Best Practices For California Employers

By Pooja Patel and Anthony Zaller

An issue that constantly plagues the service industry is what to do about tips and the challenges that come with mandated tip pooling and mandatory service charges. This week’s post is an update and a general discussion about tipping and mandatory service charges. This simple concept is surprisingly complex

Employers considering implementing noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements for their California workforce must understand the differences in these agreements, and California’s public policy against restraints against an employee’s ability to work in their profession or trade.  This Friday’s Five covers the top five issues employers must know about noncompetition and nonsolicitation agreements in California.

1. Noncompetition

Recently we have been litigating and answering basic issues about employers’ obligations to provide meal and rest breaks.  It has been a few years since the California Supreme Court issued its groundbreaking ruling in Brinker Restaurant Group v. Superior Court, and there is no indication that wage and hour litigation for California employers will

With summer right around the corner, many businesses are looking to hire from local high schools. Whether you are hiring minors as seasonal or full-time employees, there are key laws that employers should be familiar with. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), California Labor Code, California Wage Orders, and California Education Code regulate child labor.  

In Ready, Fire, Aim, an excellent book for entrepreneurs, Michael Masterson sets out a compelling reason why nearly everyone in the workplace needs a mentor (and why everyone should also be a mentor).  Masterson explains, “The big problem everyone has when beginning a new business is ignorance.  New entrepreneurs don’t know how the business

On April 1, 2023, the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Work Week Ordinance (“FWWO”) becomes effective and regulates retail businesses with employees working in the City.  The FWWO states that there are over 140,000 workers in the retail sector in the “Los Angeles economy.”  The ordinance sets out that “unpredictability of work schedules endemic in

Do employers need to have a computerized timekeeping system to comply with their requirements under California law?  Surprisingly (or maybe not so – depending on your views on how slow the law is in adapting to technological advances), the Labor Code does not address this issue right on point.  Yet, there are some governing principles

As California employers already know, noncompliance with the numerous employment regulations can result in serious legal consequences, monetary penalties, and damage to an organization’s reputation. One of the most effective ways for employers to ensure compliance with employment laws is by using checklists. Checklists are useful tools that can help employers keep track of their

California law presumes that all employees are non-exempt employees, meaning that they are not exempt from the Labor Code requirements, such as overtime pay, meal and rest breaks, and minimum wage. Exempt employees are designated as such because they are “exempt” from certain wage and hour requirements due to their duties and pay. However, the