California Employment Law Report

California Employment Law Report

The latest litigation trends, court decisions, & issues on California Employment Law

Tag Archives: labor commissioner

Ignoring these legal notices can create liability for California employers

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Wage & Hour Law
man signing documentHappy Friday!  This Friday’s Five provides five legal requests and/or notices that, if ignored, can create huge liability for a California employer. 1. Requests for personnel records and time records There are many different Labor Code provisions that obligate the employer to provide current and former employees with a copy of their personnel files and/or… Continue Reading

Don’t forget to update wage information on notices required by Wage Theft Protection Act in 2016

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Employee Handbooks, Wage & Hour Law
California employers are required to provide non-exempt employees with certain information upon hire as required by the Wage Theft Protection Act.  The law became effective in 2012 and is codified at Labor Code section 2810.5.  Many employers use the Labor Commissioner’s template (embedded below) to meet their legal requirement, and will pre-populate the items in… 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 new California employment laws taking effect on January 1, 2016

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, Employee Handbooks, Expense Reimbursement, Wage & Hour Law
I can hear the questions already, just five new laws taking effect on January 1, 2016?  No, there are many more, as I have previously written about, but here are five additional new laws employers need to understand going into 2016. 1.     Family members of whistleblower are granted protections and some employers are excluded from… Continue Reading

Labor Commissioner’s ruling against Uber widely misunderstood by media

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Exempt Employees, Expense Reimbursement, New Cases, Technology & Law, Wage & Hour Law
Earlier this week Uber appealed a California Labor Commissioner ruling against it holding that a driver was misclassified as an independent contractor.  In this video, I briefly discuss the ruling and the lesson it holds for employers. Misclassification of employees as independent contractors can carry many damages and penalties.  For example, Sections 226.8 and 2753… 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

Five statutes that can shift attorney’s fees to employers

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, Exempt Employees, Resources, Technology & Law, Uncategorized, Wage & Hour Law, Wrongful Termination
You may recall from your college business law class of the “American rule” regarding attorney’s fees: generally in the United States each side is responsible to their own attorney’s fees, and unlike other countries, the loser does not have to pay the other party’s attorney’s fees. Employers can basically ignore this general rule in employment… Continue Reading

Five pointers to know before attending a Labor Commissioner hearing

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Wage & Hour Law
This Friday’s Five is a bit early this week, but I have to post today as my blog is going through some upgrades and I will not be able to post this tomorrow (Friday). I’ve previously written about what Labor Commissioner hearings are (also known as Berman Hearings here in California) and how to prepare… Continue Reading

Statistical Analysis of Labor Commissioner Rulings Shows Inconsistencies

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Wage & Hour Law
When faced with a hearing before the California Labor Commissioner in a Berman hearing, employers and employees alike expect to get a fair, consistent hearing to settle wage disputes. However, as Brian Sumers of the Daily Journal points out this is not always the case. His article (subscription required) provides an analysis of the inconsistencies… Continue Reading

All California Employers Have New Employee Notice Requirements Beginning January 1, 2012

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, California Legislation Update, Employee Handbooks, Wage & Hour Law
The new law affecting every employer in California is the Wage Theft Protection Act of 2011. It takes effect on January 1, 2012 and adds additional notice and record keeping requirements that employers must comply with. The new law added Labor Code section 2810.5, which requires private employers to provide all new employees with a… Continue Reading

Overview Of Berman Hearings Before The Labor Commissioner

Posted in Best Practices For California Employers, Wage & Hour Law
I’ve had a lot of interest from clients lately about the details of the administrative hearing process that employees can pursue before the California Labor Commissioner. With this interest, and just having represented a client at a Berman hearing this week, I wanted to explain the process in a series of posts.  An employee seeking… Continue Reading
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