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Washington Raises Minimum Wage And Provides Paid Sick Leave

Posted in Employment Contracts and Agreements, New Legislation and Regulations, Wage & Hour

In November 2016, Washington voters approved Initiative Measure No. 1433 (“IM 1433”) which provides for an incremental increase to the state minimum wage as of January 1, 2017 and also provides for paid sick leave benefits beginning January 1, 2018.  The stated intent behind IM 1443 is expressed in the initiative as follows: “BE IT… Continue Reading

“From Hiring to Firing” – The Life Span of the Employment Relationship

Posted in Employee Privacy Rights, Employment Contracts and Agreements, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations, Reductions in Force, Retaliation and Wrongful Termination

Date:  February 23, 2017 Time:  9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Summary of Program The Labor and Employment Group at Weintraub Tobin is pleased to offer this informative seminar that will discuss applicable laws and best practices to help business owners, human resource professionals, and managers avoid liability when they hire, discipline, and terminate employees. Program… Continue Reading

Increases To New York Minimum Wage And Salary Thresholds

Posted in Employment Contracts and Agreements, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations, Wage & Hour

While the Department of Labor may have stayed any national increases to the minimum exemption salary thresholds for the time being, New York employers have not been granted the same reprieve. Effective December 31, 2016, the New York Department of Labor announced incremental increases to its minimum wage laws. With the increased minimum wages, increases… Continue Reading

Don’t Throw Out Your Class-Action Waivers Just Yet

Posted in Employment Contracts and Agreements, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations, Wage & Hour

The United States Supreme Court decided last week to resolve a split in the lower courts as to whether the National Labor Relations Act (“Act”) preempts class-action waiver clauses in arbitration agreements between employers and their employees.  This is an important development, as the use of such waivers in arbitration agreements (if permissible) can drastically… Continue Reading

Emotional Distress Damages Allowed Under FLSA

Posted in Employee Privacy Rights, Employment Contracts and Agreements, Retaliation and Wrongful Termination

Count the Fifth Circuit among the latest to allow emotional distress damages to employees who successfully sue for retaliation under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  In a December 19, 2016 opinion, the Fifth Circuit held that the district court should have allowed the jury to receive an instruction on emotional distress damages when it was… Continue Reading

New Year, New Laws

Posted in Discrimination, Employee Privacy Rights, Employment Contracts and Agreements, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations, Wage & Hour

Happy New Year!   The new year frequently marks new changes in the law, and this year is no exception.  There are several important changes that went into effect on January 1st.  Here are some of the major changes that went into effect on January 1, 2017: Minimum Wage Change: On January 1st, for employers with… Continue Reading

Neutral Solutions: We Help You Connect The Pieces

Posted in Employee Privacy Rights, Employment Contracts and Agreements, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations

The Neutral Solutions Team at Weintraub Tobin specializes in training supervisors on various workplace issues, including preventing harassment, discrimination, and retaliation; workplace health and safety; and managing leave laws.  For more information, please visit our Trainings page here.

Arizona’s New Independent Contractor Declaration Law

Posted in Employee Privacy Rights, Employment Contracts and Agreements, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations

On August 6, 2016, the Arizona State Legislature enacted the “Declaration of Independent Business Status” law (“DIBS”). The DIBS added Chapter 10 to Title 23 of the Arizona Revised Statutes (Arizona’s “Labor” statute). In short, DIBS allows certain Arizona companies (referred to in the statute as an “employing unit”) to obtain a declaration from those… Continue Reading

Top Reasons to Mediate Employment Disputes

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, Employee Privacy Rights, Employment Contracts and Agreements, FMLA and Other Leaves of Absence, Harassment, Reductions in Force, Retaliation and Wrongful Termination, Trade Secrets and Competition, Wage & Hour

As an employment attorney and mediator, I believe mediation is a good alternative to protracted employment litigation.  Below are the top reasons why. 1. Mediation is a Voluntary Process. Unlike litigation in which federal and state laws and court rules mandate the process (and often the outcome), mediation is a voluntary process. Thus, the parties… Continue Reading

Now Available! Weintraub Tobin’s 2017 Labor and Employment Seminar and Training Schedule

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, Employee Privacy Rights, Employment Contracts and Agreements, FMLA and Other Leaves of Absence, Harassment, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations, Reductions in Force, Retaliation and Wrongful Termination, Trade Secrets and Competition, Wage & Hour

Weintraub Tobin’s 2016 Labor and Employment Seminar and Training schedule is now available.   Click here for a copy of the schedule. If you have any questions on any of our seminars or would like to inquire on private, custom-tailored training, please contact: Ramona Carrillo 400 Capitol Mall, 11th Fl. Sacramento, CA 95814 916.558.6046 rcarrillo@weintraub.com

Neutral Solutions: Mediation

Posted in Employment Contracts and Agreements, Labor Law, Reductions in Force, Retaliation and Wrongful Termination

The Neutral Solutions Team at Weintraub Tobin specializes in Mediating employment disputes both pre and post litigation. Employment disputes are some of the most contentious and aggressively litigated cases in federal and state courts. The employee is adamant that the employer treated him or her unjustly and violated the law, and the employer reasonably believes that… Continue Reading

White House Calls for Restrictions to Curb Non-Compete Agreements

Posted in Employee Privacy Rights, Employment Contracts and Agreements, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations, Trade Secrets and Competition, Wage & Hour

The White House has issued new information about its policy position on non-competes, including a call to action from President Obama to state and federal lawmakers to curb and limit non-compete agreements.  To read the Fact Sheet, please click here.

