July 2009


This month a number of former Home Depot assistant managers filed a class-action lawsuit against Home Depot for failing to pay overtime wages at its Illinois stores. The lawsuit alleges that Home Depot wrongly classified the assistant managers as exempt employees in order to require them to work more hours. The lawsuit seeks compensation for unpaid wages in addition to punitive damages.


Federal Minimum Wage Increase on July 24, 2009

While the federal Minimum Wage will increase to $7.25 on July 24, 2009, employers here in Humboldt County must still pay the higher California state minimum wage of $8.00 per hour.  Employers also must post both the federal minimum wage poster, entitled "Employee Rights Under the Fair Labor Standards Act,” and the California Minimum Wage Official Notice, called "California Minimum Wage


Protecting the Rights of Bicyclists

As more members of our community bicycle to work, school, and for exercise, there's been an unfortunate increase in fatalities and serious injuries to bicyclists.  Many motorists do not realize that bicyclists have the same rights under the California Vehicle Code to occupy the roadway as does a motor vehicle.  Further, many motorists are inattentive and even unaware of the presence of bicyclists on the roadway.