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Governor Signs Trio of New Anti-Harassment Laws

October 24, 2018 by

Governor Brown on September 30 signed three new bills addressing sexual harassment in the workplace. Significant features of the three bills, all of which are effective January 1, 2019, include the following.New Training: SB 1343… Read More

Business Operator Individually Liable for Wage & Hour Penalties After Business Goes Bankrupt

October 18, 2018 by

A California Court of Appeal ruled last month that former employees of an Italian restaurant that went bankrupt after trial may recover from the restaurant’s operator civil penalties and attorneys’ fees for wage and hour… Read More

NLRB Orders Employer to Rescind Enrollment in E-Verify

September 20, 2018 by

Employers are permitted, but not obligated, to enroll in the federal government’s E-Verify program to confirm that employees are authorized to work in the U.S. Because enrollment in the E-Verify program is discretionary, not mandatory,… Read More

Labor Day 2018 – Business As Usual Will Not Work

August 31, 2018 by

The 2016 Trump election, expanding income inequality, and deep dissatisfaction with the economy, notwithstanding historic low unemployment rates, signal troubled times, and times for big thinking and big action for change.  This goes for labor… Read More

California Supreme Court Rejects “De Minimis” Defense to Wage Claims

July 31, 2018 by

The California Supreme Court recently expanded the ability of workers to recover unpaid wages even if the unpaid time occurs in small amounts. Troester v. Starbucks Corp. (Cal. Supreme Court case no. S234969, July 26,… Read More

PERB Rules Employees May Use Employer Email for Union Communications

July 16, 2018 by

PERB, which has jurisdiction over most of California’s public sector employment, has adopted the same rule currently utilized by the NLRB for employee use of employer email systems.In 2014, the NLRB ruled in Purple Communications… Read More

LABOR GETS IMMEDIATE HELP FROM LEGISLATURE AND GOVERNOR TO DEAL WITH JANUS FALLOUT

July 3, 2018 by

The Supreme Court issued its Janus decision, allowing public employees to opt out of paying fair share fees, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time June 27. By early afternoon the same day, right wing anti-union organizations… Read More

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