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

  • A Chart of All of California’s State and City Paid Sick Leave Laws It’s hard work keeping up with all nine of California’s state and municipal Paid Sick Leave Laws. But Tyreen Torner has done more than kept up. She’s compiled all of their various requirements in this handy chart. Maybe you prefer looking up the requirements yourself, which is fine. We’re not here to judge. However, if you’re looking for an easy tool to determine whether the various requirements apply, we’ve got you covered.... More
  • Court Further Postpones AB 51 (Restricting Workplace Arbitration) From Taking Effect AB 51, which restricts workplace arbitration, was scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2020. On December 30, 2019, US District Judge Kimberly Mueller granted a temporary restraining order to prevent the legislation from taking effect. She did so in response to a lawsuit by the California Chamber of Commerce and other employer groups arguing that the legislation was unconstitutional. At a hearing on January 10, 2020, Judge Mueller extended the injunction until January 31, 2020 to allow further briefing... More
  • Court Stops AB 51 (Restricting Workplace Arbitration) From Taking Effect We’ve noted before that AB 51 – the California legislature’s latest attempt to attack workplace arbitration – has significant legal flaws. On December 30, 2019, US District Judge Kimberly Mueller granted a temporary restraining order to prevent the legislation from taking effect on January 1, 2020. Judge Mueller ruled that the employer groups bringing the litigation have shown a likelihood of irreparable injury if relief is not granted and that a restraining order is in the public interest. Specifically, they... More
  • Our Updated Employer’s Guide to Doing Business in California Wondering what to get the little ones for the holidays? How about an up-to-date guide to California’s unique employment laws. Imagine the looks on the little ones’ faces when they see that you’ve gotten a concise, plain-language summary of California’s unique requirements for determining independent contractor status, meal and rest periods, the Fair Pay Act, paychecks and wage statements, the various leaves of absence, and so much more. Is this something kids ask for? Not usually. But when they see their... More
  • SF Bar Assn. Presents 2019 Disability Employment Law Updates The Bar Association of San Francisco is presenting a seminar: 2019 Disability Employment Law Updates. It will take place on January 16, 2020, from noon to 1:15, at the BASF Conference Center, 301 Battery St., 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111. Ben Bien-Kahn of Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP will present the plaintiff’s perspective and I’ll present the defense perspective. The program is approved for 1 hour of of MCLE and is sponsored by the Equality Committee on Disability Rights of the Bar Association of San... More
  • Employer Group Sues to Block AB 51’s Ban on Arbitration We’ve been blogging about attacks on workplace arbitration for over ten years now. (See, for example, this October 2009 post.) AB 51 represents the latest attempts by plaintiffs’ attorneys to ensure that their clients have continued access to employee-friendly juries, rather than to arbitrators with experience understanding and applying the relevant law. We’ve written about what the law says, the economic motives behind the attacks on arbitration, and about how the law affects employers’ decision whether to implement or continue... More