Revival of Bag Check Suit Suggests Employers Must Pay Employees for Time Spent Undergoing Exit Inspections

Last week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals revived two previously dismissed cases against California employers that claimed that the employers failed to pay workers for time spent undergoing bag inspections before leaving work each day. The Ninth Circuit’s decisions … Continue reading

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California Meal and Rest Break Rules Are Preempted by Federal Law for Property-Carrying Truck Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) recently ruled that California’s meal and rest break rules are preempted by the Motor Carrier Safety Act (“MCSA”), 49 U.S.C. § 31141, as applied to property-carrying commercial motor vehicle drivers covered by the … Continue reading

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California Court of Appeal Finds Employee Non-Solicitation Agreement Unenforceable

Previously, agreements prohibiting former employees from soliciting a former employer’s employees were generally considered enforceable, so long as they had reasonable terms. Earlier this month, however, the California Court of Appeal issued a decision, AMN Healthcare v. Aya Healthcare Services … Continue reading

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California Legislature Takes A Strong Stance in Response to #Metoo Movement

The California legislature is looking to pass a host of bills aimed at decreasing sexual harassment in the workplace and increasing rights of victims of sexual harassment: SB 820 bans confidential settlement agreements in cases involving sexual assault, sexual harassment … Continue reading

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Arbitration Agreement Contained in Employee Handbook and Signed During Pending Class Action Is Invalid

On April 20, 2018, the California Court of Appeal, in the case Nguyen v. Inter-Coast International Training, Inc., held that an arbitration agreement contained in an employee handbook was both procedurally and substantively unconscionable. In that case, after a wage … Continue reading

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California Employers May Now Be Required to Allow Employees to Leave Premises During Rest Breaks

  Until recently, the California Labor Commissioner’s Office took the position that employers could require employees to stay on the work premises during ten-minute rest breaks, but they were required to let employees leave the premises during 30-minute meal periods. … Continue reading

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