As employers seek to avoid substantial exposure for alleged violations of wage and hour laws, including the continuing flood of class actions, many are asking outside counsel to review or audit their pay practices so that any problems can be fixed to minimize such risks. In a welcome development, the California Supreme Court recently rejected an effort to force an employer to disclose the results of such a review to managers who had sued, affirming that such advice is protected by the attorney-client privilege.

For more information on this recent ruling, please see the following client alert.