NEWSLETTER

NEW LEGISLATION STRENGTHENS CALIFORNIA’S STANCE AGAINST WORKPLACE HARASSMENT

By: Jordan R. Turner, Associate | Brown Law Group Practice Tips Update employee handbook with new FEHA provisions for sexual harassment; Expand sexual harassment training to non-supervisory, Read More >>

HOW TO HAVE A CONSTRUCTIVE CONVERSATION ON #METOO WITH THE C-SUITE

By Jordan R. Turner | Associate and Sabrina E. Lim | Summer Law Clerk Practice Tips Understand the #MeToo movement as it applies to your workplace; Have an open, constructive conversation about Read More >>

SALARIES SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS: THE NINTH CIRCUIT ELIMINATES EMPLOYER USE OF PRIOR SALARY HISTORY AS A JUSTIFICATION FOR LOWER PAY

By Jordan R. Turner | Associate, Brown Law Group Practice Tips Avoid all inquiries into a candidate for hire’s salary history; Do not rely on an applicant’s salary history unless it was Read More >>

RECENT RAIDS AND HIGH PENALTIES HAVE EMPLOYERS EXAMINING THEIR WORK AUTHORIZATION PRACTICES

Practice Tips for Work Authorization Compliance: Conduct an annual self-audit of your current and terminated employees’ Form I-9s; Consult with counsel regarding best practices for Read More >>

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 >>