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Five reminders about conducting background checks under federal and California law

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions
Based on last week’s post about the lawsuit filed against LinkedIn alleging that it violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), I thought it would be good to point out a few issues the arise when employers conduct background checks.  This article is not comprehensive, and this area of the law is very detailed,… Continue Reading

Five things employers must understand about LinkedIn’s job reference lawsuit

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, New Cases, Technology & Law
Recently, the issue raised in Sweet v. LinkedIn is whether the Reference Searches functionality offered by LinkedIn is governed by the regulations set forth in the FCRA.  The Reference Search feature allows users who pay a fee to search for references that have worked with any other LinkedIn member.  The results list common employers and… Continue Reading

5 common questions about class actions every employer should understand

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, Class Actions, Uncategorized
1. What is a class action? To understand what a class action is, it is better to start with the basic individual litigation concept. Normally, parties bring their own disputes to court and litigate the case against the other parties who have been officially designated a parties and served with process and understand that they… Continue Reading

Friday’s Five: Uber and Lyft class actions show the difficulties of classifying independent contractors in new “sharing economy”

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, New Cases, Technology & Law, Wage & Hour Law
Uber and Lyft have been sued in separate class action lawsuits in California by drivers challenging the two companies’ classification of the drivers as independent contractors. The plaintiffs in the two cases argue that the drivers should be classified and paid as employees, which triggers many additional Labor Code provisions for the drivers than if… Continue Reading

Personal cell phones at work: Five lessons employers should take away about expense reimbursement set forth in Cochran v. Schwan’s Home Services

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, Expense Reimbursement, New Cases, Technology & Law, Wage & Hour Law
Colin Cochran brought a putative class action against his employers, Schwan’s Home Service, on behalf of 1,500 customer service managers who were not reimbursed for expenses pertaining to the work-related use of their personal cell phones. He alleged causes of action for violation of Labor Code section 2802; unfair business practices under Business and Professions… Continue Reading

Five issues employers should become familiar with under California’s Labor Code provisions regarding one day of rest every seven days of work

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, New Cases, Wage & Hour Law
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has asked the California Supreme Court to clarify three questions pertaining to California’s little known, and very rarely litigated, laws regarding a day of rest every seven days. The case is Mendoza v. Nordstrom. The California Supreme Court’s clarification could result in a new-found focus on these laws, and… Continue Reading

Five exempt employee classifications all California employers should understand

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Exempt Employees, Wage & Hour Law
I apologize for the long post in advance, but I’ve been receiving many questions about exempt vs. non-exempt classification of employees lately. This article is the first in a series of articles to help employers tread through this technical area, hopefully in a manner that makes it at least somewhat easier for employers to understand.… Continue Reading

Five errors that make defending an employment lawsuit harder

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, Wage & Hour Law, Wrongful Termination
In litigation, the following five issues make defending an employment lawsuit much more difficult. 1. No documentation. No matter what type of employment litigation is at issue – wage and hour claims, leave issues, or harassment claims – the amount of documentation an employer has dramatically increases the odds of prevailing in litigation. I would… Continue Reading

Five New Year’s resolutions for California employers in 2015

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, Exempt Employees, Meal and Rest Breaks, New Cases, Wage & Hour Law
Happy New Year.  I started the Friday’s Five articles at the beginning of last summer, and the interest in the articles has been astounding, so I appreciate everyone who has read them and provided comments and feedback. If you have any topics you would like me to address, please let me know. With that said,… Continue Reading

Top five employment law class action claims for California employers in 2014

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, Meal and Rest Breaks, New Cases, Technology & Law, Wage & Hour Law
Let me start with the lawyer’s disclaimer up-front: this Friday’s Five list has no scientific or statistical backing whatsoever, I generated it based on the cases I’ve been litigating in 2014. My experience may be (and probably is) skewed a bit, but nevertheless California employers should pay attention to the following areas of potential litigation.… Continue Reading

Steps California employers should take to comply with employment law changes in 2015 – part one

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, New Cases
The laws passed in 2014 added some new posting requirements and resulted in the need to revise some of the notices California employers are required to provide to employees. This Friday’s Five Best Practices article sets out five items California employers should review before the start of 2015: 1. Review newly published frequently asked questions… Continue Reading

Five lessons for employers from new meal break decision: In re Walgreen Co. Cases

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Meal and Rest Breaks, New Cases
An appellate court upheld a trial court’s denial of class certification in a case brought against Walgreens. The appellate court’s decision provides a few good lessons for employers defending class action allegations. 1. Meal break cases are harder to certify as class actions after the Brinker decision. The California Supreme Court held in Brinker Restaurant… Continue Reading

