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California Supreme Court Issues Surprising Decision Limiting Employee Recovery of Unpaid Wages

September 23, 2019 by

In a departure from its recent trend of employee-friendly decisions, the California Supreme Court unanimously held that employees cannot recover unpaid wages as part of a representative class action under the Private Attorney Generals Act… Read More

PERB Finds “Exploding” Offer, Without Rationale, Constitutes Bad Faith Bargaining

July 10, 2019 by

Employers often use “exploding” offers – offers that expire on a certain date – as a hammer and incentive to move the parties to agreement. PERB has now issued an important decision placing limitations on… Read More

COURT REJECTS EMPLOYER ATTACK ON ALRB ACCESS RULE

May 20, 2019 by

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has upheld a longstanding California Agricultural Labor Relations Board (“ALRB”) rule that gives unions access to an employer’s property after written notice and at specific times… Read More

Truckers Deemed Employees – as the Independent Contractor Debate in the Trucking Industry Rages On

May 1, 2019 by

A federal district court judge has issued a decision rejecting a trucking association’s attack on the California Supreme Court’s recent decision establishing a new test to distinguish between employees and independent contractors for purposes of… Read More

Resignation in Lieu of Termination Disqualifies Public Employee from PERS Disability Retirement Benefits

April 17, 2019 by

Ordinarily a public-sector employee who is terminated for cause loses the right to claim PERS disability retirement benefits. But how does this standard apply to an employee who is initially terminated for alleged cause, but… Read More

Drivers Making In-State Delivery of Out-of-State Goods Protected from Mandatory Arbitration of California Wage Claims

April 10, 2019 by

California labor law has a number of worker-friendly provisions that offer better protection to workers than federal minimum standards. California’s requirements that employees be paid daily overtime pay after eight hours and that employees receive… Read More

PERB Rules Employees Entitled to Reasonable Paid Released Time to Prepare for Negotiations

April 3, 2019 by

Most of California’s public sector labor relations statutes require employers to grant employees reasonable released time to participate in the meet and confer process. In 1978, PERB issued a decision that noted – as an… Read More

Employers Must Notify Employees of their Right to Decline Before Conducting Interviews in Preparation for PERB or Arbitration Hearings

March 28, 2019 by

The NLRB has long had a rule that requires employers, prior to interviewing union members about an upcoming NLRB trial, to assure employees that their participation is voluntary and that no reprisals will be taken… Read More

NLRB Upholds Employee’s Right to Display Pro-Union Slogan and Strikes Down Discriminatory Handbook Provision

March 25, 2019 by

In Constellation Brands and Teamsters Local 601 (367 NLRB No. 79 (Jan. 31, 2019), the National Labor Relations Board affirmed that a cellar department employee engaged in protected activity by wearing a vest on which… Read More

Right to Union Representation Not Limited to Interviews

March 20, 2019 by

In 2015, PERB held that the right to a union representative under California law is broader than the NLRA’s version under Weingarten. In 2017, in SEIU v. Sonoma County Superior Court, PERB extended Weingarten to… Read More