August 2004

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California approves bounty hunter law

California has enacted a bounty hunter law, also referred to as the "sue your boss" law, which allows current and former employees to sue their employers for any violations of the California Labor Code (CLC)—and employees have hundreds of provisions from which to choose, trivial and not-so-trivial, when looking for a lawsuit.

If you are based in California, following are some vulnerabilities to watch for:

  • Hours—Understand the many CLC provisions with regard to break and lunch time periods, overtime pay and more

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  • Exempt/nonexempt—You will not necessarily be seen as complying with CLC wage and hour provisions just because you comply with the revised Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • Pay—If you miss listing any of the nine required categories on an employee's pay stub, you could be held liable.

  • Notice and postings—Make sure you follow CLC provisions for notices, including where and how to make them, as well as keep them up-to-date.

  • Recordkeeping—Keep records organized, and pay attention to CLC's provisions dictating the location and length of time records and documents should be...

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