June 29, 2022 - Wage and Hour

Drug Tests and Attorney's Fees

This week, the Ninth Circuit addresses the employment status of job applicants made to take drug tests and the availability of an award of attorney’s fees under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(d). JOHNSON V. WINCO FOODS The Court holds that job applicants to supermarket …›

April 8, 2022 - Wage and Hour

Paying Employees in Cryptocurrency: Is That Lawful?

In recent years, more consumers, merchants, and financial institutions have accepted cryptocurrency as a form of payment for everyday products and services. Last November, mayors of two major U.S. cities signaled what may be the next phase of cryptocurrency’s melding into the mundane, when …›

July 22, 2021 - Wage and Hour

Offshore Occupation

This week, the Ninth Circuit resolves a split among trial courts about the application of California labor laws on drilling platforms on the Outer Continental Shelf. IAFETA MAUIA v. PETROCHEM INSULATION, INC. The Court holds that California labor laws requiring meal and rest breaks do …›

Another Round of New California Employment Laws

With the New Year rapidly approaching, employers should prepare for the flurry of new California employment legislation. The recent legislation presents new compliance challenges and requirements for California employers, including obligations related to the ongoing pandemic, reinforcing or expanding leave protections, wage and hour …›