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How The Apple Class Certification Ruling Affects All Tech Companies

By Ian Carleton Schaefer, Meg Thering and Gregg Settembrino[1]

The unrelenting wave of wage and hour suits continues to roll through the high-tech industry.

On July 21, 2014, in Felczer v. Apple Inc., Judge Ronald S. Prager of the Superior Court of California granted class certification as to a class of  approximately 21,000 current and former Apple retail and corporate employees on claims alleging Apple failed to provide timely meal and rest breaks as required under California Law. The California Labor Code, with a few exceptions, requires employers to provide non-exempt employees with 30-minute unpaid and … Continue Reading

Hot Topic for Summer: How to Handle Unpaid Internships

By: Michelle Capezza and Ian Carleton Schaefer

Our colleagues have a new post on the Retail Labor and Employment Law blog that will help many of our readers at this time of year: “Summer’s Coming! How to Handle Unpaid Internships,” by Jeffrey Landes, Susan Gross Sholinsky, and Nancy L. Gunzenhauser.

Following is an excerpt:

A hot topic for every summer – but particularly this summer – is the status of unpaid interns. You are probably aware that several wage and hour lawsuits have been brought regarding the employment status of unpaid interns, particularly in the entertainment and publishing … Continue Reading

5 Employment Law Considerations in “The Cloud”

By Ian Carleton Schaefer

The newest issue of Take 5 is online, featuring contributions from Michelle Capezza, Nancy Gunzenhauser, Marshall Jackson Jr., Brandon Ge, Gregg Settembrino, and myself, colleagues in our firm’s Technology, Media, and Telecommunications (TMT) Strategic Industry Group.

In this issue, we cover employment issues in “The Cloud”:

  1. Solving Rainy Day Problems While It’s Only Partly Cloudy: Wage and Hour Concerns
  2. PHI in the Cloud: HIPAA, Data Privacy, and Data Security
  3. The Cloud, the Evolving Role of the CIO, and the Increasing Importance of Attracting and Retaining Key IT Talent
  4. The Cloud Keeps Following Me: Jurisdictional Challenges
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New York Labor Law Significantly Expands the Scope of Permissible Wage Deductions

by Jeffrey M. Landes, William J. Milani, Susan Gross Sholinsky, Dean L. Silverberg, Anna A. Cohen, and Jennifer A. Goldman

New York State has finally codified its position on permissible deductions from employees’ wages. On November 6, 2012, an amendment to New York’s Labor Law (“Labor Law”) will take effect. The amendment expands the list of employee wage deductions that New York employers may lawfully make, so long as the employee authorizes such deductions.

On September 7, 2012, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the legislation that he introduced, which amends Labor Law Section 193 … Continue Reading

Epstein Becker Green Launches First-of-Its-Kind App: Wage & Hour Guide for Employers

We are pleased to announce that Epstein Becker Green’s first app – Wage & Hour Guide for Employers – is now available for download in the App Store on iTunes, for both iPhones and iPads.  You can find this complimentary app by searching for “Wage Hour” or accessing the following http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wage-hour-guide/id500292238?mt=8&ls=1.

The Wage & Hour Guide app enables employers to access up-to-date federal wage and hour guidelines as well as various state guidelines, which can differ by jurisdiction. In addition, users can obtain insights and commentary about the latest wage and hour developments and issues by accessing this blog directly through … Continue Reading

Proposed Legislation May Expand the Scope of the Computer Employee Exemption [Wage & Hour Defense Blog]

Our colleagues Douglas Weiner and Meg Thering at Epstein Becker Green recently posted the following on the Wage & Hour Defense Blog:

On October 20, 2011, the Computer Professionals Update Act (“the CPU Act”) – one of the first potential pieces of good news for employers this year – was introduced in the U.S. Senate. If passed, the CPU act would expand the computer employee exemption of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). S. 1747.

Unlike much of the other legislation affecting employers that has been proposed or passed this year, the CPU Act would make business easier

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