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Mandatory Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements Are Now Prohibited in California

In a recent decision, which affects all employers in California, the Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Morris v. Ernst & Young, LLP, --- F.3d ---- (2016) recently outlawed the use of mandatory class action waivers in arbitration agreements in California.

Employer Best Practices: Why You Should Track Your Exempt Employees' Time

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"), employers must track and record time for non-exempt (i.e., overtime-eligible) employees. To be classified as exempt, the employee's job generally must satisfy both a salary basis test and a duties basis test. Exempt employees generally must be paid on a salary basis, meaning they must be paid a fixed salary pay period. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) enforces regulations that define the salary basis requirement to satisfy the exempt status tests. Exempt, Administrative, Executive, and Professional employees must be paid a predetermined amount each pay period that is at least the minimum weekly salary required by the regulations. The current federal minimum is $455 per week, but will increase to $913 per week on December 1, 2016; however some states require a higher minimum weekly salary to satisfy this test. The amount paid may not be reduced because of a variation in the quality or quantity of the work performed.

My Employees Are Bad Mouthing My Company on Facebook - I Can Fire Them, Right?!

It is becoming increasingly common for disgruntled employees to air their employer's dirty laundry on social media sites like Facebook, and in so doing, publicly share unflattering information about his or her employer that it wants to remain private. For example, an employee might post on Facebook that his "boss is a jerk", that the company treats its clients poorly, or even discriminates against certain classes of employees or customers. In response to an employee's public disclosure on social media of unflattering company information, employers may want to terminate their loose-lipped employees. However, would such a termination be lawful?

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