As recently covered on this blog, the surge in Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) lawsuits and the amounts of damages sought in these cases in California has become a significant cause for concern among the business community. PAGA, initially designed to empower employees to file lawsuits for labor code violations on behalf of themselves and

As we embark on the year 2024, California’s employment law landscape is poised to continue to present an unfriendly environment for employers. This article proffers some predictions for California employment law in 2024, examining potential legislation and emerging legal trends. Here are a few likely scenarios the Golden State might have in store for employers

The recent surge in Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) lawsuits and the amounts of damages sought in these cases in California has become a significant cause for concern among the business community. This legislation, initially designed to empower employees to file lawsuits for labor code violations on behalf of themselves and other workers, has seen

In Adolph v. Uber Technologies, Inc., the California Supreme Court held that even when an employee enters into an arbitration agreement requiring the employee to arbitrate only their individual claims, the employee still has a right to continue to pursue remedies under California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), if they are able to

By Pooja Patel and Anthony Zaller

A new proposed law, AB 1228, called the Fast Food Franchisor Responsibility Act, that targets the franchise business model is making its way through California’s legislature.  At first glance, the Fast Food Franchisor Responsibility Act seems to benefit franchisees – it requires franchisors to take responsibility for complying

Enacted in 2004, California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) was designed by the California Legislature to offer financial incentives to private individuals to enforce state labor laws by recovering certain civil penalties.  Aggrieved employees can seek recovery of civil penalties for Labor Code violations they suffered, in addition to penalties for all Labor Code violations

As an employer in the Golden State, it is crucial to have a clear understanding of the protections granted to employees by state law. California is known for its progressive stance on worker rights and its complex set of regulations facing employers. In this article, we will delve into the intricacies of unwaivable employment law

There are certain rights provided by the California Labor Code that employees cannot waive, including some of the following:

1. Minimum wage
Labor Code Section 1194 provides a private right of action to enforce violations of minimum wage and overtime laws. That statute clearly voids any agreement between an employer and employee to work for

As we begin March, there are many developments for California employers on the legal front.  Here are five issues that should catch employer’s attention this week (and will likely have impacts on California employers for the rest of the year):

1. Does California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) Survive 2022?

PAGA was designed by the