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Complying With California Wage and Hour Laws

Stay in compliance with California wage and hour law and avoid costly penalties and litigation.

California wage and hour law is notoriously complicated and the source of many headaches, particularly in the COVID-19 era. Failure to strictly comply with these laws can lead to steep penalties and costly litigation, including class actions and representative actions under the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). This topic will provide an overview of some of the essentials for staying in compliance with California wage and hour law, including regarding expense reimbursement requirements, meal and rest break laws, and various wage payment issues. The information will provide an update on recent legal developments, outline some of the most common mistakes employers make under California law, and lay out practical solutions to mitigate risk moving forward.

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Agenda

Overview

  • Why Is It so Important to Maintain Compliance With Wage and Hour Law in California?
    • More Wage and Hour Class Actions Are Filed in California Than Anywhere Else
    • The California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) Allows Plaintiffs to Collect Exorbitantly High Penalties on Behalf of the State; PAGA Claims Cannot Be Compelled Into Individual Arbitration
    • Wage and Hour Law in the State Can Get Very Complex, and Even Small or Innocent Mistakes Can Lead to Substantial Liability

Expense Reimbursement Issues

  • What Kinds of Employee Expenses Need to Be Reimbursed?
  • How Should an Employer Decide Upon a Monetary Amount to Reimburse (e.g., for Phone and Internet Bills)?
  • Common Expense Reimbursement Issues During the COVID-19 Pandemic/Work From Home Era

Meal and Rest Break Requirements

  • What Are the Basic Meal and Rest Break Requirements in California?
  • What Is the Impact of the Recent California Supreme Court Decision in Donohue v. Amn Services, LLC?
  • Best Practices for Recording Breaks

Unpaid Wage Issues

  • What Standard Defines Compensable Work Time in California?
  • So, What Must Be Paid for? Travel Time? COVID-19 Testing Time? Training Time? etc.
  • Best Practices in Recording Work Time, and Common Employer Mistakes

Other Key Wage and Hour Developments in California

  • California's Strict New Independent Contractor Laws
  • Legislative Developments

Relatively Easy Ways to Reduce Risk

  • Arbitration Agreements - They Won't Eliminate PAGA Cases but They Will Eliminate the Threat of Costly Class Actions
  • Review Your Wage Statements for Compliance - Basic Mistakes on Wage Statements Can Cause Substantial Liability
  • Policies Should Be Reviewed for Compliance - Don't Let a Decade Pass Before Revising Your Handbooks, as the Law Is Constantly Changing in California
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  • CA MCLE 1.0
     
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This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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  • This program is acceptable for 1.0 CPEC(s) towards the CB designation through the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB).
     
  • CA MCLE 1.0
     
  • Lorman Business Center, LLC. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE sponsor and this course qualifies for 1.0 CLE hours of participatory credit.
     
  • HR Certification Institute 1.0
     
  • This E-Learning program has been approved for 1.0 (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR(TM), aPHRi(TM), PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi(TM) and SPHRi(TM)recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org.
     
  • SHRM 1.0
     
  • Lorman Education Services is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program is valid for 1.0 PDC(s) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.
     

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  • Those applying for AIA and HRCI must view 100% of the program and answer the questions following the program.

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Philip Baldwin

Philip Baldwin

Littler Mendelson P.C.

  • Labor and employment attorney with Littler Mendelson P.C.
  • Littler is the number 1 ranked law firm for labor and employment law in the country, per Vault
  • Advises and represents employers in a broad range of traditional labor and employment law matters arising under federal and state laws
  • Works with clients across many industries, and his experience in California and federal law has yielded tremendous results for many Littler clients; he is also a member of the San Francisco office’s hiring committee
  • Specializes in litigating wage and hour class actions and advising companies on wage and hour compliance issues; has litigated dozens of wage and hour class and PAGA actions
  • J.D. degree, cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center; B.A. degree, cum laude, University of Maryland
  • Can be contacted at 415-288-6356 or [email protected]
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Published 2021
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