The Trend to Adopt Mandatory Employment Arbitration Programs

In recent years, many private sector employers have adopted mandatory arbitration programs for employment disputes, which their employees are required to sign as a condition of employment. Main objectives of those programs are the expeditious resolution of employment disputes and … Continue reading

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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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Immigration Alert: USCIS Says Continue to Use Current Form I-9 Past Expiration

USCIS released a message that employers for now should continue to use the current Form I-9 for employment eligibility verification, even after the expiration date has passed. The current form came into effect on July 17, 2017 and is set … Continue reading

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Mid-Year Immigration Update—Important Changes Impacting Your Employees

The government’s interpretation  and enforcement of this country’s immigration laws and regulations continue to change at a dizzying speed, leaving many employers scrambling to keep their foreign national employees in status and able to continue working for them. This is … Continue reading

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Concerted Activity or Mere Griping?

Employees have the right to engage in concerted activities, and employers commit unfair labor practices if they retaliate against employees for engaging in those activities. It is important to understand the concept of concerted activity. In order to find that … Continue reading

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“Times They Are [Still] a-Changin'”: The Developing Landscape of Marijuana Legalization in Nevada and What This Means for Nevada Employers

As we reported last year, “Times They Are a-Changin’” . However, given the monumental shift in public perceptions of cannabis, the Nevada legislature has followed suit and has now taken a giant step further into the marijuana morass. As a … Continue reading

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Paid Parental Leave for Employees? Make Sure This Benefit is Truly Gender Neutral

A recent settlement between the American Civil Liberties Union (“ACLU”) and a national employer highlights the importance of ensuring that paid parental leave benefits provided by employers are not just written in a gender neutral policy, but also administered on … 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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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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