Payne & Fears LLP labor and employment litigators have significant experience defending employers against wage and hour violation claims brought individually, collectively, or through class action lawsuits.  We defend employers in administrative and judicial proceedings under federal and state laws governing independent contractor status, entitlement to overtime pay, calculation of overtime pay, payment of vacation, personal and sick pay, and recordkeeping obligations.  Our employment attorneys have expertise with the California Labor Code and Wage Orders, Fair Labor Standards Act, the Davis-Bacon Act, and the Service Contract Act.  We are committed to staying current on court decisions and legislative actions that affect the complex laws governing wage and hour requirements.  James L. Payne, formerly a Deputy Labor Commissioner with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, is one of the leading experts in this practice area.

Class Action Defense

Payne & Fears LLP labor and employment attorneys specialize in defending and defeating multiple plaintiff and class action litigation of wage and hour disputes.  Our seasoned attorneys have successfully guided clients through the most challenging class action litigation and helped them minimize the impact of these cases on their business reputations and operations.  We have a great track record in class action defense, obtaining early dismissals, denials of class certification, defense verdicts and favorable settlements in a wide variety of wage and hour class actions.  When necessary, Payne & Fears LLP has the experience and trial skills to successfully defend employers in administrative and judicial proceedings.

Occupational Safety and Health

Payne & Fears LLP regularly counsels and represents clients with respect to occupational safety and health proceedings.