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Appeals Court Rules Insurance Adjusters Can Claim California Overtime

Los Angeles, CA A California Court of Appeal in July 2012 ruled in favor of insurance adjusters claiming California overtime pay. The case originated from a class-action lawsuit filed by a group of adjusters against Liberty Mutual and its subsidiary, Golden Eagle Insurance.

September 8, 2012

Working at California Car Washes

Los Angeles, CA Car wash owners are notorious for breaking California labor laws. In May 2012, four car wash workers filed a California overtime class action lawsuit alleging that they had to arrive early to work but they clocked in when there were enough cars to wash.

August 13, 2012

Late Paycheck: California Labor Law Violation?

Ventura, CA Perry Floros believes that his employer, the US Postal Service, is violating the California labor law by not paying its employees on time. He has contacted the California Labor Board and the Department of Labor but still can’t get a definitive answer. Perry is hopeful that an experienced wage and hour attorney can advise him - is the US Postal Service violating the California labor code and labor laws nationwide?

May 28, 2012

Municipal Statute Does Not Violate California Labor Law: Ruling

Menlo Park, CA It's been an interesting journey in California labor law for both employees and taxpayers in one municipality in the state??"and that is the right for those paying the bills to have some input into the pension benefits of municipal employees.

May 21, 2012

Sexual Harassment amongst Officers—California Labor Law Violation

Concord, CA Judging from a recent settlement and separate lawsuit, it would appear that some people in uniform don't understand that sexual harassment is a violation of the California Labor Law. In March, a lawsuit was filed against a male probation officer, accusing him of sexual harassment, and yet another sexual harassment suit was settled by the city of Concord regarding an employee who claimed she was sexually harassed by a female police officer.

April 30, 2012

Car Dealership's "RO System"—Violation of California Labor Law?

Dublin, CA Percy works as a mechanic at a car dealership that operates with a closed Repair Order (RO) system. This system means that Percy and other mechanics don't get paid until the store gets paid, which may be a violation of the California labor law.

April 9, 2012

Workin' at the Car Wash Blues

Los Angeles, CA Anyone who recalls the goofy movie called Car Wash that came out in the 1970's will remember the funky, laid-back sense of fun that employees of the cinematic car wash were having. But of course, with anything Hollywood, more often than not what you see on screen is far from reality. And if California labor law is any indication, the state wants to keep the playing field real and fair for car wash employees.

March 19, 2012

Iraq Veteran Claims Discrimination, California Labor Law Violation

Turlock, CA Marcel suffered a brain injury during his tour of duty in Iraq (his humvee hit a roadside bomb). Being honest, he disclosed this information on his application for security work at a local hospital. Marcel was hired but then got pulled from the schedule. Marcel believes he was discriminated against due to his injury, which is a violation of the California Labor Law.

November 7, 2011

Summertime and Many Unpaid Interns Misclassified, according to the California Labor Law

Sacramento, CA For some employers, summer is the time to reduce labor costs by bringing onboard (not hiring) unpaid interns, typically college students. But officials are cracking down on misclassified interns and issuing guidance letters to employers advising whether they are breaking the California labor law.

July 4, 2011

Fees Charged to Background Actors Said to Contravene California Labor Law

Sacramento, CA A little-known California labor law has vaulted into the public conscience with the news that several casting companies have violated or have been accused of having violated the Krekorian Talent Scam Prevention Act. In sum, the issue stems from the charging of up-front fees to background actors, regardless of whether or not they are successful at finding work.

June 4, 2011
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