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Samuel S. Hyde is a member of the Labor & Employment and Litigation practices in Greenberg Traurig's Sacramento office. He assists clients with general labor & employment and general litigation matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Samuel served as a law clerk for the Honorable Dale A. Drozd for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, where he worked on a variety of civil cases including trade secret matters, employment disputes, property disputes, breaches of contract, civil rights, and habeas.

Sam has also acted as Special Counsel to the General Counsel for the National Security Agency (NSA). He provided legal and policy advice in direct support to NSA’s General Counsel. He drafted formal and informal legal briefings, defending the Agency’s positions in the interagency process, to Congress, and to the public. Through his work at NSA, Sam obtained a top-secret security clearance with access to sensitive compartmented information.

When an employee termination is on the table, employers know that a supporting investigation is important, as we recently discussed on GT’s The Performance Review podcast, available here. A
Continue Reading What You Think You Know Can Hurt You: A Cautionary Tale About Internal Investigations.

Yesterday, the California Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in Kim v. Reins International California, Inc. and unanimously reversed the California Court of Appeal. The Court held an employee does not lose standing to pursue claims under the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (“PAGA”), Cal. Lab. Code § 2698 et seq., even when that employee settles his individual Labor Code claims asserted in that same action.

In Reins, the plaintiff claimed his employer had misclassified him as an exempt employee. He alleged the usual panoply of Labor Code claims (failure to pay overtime, failure to provide meal and rest breaks, failure to provide accurate wage statements, waiting time penalties) and sought civil penalties under the PAGA. The plaintiff later settled all of his individual claims, but not the PAGA claims.
Continue Reading PAGA Plaintiffs: No Injury, No Problem, Says Unanimous California Supreme Court