Dan Pyne

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Dan Pyne is the Co‑chair of Hopkins & Carley’s Employment & Labor Law Practice and has served as the firm’s Deputy Managing Shareholder since 2009.

Dan’s clients include businesses and executives in the technology, manufacturing, professional services, hospitality and agriculture industries, as well as non-profit organizations. He has served as lead counsel for his clients in both state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels.

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For years, Silicon Valley Middle Market employers have faced a continuing stream of claims alleging that employees have been misclassified as exempt from overtime compensation rules. Most misclassification claims have involved the so-called “white collar” exemptions. Claims alleging misclassification under the inside sales exemption have received less attention than most other claims, but the inside sales exemption is not well understood by many employers, resulting in frequent misclassifications and potential liability. …
Employers who adopt English-only policies in the workplace expose themselves to a risk of claims for discrimination.  Since the circumstances in which an English-only policy might be justified are quite narrow, employers should not adopt such a policy before conferring with counsel, and any such policies should be carefully drafted and narrowly tailored. …
Many California Middle Market employers, especially those in Silicon Valley, utilize independent contractors to fulfill job openings, to generate payroll savings for their businesses, and to avoid the administrative hassles associated with the traditional employment relationship.  Whether a worker can be validly classified as an independent contractor depends on certain legal criteria, however, not merely the desires of the parties.  In the wake of the California Supreme Court’s decision last week in Dynamex Operations West,…
Middle Market employers in Silicon Valley need to be familiar not only with the state minimum wage, but also any local minimum wage laws that may be applicable to them, and on July 1, a few cities, including San Jose, San Francisco and Emeryville, had new minimum wages go into effect: City Minimum Wage San Francisco $14 per hour San Jose $12 per hour Emeryville $14 per hour for employers with 55 or fewer employees;…
Employers in California, especially those in the Middle Market, are all too familiar with the tidal wave of wage and hour litigation they have confronted over the past decade plus – claims alleging misclassification, unpaid overtime, meal period and rest break violations, and pay stub violations, to name just a few.  A new decision from the California Supreme Court addresses claims based on long-ignored Labor Code statutes regarding days of rest.  Although the decision is…
Last fall, California voters approved Proposition 64, legalizing the recreational use of marijuana for persons 21 and older.  In the wake of Proposition 64’s passage, many employers have been puzzled about the impact of the new law upon their human resources practices.  The good news is that Proposition 64 should not have a substantial effect on employers. Our firm recently sent out a client alert that goes into greater detail about what the new law…