We are extremely pleased to present the twelfth episode in the After Hours series of Legal Alert video podcasts hosted by Los Angeles Arent Fox partner Harry Johnson. After Hours examines general employment law and labor-management issues, especially in California, and their significance for in-house counsel and human resources professionals, all with a humorous twist. Harry has been awarded recognition by The Daily Journal as one of the Top Labor and Employment Attorneys in California.

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Employers attempting to follow California’s stringent overtime standards often seek to make employee overtime costs more predictable as part of their business planning. Here, Harry discusses a case that helps employers meet that goal. In this episode, Harry covers Arechiga v. Dolores Press, 192 Cal. App. 4th 567 (2011), review denied April 27, 2011, and how it clarified the law permitting explicit mutual wage agreements – agreements that provide for a fixed amount of overtime pay covering the workweek of a non-exempt employee. Harry discusses how to meet the Arechiga standards in California, to the ultimate benefit of both employers and employees in today’s uncertain economic climate. Harry concludes by reminding employers that they will also need to comply with federal rules on wage agreements.