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Five myths about California employment law

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, Exempt Employees, Meal and Rest Breaks, Wage & Hour Law
Golden Gate BridgeThis week’s Friday’s Five covers five misconceptions about California employment law that can land employers in a lot of hot water: Meal and rest breaks see so trivial. The topic for the uneducated (or out of state) employer does seem trivial.  However, with the penalty owed to employees of one hour of pay for each… Continue Reading

Employment law mid-year update and mixer

Posted in About the California Employment Law Report, Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, Exempt Employees, Meal and Rest Breaks, New Cases, Resources, Seminar, Wage & Hour Law, Wrongful Termination
Join me for a seminar for a mid-year update on California employment law issues.  Learn how to keep your company compliant with new developments in California.  Topics will include: Top five pitfalls facing California employers in 2016 How to prepare for the Department of Labor’s changes to the overtime rules going into effect on December… Continue Reading

Five employment law developments in California

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, Exempt Employees, New Cases, Technology & Law, Wage & Hour Law
A lot was happening this week in California’s employment law.  This week’s Friday’s Five is a round-up on the highlights: 1.       Los Angeles City Council votes to require employers to provide 6 days of paid sick leave. The LA City Council approved a measure to require employers to provide employees up to six paid sick… Continue Reading

Five videos all California employers should watch for 2016

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, Exempt Employees, Meal and Rest Breaks, New Cases, Resources, Wage & Hour Law
Happy New Year!  This Friday’s Five consists of five new video’s taken from a recent presentation I conducted on new employment laws facing California employers in 2016.  Wishing everyone the best in 2016. 2016 Update: California’s new equal pay protections: 2016 Update: Meal and rest break considerations: 2016 Update: Minimum wage increases state and locally:… Continue Reading

Friday’s Five: Five employment law areas to review for 2016

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, Exempt Employees, Meal and Rest Breaks, New Cases, Resources, Wage & Hour Law
As we approach the close of 2015, employers should take the time to review their employment law policies and practices.  I’m often asked where should the process start?  Here are five areas employers can focus on to start the audit process: 1.      Employee handbooks Employers need to ensure their policies are up to date, and… Continue Reading

Five things to know about the salary basis test

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Exempt Employees, Wage & Hour Law
workers in buildingTo qualify as an exempt employee, an employee must be “primarily engaged in the duties that meet the test of the exemption” and “earns a monthly salary equivalent to no less than two times the state minimum wage for full-time employment.” Labor Code section 515.  This forms the two part test the employees must meet… Continue Reading

Five immutable laws of California employment law

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, Exempt Employees, Wage & Hour Law
SF Skyline1.     It does not matter if you are a start-up, mom and pop business, or a fortune 500 company, employment laws cannot be ignored.  While different laws do apply to larger employers, for the most part, every employer has to comply with roughly the same laws in California.  California’s paid sick leave requirement that took… Continue Reading

Friday’s Five: Five statistics from the EEOC that should get employer’s attention

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, Wrongful Termination
EEOCThe EEOC recently disclosed its fiscal year 2015 performance report.  The report is a good reminder to employers of the issues that they may likely face EEOC scrutiny.  Here are five key statistics employers should pay attention to: 1.     EEOC obtained more than $525 million in discrimination suits.  Of this amount, the parties settled disputes… Continue Reading

Friday’s Five: Five Employment Law Considerations For 2016

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, Meal and Rest Breaks, New Cases, Resources, Wage & Hour Law
Today’s Friday’s Five is a short video about five employment law considerations employers should review at the end of 2015.  As mentioned in the video, I will be conducting a webinar on December 2, 2015 for employers to understand and comply with new employment laws taking effect in 2016.  I will also discuss new case… Continue Reading

FedEx $228 million class action settlement preliminarily approved on third try

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Expense Reimbursement, Wage & Hour Law
fedex groundThe recent settlement creating a $228 million fund by Federal Express in a multistate class action brought in 2005 alleging that drivers were misclassified as independent contractors.  However, the parties are encountering some reluctance from the court in obtaining court approval of the settled.  This case is a good example that entering into a settlement… Continue Reading

Friday’s Five: California employers get some PAGA relief

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, Class Actions, Wage & Hour Law
California passed a new law in October 2015 that provides employers some potential protection against penalties imposed by the Private Attorney General Act of 2004 (PAGA). Employers need to understand the intricacies of PAGA, and the importance of seeking legal counsel immediately upon receiving a copy of the letter a plaintiff must send to the… Continue Reading

Uber class action certified, five takeaways for California employers

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Expense Reimbursement, New Cases, Technology & Law, Wage & Hour Law
This week, a federal court in northern California certified portions of a class action brought by Uber drivers who worked in California since 2009 (click here for the decision [PDF]).  Over 160,000 drivers have worked for Uber in California during this time period, and while the case is making a lot of news, what are… Continue Reading

Friday’s Five: Five recent employment law developments employers should heed

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, Class Actions, New Cases, Wage & Hour Law
This Friday’s Five covers five employment law developments that occurred in August 2015 that will have an impact for employers in California. 1)     NLRB ruling widens which companies may be considered “joint employers” In a 3-2 decision, the NLRB ruled that Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc. was a joint employer with a staffing agency, Leadpoint… Continue Reading

Friday’s Five: Issues That Should Be On Every Employer’s Radar

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, Exempt Employees, Meal and Rest Breaks, Wage & Hour Law
Speaking with some clients, I sense their overwhelming confusion in setting up employment policies in California. While it can be a daunting task, I remind them that the key is to approach it in a systematic process, and once the system is in place, compliance can be very easy. While there are many issues employers… Continue Reading

Friday’s Five: When employers may be required to pay employees to “do nothing”

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, New Cases, Wage & Hour Law
Even though employers allow employees to watch TV, surf the Internet, or even sleep, depending on the circumstances such on-call time, even if the employee is not doing any work, still may be required to be paid by the employer.  It has been clear since the 1940’s that employers have the obligation to pay employees… Continue Reading

The Department of Labor’s proposed salary increase for exempt employees

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Exempt Employees, Wage & Hour Law
In July 2015, the Department of Labor proposed regulations that would increase the salary amount employers would need to pay for employees to qualify as exempt.  If adopted, the proposal would require that employees would have to earn at least $50,440 per year in order to qualify for most exemptions in 2016.  This episode discusses… Continue Reading

Friday’s Five: on-call time under California law

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Class Actions, Employee Handbooks, Wage & Hour Law
Businesses that have employees on standby waiting to be called for work must review whether this on-call time needs to be paid time.  It is a very fact intensive inquiry, that employers must ensure they get correct.  Any mistake in not paying employees for compensable on-call time can result in potential exposure for overtime, minimum… Continue Reading

Five employment related bills California employers must monitor

Posted in California Legislation Update, Class Actions, New Cases, Wage & Hour Law
With summer upon us, the California legislature is busy working on bills that could impact employers.  Here are five employment bills being considered by the state legislature that California employers should keep an eye on: 1. SB 3 – Increase in minimum wage and indexing to inflation Currently, California minimum wage is set to increase… Continue Reading

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
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