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Complying With California Wage and Hour Laws

OnDemand Webinar (63 minutes)

Stay in compliance with California wage and hour law and avoid costly penalties and litigation.California wage and hour law is notoriously complicated and the source of many headaches, particularly in the COVID-19 era. Failure to strictly comply with these laws can lead to steep penalties and costly litigation, including class actions and representative actions under the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). This topic will provide an overview of some of the essentials for staying in compliance with California wage and hour law, including regarding expense reimbursement requirements, meal and rest break laws, and various wage payment issues. The information will provide an update on recent legal developments, outline some of the most common mistakes employers make under California law, and lay out practical solutions to mitigate risk moving forward.


Philip Baldwin, Littler Mendelson P.C.



• Why Is It so Important to Maintain Compliance With Wage and Hour Law in California?

- More Wage and Hour Class Actions Are Filed in California Than Anywhere Else

- The California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) Allows Plaintiffs to Collect Exorbitantly High Penalties on Behalf of the State; PAGA Claims Cannot Be Compelled Into Individual Arbitration

- Wage and Hour Law in the State Can Get Very Complex, and Even Small or Innocent Mistakes Can Lead to Substantial Liability

Expense Reimbursement Issues

• What Kinds of Employee Expenses Need to Be Reimbursed?

• How Should an Employer Decide Upon a Monetary Amount to Reimburse (e.g., for Phone and Internet Bills)?

• Common Expense Reimbursement Issues During the COVID-19 Pandemic/Work From Home Era

Meal and Rest Break Requirements

• What Are the Basic Meal and Rest Break Requirements in California?

• What Is the Impact of the Recent California Supreme Court Decision in Donohue v. Amn Services, LLC?

• Best Practices for Recording Breaks

Unpaid Wage Issues

• What Standard Defines Compensable Work Time in California?

• So, What Must Be Paid for? Travel Time? COVID-19 Testing Time? Training Time? etc.

• Best Practices in Recording Work Time, and Common Employer Mistakes

Other Key Wage and Hour Developments in California

• California's Strict New Independent Contractor Laws

• Legislative Developments

Relatively Easy Ways to Reduce Risk

• Arbitration Agreements - They Won't Eliminate PAGA Cases but They Will Eliminate the Threat of Costly Class Actions

• Review Your Wage Statements for Compliance - Basic Mistakes on Wage Statements Can Cause Substantial Liability

• Policies Should Be Reviewed for Compliance - Don't Let a Decade Pass Before Revising Your Handbooks, as the Law Is Constantly Changing in California