California plaintiffs’ lawyers typically bring every type of wage-hour claim they can.  Increasingly, however, they have focused on one type of claim – wage statement violations.

As we have previously written about, bringing class and representative actions under California’s Private Attorneys General Act (“PAGA”) alleging that employers did not fully comply with California’s onerous wage statement laws has become a lucrative practice for the plaintiffs’ bar.  Given the flurry of litigation, it is beneficial for employers that do business in California to review their wage statements to best ensure compliance.

Continue Reading Time Is Money: A Quick Wage-Hour Tip on … Complying with California’s Wage Statement Requirements

In Ward v. Costco Wholesale Corp., No. 11-56757 (9th Cir. Jan. 9, 2014), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that, under certain limited circumstances, deducting a debt from an employee’s final paycheck does not run afoul of federal law or the California Labor Code. However, employers should remain very cautious about making such deductions.
Continue Reading California Opens The Door, Slightly, To Wage Deductions At Termination