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Northern District Rejects Stay of Meal and Rest Break Action Pending California Supreme Court’s Decision in Brinker v. Superior Court

In Meal and Rest Breaks, Stay on October 11, 2010 at 6:56 am
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The Northern District rejected defendant’s motion for stay of a meal and rest break action where the primary focus of complaint was unrelated to the break claims.  Murphy v. J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., No. C 10-01568 WHA, 2010 WL 3911786 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 5, 2010) (slip op.).  Defendant J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc., moved to stay a case alleging three claims for discrimination and one claim for nonpayment of wages for regular meal-and-rest periods.  Id. *1.  Defendant’s stay motion sought a stay pending the resolution of a case pending before the California Supreme Court, Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court, 196 P.3d 216 (Oct. 22, 2008), in which the court will decide whether the California Labor Code requires employers to affirmatively ensure that employees take rest and meal breaks. Id.

The court recited the standard for a stay of federal court proceedings as follows:

The proponent of a stay bears the burden of establishing its need. Clinton v. Jones, 520 U.S. 681, 708 (1997). Read the rest of this entry »


Ninth Circuit Amends Narayan v. EGL, Weakening Language Re Effect of Contracts Acknowledging Independent Contractor Status

In Employee/Independent Contractor on August 6, 2010 at 5:57 pm
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Significantly, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday amended its opinion in Narayan v. EGL, Inc., — F.3d —-, 2010 WL 3035487 (9th Cir. July 13, 2010).  The Court had written that “The fact that the Drivers here had contracts ‘expressly acknowledging that they were independent contractors‘ is simply not significant under California’s test of employment.”

The Court replaced this holding with “That the Drivers here had contracts ‘expressly acknowledging that they were independent contractors’ is simply not dispositive under California’s test of employment.”


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