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Minimum Salary Rate Increases for California Computer Software Professional Exemption Announced

The required compensation levels for employees exempt from overtime rate of pay requirements under the California computer software professional exemption will increase by 2.2 percent from current levels beginning January 1, 2015, the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has announced. This means that the minimum hourly rate of pay necessary to qualify for the … Continue reading Minimum Salary Rate Increases for California Computer Software Professional Exemption Announced
December 4, 2014

San Francisco Associate Alison Hong Presented With the California Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award

San Francisco Associate Alison Hong was honored with a 2014 California Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award at a formal reception last Friday, September 12, 2014 as a part of the 87th State Bar Annual Meeting in San Diego, Calif. The award was presented to Alison by State Bar President Luis J. Rodriguez and California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. … Continue reading San Francisco Associate Alison Hong Presented With the California Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award
September 19, 2014

California District Court Holds that Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act Preempts Drivers’ Minimum Wage Claims

J.B. Hunt Transportation, like many trucking companies, pays its drivers “a certain amount for every mile they drive, in addition to lump sums for every delivery they make.” Consequently, “drivers are not directly compensated for certain job-related activities, including loading and unloading freight, or waiting for a customer.” Relying on Armenta v. Osmose Inc., 135 Cal. App. … Continue reading California District Court Holds that Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act Preempts Drivers’ Minimum Wage Claims
June 6, 2014

Court’s Flawed Trial Plan Sinks Overtime Class Action against Employer, California Supreme Court Rules

Calling “seriously flawed” a lower court’s trial management plan which used sampling evidence to prove class liability and damages under California law, the California Supreme Court has vacated a $15-million judgment against the employer for overtime pay and remanded the case for a new trial on both liability and damages. Duran v. U.S. Bank National … Continue reading Court’s Flawed Trial Plan Sinks Overtime Class Action against Employer, California Supreme Court Rules
June 3, 2014