What 2021's Top PAGA Rulings Mean For Calif. Employers

By Michael Nader (December 9, 2021, 4:36 PM EST) -- Since the inception of California's Private Attorneys General Act, claims filed pursuant to the statute's provisions have increased more than 1,000%, with the state's Labor and Workforce Development Agency receiving approximately 4,000 PAGA notices each year since 2014.[1] This number is anticipated to grow much higher in 2022.[2]

Fundamental defenses to litigation include that the court lacks jurisdiction because the plaintiff signed an enforceable arbitration agreement, or the plaintiff sued in an improper venue because the venue selected makes it unreasonably expensive and difficult for the employer to defend the action in that county.

But in 2021, California's appellate courts swept...

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