9th Circ.’s Chase Ruling To Trigger More PAGA Suits

March 17, 2014 – In The News

Jeffrey D. Polsky was quoted in Law360 article, "9th Circ.’s Chase Ruling To Trigger More PAGA Suits." Full text can be found in the March 17, 2014, article, but a synopsis is noted below.

The Ninth Circuit held last week that an investment services corporation can’t rely on the Class Action Fairness Act to remove wage-and-hour claims brought under California’s Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) to federal court.

The ruling makes it much easier for plaintiffs to control keeping PAGA claims in state court and is likely to drive plaintiffs to file more PAGA claims against employers, according to Jeffrey Polsky.

“If years of reading about multimillion-dollar wage-and-hour settlements didn’t get the point across, this ruling clearly emphasizes the need for employers to make sure they have reviewed their payroll practices and are in compliance with state and federal laws for how to pay employees,” he said.