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Employment Law

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

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

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

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 (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

BTB Annual Legislative Round-up (1 of 4)

December 6, 2017 by

With a Democrat-controlled super-majority, the California Legislature passed several important labor and employment bills during the 2017 session that Governor Brown recently signed into law. Most notably, there are new protections for immigrant and agricultural… Read More

New Law Provides Injunctive Relief to Workers Facing Whistleblower Retaliation

October 25, 2017 by

California law prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who report labor law violations, but the remedies available to victims of retaliation can sometimes be inadequate. Governor Brown has now signed into law SB 306 which… Read More

California Greatly Expands Availability of Maternity and Paternity Leave

October 19, 2017 by

Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation last week that will greatly expand the number of employees to whom employers must offer maternity and paternity leave.Under current law, the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) – as its… Read More