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Upcoming Seminar: Employment Law Update

Posted in Labor Law

2013  – A Year in Review 2014 – An Interesting Year Ahead Summary of Program Join the attorneys from Weintraub Tobin’s Labor and Employment Group as they discuss important legal developments from 2013 and review the complexities of a number of new laws facing employersin 2014.  Sacramento Date:    January 16, 2014 Time:   9:00 a.m. –… Continue Reading

Weintraub Tobin’s 2014 Labor & Employment Seminars 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

Hot off the print press –  Weintraub Tobin’s 2014 Labor and Employment Training and Seminar Schedule is now available.   Click here for a copy of the schedule. Our Employment Law Update is scheduled for January 16, 2014 (Sacramento) and January 23, 2014 (San Francisco).   Seating is limited so register early to reserve your spot.  Please contact… Continue Reading

Really? Again? – Another California Case Finds that the Parties’ Arbitration Agreement Will Not Govern their Dispute -in this Case a Dispute Centered on Whether or Not the Workers Were Independent Contractors or Employees

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

By:   Lizbeth V. West, Esq. There is a relatively long list of California cases that stand for the proposition that certain types of employment disputes are not subject to arbitration. On October 17, 2012, the Second District Court of Appeal’s decision in Elijahjuan et al v. Superior Court of LA County (Mike Campbell & Associates, Ltd.,… 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

DO YOUR EMPLOYMENT POLICIES VIOLATE THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT? You’d Be Surprised – But They Very Likely Do!

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

By:   Lizbeth V. West, Esq. On September 7, 2012, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued an opinion in Costco Wholesale Corp. v. NLRB. The case is an important one for all employers (regardless of whether their employees are union or non-union). It deals with the NLRB’s continuing focus on what it believes to be over-reaching… Continue Reading

Another Door Closes on Non-Compete Agreements

Posted in Employment Contracts and Agreements, Trade Secrets and Competition

By:       James Kachmar Readers of this blog will note that we frequently remind them that California law generally prohibits non-compete agreements. There are very limited exceptions to this general rule, one being that the seller of goodwill in a business can be bound by a valid non-compete agreement to protect the goodwill that is being purchased. Sometimes,… Continue Reading

Employers: Relying on an Arbitration Provision In Your Employee Handbook May Not Protect You

Posted in Employment Contracts and Agreements

By:James Kachmar As this blog frequently reminds its readers, California state courts take a hard look at arbitration agreements in the employment context. The recent case: Sparks v. Vista Del Mar Child & Family Services, from the Second Appellate District of California provides additional support for why employers need to be extra careful in establishing… Continue Reading

UPCOMING SEMINAR: Protecting Trade Secrets – How to Manage Employee Use of Proprietary Information

Posted in Employment Contracts and Agreements, Labor Law, Trade Secrets and Competition

Thursday, May 17, 2012 9:00 a.m. – Registration and Breakfast 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Program 400 Capitol Mall, 11th Floor, Sacramento, CA Can You Keep a Secret? From trade secrets like product recipes and algorithms to confidential details about financing, customers and costs, all businesses have information that could be devastating if it… Continue Reading

Closing The Gap Left By Brinker RE Meal-And-Rest-Period Class Actions

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

By: Brendan J. Begley The California Court of Appeal this week provided a shield to employers against attacks left open by the state Supreme Court’s momentous decision earlier this month concerning meal and rest periods. The appellate court in Kinecta Alternative Financial Solutions Inc. v. Superior Court (Malone), No. B235491, decided that a trial court… Continue Reading

Employers – Have You Checked Your Documents Lately?

Posted in Employment Contracts and Agreements, Labor Law

By: James Kachmar As you know, documentation is essential to performing even routine HR functions. You have potential employees fill out numerous pre-hire documents. You have employees sign employment agreements and other documents when hired. During the course of employment, you have employees sign additional documents, such as acknowledgments regarding your employee handbook, change in… Continue Reading

Recent Developments Warrant Review of Arbitration Agreements

Posted in Employment Contracts and Agreements

By: Brendan J. Begley An employer’s ability to have disputes with employees resolved by arbitrators instead of courts had some ups and downs in recent days. One of those developments suggests that employers should review and perhaps revise their arbitration agreements to keep them enforceable in state court. The other development indicates that arbitration agreements… Continue Reading

Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back! Class Action Waivers a Violation of the National Labor Relations Act

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

If you thought all the news from the NLRB these days had to do with Posters and Recess appointments, think again. On January 6, 2012, the National Labor Relations Board emphatically rejected an arbitration agreement that required employees to waive their class action rights. This opinion squarely rejected the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year… Continue Reading

California Pre-Employment Arbitration Agreement Ruled Unconscionable

Posted in Employment Contracts and Agreements

By:     Chelcey E. Lieber Including arbitration provisions in employment agreements or employee handbooks is not a guaranteed way to avoid the courtroom. On January 3, 2012, the California Court of Appeal upheld a decision from the Sacramento County Superior Court holding that an arbitration provision contained in a pre-employment agreement was unconscionable, and, therefore, unenforceable.

2012 Brings A Whole New Set Of Obligations And Challenges For California Employers – Failure To Comply Could Be Devastating

Posted in Employee Privacy Rights, Employment Contracts and Agreements, FMLA and Other Leaves of Absence, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations, Wage & Hour

By:       Lizbeth (“Beth”) West, Esq. Governor Brown signed a significant number of bills into law during the 2011/12 legislative term, many of which will have a direct impact on almost every California employer, regardless of size. Many laws impose new obligations on employers and prevent employers from engaging in what they may otherwise thought was previously… Continue Reading

Weintraub’s L&E Law Blog is in the Top 25

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

By: Chuck Post Over the last year, Weintraub Genshlea Chediak Tobin & Tobin has tripled the size of its employment law department. In addition to enhancing the services we can provide to our clients, this growth has allowed us to continue presenting our quality seminars and maintaining our Labor and Employment Law Blog. Our results… Continue Reading

Vote for Weintraub’s L&E Law Blog!

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

Big news! Weintraub’s L&E Law Blog is one of the nominated candidates for the LexisNexis Top 25 Labor and Employment Law Blogs of 2011. We need your help! Click here, log onto the Labor and Employment Law Community and then leave a comment at the bottom of the page saying “I vote for The Labor &… Continue Reading

LAW ALERT: Employers May Have Ability to Reduce Class-Action Exposure Under New U.S. Supreme Court Decision

Posted in Employment Contracts and Agreements, Labor Law

Employers now may be permitted to include clauses known as class-action-waivers in arbitration agreements with employees, according to a recent decision of the U.S. Supreme Court.  Valid class-action-waivers restrict employees who wish to pursue legal recourse against employers to do so only through individual arbitrations and not as a member of a class action filed… Continue Reading

EMPLOYEE HAS NO RIGHT TO POST-TERMINATION COMMISSIONS

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

In Nein v. HostPro, Inc., a Court of Appeal held that the language of the employee’s employment agreement precluded him from recovering commissions following his termination of employment. Plaintiff worked as a sales representative for HostPro for a period of 2 years. He signed an employment agreement that expressly provided that Plaintiff would be eligible for commission… Continue Reading

Edwards v. Arthur Andersen LLP: The Death of Non-Competition Agreements?

Posted in Employment Contracts and Agreements, Trade Secrets and Competition

In VL Systems, Inc. v. Unison, Inc., the Court of Appeal struck down a “no hire” provision contained in a consulting agreement as violating section 16600 of California’s Business and Professions Code. Section 16600 provides “Except as provided in this chapter, every contract by which anyone is restrained from engaging in a lawful profession, trade… Continue Reading

Caution Regarding “No-Hire” Provisions

Posted in Employment Contracts and Agreements, Trade Secrets and Competition

Businesses, especially consultants, frequently include a no-hire provision in connection with service or consulting agreements. These provisions are usually intended to prevent the client from soliciting or hiring away the consulting company’s employees. No-hire provisions have two primary goals: First, to protect the employees of one business from being recruited away by the companies they… Continue Reading

Ineffective OWBPA Waiver in a RIF: Peterson v. Seagate

Posted in Employment Contracts and Agreements

Nineteen former employees who signed releases after being terminated in a RIF and who did not file EEOC charges may proceed in joining the class bringing ADA claims against their former employer. The plaintiffs alleged the waivers were invalid under the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (“OWBPA”) because they misrepresented the number of employees selected… Continue Reading