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.


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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 to fold ’em, know when to walk away and know when to run.” If the songwriter had known about the Avidor lawsuit, that refrain could have added, “You got to know when California law allows tip-pooling for employees, and know when it don’t.”


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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. The issue was vehemently disputed between that segment of the plaintiff’s bar that specializes in “shake-down” disability access lawsuits, and the California business community.


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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 types of cases. In so doing, KMart blazed a trail for others in the retail and restaurant industry to use in defending against these types of cases.

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

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 the provision by class action plaintiffs’ counsel.

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