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Employment Law

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

Ninth Circuit Slams Lawyer Who Contacted ICE to Retaliate Against and Intimidate Employee

August 19, 2017 by

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an excellent decision ruling that attorneys who engage in unlawful retaliatory action against employees who bring wage and hour claims may be held individually liable for the… Read More

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

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

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