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Traps for Employers in Routine Unemployment and Workers Comp Proceedings

Posted in Labor Law

By:  Brendan J. Begley A number of recent California appellate decisions reveal hidden traps that may ensnare employers in administrative proceedings involving employee claims for unemployment or workers-compensation benefits. Such proceedings typically appear routine and uncomplicated. Nonetheless, missteps in handling those routine and relatively low-risk claims can greatly increase an employer’s exposure to liability in a… Continue Reading

A Collective Bargaining Agreement That Provides For Premium Rates For Overtime Hours Worked Is Not Subject To The Same Overtime Pay Obligations Defined By California Labor Code Section 510

Posted in Wage & Hour

By:   Duyen T. Nguyen In George Vranish, Jr. et al. v. Exxon Mobil Corporation, 2014 DJDAR 761, January 23, 2014, the Court upheld the terms of a collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) which set forth overtime pay for Exxon Mobil’s employees. Pursuant to the CBA, Plaintiffs were paid at the overtime premium rate of 1.5 times… Continue Reading

Notice To Employers – Audit Your Compensation Plans Based On The Increase To California’s Statutory Minimum Wage

Posted in New Legislation and Regulations, Wage & Hour

By: Lizbeth V. West, Esq. On September 25, 2013 Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 10 into law. Under the new law the statutory minimum wage for California employees will increase from $8 per hour to $9 per hour as of July 1, 2014. Then, on January 1, 2016, the statutory minimum wage will increase to $10… Continue Reading

Amendment to the Labor Code Makes it Harder for Employers to Get Attorney’s Fees if They Prevail in an Unpaid Wage or Benefit Claim

Posted in Labor Law, Wage & Hour

By: Lizbeth V. West, Esq. Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 462 which places restrictions on an employer’s ability to recoup attorney’s fees when it prevails in an unpaid wage or benefit claim. Labor Code section 218.5 previously provided that except in certain circumstances, in an action brought for the nonpayment of wages, fringe benefits, or… Continue Reading

Certain Businesses Must Post Public Notices Regarding Rights of Victims of Human Trafficking

Posted in Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations

By:   Duyen T. Nguyen Civil Code §52.6 requires specified businesses and other establishments, as of April 1, 2013, to post a notice informing the public and victims of human trafficking of telephone hotline numbers to seek help or report unlawful activity. There are specific posting mandates, language requirements, and penalties for failure to post.

Don’t Gamble On Tip-Pooling Arrangements

Posted in Labor Law, Wage & Hour

By:   Brendan J. Begley On Wednesday, the California Court of Appeal affirmed a casino’s tip-pooling arrangement for its card-dealer employees in Avidor v. Sutter’s Place, Inc. That published decision (available at this link) brings to mind verses from Kenny Rogers’ old country song, The Gambler: “You got to know when to hold ’em, know when… Continue Reading

The California Supreme Court Issued A Win For Businesses Who Prevail In Disability Access Cases In California

Posted in Labor Law

By:  Lizbeth V. West, Esq. On December 17, 2012, the California Supreme Court issued its decision in Jankey v. Lee. The Court ruled that prevailing defendants in disability access cases brought under both the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and California Civil Code section 55 are entitled to their attorney’s fees just like prevailing plaintiffs are…. Continue Reading

Federal Judge In California Tells Class Counsel to Stand Up: KMart Wins Suitable Seating Case….For Now

Posted in Labor Law

In a well written opinion issued December 19, 2012, Judge William Alsup sides with KMart in a suitable seating case brought against retailer by an employee claiming the checkout stand needed to be reconfigured with a seat to sit down. The Court provided employers with the best explanation so far of employer obligations in these… Continue Reading

You’ve Got To Stand Up To Sit Down: Suitable Seating In California

Posted in Labor Law, Wage & Hour

California Employers have watched in recent years as an obscure provision in California Wage Orders has wreaked havoc in the courts. The provision requires “suitable seating” for employees when the nature of their work reasonably permits the use of seats. Not surprisingly, awareness of this issue came as a result of a warped interpretation of… Continue Reading

