California Employment Law Blog

Governor Newsom and Legislative Leaders Announce PAGA Reform Agreement

Posted by Timothy B. Del Castillo | Jun 24, 2024 | 0 Comments

California's labor landscape is set to change significantly with a new agreement to reform the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). The reforms include capping penalties for employers who promptly rectify issues, imposing higher penalties for malicious violations, increasing the portion of penalties allocated to employees from 25% to 35%, expanding the range of labor code sections that can be cured, and requiring employees to personally suffer labor violations to bring claims.

PAGA Update: What You Need to Know About Arbitrating Individual Claims

Posted by Timothy B. Del Castillo | Jun 05, 2024 | 0 Comments

The Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) grants California employees the authority to pursue civil penalties for labor violations. The recent Ninth Circuit case, Johnson v. Lowe's Home Centers, LLC (2024), underscores that employees may be compelled to arbitrate individual PAGA claims, while still maintaining the standing to pursue their non-individual claims in court.

No Free Lunch: The Cost of Controlled Breaks and Commutes in Huerta v. CSI

Posted by Timothy B. Del Castillo | Mar 31, 2024 | 0 Comments

The California Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) sets labor standards, including Wage Order No. 16-2001 for sectors like construction and mining. In George Huerta v. CSI Electrical Contractors (2024), the California Supreme Court ruled that security checks, certain intra-premises travel, and on-site meal breaks count as compensable "hours worked," underscoring employer control as a key factor.


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