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California District Court Tentatively Approves $5.7 Million Dollar Settlement for Improperly Disclosed Pre-Employment Credit Checks

Aceves, Jr., et al. v. AutoZone, Inc., Case No. 5:14-cv-02032, alleges violations of the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), the California Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies Act (“CCRAA”), and the California Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (“ICRAA”), all stemming from allegations that AutoZone improperly used credit checks during its hiring process. Specifically, the plaintiffs (a…

201605.20
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New FLSA Rule to Give Over Four Million Workers the Right to Overtime Pay

The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) sets the minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and other standards for employment across the nation. Though states may expand those rights and provide greater protections for their citizens, the FLSA sets the baseline standard that all employers (both public and private) must adhere to. On May 18, 2016, the…

California Supreme Court Rules Employers Cannot Force Their Employees to Stand All Day When Their Tasks and Workstations Reasonably Allow Them to Take a Seat
201604.11
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California Supreme Court Rules Employers Cannot Force Their Employees to Stand All Day When Their Tasks and Workstations Reasonably Allow Them to Take a Seat

The California Industrial Welfare Commission (“IWC”) regulates working conditions, working hours, and wages for specific industries via its published Wage Orders. One such regulation requires employers to provide employees “with suitable seats when the nature of the work reasonably permits the use of seats.” See IWC Wage Orders 1-13 and 15, Section 14(A), and IWC…

SEC Sends Message to Employers: Confidentiality Agreements That Silence Potential Whistleblowers are Prohibited
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SEC Sends Message to Employers: Confidentiality Agreements That Silence Potential Whistleblowers are Prohibited

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) relies heavily on whistleblowers to report potential securities law violations. Insider knowledge of the circumstances and individuals involved allows the SEC to identify fraud and other potential violations much earlier than might otherwise be possible. So, when Houston-based global technology and engineering firm KBR Inc. (“KBR”) attempted to silence…

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Lawsuit Filed Against Emerging Worldwide Tech Company Alleges Company Operates Business, in part, on Employees’ Credit

San Diego (November 7, 2014) – MediaTek, Inc., based in Taiwan, is one of the fastest-growing chip design companies in the world, specializing in semiconductors used in cell phones, televisions, and other electronic devices. It rivals local giant, Qualcomm, and counts amongst its customers companies such as Lenovo, Sharp, and Acer. In its quest for…