Wage and Hour

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta has announced the withdrawal of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) 2015 and 2016 informal guidance on joint employment and independent contractors.

The White House proposes to slash Labor Department funding by nearly 21 percent.

A federal judge approved a $27 million settlement for more than 200,000 current and former California drivers of the Lyft, Inc., an agreement that increases their protection against dismissals but does not resolve their employment status.

In Vaquero v. Stoneledge Furniture, LLC, a California Court of Appeal ruled that hourly employees paid on a commission basis must be separately compensated for their rest periods.

Plaintiff Tanya Vasserman sued her former employer, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital (the Hospital) for violations of the California Labor Code and other statutes relating to meal and rest breaks, unpaid wages, and unpaid overtime compensation. 

Uber Technologies is paying $20 million to settle allegations that it deceived people into driving for its ride-hailing service with false promises about how much they would earn and how much they would have to pay to finance a car.

California employers must provide employees with a work free, uninterrupted rest period for every 4 hours of work (or major fraction thereof, which is defined as 2 hours), or premium pay[1] is owed to the employee.


Apple has been ordered to pay $2 million dollars for allegedly denying some of its retail workers meal breaks, as required by law in California. Four Apple employees filed the lawsuit in 2011, in San Diego.

A Texas judge blocked President Obama's attempt to expand overtime pay to millions of Americans, thereby preventing a key presidential priority just days before it was set to take effect.

Uber has settled two lawsuits brought by drivers who argued they should be classified as employees instead of independent contractors.