Christopher E. Cobey

Christopher E. Cobey

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Taking Workplace Training to the Next Level: EEOC Task Force Recommends Live, Interactive Harassment Prevention Training

On June 20, 2016, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released a 130-page report (“the Report”) on harassment in the workplace. The Report contains 45 specific recommendations and identifies 12 “risk factors”...more

6/30/2016 - Anti-Harassment Policies EEOC Employee Training Employer Liability Issues Harassment

California Raises its Minimum Wage and Expands Paid Sick Leave

When it wants to, the California Legislature can act with impressive speed. It did so last week on a minimum wage increase bill (SB 3)when, in less than 96 hours, it amended the legislation and sped it through two committee...more

4/5/2016 - Employee Benefits Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Minimum Wage New Legislation Paid Leave Sick Leave Wage and Hour

California Legislative Update: Proposals Include PAGA Reform, Salary History Limitations, and Equal Pay Expansion

The pace of employment legislative activity in Sacramento picked up as February drew to a close. The following highlights some of the more notable issues under consideration in the Golden State. PAGA Reform?...more

2/29/2016 - Corporate Counsel Employee Benefits Employer Liability Issues Employment Discrimination Equal Pay Hiring & Firing Legislative Agendas Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Military Service Members PAGA Parental Leave Sick Leave Wage and Hour Work Schedules

Required 2016 Minimum Wage Poster for Federal Contractors Available

The U.S. Department of Labor has updated its 2016 minimum wage poster to reflect new requirements imposed by the February 12, 2014, Executive Order (E.O.) 13658, Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors. The E.O. requires...more

1/21/2016 - DOL Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) Federal Contractors FLSA Minimum Wage Wage and Hour

Preparing for the 2016 California Legislative Session – and Elections

Even before California's 2016 session gets underway in January, legislative committees have been scheduling bills for hearing next month.  So far, hearings on bills of interest to California private-sector employers include...more

12/28/2015 - FMLA Hiring & Firing Legislative Agendas Staffing Agencies Wage and Hour Work Schedules

California Legislative Update

The end of the first week of June is the deadline for California bills to pass out of their house of origin. The following are significant bills affecting private-sector employers in the Golden State that have advanced to...more

5/28/2015 - Arbitration E-Verify Employee Rights Employment Policies Equal Pay Grocery Stores Independent Contractors Labor Code Minimum Wage Sick Leave Unemployment Insurance Unions Unpaid Overtime Wage and Hour Wrongful Termination

San Francisco Ordinance Imposes New Burdens on 'Formula' Retail Employers

In addition to federal and state laws, San Francisco currently has ten labor and employment laws that apply only to employees working within the City. On December 5, 2014, the eleventh San Francisco-specific employment law...more

12/10/2014 - Employee Rights Local Ordinance Retailers San Francisco Wage and Hour

Gubernatorial Writer's Cramp: 2014 California Employment Legislation Affecting Private Sector Employers

Does his hand hurt? Between signing and vetoing bills this year, California Governor Jerry Brown exercised his executive signature on the highest number of bills sent to a California governor since 2008. The California...more

10/6/2014

Who's in Control Here? California's Supreme Court Establishes New Standards for Potential Franchisor Liability for Employee Tort...

On August 28, 2014, the Supreme Court of California, in Patterson v. Domino's Pizza, LLC, decided whether a franchisor was entitled to summary judgment on the plaintiff's claims that the franchisor was vicariously liable for...more

9/3/2014 - Dominos Employer Liability Issues Fast-Food Industry Franchises Franchisors Joint Employers McDonalds NLRB Vicarious Liability

San Francisco Bay Area Employers Must Comply with Commuter Benefits Program by September 30, 2014

Covered San Francisco Bay Area employers without an already-existing and compliant commuter benefits plan have until September 30, 2014, to select at least one of four commuter benefit options, notify employees of how to take...more

4/25/2014 - Commuter Tax Benefits Commuting Employee Benefits

Through the Lens of Concepcion: California Supreme Court Revisits the Validity of Agreements Requiring Employee Waiver of Wage...

Almost one year after the U.S. Supreme Court summarily vacated the original 2011 Sonic-Calabasas opinion (Sonic I), the California Supreme Court issued its opinion on remand in Sonic-Calabasas A, Inc. v. Moreno (Sonic II)....more

10/31/2013 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements AT&T Mobility v Concepcion Federal Arbitration Act Unconscionable Contracts Wages Waivers

The California Grizzly Elbows Uncle Sam: New California Immigration Requirements For Private Sector Employers

Partly in response to the inaction in Washington on immigration reform, the California Legislature, in the annual session concluded in mid-September, passed several bills which were signed by Governor Brown that either create...more

10/18/2013 - Discrimination Employer Liability Issues I-9 Immigrants Immigration Reform Retaliation USCIS

The Going Gets Steeper: 2013 California Employment Legislation Affecting Private Sector Employers

The California Legislature concluded its 2013 regular session on September 12 with a flourish, sending a total this year of 896 bills to Governor Jerry Brown for approval (of 2,256 introduced). By the signing deadline last...more

10/17/2013 - Bad Faith Citizenship Disclosure Requirements FEHA Legislative Vetoes Minimum Wage Prevailing Wages Retaliation Sexual Harassment Undocumented Immigrants Veterans Wages

Raising the Floor: California Increases its Minimum Wage

For the first time since 2006, California's Legislature passed legislation increasing the state's current minimum wage of $8 per hour. Governor Brown signed the bill on September 25, 2013....more

10/1/2013 - Jerry Brown Minimum Wage New Legislation

Increased Minimum Wage Is on Its Way: The City of San Jose's New Minimum Wage Ordinance Takes Effect on March 11

This past November, voters in the City of San Jose, California ("City") approved their own minimum wage ordinance (MWO) – the largest city in the United States to take this action. The ordinance takes effect on Monday, March...more

3/8/2013 - Business Taxes Exemptions Local Ordinance Minimum Wage

A New Year Brings New Compliance Obligations for Employers

As 2012 winds to a close, a look back at legal developments demonstrates that state legislatures were busy all year long. Every year, employers are inundated with new employment laws and regulations that impose new compliance...more

12/21/2012 - 401k Child Labor Discrimination DOL Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights and Fairness Act Medical Marijuana Minimum Wage Passwords Pregnancy Discrimination Religious Discrimination Sex Discrimination Wage Statements

Do You Know the Way to Pay in San Jose? San Jose Becomes the Fifth – and Largest – U.S. City to Enact Its Own Minimum Wage...

At this month's general election, 59 percent of the voters in the City of San Jose, California approved an initiative measure to institute a $10 per hour minimum wage for covered employers and employees. The ordinance1 will...more

11/16/2012

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