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Arbitration Class Action Waiver

The Supreme Court’s opinion is found in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, 584 U.S. ___ (May 21, 2018) No. 16-285. Previously, two federal circuit courts of appeal held that class action waivers in ...
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The New ABCs of Independent Contractors!

The California Supreme Court has adopted a new test for determining whether a worker should be classified as an employee or an independent contractor under California law. The Court’s opinion is ...
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Overtime Premium Calculation

The California Supreme Court recently clarified how overtime premiums must be calculated and paid for employees who receive shift differential pay, flat sum bonuses, or similar incentives for working ...
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Ban the Box Update

Our colleagues at Ethos Human Capital Solutions reached out to the DFEH to obtain guidance on whether obtaining DMV records prior to making an offer is compliant with the law. The issue that was ...
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Law Updates

AB 2337 – Employment protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking AB 2337 requires that employers with 25 or more employees to provide specific information in ...
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2017 Employment Law Update

Many laws and regulations went into effect in 2017 that affect employers in California. Below is a summary of some of the major laws and regulations from 2017 for your review to ensure that your ...
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Single User Restrooms

AB 1732 – Single user restrooms AB 1732 requires all single-user toilet facilities in any business establishment, place of public accommodation, or government agency to be identified as ...
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Common Scam

Lately many businesses and their employees have been victims of scams intended to obtain employees’ personal data and information. With W-2s going out and it being tax season, scammers are ...
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Employment Law Updates - January 2017

Increase in minimum wage/salary The statewide California minimum wage will increase to $10.50 per hour on January 1, 2017 for employers with 26 or more employees; the minimum wage for employers with ...
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Regulation on Minimum Overtime for Exempt Employers

U.S. D.O.L. Regulation on minimum overtime for exempt employers The U.S. Department of Labor has adopted a regulation that sought to increase the federal minimum salary for exempt employees to $47,476 ...
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Relevant CASE LAWS

Arbitration Agreements- On December 14, 2015, the US Supreme Court issued its opinion in DirectTV v. Imburgia, reversing a California Court of Appeal’s refusal to enforce a consumer arbitration ...
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2015 Employment Law Update

The California Legislature enacted a number of new bills that become effective in 2015. Most notable of the legislation passed is California's new paid sick leave law. Eligibility for the paid ...
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Required Reimbursement for Employee Cell Phone Usage

In Cochran v. Schwan's Home Service, Inc., the California appellate court recently held that employers are always required to reimburse employees for mandatory use of their personal cell phones, ...
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New Paid Sick Days Law

On September 10, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown joined legislators and workers in Los Angeles to sign the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (AB 1522), which now mandates at least 3 paid ...
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Stored Communications Act Covers Facebook Postings

If you are one of the hundreds of millions of people using social networks, there is a good chance that the information you share through social networking is exposed to more people thank you think. ...
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Piece-Rate Compensation Case

A recent decision by California Court of Appeal in Gonzales v. Downtown LA Motors, LP, unless overruled, will affect the future of “piece-rate” compensation of employees. The Court held ...
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Landmark CA Social Media Privacy Bill

On September 27, 2012 California became one of three states in the nation, after Maryland and Illinois, to increase privacy protections for social media users by limiting an employer’s ability ...
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Neither Party Entitled to Attorney's Fees for Meal and Rest Break Claims

Nicely following up the California Supreme Court's recent decision on meal/rest periods under Brinker, on April 30, 2012, the Court in Kirby v. Imoos Fire (SC S185827 4/30/12) held that the ...
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Webinar

To listen to the webinar discussing what the Brinker decision means to Employers. Please click on the following link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/m05n4j7lhpa4olw/Brinker%20Webinar%200426.mp4
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CA Employers NOT Obligated to Police Meal Breaks under Brinker

On April 12, 12, the California Supreme Court in Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court (SC S1663504/12/12) finally decided the longstanding question of whether California employers are required ...
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2012 California Employment Law Newsletter

Click here to read about significant changes in employment laws for California employers.
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Additional New Employment Laws for 2012

California employers must be prepared to comply with these and other bills that impact employment law. Most of the new laws signed by Gov. Brown take effect January 1, 2012. This does not give ...
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Client Alert: Multimillion Dollar DFEH Settlement

On November 30, 2010, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) announced that it would settle a class action lawsuit filed against Verizon for improper family medical leave practices. ...
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Client Alert - NLRB Postpones Effective Date for New Posting Requirement

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has postponed the November 14, 2011 effective date of its new posting rule that requires union and non-union employers to notify employees of ...
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