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Navigating California’s Wage-and-Hour Laws Calls for Planning, Precision

December 01, 2014

By RAYMOND W. BERTRAND & BLAKE R. BERTAGNA

As with an aircraft whose slightest deviation can result in a costly misdirection, a seemingly minor violation of California wage and hour law can result in significant liability for employers, Paul Hastings attorneys Raymond W. Bertrand and Blake R. Bertagna say in this BNA Insights article. No jurisdiction presents a more dangerous landscape for wage-andhour liability than California, where employees have a host of rights without federal counterparts, they say. This article highlights five common technical payroll violations that can have costly consequences for California employers, including the new Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act. The California Labor Code and the Industrial Welfare Commission’s Wage Orders provide employees a host of additional individual rights with no federal counterparts, the authors say. They warn that some of the most dangerous traps lie in highly technical requirements.

Reproduced with permission from Daily Labor Report, 227 DLR I-1, 11/25/2014. Copyright 2014 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033)

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Blake R Bertagna
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Raymond W Bertrand
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