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Los Angeles Partner J.C. André, co-chair of BCLP’s Appellate & Supreme Court Group, was interviewed Jan. 3 by Law360 concerning a series of forthcoming rulings by the California Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit in employment law battles that could have significant repercussions for employers. In one case, if the state justices side with the workers and conclude that employers must calculate meal-break work the same way they calculate overtime pay, employers could face substantial liability for violations, André noted. Another involving whether break periods may be rounded to the nearest 10-minute increment, André explained, could force employers to change their time-keeping practices. In addition to these and other wage-and-hour cases, André noted a significant pending case in the context of when the statute of limitations begins to run in retaliation cases alleging quid pro quo sexual harassment.

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