Ninth Circuit Revives California Law Prohibiting Employers From Mandating That Employees Sign Arbitration Agreements

On September 15, 2021, the Ninth Circuit revived parts of a controversial California law that prohibited mandatory employment arbitration agreements.  In 2019, California passed AB 51, which prohibited employers from requiring employees and applicants to […]

We congratulate Millicent Sanchez, Janet Swerdlow and David Wimmer who will be recognized for their legal excellence in the 28th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.

Millicent Sanchez has been honored seven years in a row for Employment & Labor Law – Management and Labor & Employment – Litigation categories.  Janet Swerdlow has been recognized for eleven consecutive years for the […]

California Supreme Court Holds That Meal-Period, Rest-Period, And Recovery Premiums Must Include Nondiscretionary Earnings

On July 15, 2021, the California Supreme Court held that the calculation of premium pay for noncompliant meal, rest, and recovery periods must include not only the employee’s hourly rate of pay but also all […]

Cal/OSHA’s Revised Emergency Temporary Standards Reduce COVID-19 Related Restrictions In The Workplace

California’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (“Standards Board”) voted on June 17, 2021, to approve its latest set of proposed revisions to the Division of Occupational Safety and Health’s (“Cal/OSHA”) COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards […]

California Requires Employers To Register For CalSavers If Employers Do Not Offer Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans

CalSavers – California’s state-run individual retirement account program for workers whose covered employers do not offer retirement savings plans – is not preempted by the federal law of employee benefits, the Ninth Circuit Court of […]

California Enacts “Right-To-Recall” Law For Employees In Specified Industries Laid Off Due To Covid-19

On April 16, 2021, California Governor Gavin Newson signed SB 93 into law, which requires certain hospitality industry and commercial business service provider employers, and other related business employers, to offer available positions to qualified, […]

New California Law Requires Employers To Provide 2021 COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

On March 19, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Senate Bill 95, which beginning March 29, 2021, requires employers with more than 25 employees nationwide to provide up to 80 hours of COVID-19-Supplemental Paid […]

What Employers Need To Know About The American Rescue Plan Act

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”), which President Biden signed into law on March 11, 2021, extends and expands the payroll tax credits for certain COVID-related leaves that employers can voluntarily provide pursuant […]

California Supreme Court Prohibits Rounding Of Meal-Period Swipes

In a long-awaited decision, the California Supreme Court held last week that employers cannot engage in the practice of rounding employees’ time punches in the meal-period context. In Donahue v. AMN Services, LLC, No. S253677 […]

The March 31, 2021 Pay Data Reporting Deadline Is Approaching: What You Need To Know

The March 31, 2021 Pay Data Reporting Deadline Is Approaching: What You Need To Know Pursuant to a new state law, California Government Code Section 12999, which became effective on January 1, 2021, private employers […]