The Reform Of California’s Wage And Hour Laws: An Analysis Of AB 60

The Reform Of California’s Wage And Hour Laws: An Analysis Of AB 60


Author: Richard J. Simmons
Publisher: Castle Publications
Edition: Fourth
ISBN: 0943178282
Pages: Over 210
Format: Print only


On July 20, 1999, Governor Davis signed landmark wage-hour legislation, AB 60, into law. The new legislation, which is called the “Eight-Hour-Day Restoration and Workplace Flexibility Act of 1999,” will have a major impact on virtually all California employers. In addition to reinstating the daily overtime provisions of California law, the legislation creates other overtime standards, changes the exemption rules and establishes new rules regarding “alternative workweek schedules,” meal periods, sick leave, personal liability, a citation system, and numerous other novel requirements. It is the most significant wage-hour legislation in over 20 years.

In this publication, Attorney Richard J. Simmons of the law firm Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP. reviews the new legislation in a concise and understandable manner. The publication reviews AB 60’s new rules including:

  • Overtime Rules
  • Alternative Work Schedule Rules
  • Salary Basis Rules
  • Makeup Time Standards
  • Citation System
  • Sample Make-Up Time Form & Policy
  • Final IWC Rules
  • Sample Time Card Verifications
  • Sick Leave Rules – AB 109
  • Exemption Standards
  • Personal Liability Standards
  • Meal Period Standards
  • Union Employee Changes
  • Professional Exemption Rules
  • DLSE Enforcement Policies
  • Meal And Rest Period Penalties

About The Author

Richard J. Simmons is a Partner in the law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP in Los Angeles. He represents employers in various employment law matters involving litigation throughout the country and general advice regarding state and federal wage and hour laws, employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, employee discipline and termination, employee benefits, affirmative action, union representation proceedings, and arbitrations. Mr. Simmons received his B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts, where he was a Commonwealth Scholar and graduated in the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He received his J.D. from Berkeley Law at the University of California at Berkeley where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Industrial Relations Law Journal, now the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law.


Mr. Simmons argued the only case before the California Supreme Court that produced a victory for employers and business in 2018. He was recently recognized as the Labor and Employment Attorney of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal and was inducted into the Employment Lawyers Hall of Fame. He has lectured nationally on wage and hour, employment discrimination, wrongful termination, and other employment and labor relations matters. He is a member of the National Advisory Board to the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, published by Berkeley Law at the University of California at Berkeley. He was also appointed by the California Industrial Welfare Commission as a member of three Minimum Wage Boards for the State of California.