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Calling All California Employers: You Must Reimburse Employees for Mandatory Use of Their Personal Cell Phones Even if They Have...

A California appellate court recently held that employers are always required to reimburse employees for mandatory use of their personal cell phones, even if they do not incur any additional expense for doing so. The case is...more

9/8/2014 - Bring Your Own Device Cell Phones Corporate Counsel Employer Liability Issues Mobile Devices Reimbursements

Check This [Box] Out: Ban the Box Legislation Continues to Gain Momentum

An increasing number of cities, counties and states have passed laws restricting employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s criminal background, giving momentum to the “ban the box” movement. The term “ban the box”...more

8/12/2014 - Background Checks Ban the Box Criminal Background Checks Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Job Applicants New Legislation

From D-Day to Afghanistan: Honoring Our Veterans by Reemploying Them

Seventy years ago, on June 6, 1944, the Allies’ liberation of Europe began with D-Day. Anyone who has had the privilege to travel to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer in France and walk Omaha Beach and the surrounding area is struck by...more

7/2/2014 - Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing USERRA Veterans

De Minimis Defense Closes Shop on Starbucks Barista’s Off-the-Clock Claim in the Central District of California

On March 7, 2014, Judge Feess of the Central District of California granted Defendant Starbucks’ motion for summary judgment on Plaintiff’s proposed class claims for unpaid wages under the California Labor Code. Plaintiff...more

3/26/2014 - Affirmative Defenses De Minimis Claims Starbucks Wage and Hour Wages

OSHA’s Plan to Air Employers’ Potentially Dirty Laundry Online

Trying to keep your illness and injury reports low profile? According to new rules proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), not under their watch! At an estimated cost of $10.5 million per year...more

12/17/2013 - OSHA Reporting Requirements

Further Down the Rabbit-Hole we go: California’s Troubling Treatment of Incentive-Based Compensation Systems

On July 17, 2013, the California Supreme Court denied review of the Second Appellate District’s decision in Gonzalez v. Downtown LA Motors, 2013 Cal. App. LEXIS 257 (Cal. App. 2d Dist. Mar. 6, 2013), which addressed...more

7/30/2013 - Class Action Incentive Compensation Minimum Wage Piece-Rate Pay Wages

Oxford Health Plans LLC v. Sutter: You Get What You Bargain For, Including the “Good, Bad, or Ugly”

Ever have that feeling that your arbitrator just doesn’t understand you? You may be right, but there’s not much you can do about it. A recent unanimous ruling by the United States Supreme Court should encourage employers to...more

6/17/2013 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Class Action Contract Interpretation Oxford Health v Sutter SCOTUS

California Courts of Appeal Side with Employees in Two Wage-and-Hour Cases against Safeway

Twice in one week, the California Court of Appeal sided with employees in two cases against grocery giant, Safeway Inc. ...more

6/6/2013 - Grocery Stores Piece-Rate Pay Safeway Inc Wage and Hour Wages

2013 Updates to the FEHA California Pregnancy Regulations

Amendments to California’s pregnancy regulations became effective on December 30, 2012, creating many new responsibilities for employers. While employers should take note of all of the amended regulations, some of the most...more

1/24/2013 - CFRA Disability Discrimination FEHA Medical Leave Pregnancy Pregnancy Discrimination Reasonable Accommodation

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