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California Supreme Court Clarifies “Day of Rest” Provisions

California employers can now schedule employees with more confidence when the press of business requires employees to work beyond their normal work schedule. The California Supreme Court has clarified California’s “day of rest” statute. The ruling affords employers flexibility in scheduling employees and clarifies some of the law’s ambiguities while leaving a few unanswered issues. … Continue Reading

Both the City of San Diego and the State of California “Clarify” Their Sick Leave FAQs

Both the City of San Diego and the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement have updated their “Frequently Asked Questions” related to the respective local and state sick leave requirements. Click here to read the full article about these specific changes at our Disability, Leave & Health Management blog.… Continue Reading

The City of Los Angeles Quietly Updates Its Rules and FAQs Regarding the Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

The sick leave landscape is constantly evolving, and the City of Angeles is no exception to that rule. This past month the City of Los Angeles Office of Wage Standards  revised its rules and regulations as well the FAQs regarding its Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Ordinance. Learn what that means for employers here at … Continue Reading

Can Employers Require Their Employees to Remain On Call During Rest Breaks?

In another important decision regarding an employer’s obligation to provide rest breaks, the California Supreme Court in Jennifer Augustus et al. v. ABM Security Services, Inc. (2016) 2 Cal.5th 257, dealt with two issues related to employee rest breaks: 1) whether employers are required to permit their employees to take off-duty rest periods pursuant to … Continue Reading

California Division of Industrial Relations Overview of New California Laws Available

Jackson Lewis recently completed a series of seminars throughout California on many of the key California workplace law updates. On December 28, 2016, the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) released its own 2016 Legislative Digest summarizing new laws that impact employees. The DIR Legislative Digest is the DIR’s summary of key laws and is … Continue Reading

Are You Ready? City of Santa Monica’s Sick Leave Provisions Become Effective January 1, 2017

Are you sick of sick leave yet? Beginning on January 1, 2017, the new paid sick leave provisions under Santa Monica City’s recently adopted Minimum Wage and Sick Leave law will go into effect.    Click here to read the full article and find out more on our Disability, Leave & Heath Management Blog.  … Continue Reading

Impacts of Proposition 64 on California Employers

California voters have decided on a number of important Propositions yesterday. Of the Propositions receiving majority support, California employers may particularly wonder about the potential impacts of Proposition 64, which will legalize the recreational use of marijuana.  Below are some potential impacts of Prop 64 on Employers in California: Proposition 64 is not expected to … Continue Reading

The DFEH Modifies Proposed Regulations on Use of Criminal Records For Employment Decisions

On September 7, 2016, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) announced modifications to its proposed regulations originally promulgated on February 19, 2016, governing the use of criminal history in employment decisions.  The new regulations are intended to prevent disparate impact discrimination against protected classes such as gender, race, and national origin.  If … Continue Reading

SB 1241: Forum Selection and Choice of Law Clauses The Long Arm of California Law Just Got Longer

For employers with California employees, there seems to be no way to avoid California’s complicated and protective employment laws, and things just got a bit more complicated. On September 25, 2016, Governor Brown signed into law SB 1241, which prohibits employers from requiring California employees to litigate or arbitrate employment disputes outside of California or … Continue Reading

California Expands Transgender Protections With Gender-Neutral Restroom Law

On September 29, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1732, which will require single-user restrooms in California business establishments, government buildings, and places of public accommodation, to be universally accessible to all genders, and identified by signage as all gender. A “single-user” restroom is defined by statute as a toilet facility with no more … Continue Reading

California Governor Vetoes Parental Leave Bill Which Would Have Expanded Such Leave to Small Employers

The DOL’s final rule on paid sick leave is not the only recent news-making event in the world of leave management.  While additional time off was being lauded by the federal government, additional protected leave was rejected in California.  Click here to read the full article written Susan E. Groff and A. Scott Ruygrok.… Continue Reading

California Cities and Counties Can Now Join the Effort to Enforce State and Local Wage Payment Laws

California S.B. 1342 is a new law which allows cities and counties to work with the California Division of Labor Standards enforcement (“DLSE”) to enforce wage payment laws. The new measure was intended to give local enforcement programs the tools required to conduct wage claim investigations in order to recover unpaid wages including the ability … Continue Reading

California Assembly Bill 2535 Further Limits the California Pay Stub Requirement for Reporting Total Hours Worked

On July 22, 2016, the Governor approved California Assembly Bill 2535 (“AB 2535”), which relates to itemized wage statements (more commonly known as pay stubs). Specifically, AB 2535 revises California Labor Code Section 226. The prior version of Labor Code Section 226 required employers to include on a pay stub total hours worked by the … Continue Reading

“DFEH Now Authorized To File Civil Suits On Behalf Of Victims Of Human Trafficking”

On July 7, 2016, Assembly Bill No. 1684 (“AB1684”)[1], introduced in support California’s anti- human trafficking laws, passed both the Senate and the House of Representatives and was ordered enrolled. Originally introduced earlier this year by Assembly Member Mark Stone, AB1684 amends the current law to expressly allow the Department of Fair Employment and Housing … Continue Reading

Employers Subject to California Prevailing Wage Beware! California Will Resume Enforcement of The Requirement To Electronically Submit Certified Payroll Records

On July 20, 2016, California Department of Industrial Relations (“DIR”) issued a press release stating DIR enforcement of a contractor and subcontractor’s requirement to submit certified payroll records(“CPRs”) using DIR’s online system will resume on August 1. DIR clarified that the requirement to keep CPRs has not changed. Previously, DIR suspended enforcement of filing CPRs … Continue Reading

Bay Area Employer 411: What You Need to Know About the New Laws on Equal Pay, Fair Scheduling and Slavery-Free Supply Chains

Jackson Lewis Shareholder Punam Sarad will serve as a panelist at the Bay Area Employer 411: What You Need to Know About the New Laws on Equal Pay, Fair Scheduling and Slavery-Free Supply Chains Conference hosted by the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, Department of Labor/Women’s Bureau, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and … Continue Reading

Joint Employers Can be Held Liable for Employee Misclassification, California Court Rules

In a wage-and-hour class action filed by food and beverage vendors working in California entertainment arenas, the California Court of Appeal has ruled that a state Labor Code provision making it unlawful for any employer to “engage” in the willful misclassification of an individual as an independent contractor applies not only to the employer actually … Continue Reading

Recorded Webinar Now Available for Viewing: San Francisco Formula Retail Worker Bill of Rights – Are You Safe?

On June 2, Jackson Lewis Shareholder Punam Sarad conducted the San Francisco Formula Retail Worker Bill of Rights – Are You Safe? Webinar to summarize key takeaways from the firm’s previously held in-person panel discussion with the Office of Labor Standards Enforcement (OLSE). A recording of the webinar has been posted here for your convenience. … Continue Reading

You’re Invited: Jackson Lewis 2015 Employment Class Action Spring Summits

Description Presented by leading attorneys with a wide range of class action expertise, this full-day CLE program will dive into key strategies for defending and avoiding class actions and discuss new trends and challenges facing employers. Topics Include: ·         Navigating PAGA Claims ·         Arbitration Agreements with Class Waivers and Rule 68 Offers of Judgment ·         … Continue Reading

San Francisco Associate Alison Hong Presented With the California Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award

San Francisco Associate Alison Hong was honored with a 2014 California Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award at a formal reception last Friday, September 12, 2014 as a part of the 87th State Bar Annual Meeting in San Diego, Calif. The award was presented to Alison by State Bar President Luis J. Rodriguez and California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. … Continue Reading
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