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Certain Delivery Drivers Are Exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act and May Proceed with Class Actions

Posted in Labor Law

  In this age of expensive class-action litigation, many California companies have found solace in their arbitration agreements. Under certain circumstances, the enforcement of such agreements includes the dismissal of class action claims. This has largely been made possible by the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) which requires judges to enforce a wide range of written… Continue Reading

Neutral Solutions 2019: A New Year that Brings New Training Obligations

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

While it has always been good practice for employers of all sizes to train both their supervisory employees and non-supervisory employees on the prevention of harassment, California law now mandates such training by 1/1/20 (and every 2 years thereafter) for any employer with 5 or more employees.  The attorneys in Weintraub Tobin’s Labor & Employment… 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.

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

States And Congress Challenge New Overtime Rules

Posted in Employment Contracts and Agreements, Wage & Hour

As we continue marching toward D-day on the Department of Labor’s new overtime rules kicking in, the rules are facing last minute challenges from all angles.  First, states and private businesses pushed back.  In late September, 21 states jointly filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas asking that the court block the DOL… Continue Reading

University Student Assistants Are Employees Under NLRA

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

On August 23, 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision in The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York and Graduate Workers of Columbia-GWC, UAW.  The NLRB decided that graduate and undergraduate student assistants are common law “employees” within the meaning of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).  The… Continue Reading

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

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors Severely Limits Employers’ Criminal History Checks and “Bans The Box”

Posted in Labor Law

The San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors has now prohibited the widely used criminal history check box for employment applications. Unless the Mayor vetoes it, the “ban the box” ordinance will become law no later than Thursday, February 13, 2014. In addition to banning the box, the new San Francisco legislation imposes a host of additional… Continue Reading

Upcoming Seminar: Untrained Managers and Supervisors – What They Need To Know

Posted in Labor Law

Summary of Program Most employers know that it is crucial to have well trained supervisors to help ensure that rank and file employees perform their jobs effectively and efficiently. However, many employers don’t realize how important it is that supervisors be trained to understand the many employment laws that govern the workplace. Untrained supervisors can… Continue Reading

Employers are NOT Required to Post the NLRB Notice Advising Employees of Their Rights to Organize

Posted in Labor Law

By:   Lizbeth V. West, Esq. On January 6, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that it has decided not to seek Supreme Court review of two U.S. Court of Appeals decisions invalidating the NLRB’s Notice Posting Rule, which would have required most private sector employers to post a notice of employee rights in… Continue Reading

Space Still Available: Employment Law Update Seminar

Posted in Labor Law

Upcoming Seminar: Employment Law Update 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 employers in 2014.  Sacramento Date:    January… Continue Reading

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

Attorney Fees Continue to be the 800-Pound Gorilla in Employment Cases

Posted in Labor Law

By:       Brendan J. Begley A federal appellate court this week upheld an attorney-fee award of nearly $700,000 to a California employee who won less than $28,000 in damages in a lawsuit alleging wrongful demotion.  According to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Muniz v. United Parcel Service, Inc., Case No. 11-17282, the trial… 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

Settling Employment Law Claims: You, the Employee,…….and the IRS?

Posted in Labor Law, Wage & Hour

By:  Shauna N. Correia Many of our employer clients and their in-house counsel recognize that most of the claims paid in an employment settlement are taxable income for the employee. Employers therefore, wisely require that at least some of the settlement payment to the employee be made in the form of a payroll check, with applicable… Continue Reading

Mandatory AB 1825 Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

Posted in Harassment, Labor Law

Summary of Program The regulations regarding California’s Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for supervisors require that certain employers provide training to their supervisors every two years. The Labor and Employment Group at Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin is offering a two hour in-person training session that will comply with all the requirements outlined in the… Continue Reading

Space Still Available for Upcoming Seminar: Avoiding Retaliation, Whistleblowing and Wrongful Termination Claims

Posted in Labor Law, Retaliation and Wrongful Termination

Summary of Program Exposure to retaliation claims in the workplace today is like exposure to second-hand smoke in the workplace in the 1960s – It’s everywhere but few people understand the danger. The Labor and Employment Group at Weintraub Tobin is pleased to offer this very important training session that will help business owners, human… Continue Reading

Vets Got Class

Posted in Discrimination, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations

By:  James L. Brannen Currently, the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) protects the right of persons to seek, obtain, and hold employment without discrimination on account of various classes including, “race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age,… Continue Reading

Upcoming Seminar: Avoiding Retaliation, Whistleblowing and Wrongful Termination Claims

Posted in Labor Law, Retaliation and Wrongful Termination

Summary of Program Exposure to retaliation claims in the workplace today is like exposure to second-hand smoke in the workplace in the 1960s – It’s everywhere but few people understand the danger.  The Labor and Employment Group at Weintraub Tobin is pleased to offer this very important training session that will help business owners, human resource professionals,… Continue Reading

Gov. Brown Vetoes Pro Plaintiff Mixed-Motive Bill

Posted in Discrimination, Labor Law, New Legislation and Regulations

This year, lawmakers and their plaintiff’s bar buddies asked Governor Jerry Brown to recast awards in so-called mixed-motive discrimination cases. Brown vetoed Senate Bill 655, leaving in place the State’s high court ruling in Harris v. City of Santa Monica in February 2013. In that 6-0 decision, Brown’s appointee Liu said a workplace firing based… Continue Reading

Vegan Religious Bias Claim Settles for Enough to Buy A Big Juicy Steak

Posted in Discrimination, Labor Law

When a workplace practice conflicts with an employee’s religious beliefs, the employer must consider whether a religious accommodation is available. This is the basic rule of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Many times, these issues arise in the form of scheduling conflicts when an employee’s religion compels worship on a particular day. Typical… Continue Reading