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New Law Provides Injunctive Relief to Workers Facing Whistleblower Retaliation

October 25, 2017 by

California law prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who report labor law violations, but the remedies available to victims of retaliation can sometimes be inadequate. Governor Brown has now signed into law SB 306 which… Read More

Court Rejects Employer Objections to LAX “Labor Peace Agreements”

September 20, 2017 by

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld the City of Los Angeles’s policy requiring employers doing business at LAX to enter into “Labor Peace Agreements” as a condition of doing business at the airport…. Read More

Commissioned Employees Are Entitled to Paid Rest Breaks

March 27, 2017 by

A California court of appeal has ruled that commission-paid employees are entitled to no less than pay at the legally applicable minimum hourly wage rate for state-mandated rest breaks.California’s Labor Code and Wage Orders provide… Read More

Failure to Comply Strictly with Federal Credit Reporting Law Subjects Employer to Penalties

February 10, 2017 by

Employers routinely perform background checks on job applicants. The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires prospective employers to provide job applicants with written notice that the employer intends to obtain a “consumer report” on… Read More

Legislature Extends Authority of Local Governments to Enforce Local Wage Laws

August 16, 2016 by

Wage theft is a serious problem in California.  In Los Angeles County alone approximately $26.6 million in wages is stolen from laborers every week.  Because wage theft disproportionately affects the most vulnerable in California, including… Read More

Court Strikes Down Class Action Arbitration Waivers

June 1, 2016 by

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on May 26 issued a watershed decision banning mandatory employment arbitration agreements that bar employees from bringing class-action claims.  (Lewis v. Epic Systems Corp.)  The court’s decision aligns it… Read More

Supreme Court Rejects Employer Attack on California’s Workplace Seating Requirement

April 20, 2016 by

The California Supreme Court has issued an important decision confirming the right of California workers to take a seat on the job when the nature of the work allows.  In issuing this decision, the Court… Read More

Court Rules Stress and Anxiety Caused by Manager Does Not Constitute Legally Protected Disability

June 8, 2015 by

Both California and Federal law protects disabled employees from discrimination, and requires employers to reasonably accommodate disabled workers. One threshold question in all disability accommodation claims is whether the alleged disability is one that is… Read More

Shop Stewards Have Weingarten Rights, Too.

May 4, 2015 by

Union members have the right to the presence of a union representative at an investigatory interview that the employee reasonably believes may result in discipline: this is the Weingarten right, named after the U.S. Supreme… Read More

Employment Law Ruling – ‘On-Call’ Rest Breaks Permissible in California

February 16, 2015 by

A California Court of Appeal recently held that employers are not required to relieve their employees of all duties during paid rest breaks.  (Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc., 14 C.D.O.S. 1123 (January 30, 2015).) … Read More