Agriculture News

Class-Action Status Given to Apple Wage and Hour Lawsuit

San Francisco, CA Plaintiffs in a California wage and hour lawsuit against Apple have had their class-action motion certified, after initially having the lawsuit dismissed. The main issue in the lawsuit is whether employees should be compensated for time spent waiting for security checks prior to leaving the job site. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of 12,000 current and former Apple employees, who allege they should have been paid for that time.

August 11, 2015

Will Paid Sick Leave Spur California Labor Lawsuits?

Sacramento, CA Under the California labor law about 6.5 million Californians are - for the first time ever - entitled to paid sick leave. The Paid Sick Leave Law became effective July 1, 2015 and already some legal experts predict that lawsuits will follow.

July 27, 2015

California Labor Paid Sick Leave Laws Clarified, Still Complicated

Sacramento, CA While recent changes in California labor law relating to sick pay and paid time off for illness were designed as a help and support for California workers, implementing and maintaining those changes has served as a bit of a headache for employers.

July 20, 2015

Respecting Caitlin Jenner and Her Community Under the Law

Sacramento, CA Our introduction this past week to Caitlin Jenner, as sensational as it may have been played out in the media, reminds us that with the modern realities of tolerance and equality, transgendering is anything but sensational and is increasingly accepted carte blanche as an aspect of the new normal. As a result, lawmakers have been grappling with updates of definitions and approaches to traditional bastions such as public and workplace washrooms.

June 6, 2015

Donning and Doffing and Getting Around the California Labor Law

Tracy, CA The judge presiding over a recent California labor lawsuit against Taylor Farms certified the class but only in part. Certification of donning and doffing was denied, contrary to the California labor code.

June 1, 2015

California Starts the Year with Two Unpaid Overtime Lawsuits

Sacramento, CA A company co-owned by an NFL Hall of Famer and ESPN commentator has been hit with a federal unpaid overtime lawsuit alleging that Carter Brothers Security LLC erroneously misclassified their employees allegedly to avoid paying them minimum wage, California overtime, job expenses and payroll taxes.

February 19, 2014

Female California Agriculture Workers Exposed to Harassment, Assault

Salinas, CA Among widespread complaints involving violations of California labor law are allegations of failure to pay overtime, wage and hour issues, and wrongful termination. But for women working in California’s agricultural industry, violations of federal and California state labor laws allegedly include widespread harassment and sexual assault. Although these actions constitute violations of California labor laws, many women are afraid to come forward, either because they fear retaliation or because they do not realize sexual harassment is against the law.

September 9, 2013

California Labor Law Taking the Heat

Tulare County, CA The intent with most labor law statutes, including California labor law, is to protect the rights and safety of workers regardless of task. To violate those statutes and guidelines is an affront to the law and serves to put innocent workers at risk.

July 22, 2013

ERISA Not Just About Protecting Investments

San Diego, CA While many people think the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) has to do with investments and

November 24, 2012

$1.6 Million California Labor Lawsuit Launched Against Farm Labor Contractor

Monterey, CA The labor commissioner for the state of California continues her pursuit of alleged labor law violations in her state, with the recent filing of a $1.6 million California labor lawsuit against a farm labor contractor. At issue, according to US States News (11/16/12), are multiple violations involving about 150 workers in various locations scattered throughout Monterey County.

November 5, 2012
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