Topic: california

In California, Pregnancy Leave May Be Longer Than You Think…

California employers take note: the state’s Pregnancy Disability Leave Law provides up to four months of leave, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give pregnant employees more time if they need it. That’s what the state’s Court of Appeal ruled in Sanchez v. Swissport. The background, from Andrew Satenberg and Jessica Rosen of law firm… Read more »

New Year Brings New California Employment Laws

California employers and HR managers take note: the winds of change are blowing in your state, and they’re headed right for your employment practices… On January 1, 2013, a broad range of new and revised labor regulations go into effect. Here’s a look at nine of them: 1. Written contracts for employees on commission: “Beginning… Read more »

California Employers: Are Your Commission Compensation Plans in Place?

If you have employees in California working on commission, take note. As of January 1, 2013, revisions to the state’s labor code require you to have written contracts with each commissioned worker, setting forth the ways in which compensation will be computed and paid. Three things to keep in mind when updating and drafting your… Read more »

Breastfeeding, Social Media, Wages, Human Trafficking: California Employers Face Mountain of New Labor Laws

On September 30, 2012, California’s Governor Jerry Brown signed a package of new employment laws and amendments to existing statutes, most of which go into effect on January 1. Here are some of the highlights: On social media privacy: “Assembly Bill No. 1844 prohibits an employer from ‘requiring or requesting an employee or applicant for… Read more »

Construction News: Developers Can Force Arbitration of Disputes, CA Supreme Court Rules

Earlier this month, the California Supreme Court held that homeowners’ associations are bound by arbitration provisions in covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs). From law firm Allen Matkins: “… the California Supreme Court issued a significant opinion in the matter of Pinnacle Museum Tower Association v. Pinnacle Market Development (US), LLC, et al., holding that arbitration… Read more »

Another Strike Against the NLRB’s Fight to End Arbitration Clauses

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before… That’s not the lead-in to a tired joke, but rather our introduction to the latest chapter in the National Labor Relations Board’s ongoing efforts to block employer-mandated arbitration clauses in labor contracts (for earlier updates, see Mandatory Arbitration Agreements Are Dead! Long Live Mandatory Arbitration Agreements!). The… Read more »

Brinker Ruling: 5 Lunchtime Takeaways for California Employers

[Video: Brinker: California Supreme Court Clarifies Standards for Meal Period Rules – Steps Employers Should Take Now – by Allen Matkins] On April 12, 2012, the California Supreme Court ruled in Brinker Restaurant Group v. Superior Court of San Diego that while employers are required to provide meal breaks to employees, they need not ensure… Read more »

California Supreme Court Brinker Ruling: Employers Not Required to Ensure Lunch Breaks

The California Supreme Court handed down its long-awaited decision today in Brinker Restaurant Group v. Superior Court of San Diego, finding that employers are responsible only for providing lunch breaks to employees, not for making sure employees take them. From law firm Allen Matkins: “… the Supreme Court made three particularly significant pronouncements: (1) an… Read more »

Employment Law Roundup: NLRB, California Wage-Hour, OSHA Postings, and More

For your reference, an overview of recent commentary on labor and employment law: National Labor Relations Board NLRB Report Challenges Validity of Many Commonly Used Social Media Policies (Littler) NRLB Report: Employers’ Social Media Policies Must be Narrow, Must not Restrict Right to Engage in Protected Activities (Mintz Levin – Employment, Labor & Benefits) Alternative… Read more »

Wage Theft Prevention Act in New York and California: Effective January 1, 2012

On January 1, 2012, wage-theft legislation went into effect in both California and New York, two of the nation’s three most populous states. The new laws require employers to provide employees with a standard set of information regarding their employment conditions. For your reference, here’s a roundup of recent legal commentary and analysis on those… Read more »

Doing Business in California

From Fox Rothschild, a comprehensive overview of doing business in the nation’s largest state: “The allure of doing business in California is undeniable. It is the world’s sixth largest economy and a market of more than 36 million people. For employers, however, California presents unique challenges because its laws differ significantly from federal laws and… Read more »

Doing Business in California in 2012: Do You Know These New Laws?

For your reference, here’s an overview of new laws on the books for 2012 affecting companies doing business in California: California’s New Minimum Pay Requirements for Computer Professional Employees Take Effect January 1, 2012 (Morgan Lewis) “Effective January 1, 2012, the required minimum pay/salary for those employees exempt from overtime under the California computer professional… Read more »

Benefit Corporation Now Recognized in California: What Is It?

We’ve been reading with the interest legal analysis and commentary spurred by California Governor Jerry Brown’s recent bill signing spree. Included in the mix: a look at the new Benefit Corporation, a for-profit corporation that has the leeway to also take on objectives usually within the realm of non-profit organizations. Here’s a closer look, from… Read more »

California Employment Laws: Governor Brown Goes to Town

“California Governor Jerry Brown finally addressed the bulk of the labor and employment-related bills passed by the California state legislature during the first half of the 2011-2012 session … [relating] to various and diverse areas such as hiring practices, required leaves of absence, health insurance, and worker classification.” (From Governor Brown Signs Significant New Employment… Read more »