In a unanimous opinion, California’s high court found that the state’s wage-and-hour laws don’t endorse a rule that federal courts often apply to excuse businesses’ failure to pay wages for small amounts of time that are difficult to track.
“There is no indication in the text or history of the relevant statutes and Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) wage orders of such adoption” of the so-called “de minimis” doctrine, wrote Justice Goodwin Liu, in a 21-page opinion joined by his six colleagues.
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