Class-Action Waivers In Arbitration Agreements Called Into Doubt

In an important decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that class and collective-action waivers in employment arbitration agreements violate the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) and are unenforceable. In its 2-1 decision […]

Employers Need To Evaluate Overtime Exemptions In Light Of New Department Of Labor Rules

Employees currently classified as exempt, but who make less than $47,476 per year, will no longer be considered exempt according to new overtime rules recently issued by the United States Department of Labor. The increased, […]

NEW CALIFORNIA STATUTE PROVIDES FOR MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES AND MODIFIES THE PAID SICK-LEAVE LAW

On April 4, 2016, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 3 into law. The new law will gradually increase the state’s minimum wage to $15.00 per hour by 2022 for employers with at least 26 employees. […]

California Supreme Court Tells Workers To Take A Seat

Do your California employees perform tasks that could reasonably be performed while seated, given the specific location of where the tasks are done? If so, they may be entitled to a seat under California law […]

NEW REGULATIONS BY THE CALIFORNIA FAIR EMPLOYMENT AND HOUSING COUNCIL MEAN NEW UPDATES TO DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, AND RETALIATION POLICIES FOR EMPLOYERS

Effective April 1, 2016, the California Fair Employment and Housing Council (“FEHC”) amended the current anti-harassment and anti-discrimination regulations. California employers should carefully review the amended regulations to assess what changes should be made to […]

California Employment Law Update 2016

In 2015, the California Legislature passed several new laws affecting employers. Below is a review of some of the significant employment-related laws that will affect employers in the coming year and suggestions on what employers […]

New CFRA Regulations

The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) provides for family and medical leave similar to, but often exceeding, the protections afforded under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In 2013, the federal government revised […]

Changes To California Paid Sick-Leave Statute

On July 13, 2015, two weeks after the effective date of the statute requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to virtually all California employees, Governor Brown signed a bill making meaningful amendments to the […]

California Employment Law Update 2015

In 2014, the California Legislature passed several new laws affecting employers, ranging from the heavily publicized sick-leave statute, requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to employees, to the less-hyped Assembly Bill 326, amending the […]

New California Law Requires Paid Sick Leave

California recently has adopted a new law, the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (the “Act”), that will require employers to offer almost all California employees, including part-time employees, at least three paid sick […]