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Friday’s Five: Five Terms To Include In Job Offer Letters

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Employee Handbooks, Exempt Employees, Uncategorized
Hiring new employees? For the next job offer, instead of relying on the old job offer letter you have a lawyer review in the 1990’s, it is recommended to review the offer letter to ensure it is up to date with current law. While some of the items discussed below are not necessarily new aspect… Continue Reading

Governor signs bill to amend California’s paid sick leave law 13 days after employees begin accruing paid sick leave.

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Employee Handbooks, Resources
Are you tired of employment lawyers’ obnoxious headlines asking if you are sick over California’s paid sick leave law yet?  I’ll spare you the play on words and get to some of the major amendments to California’s paid sick leave law, which took effect immediately upon the Governor’s signature of AB 304 on July 13,… Continue Reading

Presentation: General rules to comply with California’s paid sick leave law

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Employee Handbooks, Resources, Wage & Hour Law
I’ll be posting some short clips of a recent presentation I conducted on complying with California’s paid sick leave law.  In this first video, I discuss some general rules California employers need to consider to comply with the July 1, 2015 deadline to offer paid sick leave to employees.  Topics include: how to calculate pay… 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 most targeted industries for government wage and hour audits

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Employee Handbooks, Meal and Rest Breaks, Wage & Hour Law
Is your company in an industry that is likely to be targeted by the Department of Labor (DOL) for FLSA violations, or by the California Labor Commissioner for California Labor Code violations? A review of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour statistics for fiscal year 2014, in connection with California’s Division of Labor Standards… Continue Reading

California’s paid sick leave law: Five deadlines every employer must know

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Employee Handbooks
While July 1, 2015 is the primary date making most headlines for the new sick leave requirement in California, and is when in fact employees begin to accrue and will be eligible to take paid sick leave, there are many other deadlines employers should keep in mind: 1.      January 1, 2015: Required poster “Healthy Workplaces/Healthy… 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

Five things every employer with IT workers must understand about the computer professional exemption under California law

Posted in California Legislation Update, Employee Handbooks, Technology & Law, Uncategorized, Wage & Hour Law
Recently I published a list of common exemptions under California law. This list of exemptions did not delve into the details of each exemption in detail, so I will be returning to a few of the exemptions to add more explanation about each exempt classification. I’m currently reading Paul Graham’s Hackers and Painters, Big Ideas… Continue Reading

Paid sick leave: resources for California employers to review prior to July 1, 2015 requirements begin

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Employee Handbooks
In order to explain the law and answer questions employers have about implementing policies to comply with the requirement that all employers provide up to three paid sick leave days starting July 1, 2015, the Department of Industrial Relations is hosting a free webinar. It is taking place on April 8, 2015, from noon to… Continue Reading

Five areas of employee compensation or off-work conduct that cannot be regulated by an employer under California law; plus: Ben Horowitz, the Shmoney Dance and How to Manage

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Employee Handbooks, Wage & Hour Law, Wrongful Termination
I just discovered How to Start a Startup, which is a series of videos published by Stanford University on YouTube with some outstanding speakers. The problem is that the class videos are so great, I have a hard time turning them off. Case in point, this week I watched Ben Horowitz’ lecture: How to Manage. … 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 documents employers should provide to employees separating from the company

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Employee Handbooks, Wage & Hour Law
There is always a lot of attention paid to what notices and forms should be given to new-hires. However, today’s Friday’s Five post I want to focus on the documents that should accompany an employee’s separation from employment: 1. Paycheck for all hours worked until separation including all accrued but unused vacation time. Generally, the… Continue Reading

Five rules for drafting vacation policies the right way under California law

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Employee Handbooks, Wage & Hour Law
One policy that I find is usually not given the attention it deserves when drafting employee handbooks is the policy for vacation time. There are numerous rules about how employees earn vacation, and it is often tricky to draft a proper policy without someone experienced in this area. Many out-of-state employers assume that their policy… Continue Reading

Five indispensable items employers must know about California’s Wage Theft Protection Act’s Notice to Employee

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Employee Handbooks, New Cases, Wage & Hour Law
The Wage Theft Protection act of 2011 added Labor Code section 2810.5 requiring all private California employers to provide a written notice containing specific information to non-exempt employees upon hire. Below are five indispensable items employers should understand about the Notice to Employee (“Notice”) required under the law. 1. All private employers, regardless of size,… 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

Areas employers should review as part of their yearly audit – part two

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, Employee Handbooks, Expense Reimbursement, Wage & Hour Law
In my last post, I wrote about what steps employers should talk to comply with the new employment laws for 2015. This post discusses more generally what employers should audit on a yearly basis. And with the year coming to a close, now is a great time to review these five items: 1. Expense reimbursement… 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

Sick leave poster and revised Notice to Employee published by Division of Labor Standards Enforcement: All California employers must use starting January 1, 2015

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Employee Handbooks, Wage & Hour Law
The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) published a new poster employers are required to post regarding California’s new sick leave law. Under the new law (Labor Code Section 247) employers are required to display a poster in a conspicuous place requiring certain information about the new rights of employees to receive paid sick leave.… Continue Reading

Five things to know about time off for holidays and holiday pay under California law

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Employee Handbooks, Wage & Hour Law
Happy Holidays! With the holidays upon us, it is a good time for employers to review their holiday schedule and these five reminders about holidays and holiday pay under California law. 1. California employers are not required to provide employees time off for holidays. There is no requirement that California employers provide time off (except… Continue Reading

Understanding immigration and labor reform laws on the federal and state level: President Obama’s immigration proposal and California’s change to immigration related laws in 2015

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, Employee Handbooks, Wrongful Termination
President Obama’s announcement of his controversial plan to provide amnesty for illegal immigrants to remain in the country who meet certain requirements raises a few employment and immigration issues for employers. Putting the politics aside, it is a good time for employers to review their obligations under the law to confirm a worker’s eligibility to… Continue Reading
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