Holly Sutton

Holly Sutton

Farella Braun + Martel LLP

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California Expands Mandatory Harassment Training to Include “Bullying” Prevention

California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2053 into law this month amending Government Code Section 12950.1 to require employers to address “abusive conduct” in their mandatory workplace sexual harassment prevention training....more

9/23/2014 - Bullying Harassment Sexual Harassment Training Workplace Bullying

New Law Requires California Employers to Provide Paid Sick Leave

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014. The new law requires almost all California employers to provide paid sick time to most full-time and part-time...more

9/17/2014 - Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues New Legislation Paid Leave Sick Leave Wage and Hour

California Employers Required to Pay Employees’ Work-Related Cell Phone Expenses

A California Court of Appeals held recently in Cochran v. Schwan’s Home Service, Inc. that employers must reimburse employees for cell phone expenses when the employees are required to use their personal cell phones for...more

8/25/2014 - Cell Phones Mobile Devices Reimbursements

Employers May Require Exempt Employees to Use Accrued Leave for Absences Shorter Than Half a Day

On July 21, 2014, a California Court of Appeal held that overtime exempt status is not undermined by requiring employees to use accrued leave for absences of less than half a day. ...more

7/25/2014 - Appeals Employer Liability Issues Exempt-Employees Paid Leave Unpaid Leave Unpaid Overtime

California Supreme Court Splits From Federal Law on Commissioned Employee Exemption Compliance

On July 14, 2014, the California Supreme Court clarified the commissioned employee exemption from overtime under California law. In Peabody v. Time Warner Cable, Inc., the court confirmed that calculations necessary to...more

7/18/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Exemptions Over-Time Sales Commissions Time Warner Cable Wage and Hour

California Supreme Court Authorizes Class Action Waivers In Arbitration Agreements

On June 23, 2014, the California Supreme Court held that employees may expressly waive their ability to bring class actions when agreeing to arbitrate disputes with their employer. In Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los...more

6/25/2014 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements AT&T Mobility v Concepcion Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Federal Arbitration Act Iskanian SCOTUS Trucking Industry

Supreme Court Clarifies Tax Rules for Certain Severance Payments

The United States Supreme Court resolved a split among the Circuit courts over whether severance payments are “wages” and thus subject to taxation under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (“FICA”). In a unanimous...more

3/31/2014 - FICA Taxes Quality Stores SCOTUS Severance Pay

New San Francisco Ordinance Requires Employers To Discuss Family Life Accommodations

Effective January 1, 2014, the San Francisco Friendly Workplace Ordinance will provide employees working within City and County limits a specified method to request flexible work schedules or other accommodations to help the...more

11/19/2013 - Flexible Work Arrangements Local Ordinance

12 New Laws California Employers Need To Know

California Governor Jerry Brown has recently signed into law numerous bills that will impact California employers. The most notable new California statutes, and one new San Francisco Ordinance, are summarized below. All...more

10/30/2013 - Anti-Retaliation Provisions Compliance Crime Victims Criminal Background Checks Domestic Violence FEHA Flexible Work Arrangements Harassment Military Service Members Minimum Wage Paid Leave Sexual Assault Sexual Harassment Stalking Veterans Wages Whistleblower Protection Policies

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