2013 Minimum Rates of Pay Announced for Exempt Computer Software, Physician and Surgeon Employees

Posted in Labor Law, Wage & Hour

By:   Meagan D. Christiansen California Labor Code sections 515.5 and 515.6 provide that certain computer software employees, as well as licensed physicians and surgeons, are exempt from state overtime requirements if they receive a minimum hourly, monthly, or yearly rate. Effective January 1, 2013, the following rates of pay are required for the employee to… Continue Reading

Warehouse Contractors Now Protected under Labor Code § 2810

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

By:   Meagan D. Christiansen Labor Code section 2810 states that "[a] person or entity may not enter into a contract or agreement for labor or services with a construction, farm labor, garment, janitorial, or security guard contractor, where the person or entity knows or should know that the contract or agreement does not include funds sufficient… Continue Reading

First “Commission” Agreements Must Be in Writing. Now the Definition of “Commissions” is Limited Under Labor Code § 2751

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

Last year, California revised Labor Code section 2751 such that any employment agreement involving “commission” payments would have to be put into writing with a signed copy of the agreement be given to the employee. Those revisions go into effect on January 1, 2013.

Definition of “Public Works” Broadened to Include the Assembly and Disassembly of Freestanding and Affixed Modular Office Systems

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

By:   Chelcey E. Lieber Governor Brown signed AB 1598 on September 30, 2012, amending Labor Code section 1720 relating to public contracts. The existing law defines the term “public works” for purposes of imposing certain requirements in the payment of prevailing wages. Existing law generally defines “public works” to include construction, alteration, demolition, installation, or… Continue Reading

Amendments to Labor Code §226 Clarify Employers’ Wage Statement Obligations and Add Specific Requirements for Temporary Services Employers

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

By:   Shauna N. Correia Governor Brown recently approved SB 1255, AB 1744 and AB 2674, amending existing Labor Code section 226 relating to wage statements. Existing law requires all employers to provide employees with accurate itemized statements with specific information, either semimonthly or at the time of each payment of wages. Penalties up to $4,000 or… Continue Reading

Governor Brown Signed AB 2103 to Make Clear that “MUTUAL WAGE AGREEMENTS” ARE ILLEGAL IN CALIFORNIA

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

By:   Lizbeth V. West, Esq. As the L&E Law Blog readers may recall from the August 31, 2011 blog post and the teleseminar I conducted on September 14, 2011, the court in Arechiga v. Dolores Press, Inc. (2011) 192 Cal. App. 4th 567 was the sole California decision that held that “mutual wage agreements” were legal… Continue Reading

New Law Requires Rethinking Dress Codes and Religious Accommodations for Employees

Posted in Discrimination, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations

By:  Brendan J. Begley California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law earlier this month the Workplace Religious Freedom Act, AB 1964, a bill that expands the prohibition against religious discrimination by employers. This new law mandates that workers receive equal protection despite their religious beliefs or appearance while protecting those who wear religious attire. The… Continue Reading

Make Sure to Review Federal Exemptions When Fighting Class Actions in California: Court Finds Truck Route Drivers’ Break Claims Preempted By FAAAA

Posted in Wage & Hour

Countless employers have now been faced with class action litigation, making claims for various deviations from the California Labor Code. Many times employers will face these head on with evidence that the claims made by one former employee are not sufficiently common to a substantial number of other past and current employees to merit class… Continue Reading

Employers Beware – The Crackdown Continues

Posted in New Legislation and Regulations, Wage & Hour

The State of California Signed an MOU with the Federal Department of Labor Together They Will Locate and Punish Those Who Misclassify Independent Contractors By: Lizbeth V. West, Esq. In my November 4, 2011 post, I discussed a new California law (Labor Code § 226.8) that imposes serious monetary fines and other sanctions against those… Continue Reading

UPDATED! Brinker: The Wait Is Almost Over

Posted in Wage & Hour

By:       Scott M. Plamondon UPDATED 12/21/2011: Based on the date on which the case was submitted at oral argument, the California Supreme Court was required to render a decision in this matter on or before February 6, 2012. On December 2, 2011, however, the Supreme Court agreed to accept additional briefing regarding whether its decision will… Continue Reading