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March 25, 2024

More Than 120 Non-Profits, Disability Advocates, Health Providers and Small Businesses Join Fix PAGA Coalition to Reform California’s Broken Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA)

A broad and growing coalition of more than 120 organizations and businesses including non-profits, community and disability advocates, large and small businesses and others across California have joined the Fix PAGA coalition to reform California’s lawsuit-first Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), which is enriching lawyers at the expense of California workers, nonprofits, small businesses and employers. READ MORE

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March 23, 2024

Opinion: California Business Community Plagued by Trial Lawyers’ Exploitation of Regulatory Laws

Last year, California was ranked as the third worst “Judicial Hellhole” in the United States, according to the American Tort Reform Association’s 2023-2024 Report.  California’s business community is plagued by many regulatory issues, from rampant Proposition 65 litigation to the exploitation of the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  These legal frameworks, originally […] READ MORE

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February 26, 2024

Opinion: Legislature Should End PAGA Lawsuits

It is safe to say that no one likes getting threatened with lawsuits, especially small-business owners. Over and over, trial lawyers have been aggressively utilizing the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) to sue businesses for any alleged, minor labor infraction. The law was created more than 20 years ago and has been a complete and […] READ MORE

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February 15, 2024

Business, labor fight over California law few know about

Business and labor are gearing up to go head-to-head on Californians’ ballots again — this time over a consequential 20-year-old state labor law you’ve probably never heard of.  The two sides released dueling reports this week extolling the virtues, or sins, of the state’s Private Attorneys General Act, which major employers’ groups such as the […] READ MORE

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February 14, 2024

New Report by Former Leaders of California Labor and Worker Protection Agencies Finds State’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) is Too Slow to Resolve Employee Claims and Too Little Compensation Goes to Workers

Today the Fix PAGA coalition released a groundbreaking new report by former leaders of the state’s Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA), Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) and the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), which found that employee labor claims filed under California’s lawsuit-first Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) take twice as long […] READ MORE

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January 24, 2024

Let’s Make a Deal: PAGA

THE PROPOSAL: A business-backed ballot initiative would dismantle the Private Attorneys General Act by removing its powerful private right of action, which allows workers to sue both for back wages and civil penalties on behalf of themselves, other employees and the state of California — with their lawyers typically getting a healthy chunk. It would […] READ MORE