Alert - The Importance of Documentation

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In a recent California Court of Appeals decision, employers are reminded that a lack of documentation can hinder their ability to defend against an employee claim for additional compensation. In the case of Furry v. East Bay Publishing, LLC, the Court of Appeal held that if an employer fails to keep accurate records of an employee’s work hours, even “imprecise evidence” by the employee “can provide a sufficient basis for damages.” Importantly, the dispute in Furry was with regard to damages, not the underlying wage and hour claim. In Furry, the employee was classified as exempt and, thus, did not track the hours that he worked. The employer did not challenge the ruling of the trial court that found that the employer had failed to prove that Furry was properly classified as exempt. Due...
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