CA Employment Law Blog
California’s legal climate presents unique challenges to businesses operating in the state. A frequent author and speaker on employment law, Jeff is a regular contributor to the firm’s California Employment Law blog, providing insight into the full spectrum of California labor laws concerning class actions, wage and hour issues, overtime matters, discrimination and harassment claims, privacy concerns, accommodations and other issues.
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Recent Blog Posts
- What Does It Mean That CA Employers Must “Relinquish All Control” During Breaks? Let’s pick up where we left off. In our last post of 2016, I was complaining about the California Supreme Court’s decision in Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc. The majority opinion in that case said that employees who were required to carry phones or pagers on their rest breaks, even if they didn’t get called or paged, were deprived of their statutory breaks and were therefore owed a one-hour penalty. While I found plenty to complain about in that decision... More
- CA Employees Required to Carry Radios or Pagers on Rest Breaks Are Owed a Penalty The worst aspect of California employment law is the way it combines unclear requirements with exorbitant penalties for noncompliance. So employers can’t necessarily tell what the law requires and, if they get it wrong, face crippling financial penalties. The latest illustration of that principle comes from the California Supreme Court’s December 22, 2016 opinion in Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc. The plaintiffs in this consolidated class action worked as security guards and were required to keep their pagers and radio... More
- 5 Things LA Employers Must Do Now To Comply With New “Ban the Box” Ordinance If you’re a city contractor or private employer in the City of Los Angeles with 10 or more employees, starting January 22, 2017 you will be subject to new restrictions on how you deal with job applicants’ criminal histories. The only employers exempt from these requirements will be those that are required by law to obtain conviction information, are prohibited by law from hiring applicants convicted of a crime, are seeking to fill positions that applicants with convictions are prohibited... More
- CA State Minimum Wage Increases on January 1, 2017 On January 1, 2017, the California minimum wage will increase for businesses with more than 25 employees from $10 per hour to $10.50 per hour. This is another step toward a $15 per hour minimum wage on January 1, 2022. You can see a schedule of the planned increases here. The legislation allows the governor to pause increases for a year if budget or economic factors dictate. Copyright: svlumagraphica / 123RF Stock Photo In addition, more than 20 cities and counties, three ports,... More
- Federal Judge Blocks Overtime Rules Set to Take Effect December 1, 2016 Many employers have taken steps to comply with the US Department of Labor’s Final Overtime Rule that was set to take effect on December 1st. But yesterday, a District Court judge in Texas issued a temporary injunction barring the rules from taking effect nationwide. You can read our take on the issue here. Copyright: rangizzz / 123RF Stock Photo... More