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Tip Pools Still too Cold for Swimming out West: Best Practices in Light of DOL Changes

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced plans to rescind the 2011 regulation that prohibited employers from distributing tips through mandatory tip pools that include back-of-the-house employees like...more

Single-User Restrooms in California Must Be Designated As All-Gender

Effective March 1, 2017, under a new law known the Equal Restroom Access Act, California businesses that have single-user restrooms are required to designate such restrooms as all-gender and must post appropriate accessible...more

$15 Minimum Wage and Increased Sick Pay Benefits Adopted in the City and County of Los Angeles

Effective on July 1, 2016, employers in the City of Los Angeles and the unincorporated parts of Los Angeles County must comply with a new set of minimum wage laws aimed at increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020....more

Race to the Highest Minimum: California Minimum Wage Increase and San Francisco’s New Parental Leave Ordinance

California’s newly increased minimum wages will impact employers in two ways. First, minimum wage employees will have to be paid the higher minimum wage. Second, salaried exempt employees in California must be paid no less...more

California Employers Must Update EEO Policies by April 1, 2016

New regulations under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) require employers of five or more employees to update anti-discrimination, anti-harassment, and complaint-investigation policies; update sexual...more

Ninth Circuit Ices Back-of-House Tip Pools

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld U.S. Department of Labor regulations invalidating tip-pooling arrangements that include kitchen staff and other employees who are not customarily tipped (often referred to as...more

California Paid Sick Leave Law Amendments: Effective Immediately

On July 13, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law urgency legislation amending the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, which generally requires employers to provide paid sick leave to almost all...more

California Sick Time Law: Beyond the Basics

California’s “Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014,” otherwise known as California’s Paid Sick Time (or Paid Sick Leave) law, went into effect on Jan. 1, 2015, and will become operative for accrual purposes on...more

New Law Makes California Businesses Liable to Workers Supplied by Labor Contractors

Effective Jan. 1, 2015, businesses will be directly liable to workers supplied by labor contractors (including temporary and other staffing agencies) when those labor contractors fail to correctly and completely pay wages or...more

California Enacts Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Law

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, which requires employers to provide almost all California employees with three paid sick days per year. Although many...more

California Employers Must Reimburse Employees for Mandatory Work-Related Cell Phone Use

In a ruling that may spawn a wave of California employment-related class action litigation, a California Court of Appeal has ruled that employers must always reimburse employees for “some reasonable percentage” of their cell...more

California Employment Law Update: What’s New for 2014

The California Legislature was unusually active this year. Significantly, California increased the state minimum wage, created new “unfair immigration-related practices,” and expanded protections for whistleblowers. All laws...more

Preparing for the Aug. 29 Restaurant Workers Strike and Beyond

Non-union restaurant workers are being urged to strike nationally on Aug. 29 by unions and others hoping to raise industry wages and promote union representation....more

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