16 Oct

PAGA Victory for Employers in the California Supreme Court

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The California Supreme Court issued a monumental opinion that reduces the incentive to bring Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”)[1] actions against employers. Employees have been suing under PAGA for civil penalties and unpaid wages to avoid arbitration and class certification. Significantly, the California Supreme Court ruled on September 12, 2019, in ZB N.A. v. Superior Court (Lawson), that employees may no longer seek unpaid wages under PAGA.[2] Because of this ruling, employees who wish to …

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14 Jun

California Supreme Court Tolls Death-Knell on Independent Contractor Classifications

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California Supreme Court Tolls Death-Knell on Independent Contractor Classifications By: Carrie Battilega Luetzow, Special Counsel for Andrews Lagasse Branch + Bell LLP To curtail the number of misclassified independent contractors, the California Supreme Court recently adopted a new test for determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor for purposes of the Califoria wage orders.   In a landmark case, Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles, No. S222732 …

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