Thursday, June 28, 2018

AHMC Healthcare, Inc. v. Superior Court

AHMC Healthcare, Inc. v. Superior Court (CA2/4 B285655 6/25/18) Wage & Hour/Rounding Time

State law requires employers to pay their employees for all time the employees are at work and subject to the employers’ control.  (Mendiola v. CPS Security Solutions, Inc. (2015) 60 Cal.4th 833, 839.)  The issue in this case is whether an employer’s use of a payroll system that automatically rounds employee time up or down to the nearest quarter hour, and thus provides a less than exact measure of employee work time, violates California law.  In the underlying matter, both employers and employees moved for summary adjudication on the issue, and the trial court denied both motions.  Petitioners AHMC Healthcare, Inc., AHMC, Inc., AHMC Anaheim Regional Medical Center, L.P. (Anaheim), and AHMC San Gabriel Valley Medical Center, L.P. (San Gabriel) sought a writ of mandate directing the trial court to grant its motion, contending they had established as a matter of undisputed fact that their system was neutral on its face and as applied.  We agree the undisputed facts established that petitioners’ system was in compliance with California law.  Accordingly, we grant the writ.

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