Slay the wage-and-hour dragon before it breathes class-action fire

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by Beth A. Gunn and Jack S. Sholkoff, Esqs., Ogletree Deakins, Los Angeles

Employers increasingly understand the financial burden of defending wage-and-hour class-action lawsuits—not to mention possible settlement payments or damages following un­­suc­­cessful attempts to defend those suits. As a result, they’re increasingly willing to spend time and resources on avoiding lawsuits in the first place.

There are some practical steps you can take to dodge the threat of a costly class-action lawsuit:

  • Use arbitration agreements that include class-action waivers.
  • Update meal and rest break policies and practices to comply with recent guidance from the Cali­­for­­­­nia Supreme Court.
  • Revise work and timekeeping policies and practices to avoid potential liability.
  • Review payroll policies, practices and paystubs for legal compliance.

In addition to the more specific advice outlined below, all employers with employees in California...(register to read more)

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