Bryan Hawkins

Bryan Hawkins

Stoel Rives LLP

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AB 1897: California’s New Labor Contracting and Client Liability Law

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed AB 1897 thereby creating new liability for businesses that engage in labor contracting. Current California law prohibits employers from entering into labor or services...more

11/14/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Joint Employers Labor Contractor New Legislation Popular Staffing Agencies Subcontractors Wage and Hour

California Court of Appeal Rules Employers Must Reimburse Employees For Work Calls on Personal Cell Phones

The California Court of Appeal’s recent decision in Cochran v. Schwan’s Home Service, Inc. was simple. When employees must use their personal cell phones for work, California law requires employers to reimburse them,...more

9/26/2014 - Appeals Bring Your Own Device Cell Phones Class Action Employer Liability Issues Reimbursements

California Enacts State-Wide Paid Employee Sick Leave Law

On September 10, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1522 (the “Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014”) and made California the second state in the nation (after Connecticut) to enact a state-wide law...more

9/17/2014 - Employee Rights Paid Leave Sick Leave

California Supreme Court Clarifies When a Franchisee's Employees Can Bring Employment Claims Against the Franchisor in Taylor...

In Taylor Patterson v. Domino’s Pizza, LLC, the California Supreme Court restricted the ability of a franchisee’s employees to sue the franchisor based on theories of vicarious liability and the theory that the franchisor was...more

9/8/2014 - Dominos Employer Liability Issues FEHA Franchises Franchisors Vicarious Liability

California Supreme Court Makes It Easier For Workers in Misclassification Cases To Obtain Class Certification

Employment class action litigation is often won or lost with a class certification ruling. If the employer is successful in opposing class certification, then these cases often go away with little or no fanfare and limited...more

7/31/2014 - Class Action Class Certification Classification Employer Liability Issues Independent Contractors Misclassification

California Court of Appeal Affirms That It Pays To Be the Squeaky Wheel

In a time when California courts are busier than ever, the California Court of Appeal recently did double duty by issuing an opinion that both decided an issue of first impression in California and implicitly approved Senate...more

1/23/2014 - FEHA Harassment Sexual Harassment

New California Law Provides that Sexual Desire Is Not a Required Element in a Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

In a same-sex sexual harassment case, does the plaintiff need to prove that the alleged harasser's conduct was motivated by sexual desire? Under SB 292, a law signed by Governor Brown a few days ago, the answer in California...more

8/26/2013 - FEHA Harassment New Legislation Sexual Harassment

CEQA Baseline Analysis: Future Conditions Baseline Should Be The Exception Not The Rule When Agency Reviews Environmental Impacts,...

In Neighbors for Smart Rail v. Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority (filed August 5, 2013) (“Neighbors”), a majority of the California Supreme Court justices announced a new rule regarding the baseline agencies may...more

8/9/2013 - CEQA Environmental Assessments Environmental Claims Environmental Impact Report Environmental Policies High-Speed Rail Public Projects Public Transit

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