Neutral Solutions: Workplace Investigations

Posted in Employee Privacy Rights, Employment Contracts and Agreements, Labor Law, Retaliation and Wrongful Termination

The Neutral Solutions Team at Weintraub Tobin specializes in conducting independent investigations into complaints of misconduct in the workplace. At Weintraub Tobin, we take pride in the top-notch investigations conducted by our experienced group of attorney-investigators.  Our attorneys have conducted hundreds of investigations for private companies, for-profit companies, non-profit companies, cities, counties, and state agencies,… Continue Reading

Texas Federal Court Permanently Blocks Persuader Rule

Posted in Employee Privacy Rights, Employment Contracts and Agreements, New Legislation and Regulations, Retaliation and Wrongful Termination

As previously reported here, earlier this year a federal district court in Texas issued a preliminary injunction preventing the Department of Labor (“DOL”) from enforcing the new Persuader Rule, which was to go into effect as of July 1, 2016. Last week, the court issued a ruling converting its preliminary injunction into a permanent one,… Continue Reading

Employers, Give Thanks! Texas Court Blocks New Overtime Rule

Posted in Employment Contracts and Agreements, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations, Uncategorized, Wage & Hour

Thanksgiving comes two days early for employers across the country who anticipated the new Department of Labor (“DOL”) overtime Final Rule creating significant pre-holiday expenses.  For those employers, who have been living in denial or under a rock for the last six months, the DOL Final Rule increased the minimum salary level for exempt employees… Continue Reading

New Marijuana Laws And The Workplace

Posted in Employee Privacy Rights, Employment Contracts and Agreements, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations, Retaliation and Wrongful Termination

Last week, voters in seven states passed new laws relating to marijuana use, both recreational and medical, which has left many employers wondering what this means to them. Can employers still enforce “zero tolerance” drug use policies? Do they have to allow employees to use marijuana in the workplace or during work hours, if they… Continue Reading

California’s New Law Restricts Choice of Law and Forum Selection Provisions in Employment Agreements

Posted in Employment Contracts and Agreements, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations

On September 25, 2016, Governor Brown approved a very short but powerful piece of legislation for California employees who work for employers who are based outside of California and wish to have another state’s laws govern the employment relationship. Senate Bill 1241 adds Section 925 to the California Labor Code and states expressly that after… Continue Reading

Disparate Impact Does Not Protect Job Applicants

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Employment Contracts and Agreements

On October 5, 2016, the Eleventh Circuit held in Villarreal v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., that an unsuccessful job applicant cannot sue a prospective employer under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) for a disparate impact claim.  In so holding, the Eleventh Circuit reverses its November 30, 2015 decision holding the opposite. The ADEA… Continue Reading

New DOL Overtime Rules And The Fluctuating Workweek

Posted in Employment Contracts and Agreements, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations, Wage & Hour

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few months, you are undoubtedly aware that December 1, 2016 marks the day that the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) new overtime rules become effective. The new minimum salary level for the executive, administrative, and professional employee exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act… Continue Reading

Vida L. Thomas to speak at SJSHRM event in 2017

Posted in Employment Contracts and Agreements, Labor Law

Vida Thomas will be speaking at San Joaquin Society for Human Resources Management’s Employment Legislative Update 2017  on Wednesday, January 11, 2017.   For more information on this seminar, please visit http://www.sjhra.org/event/employment-legislative-update-2017-half-day-seminar/.   Please note that Weintraub Tobin’s clients will receive a discounted rate and limited seats are available.  To register for this seminar, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/employment-legislative-update-2017-a-half-day-seminar-tickets-28660308755…. Continue Reading

More Pitfalls For Misclassifying Employees

Posted in Employment Contracts and Agreements, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations, Wage & Hour

The National Labor Relations Board (“Board”) recently created another potential pitfall for employers who misclassify employees as independent contractors.  Most employers know that, if they misclassify an employee as an independent contractor, they may be subjected to fines, penalties and other types of liability.  Such employers also can be sued by the misclassified employee and… Continue Reading

Does Your Service Animal Need a Stand Up Desk? Discrimination and Accommodation of Employees, Customers and Third-Parties

Posted in Disability Discrimination, Discrimination, Employment Contracts and Agreements, Labor Law

Summary of Program The Labor and Employment Group at Weintraub Tobin is pleased to offer this very informative training session that will help business owners, human resource professionals, and managers to both comply with legal record keeping requirements and also prepare and maintain effective defensive documentation. Most business owners know that customers and employees may… Continue Reading