California Legislation Update

Facebook’s $550 million settlement announced this week to resolve a lawsuit alleging it violated Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) is the largest consumer privacy settlement in the United States.  While the case was under Illinois law, California recently joined Illinois and other states in providing consumers (and employees) rights and control over their personal

2020 opens with numerous legal challenges to California’s new employment laws taking effect on January 1, 2020.  The new laws targeted by business groups are AB 5, which makes it more difficult for businesses to classify workers as independent contractors, and AB 51, which prohibits employers from requiring mandatory arbitration agreements with employees.  If this

By Michael Thompson

Just two days before it was slated to take effect, California’s controversial new law on mandatory arbitration agreements is in legal limbo. AB 51, signed by the Governor in October, would make it an unlawful employment practice for an employer to require employees or applicants to “waive any right, forum, or procedure

With new legal requirements facing California employers by January 1, 2020, this Friday’s Five focuses on five initial steps that employers can begin implementing now:

1. Minimum Wage and Exempt Employees Salary Threshold: Adjust pay levels for increasing minimum wage and ensure exempt employees are paid minimum threshold salaries to qualify as exempt.

  • Effective January

The California legislature set its sights on limiting employers’ use of independent contractors in the gig economy, and it will have a dramatic impact for all employers.  AB 5, which codifies the California Supreme Court’s ABC test for independent contractors as set forth in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles (2018)

California passed a wave of new laws in 2018 relating to the #metoo movement, many of which prohibit confidential settlement agreements or disclosure of allegations related to sexual harassment in the workplace.  This Friday’s Five post reviews five areas impacted by these new laws in 2019, which illustrate the need for employers to stay informed

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

The beginning of 2019 brought substantial employment case settlements and verdicts.  This Friday’s Five reviews the settlements and verdicts that should catch the attention of all employers, as well as a review of the U.S. Supreme Court’s new ruling on arbitration agreements for transportation workers:

1. Restaurant settles claim with Labor Commissioner for $4 million