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Court Rejects Classification of Employee as Trainee

July 10, 2017 by

A California appellate court has issued a decision that emphasizes the narrow circumstances under which a worker may be treated as an unpaid “trainee” and confirms that nonmonetary benefits may not be attributed to employee… Read More

New Law Mandates Union Access to New Employee Orientation In Public Sector

July 3, 2017 by

AB 119 AB 119 (codified at California Government Code §§ 3555-3559) requires California’s public employers to provide unions mandatory access to new bargaining unit employees at orientation. It also requires the prompt provision of contact… Read More

California Supreme Court Clarifies When Employees are Entitled to a “Day of Rest”

May 25, 2017 by

The California Labor Code contains a requirement that generally prohibits employees from working “more than six days in seven,” with certain exceptions. For example, the requirement that employees have one day’s rest in seven excludes… Read More

Cash-in-Lieu of Benefits Payments Trigger Higher Overtime Pay

April 4, 2017 by

In a case that has far reaching implications for unions and workers, the Ninth Circuit ruled in Flores v. City of San Gabriel in June 2016, that when an employer calculates its employees’ “regular rate… 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

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