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On April 25, 2017, the City of San Gabriel filed its reply brief in support of its petition for writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court, in the case known as Flores v. City of San Gabriel.  Briefing on the petition is now complete.  It is anticipated that the petition will be considered at the Court’s May 11, 2017 conference, with a ruling on the petition or call for the views of the Solicitor General to follow shortly thereafter.  Art Hartinger, Jon Holtzman, and Kevin McLaughlin from Public Law Group are co-counsel representing the City in the Supreme Court proceedings.

The petition seeks to reverse the Ninth Circuit’s ruling with respect to two issues.  First, the City contends that cash paid to employees in lieu of health benefits contributions should be excluded from the regular rate for purposes of calculating overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Second, the City contends that the Ninth Circuit’s standard for finding a “willful” violation of the FLSA, which increases the statute of limitations from two years to three years, fails to comply with Supreme Court precedent.

The City’s Petition for a Writ of Certiorari is available here. The City’s reply brief is available here.  The amici curiae brief filed by the International Municipal Lawyers Association, International Public Management Association for Human Resources, National Public Employer Labor Relations Association, National School Boards Association, California State Association of Counties, League of California Cities, and California Special Districts Association in support of the City’s petition is available here.  The amici curiae brief filed by the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America and the National Federation of Independent Business in support of the City’s petition is available here.

For more information contact Jon Holtzman (, (415-678-3807), Art Hartinger (,510-995-5805), or Kevin McLaughlin ( 510-995-5806)