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You Say “Confer,” I Say “Consult.” Let’s Not Call the Whole Thing Off

March 17, 2017 by

The Meyers-Milias-Brown Act imposes on covered public employers an obligation both to “meet and confer” and to “consult” with recognized employee unions. Do the different words mean there are two different bargaining obligations? Not really… 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

2017 Legislative Update: Wage and Hour

February 2, 2017 by

This legislative session, Governor Brown again signed into law several new labor and employment statutes. Many of the new laws this year expand enforcement tools and strengthen existing protections for employees in areas including leave… Read More

California Supreme Court Bans On-Call Rest Breaks

January 4, 2017 by

The California Supreme Court on December 22, 2016, issued a decision upholding the right of employees to take a duty-free rest break. Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc.The case involved a challenge to ABM Security… Read More

New Cal-OSHA Rules Protect Health Care Workers

November 9, 2016 by

On October 21, 2016, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (“Cal-OSHA”) approved new rules requiring employers to take steps to reduce workplace violence against health care workers.Cal-OSHA already requires all employers to develop… Read More

California Ready to Embark on Ambitious Employee Retirement Savings Program

October 17, 2016 by

Signed by the Governor on September 29, SB 1234 creates the new California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program, an opt-out, 401(k)-type savings plan for almost all California private-sector employees not already eligible for a retirement… Read More

Governor Brown Signs Legislation to Expand Overtime for Three Groups of Employees

October 10, 2016 by

Governor Jerry Brown in September signed three union-supported bills to expand overtime protections for farmworkers, private school teachers, and domestic workers.  All three of these new laws will help workers in these important occupations.Farmworkers AB… Read More

NLRB Rules CBA Expiration Bars Employers’ Discretionary, Unilateral Changes, No Matter What Past Practice Is

October 3, 2016 by

When a union contract expires, so too does the management rights clause contained in that contract. Unilateral changes an employer may make in working conditions and terms of employment during the contract pursuant to the… Read More

Is Accommodation Required for Association with a Disabled Person?

September 28, 2016 by

An employer may be liable under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) for firing an employee because of the employee’s association with a person who is disabled or perceived to be disabled, according the… Read More

NLRB Clarifies Purchaser’s Bargaining Obligation

September 19, 2016 by

The National Labor Relations Board has issued a decision that emphasizes the importance of a purchaser’s communications with a selling employer’s employees before taking over the operations of the seller. The decision, Nexeo Solutions, LLC,… Read More