Friday’s Five: Five items employers need to understand about automobile and mileage reimbursement under California law

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, Expense Reimbursement, Wage & Hour Law
Expense reimbursement may seem like a small issue in comparison with the other areas of liability facing California employers, but the exposure for not appropriately reimbursing employees can be substantial. In Gattuso v. Harte-Hanks Shoppers, Inc., the California Supreme Court clarified the parameters of mileage reimbursement under California law, as well as the three different… Continue Reading

Friday’s Five: Five areas of liability facing California employers

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, Exempt Employees, Wage & Hour Law
1. Meal and rest breaks. If you did not know of this exposure already existed in California, can I recommend some reading here, here and here? 2. Exempt vs. non-exempt classification of employees. The default under California law is that every employee is entitled to overtime pay at a rate of time and a half… Continue Reading

Friday’s Five: Five California Labor Code provisions employees cannot waive

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, Exempt Employees, Expense Reimbursement, New Cases, Wage & Hour Law
Here is a list of five rights provided to employees under the California Labor Code that the employee may not waive by agreement with an employer. 1. Minimum wage Labor Code Section 1194 provides a private right of action to enforce violations of minimum wage and overtime laws. That statute clearly voids any agreement between… Continue Reading

Friday’s Five: Five rules every California employer should know about providing final wages to employees

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, Wage & Hour Law
This Friday’s Five is coming out a little late in the day, but as they say, better late….  I’ve been fielding a lot of questions about final wage payment requirements.  So here are five rules every employer should know about providing final wages to employees: An employee who is discharged must be paid all of… Continue Reading

Complying With California’s Minimum Wage Increase

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, Exempt Employees, New Cases, Wage & Hour Law
Here is a short video regarding some items California employers should consider about the minimum wage increase taking effect July 1, 2014.  For more information about the minimum wage increase: Five issues California employers should review before the minimum wage increases July 1, 2014… Continue Reading

Five Things You Need To Know About Arbitration Agreements After The California’s Supreme Court’s Ruling In Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, New Cases, Wage & Hour Law
1. Arbitration Agreements: What Are They? Employers can agree that they and any employees who enter into an arbitration agreement will resolve their differences before a private arbitrator instead of civil court. There are many different arbitration companies to choose from, but the American Arbitration Association and JAMS are two of the larger ones that… Continue Reading

California Supreme Court Upholds Class Action Waivers: Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, New Cases, Wage & Hour Law
Today, the California Supreme Court issued a ruling in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC regarding the enforceability of class action waivers in arbitration agreements. In upholding class action waivers in arbitration agreements, the Supreme Court explained in the introduction of the opinion: The question is whether a state’s refusal to enforce such a… Continue Reading

Are you ready for the increase in minimum wage? Join us for a mid-year update on employment and corporate issues.

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, Exempt Employees, Expense Reimbursement, New Cases, Technology & Law, Wage & Hour Law, Wrongful Termination
My firm is conducting a webinar on Thursday June 19, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. for a mid-year update on emerging employment law issues and the newly enacted LLC statute effecting most California Limited Liability Companies.  For more information and to register, please complete the form below:  … Continue Reading

Five issues California employers should review before the minimum wage increases July 1, 2014

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, Exempt Employees, Wage & Hour Law
Come July 1, 2014, California’s minimum wage will increase from $8 per hour to $9 per hour for all workers. The minimum wage will increase again to $10 per hour on July 1, 2016. Other than starting to work with their payroll provider to ensure that all hours worked as of July 1 will be… Continue Reading

Five legally required items often overlooked by California employers

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, Technology & Law, Wage & Hour Law
Welcome to Friday’s 5, a series of posts each Friday of lists of five items in various aspect of California employment law. I hope to keep it informative and interesting, and provide a checklist of sorts for California employers to review various practices and policies. Starting off, here is a list of five items not… Continue Reading

Introducing Friday’s 5 Best Practices for California Employers

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, Wage & Hour Law
I know, I’m the first one to admit things have been pretty dormant here at the California Employment Law Report. It is actually a good sign of my growing practice, but with the increasing list of employers I’ve been advising, the less time I’ve had to write articles and conduct webinars. This will be changing… Continue Reading

Are on-duty meal periods valid in California?

Posted in Class Actions, Meal and Rest Breaks, Wage & Hour Law
As many California employers know, ignoring or failing to comply with the requirements of providing meal and rest breaks in California can create huge liability for companies. California law does allow for “on-duty” meal periods, whereby the employee takes a meal break, but while still working. Employers sometimes view this exception as an easy alternative… Continue Reading
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