WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CALSAVERS: CALIFORNIA’S RETIREMENT PAYROLL DEDUCTION PROGRAM FOR EMPLOYEES
- Written by Manuel Ignacio
Beginning on June 30 of this year, most California employers who do not offer an employer-sponsored retirement savings plan will need to register with the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program. The new program, referred to as “CalSavers,” is designed to help California employees set aside money for retirement. However, the program does not create any new costs for employers and employees can choose to opt out of the program if they wish.
- Written by Adrian Hoppes
The Ninth Circuit affirmed a $54.6 million jury verdict for truck drivers who said Walmart violated California wage and hour laws including failure to pay minimum wage for layovers, rest breaks and inspections as a matter of law. The majority of the damages awarded in this case rested on whether Walmart exercised control over its employees’ off duty time, a significant question that has been litigated in several contexts in recent years. This case is another reminder that employers who exercise even minimum control over employees during off duty hours could face hefty awards from a jury for unpaid wages. In the present case, the Court held that Walmart exercised enough control over truck drivers during their off duty periods that it was tantamount to working hours. Ridgeway v. Walmart Inc., DBA Wal-Mart Transportation LLC. (2020).