California Litigation Avoidance Through Labor Code Compliance

July 16, 2024
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Staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions industry owners, principals, chief executive officers, presidents, branch managers, and recruiting professionals


Recent decisions from the California Supreme Court concerning timekeeping practices, meal period obligations, payroll requirements, and the Private Attorneys General Act have underscored the need for employers in California to follow tightened labor code compliance to avoid costly litigation and potentially significant exposure. In this webinar, Anthony Sbardellati and Nancy Sotomayor of Akerman LLP will provide their recommended best practices to help staffing firms avoid claims from employees for meal period violations, underpayment of wages, and inaccurate wage statements.

Topics of discussion will include the prohibition on time rounding; legally compliant methods for tracking meal periods and hours worked; the use of meal waivers for certain shifts and industries; the proper calculation and use of the regular rate of pay (for overtime, meal premiums, rest premiums, and sick pay); the requirement to pay for time spent on certain pre-assignment training; and the provision of accurate and complete wage statements.

During this webinar, attendees will learn:

  • What the prohibition on time rounding is and legally compliant methods for accurately tracking meal periods and hours worked
  • How to ensure accurate payment for time spent on pre-assignment training
  • Expert recommendations and best practices to enhance California labor code compliance and mitigate the risk of costly litigation


Anthony D. SbardellatiAnthony D. Sbardellati

partner, Akerman LLP

Sbardellati focuses his practice on defending class action, collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and PAGA lawsuits, while also regularly advising clients on compliance with wage, hour, and related laws and regulations. Sbardellati’s practice is particularly focused on the staffing industry, which has given him broad exposure to the multitude of unique issues facing staffing companies on a daily basis. Sbardellati utilizes that knowledge and expertise to develop strategies for effectively defending against pending and threatened claims and to assist his clients with operationalizing best practices to avoid future suits.

Over the course of his career, Sbardellati has represented dozens of staffing companies and other defendants (ranging from privately held family companies to Fortune 100 companies) against all manner of wage and hour lawsuits.

Nancy Sotomayor Nancy Sotomayor

associate, Akerman LLP

Sotomayor represents employers in complex litigation matters involving class actions, collective action under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and PAGA lawsuits. She also regularly advises clients on compliance with wage, hour, and related laws. Sotomayor’s practice is primarily focused on the staffing industry. Sotomayor handles matters in state and federal court as well as in the arbitral forum; she also has trial experience with state and federal agencies, including the U.S. National Labor Relations Board.

Sotomayor has represented employers in wage and hour lawsuits, including claims for alleged failure to pay minimum and overtime wages, failure to provide meal periods, failure to permit rest breaks, failure to provide compliant wage statements, failure to timely pay wages, and other, related labor code claims.

This webinar qualifies for 1.0 hour of CE toward maintaining your ASA credential.

CE 1.0

This program is valid for 1.0 PDC for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®