New California Legislation Makes it More Difficult to Classify Workers as Independent Contractors

California Assembly Bill 5 has been branded as the killer of the gig economy. It adds to the California Labor Code a new test for deciding who is properly classified as an independent contractor. Workers will be considered employees for … Continue reading

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California’s Deadline for Giving Newly Required Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Was Extended

On August 30, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 778 into law. This bill not only clarifies certain aspects of the expanded sexual harassment prevention training requirements but also, and most importantly for many employers, extends the deadline to January … Continue reading

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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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Dynamex Impact on California Businesses – Revisiting Dynamex One Year Later

It has been more than a year since the California Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles, setting forth a new test for determining whether a worker is properly classified as an … Continue reading

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Wall Street Journal Notes Growing Clouds Over Restrictive Covenants

Harriett Torrey of the Wall Street Journal wrote on Monday of this week that there is a growing backlash against employers getting in the way of workers quitting jobs for better offers and to secure a better living. There are … Continue reading

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Dynamex Applied Retroactively By The Ninth Circuit

Two days after the one year anniversary of the California Supreme Court’s Dynamex decision,  the Ninth Circuit issued a blow to companies in California. On May 2, 2019, the Ninth Circuit in Vazquez v. Jan-Pro Franchising International, Inc. held that … Continue reading

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Supreme Court to Consider Whether Title VII Covers LGBT Bias

On Monday, April 22nd, the U.S. Supreme Court said that it will hear three cases that turn on whether existing civil rights bans on discrimination in the workplace under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 include discrimination … Continue reading

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2019 Legislative Changes for California Severance and Settlement Agreements

Employers often find themselves in a bind – they need to let an employee go quickly and they want the employee to sign a release of all claims, so they dust off the severance agreement they used last time around, … 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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Can California Payroll Companies Be Held Liable for Wage Statement Claims?

California law provides that a payroll service provider cannot be held liable for labor code violations –  but, a California appeals court recently held that employees may pursue tort claims against payroll service providers under a theory that the payroll … Continue reading

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