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227.9 sec. 001 - California Wage and Hour Law (Spring 2022)

Instructor: Randolph Hunter Pyle  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


M 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Law 141
From January 10, 2022
To March 07, 2022

Course Start: January 10, 2022
Course End: March 07, 2022
Class Number: 32022
This course is open to 1Ls.

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 8
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 23
As of: 07/19 11:58 AM

Wage and hour law continues to dominate the employment law landscape in California. In this class, we will read the latest cases, discuss the most recent strategies (for both plaintiffs and defendants), and hear from the leading practitioners.

This class will be as practical and hands-on as possible. We will use fact patterns to learn how to identify wage and hour violations in the real world.

Syllabus Outline
1. Introduction to the course and the role of the class action device in wage and hour case
2. Overtime (OT)
a. Exemptions
b. Exceptions to Exemptions
c. How OT works in CA
3. Compensable Time and Minimum Wage
4. Wage and hour trials
5. Substantive Areas
a. Meal and Rest Periods
b. Vacation Pay
6. Substantive Areas
a. Business Expenses
b. Wage Statements and Forms of Payment
7. PAGA, Arbitration and the Future of W/H Law


The materials will be mainly cases, supplemented with secondary sources. We will provide all of the materials to the students.

Course-Specific Learning Outcomes

Our goal is that students who take this course will be able to:
1. Comprehend both the fundamental tenets of and the cutting-edge trends in California wage and hour law;
2. Apply California wage and hour law to issues that arise in the modern workplace;
3. Formulate meaningful questions in response to specific factual scenarios in order to evaluate which wage and hour laws are implicated by a particular situation; and
4. Analyze the societal impacts of wage and hour law.

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
Exam Length: 4 hours
Course Category: Work Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Social Justice and Public Interest

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