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Cal Supreme Court Deals Blow to the “Independent Contractor” Scam

May 3, 2018 by

On April 30, the California Supreme Court issued a crushing blow to the “gig economy.” In Dynamex Operations West v. Lee, the Court imposed a standard that will make it much harder for Uber and… Read More

Historic Gender-Based Wage Disparity Cannot Justify Future Gender-Based Disparity

April 30, 2018 by

In a significant decision expanding the protections of the Federal Equal Pay Act, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that an employer cannot lawfully rely on an employee’s prior salary history, either alone… Read More

Court Upholds Right to Picket on School Premises

April 23, 2018 by

In the seminal case, Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, the United States Supreme Court explained that “[i]t can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom… Read More

California SC Decides How to Factor Bonus into Overtime

April 16, 2018 by

California law requires employers to pay non-exempt employees for all hours worked over eight in a day, or forty in a week, at a premium rate of 1.5 times the “regular rate” of pay –… Read More

Ninth Circuit Reaffirms General Right of Privacy for Public Employees to Engage in Off-Duty Sexual Behavior

March 5, 2018 by

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued a decision reaffirming a public employee’s general right of privacy and intimate association. Perez v. City of Roseville (No. 15-16430 (9th Cir. February 9, 2018)).The case involved… Read More

Court Ruling Protects the Public Sector Pensions

January 12, 2018 by

Legacy members of the County retirement systems in Alameda, Contra Costa and Merced counties obtained a tremendous victory from California’s First Appellate District on January 8, 2018 in a closely watched case challenging certain provisions… Read More

California WARN Act Applies to Temporary Layoffs

January 4, 2018 by

Both state and federal law requires employers to give advance notice before initiating a “mass layoff” to avoid the disruptive effects to workers and their communities. The federal and California laws are each called the… Read More

BTB Annual Legislative Round-up (4 of 4)

December 27, 2017 by

 Public Sector Right to Organize / Union Representation SB 285 – Prohibition on Dissuading Public Employee to Join a UnionThis bill prohibits a public employer from deterring or discouraging public employees from becoming or remaining… Read More

BTB Annual Legislative Round-up (3 of 4)

December 20, 2017 by

 Whistleblower ProtectionsSB 306– Injunctive Relief for Unlawful RetaliationExisting law protects workers from retaliation for reporting their employer’s improper or illegal actions. This bill allows the Labor Commissioner or the employee to seek a temporary injunction… Read More

BTB Annual Legislative Round-up (2 of 4)

December 13, 2017 by

Wage and Hour LawsAB 1066 – Wages, Hours, and Working Conditions of Agricultural WorkersHistorically, California has excluded agricultural workers from many important employee protections. This law removes the exemption for agricultural employees regarding hours, meal… Read More