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Paul M. Huston

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Paul Huston is an attorney in the firm’s employment labor and benefits practice group. His practice focuses on labor and employment litigation and general commercial litigation. Paul has a wide range of experience handling both single plaintiff and class action lawsuits, covering issues from wrongful termination, sexual harassment, and disability discrimination, to wage and hour class actions involving thousands of class members. Paul also has significant experience in contract formation and defense, including independent contractor agreements, arbitration agreements, and class action waivers. Paul advises both individuals and companies prior to the commencement of litigation and throughout all stages of litigation, including trial, in both state and federal courts.

Prior to joining Mintz, Paul worked as an associate at a prominent, San Diego–based law firm. There he advised individuals and companies through all stages of litigation, and recommended best practices to employers.

Education

  • Pepperdine University (JD)
  • Purdue University (BA)

Recognition & Awards

  • Best Lawyers of America Ones to Watch - Litigation - Labor and Employment (2021)

Languages

- Spanish

Recent Insights

News & Press

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The cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Jose have each adopted paid sick leave measures to assist workers not covered by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act during the COVID-19 crisis.
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Late Thursday evening California Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-33-20 (the “Order”), which directs all California residents to stay home in light of the developing COVID-19 public health crisis. The Order states that except as necessary to continue the operations of businesses in the 16 “Critical Infrastructure” industries, all residents should leave their residence only as necessary for food or medical needs.
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As part of the continuing effort to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Newsom has issued an Executive Order temporarily modifying the California WARN Act requirements for employers engaging in mass layoffs.
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Judge Kimberly Mueller of the District Court for the Eastern District of California today granted Plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction against AB 51. Judge Mueller indicated in her order that she would issue a detailed ruling explaining her decision at a later date, but for now, the State of California is prohibited from enforcing California’s ban on the arbitration of employment claims. Stay tuned for a more detailed analysis following Judge Mueller’s upcoming written decision.
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California Supreme Court Delivers PAGA Win for Employers

September 13, 2019 | Blog | By Paul Huston

In a significant victory for California employers who use arbitration agreements, the California Supreme Court ruled (ZB, N.A. et al. v. Superior Court of San Diego County, S246711 (September 12, 2019)) that the recovery of underpaid wages was not a civil penalty recoverable under the Private Attorney General Act, Labor Code section 2699 et seq. (“PAGA”), and that claims seeking such recovery were indeed subject to individual arbitration in accordance with Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles LLC (2014) 59 Cal.4th 348.
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The Bubbler

The Bubbler - February 2019

February 19, 2019 | Blog | By Audrey Nguyen, Paul Huston

January ushered in many new developments across many employment law compliance categories. We hope this summary will help you keep track of the changes most relevant for you.
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The Bubbler – September 2018

September 12, 2018 | Blog | By Paul Huston

Welcome to this month’s edition of the Bubbler! Now that fall is fast approaching we’re refreshing your memory of some key recent developments as we head into the new season:
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California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law A.B. 2770, creating new protections for employers, witnesses, and complainants from defamation lawsuits related to making, assisting, or discussing good-faith sexual harassment claims and investigations.
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The Bubbler - May 2018

May 7, 2018 | Blog | By Paul Huston

The California Supreme Court issued an important decision this week addressing the test for whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee.  The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a Seventh Circuit decision upholding an employer’s rule that a months-long leave of absence was not a reasonable accommodation.
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New Guidance on the Equal Pay Act

April 24, 2018 | Blog | By Paul Huston

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an important decision last week in Rizo v. Yovino, holding that an employer may not use an employee’s prior salary history to justify gender pay disparity under the federal Equal Pay Act. Aileen Rizo was hired as a school teacher in Fresno County in 2009.
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News & Press

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On August 26, the Delaware Chancery Court granted partial summary judgement in favor of Alphatec Holdings, Inc. (Alphatec), a medical device company dedicated to revolutionizing the approach to spine surgery, and its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Patrick Miles, in litigation brought against Mr. Miles and Alphatec by competitor, NuVasive, Inc. based on any claims that Mr. Miles breached the non-competition and employee non-solicitation provisions in his employment agreement with NuVasive.

Banning the Box

May 29, 2018

This feature article discusses a California state law aiming to help those with a criminal record secure employment opportunities by changing how companies vet employment applications. Mintz’s Paul Huston is quoted in the piece discussing what employers need to know to avoid legal complications.
A team of Mintz attorneys – Member Dan Pascucci and Associate Paul Huston – authored this column discussing how the landscape surrounding microtransactions in video games continues to evolve at a pace outstripping the law’s ability to keep up.