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CAUTION: Do Not Have Your Employees Do Any Company Related Chores After They Clock Out.

September 1st, 2021|Uncategorized|

Employer Screenings and the FLSA

A reloaded version of Frlekin v. Apple, Inc. (see our prior blog below on that federal case) has recently been filed in San Diego Federal Court—but this new case has a dash of Covid-19 thrown into the mix to spice things up.

In Pipich v. O’Reilly Auto Parts, former O’Reilly employee Jeffrey Pipich has sued the auto parts company for unpaid time spent in employer-mandated screenings. The lawsuit is a proposed nationwide class action claiming O’Reilly should have paid workers at its twenty-eight distribution centers […]

PG&E Can’t Bury Its Head in the Sand

August 10th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Last month PG&E announced plans to bury over 10,000 miles of power lines in an effort to prevent wildfires. The cost, to be shouldered by customers, is at least $15 to $30 billion.  This announcement means PG&E is out of the frying pan and even further into the fire.

The company admits it had not intended to disclose the plan for several more months, however PG&E is “under fire” for the Dixie blaze. This newest disaster was sparked by a downed tree on a PG&E line in Butte County.  This is […]

Clean Water vs. Plastics Production, a Balancing Act

August 4th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Just before the 4th of July, The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  The lawsuit is based upon the EPA’s approval of a Clean Water Act covering stormwater discharges for thousands of industrial facilities countrywide.

The lawsuit faults the Clean Water Act’s failure to protect the public, waterways, animals, and critical habitats from plastic and other forms of pollution discharged through industrial stormwater.  An attorney involved in the lawsuit claims the EPA simply reissued its 2015 permit and […]

Be Aware Of The Exclusions In Your Insurance Policy! Delivery and Takeout During the Pandemic Might Have Saved Insurers’ Bacon!

June 22nd, 2021|Uncategorized|

Mark’s Engine Co. No. 28 and Restaurant 10E, two southern California eateries, filed COVID-19 business interruption lawsuits last year in Federal Court in the Central District of California. The restaurants argued that the virus exclusions on their Travelers insurance policies’ were not applicable to the restaurants’ claims, because the restaurants never detected any COVID-19 at the restaurants.

Travelers responded that their policies cover only “direct physical loss of or damage to property”, such as when a fire or plumbing leak damages the insured property, resulting in an interruption of business operations.  […]