NEWSLETTER

PAGA CLAIMS GET A BOOST FROM STATE’S HIGHEST COURT

The California Supreme Court has just “upped the ante” in the discovery phase of PAGA litigation. In Williams v. Superior Court, the court by unanimous decision, held that PAGA plaintiffs have Read More >>

DEATH, TAXES AND NEW CALIFORNIA EMPLOYMENT LAWS REGARDING INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS

Arlene Yang

The old saying goes, “there are two things that you can’t avoid – death and taxes.”  Despite that sage advice, many employers, well intentioned though they may be, have attempted to save money by Read More >>

SPRING IS HERE AND IT’S TIME TO CLEAN OUT YOUR KITCHEN CABINETS (AND EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK)

Robert D. Wilson III

When is the last time you looked through your kitchen cabinets and cleaned out expired cans of food?  If you are like me, it was a few years ago.  My wife and I recently tackled this chore and it Read More >>

EMPLOYERS BEWARE: RECENT NLRB CHANGES IMPACT EMPLOYEE HANDBOOKS

Employers large and small are familiar with the concept of employee handbooks as standard communication devices in many American workplaces.  Handbooks typically describe the company and its Read More >>

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS AT THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD

Gary W. Wright

During the past sixty years the percentage of unionized workers in the private sector has plummeted from a high of 33% in 1952 to a percentage today of less than 7%.  While a number of factors Read More >>

CALIFORNIA’S NEW DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS DO NOT TRUMP ARBITRATION BENEFITS

Luis E. Lorenzana

Arbitration, like mediation, has always been an attractive alternative to prolonged litigation for numerous reasons, including in the past the confidentiality of the proceedings and the outcomes. Read More >>

NOT SO HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Noah J. Woods

Employer-Sponsored Holiday Parties – Tips for Ensuring a Happy Holiday Season It is estimated that over two-thirds of employers will host some form of holiday party for their employees this year, Read More >>

CALIFORNIA TAKES A STEP TO END WORKPLACE BULLYING

Janice P. Brown, Esq. and Jimmy Alamillo

The scope of California’s required supervisory sexual harassment training just got bigger: the training must now include the prevention of workplace bullying. The story began in 2004 when Read More >>

CALIFORNIA EMPLOYEES’ WHISTLE JUST GOT MUCH LOUDER

Noah J. Woods

In late-2013 Governor Jerry Brown signed into law three  bills (SB 496, SB 666 and AB 263), which together significantly expanded California Labor Code Section 1102.5 (Section 1102.5), Read More >>

PAGA, ANYONE?

Tara Jacobson & Jimmy Alamillo

Our great State of California often sets the national standard on various social, economic and political fronts. One example of this is California’s Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) (Cal. Read More >>