Andrew Sommer

Andrew Sommer

Conn Maciel Carey LLP

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Key New California Employment Laws

Following a flurry of activity in the final days of California’s legislative session, this past month Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law various employment bills addressing everything from state employee pensions to...more

9/29/2016 - Governor Brown Over-Time Severance Agreements Wage and Hour

Ninth Circuit Rules that Agreements Precluding Employees from Bringing Class Action Claims Violate Federal Labor Law

In a sweeping ruling with far-reaching implications for California employers, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals – the federal appellate court for the Western United States – has concluded in Morris v. Ernst & Young, LLP that...more

8/30/2016 - Arbitration Agreements Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Federal Arbitration Act NLRA PAGA

EEOC Issues Revised Proposal to Collect Pay Data from Employers

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced the publication of its revised proposal to collect pay data through the demographic-related Employer Information Report, otherwise known as the EEO-1...more

7/14/2016 - Comment Period Data Collection DOL EEO-1 EEOC Pay Discrimination Reporting Requirements Wage and Hour

[Webinar] Key Cal/OSHA Issues that California Employers Must Understand - July 21st, 4:00 pm EDT

The state of California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), better known as Cal/OSHA, is perhaps the most aggressive and enforcement heavy approved state OSH program. Cal/OSHA faces many fewer bureaucratic...more

7/7/2016 - Administrative Appeals Citations Employer Liability Issues Federal v State Law Application Health and Safety Heat Exposure Labor Law Violations OSHA Reporting Requirements Webinars Workplace Investigations Workplace Safety

California Takes Another Stab at Disability Access Reform But Again Falls Short

On May 10, 2016, California Governor Brown signed into law a measure aimed at encouraging small businesses to come into compliance with construction-related access requirements. The law takes effect immediately. The authors...more

6/2/2016 - Accessibility Rules Governor Brown Public Accommodation Small Business

The California Supreme Court’s Ruling on Suitable Seating – a Legal and Ergonomics Perspective

A recent California Supreme Court ruling provides crucial new guidance on how courts should weigh the evidence in so-called “suitable seating” cases, which employee litigants are bringing under the state requirement that...more

4/19/2016 - CA Supreme Court CVS Employer Liability Issues JPMorgan Chase PAGA Suitable Seats Lawsuits Wage and Hour Working Conditions Workplace Safety

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