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California Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) Reform

by Labor and Employment Group

On July 1, 2024, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation reforming the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). This reform—the most significant amendment of PAGA since its enaction—provides employers with new opportunities in responding to PAGA claims.

As detailed in the attached PAGA Reform Client Alert, the most significant provisions of the reform include: (1) new standing and timing requirements for plaintiffs, (2) caps on penalties, (3) the ability to reduce penalties through good faith compliance and/or curing violations, (4) new opportunities to reach an early resolution, and (5) greater authority for courts to ensure the manageability of PAGA actions. The amendments apply to PAGA actions filed on or after June 19, 2024, unless the underlying PAGA notice was submitted to the Labor Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) and the employer prior to June 19, 2024.