drivers alleged that the company misclassified them as independent contractors and then leased trucks owned by the company to truckers to drive.

Oakland Raiders being sued again over cheerleader wages

California football fans may be interested in the ongoing legal battle between the Oakland Raiders organization and their cheerleaders. The cheerleaders, called the Raiderettes, had filed a lawsuit against the franchise over wages, which resulted in a settlement of $1.25 million to be divided among 90 cheerleaders. On Jan. 26, one cheerleader filed a new lawsuit with a new allegation against the team.

California workers entitled to paid break after 5 hours

Many hard-working employees in California find a respite in their daily grind during lunchtime, when obligations come to pause and one's well-being becomes the primary focus. Indeed, state law mandates that employers provide a meal break no shorter than 30 minutes for every 5-hour shift. Companies who fail to comply with state regulations could end up paying out pocket to compensate for neglecting to respect an employee's right to rest breaks.

Laws mandating paid sick leave may catch on

Following a recent initiative by the city of San Francisco, the California Legislature passed a bill in August mandating paid sick leave for all workers in the state, effective in 2015. A few other states have picked up the idea, and some authorities suspect paid sick leave laws have a good chance of sweeping the nation state by state or becoming a federal mandate. This, naturally, would affect businesses without a system in place to pay employees while they are sick and not working.

When California employers must pay overtime

In California, an eight-hour workday is considered a full day's work. Forty hours constitutes a full workweek. Hours worked in excess of eight hours in one day or 40 hours in one week are compensated for no less than one and one half times the normal hourly rate. On the seventh consecutive day of work, the first eight hours of work should also be paid at the rate of one and one half times the employee's hourly wage. After 12 hours of work in a single day, employees are to be compensated at two times their hourly wage. Anyone working more than eight hours on the seventh consecutive day of work should also receive double his or her hourly wage. These rules don't apply to independent contractors.

California football team settles unfair wages lawsuit

Attorneys for the Oakland football team, the Raiders, and its cheerleading squad, the Raiderettes, announced a proposed settlement to a lawsuit accusing the team of paying less than minimum wage. The parties will seek the judge's preliminary approval on Sept. 26.

Federal Court finds in favor of FedEx drivers in lawsuit appeal

California employees may be interested in the latest legal success of thousands of drivers that could result in compensation for several employment violations. The court found that the drivers had been improperly classified as exempt from employment protections.

LinkedIn pays $5.8 million in overtime back wages, damages

LinkedIn, a social network for professionals, has paid $5.8 million to former and current employees at its offices in California, New York, Illinois and Nebraska. The payment includes more than $2.5 million for damages and more than $3.3 million for overtime back wages for 359 people.

Proposed law would add legal protection for temp workers

Temporary workers and subcontractors in California will receive new legal protections if a bill proposed on May 30 is adopted. Labor leaders say that many large companies avoid their responsibilities under California law by hiring their workers indirectly through temporary agencies or smaller entities. This can lead to workers being paid less, being denied meal breaks and not receiving overtime pay.