California Labor &
Employment Law Blog
Dec 14, 2010

Court Issues Favorable Decision on Executive and Administrative Exemptions

Topics: Court Decisions, Wage & Hour Issues

California employers litigating wage cases involving alleged misclassification of employees have a new and favorable published case in their arsenal. In Taylor v. United Parcel Service, Inc., a California Court of Appeal rejected a UPS supervisor's claims that he was improperly classified as an exempt employee and should have instead been paid overtime and ensured meal and rest breaks. The court held, as a matter of law, that the employee qualified for both the administrative and executive exemptions from overtime laws. The court further held that the employee did not have sufficient evidence to support his claims to even warrant a trial on the issues.

The Taylor case contains a lot of good language on issues pertinent to the administrative and executive exemptions, including issues surrounding authority to hire and fire (as pertains to the executive exemption) and the administrative/production worker dichotomy (as pertains to the administrative exemption). Notably, the court rejected a strict application of the administrative/production worker dichotomy as a bar to a finding of administratively exempt status.

Although the Taylor case is a positive decision for California employers on exempt/non-exempt issues, employers are still cautioned to carefully review their exempt classifications because the wage and hour litigation flood continues in California.

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Robin Largent has a regular presence in California state and federal courts and has been lead defense counsel and appellate counsel for large and small California employers in litigation (and arbitration) ranging from individual discrimination and harassment claims to complex wage and hour representative and class actions. She also leads the firm’s appellate practice, having substantial experience and success handling appeals, writ petitions, and amicus briefs in both state and federal court on issues such as class certification (particularly in the wage and hour arena), manageability and due process concerns associated with class action trials, exempt/non-exempt misclassification issues, meal and rest break compliance, trade secret/unfair competition matters, and the scope of federal court jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act.
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