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Tomiwa Aina is an associate in the Firm’s Labor & Employment practice group. Tomiwa focuses on representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including class actions, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour claims. She regularly counsels employers of all sizes on preventing workplace disputes by advising them on regulatory compliance, employee training, handbooks, and policy creation. Her experience allows her to provide effective and creative solutions to complex legal issues.

It’s Pride month: rainbow flags are flying, social media avatars are changing, and parade planning is in full swing. In addition to celebrations, California businesses can use this important month to review their practices and policies to ensure an inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ employees. Although creating a supportive work environment is a kind and empathetic thing to do, it’s also the law. More about that later, but first: a checklist. Not all of the following are mandatory requirements; some suggestions may be aspirational. However, reviewing these options is an excellent place to start to ensure that we all respect the rights of our LGBTQ+ employees and comply with the law.Continue Reading A California Workplace Checklist for Pride Month

In October 2023, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill No. 525 (“SB 525”), which establishes minimum wage schedules for “covered health care employees” depending on the type of facilities in which they work, and raises the minimum wage for many healthcare facilities to $21 per hour. SB 525 would have raised the minimum wage on June 1, 2024 for many of these facilities. However, on Monday, May 20, 2024, State Senator Mara Elana Durazo, the bill’s author, submitted paperwork for legislation that would delay the increase.  Senate Bill No. 828 (“SB 828”) moves the start date of the health care minimum wage law by one month to July 1, 2024.Continue Reading California’s Minimum Wage Law for Healthcare Workers May Be Delayed

Get an overview of AB 1228’s intricacies and its impact on fast-food workers, from wage increases to exemptions. Tomiwa Aina and Nikki Mahmoudi continue the discussion on the fast-food minimum wage increase in this installment of California Employment News. Continue Reading California Employment News: Overview of the Fast Food Minimum Wage Increase AB1228

New laws in 2024 expand workplace protections for employees regarding their current and past cannabis use. Nikki Mahmoudi and Tomiwa Aina review these changes, previewed in our 2024 Employment Law Update seminars, in this episode of California Employment News.Continue Reading California Employment News: Expanded Workplace Protections Regarding Cannabis Use

California will see an increase to minimum wage in January 2024 and has already seen some minimum wage increases in individual jurisdictions earlier this year. Nikki Mahmoudi and Tomiwa Aina review these changes in this episode of California Employment News.Continue Reading California Employment News: Minimum Wage Increases in July 2023 and January 2024