The Ninth Circuit recently dismissed California minimum wage and overtime claims in a class action brought by drilling platform worker, Brian Newton, against his former employer, Parker Drilling, following the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Parker Drilling Mgmt. Servs. v. Newton, 139 S. Ct. 1881 (2019).

In that case, the Supreme Court determined

The California Supreme Court recently heard the case of Troester v. Starbucks Corporation which could significantly increase employers’ exposure to claims by hourly paid employees for small pre-shift and post-shift tasks that are currently treated as insignificant and not compensable.

The de minimis doctrine, an established defense under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), permits

On January 24, 2012, California employers received a welcome victory regarding commission plans and the commission overtime exemption under Wage Orders 4 and 7. In Muldrow v. Surrex Solutions Corp., (CA4/1 Case No. D057955 1/24/12), the Fourth Appellate District of the Court of Appeal found that employment recruiters were eligible for the California commission

California courts continue to build on the Ninth Circuit’s recent decision regarding the California Learned Professional Exemption.  A California appellate court found a law clerk as exempt from state and federal overtime provisions who had not passed the California Bar Exam but graduated from law school.  Zelasko-Barrett v. Brayton-Purcell, LLP, 2011 Cal. App. LEXIS 1080 (Cal.