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Hunter Pyle to present at Advanced Wage & Hour Seminar

April 15, 2017

On May 12, 2017, at 12:45 pm, Hunter Pyle will be moderating and speaking on a panel entitled, “Fool’s Errand or Fish in a Barrel?  Piece Rate, Commission, and Trucking Cases in 2017.”  This panel is part of the 2017 Advanced Wage & Hour Seminar presented by the California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA).  The other panelists joining him are Jannah Manansala, of Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld, and Michael Boyamian of the Law Offices of Thomas Falvey.  The panel will explore recent developments in the wage and hour laws that apply to piece rate and commission employees, as well as the threats that such workers face under the Trump Administration.  It will take place in Glendale, California, at the Hilton Glendale.

Hunter Pyle Law sponsors National Lawyers Guild’s 2017 Testimonial Dinner

April 14, 2017

Each year the San Francisco Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild honors lawyers, legal workers, and law students who have dedicated themselves to the struggle for justice.  This year, the Guild is honoring Carpenter & Mayfield and Peter Franck.  We cannot think of anyone who deserves the title of “Champions of Justice” more than these folks.  Congratulations and we look forward to seeing you on April 29, 2017, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Court approves $1.25 million settlement

April 8, 2017

On April 8, 2017, the Alameda County Superior Court granted final approval of a $1.25 million settlement in the case of Kostyuk v. Golden State Overnight, Inc.

This litigation involved two related putative class actions on behalf of approximately 1,435 putative class members.  Kostyuk was filed in Alameda County Superior Court on May 29, 2014.  Melgar was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on July 14, 2015 and was subsequently deemed related to Kostyuk and transferred to Alameda County.

Golden State Overnight Delivery Service, Inc. (“GSO”) is an overnight courier delivery service, serving all of California and select metropolitan areas in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico.  Plaintiffs and the putative class members are current and former non-exempt delivery drivers who were paid on a piece-rate system, i.e. per delivery/stop completed.

The Plaintiffs alleged that each driver starts the workday at an office or “base,” where the driver receives his or her route for the day, scans the packages and loads them into his or her vehicle, maps out the route, and then proceeds on the delivery route.  Drivers often work two routes in the same day.  In such instances, a driver will return to the “base” after completing the first route, load up his or her vehicle with the packages for the second route, and then proceed on the second route.  At the end of the final route of the day, if any packages are undeliverable, or if the driver has picked up a package along the route, the driver will return to the base with the undeliverable packages or the packages that were picked up.  If all packages were delivered successfully and no packages were picked up, then the driver will drive home from his or her last delivery.  Drivers also used their personal vehicles to make deliveries.


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