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Briefs: Around the States

Magazine article HRMagazine

Briefs: Around the States

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For state workplace law developments, visit www.shrm.org/LegalIssues/StateandLocalResources.

CALIFORNIA: CLASS-ACTION RELIEF ALLOWED FOR MANAGERS' UNPAID OVERTIME

The California Court of Appeal reversed an order denying certification of a class of restaurant managers who claimed they were misclassified as exempt employees and denied overtime pay in violation of California law. The court announced that "class-wide relief remains the preferred method of resolving wage and hour claims, even those in which the facts appear to present difficult issues of proof."

MICHIGAN: DETROIT'S PUBLIC PENSIONS MAY BE CUT IN BANKRUPTCY

In the first court decision addressing the issue of pensions in a municipality's bankruptcy, a federal bankruptcy court ruled that the accrued pension benefits of the city of Detroit are merely contractual obligations. Thus, they may be treated like other unsecured contractual debts because federal bankruptcy law pre-empts the Michigan constitutional provision that protects public employees' pensions from being diminished. …

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