California Supreme Court: Public Employees’ Work-Related Texts and Emails on Private Devices are “Public Records”

According to the California Supreme Court, public employees’ communications about official agency business may be subject to California Public Records Act (CPRA). This extends to communications on personal computers, smartphones, tablets, etc… While this is a case involving a public sector employer and the CPRA, I foresee that it may – and sooner than later…

No Wage-Hour Class Action Where Employees Can Edit Their Own Time Entries?

As many California employers know all too well, wage and hour class actions are on the rise. A quick Google search of any combination of the words “California”, “wage and hour” and “class actions” results in thousands of results, a number of them actual cases involving disgruntled employees seeking millions of dollars from their employers.…

Class Waivers Must Be Arbitrated Individually

The Ninth Circuit recently found unenforceable a class (or “collective”) action waiver requiring employees to arbitrate their claims individually. In other words, requiring class action waivers as a condition of hire or continued employment violates the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The NLRA applies to both unionized and many private, non-unionized workforces and protects covered…