Employment arbitration agreements have become commonplace among employers’ personnel documents. However, some unintended consequences can result when arbitration agreement provisions are contained within an employee handbook. This is because most employee handbooks contain provisions to ensure that the employment policies contained therein are not construed as binding agreements. As such, it is important to distinguish policies from agreements.
Dealership asset sales commonly involve the termination by the seller of its employees at closing, and the rehiring of the employees by the buyer. Depending on the number of affected employees, both federal and state law may impose prior notification requirements on the seller, failing which the seller could be hit with substantial financial damages and penalties.
California Supreme Court decision exposes employers to liability for unpaid overtime on flat sum bonuses
Published on Tue, 03/06/2018 - 9:51am
Yesterday, the California Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeal deciding the issue of how overtime pay must be calculated for flat sum bonuses, such as flat bonuses for working on a weekend. Unfortunately, its Alvarado v. Dart Container Corp. opinion presents bad news for employers and dealers that have been paying overtime by dividing such bonus by all hours worked to determine a regular rate of pay, and then multiplying by 0.5 to determine the overtime premium rate for such bonus.
The article Auto Dealers Should Note FTC’s Deceptive Ad Actionswas recently featured in Law360. Written by Scali Rasmussen attorneys Christian Scali, Melanie Cliff and Monica Baumann, the article discusses recent actions by the FTC against auto dealers who deceive consumers by switching languages.
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The Labor Commissioner’s Office recently updated its FAQs on the subject of rest breaks to provide further clarification and guidance on some nuances that employers may overlook. We already know the basics—that employers must authorize and permit non-exempt employees to take a rest break of at least net ten consecutive minutes for each four hours worked, or major fraction thereof, and that the break must, insofar as practicable, be taken in the middle of each work period. However, the FAQs illuminate a few other issues.
A little-noticed change in the tax bill recently signed in to law will affect how employers resolve sexual harassment claims against them. Section 13307 of the tax bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to provide that no individual may deduct a “settlement or payment related to sexual harassment or sexual abuse if such settlement or payment is subject to a nondisclosure agreement.” It also prohibits the deduction of attorney’s fees related to any such payment.