In just the last two years, there has been an explosion in the number of claims being brought against California employers under the state’s Private Attorney General Act (PAGA). The claims typically involve allegations of technical violations of payroll practices and other wage and hour laws, such as the failure to provide duty-free, uninterrupted meal breaks. While such an oversight may seem trivial, because of the existence of “derivative penalties,” the legal exposure from such cases can be significant. In this podcast, Littler Mendelson Senior Shareholder Bruce Sarchet discusses the basics of California’s PAGA, and provides practical suggestions for addressing such claims. In addition, Mr. Sarchet identifies measures employers can take to help avoid such claims in the future.

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