Karen Reinhold

Karen Reinhold

Hopkins & Carley

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Employment Law Advisory for March 5, 2014: San Francisco Follows Emerging Trend, Restricts Use of Criminal Records by Employers

On February 17, 2014, San Francisco passed a new law, the Fair Chance Ordinance, that follows an emerging trend and restricts an employer’s ability to seek and utilize information regarding the criminal records of applicants...more

3/6/2014 - Arrest and Conviction Records Ban the Box Criminal Background Checks EEOC Employment Application Hiring & Firing Human Resources Professionals Job Applicants New Hires

Employment Law Advisory for February 28, 2014: The EEOC's New Challenge to a 12 Month Maximum Medical Leave Policy

Human resource professionals know that administering leave policies and practices is one of the most difficult tasks for any employer. An employer’s obligations to provide reasonable accommodation to a disabled employee and...more

2/28/2014 - EEOC FMLA Medical Leave Sick Leave UPS

Employment Law Advisory for February 13, 2014: Avoid Common Mistakes When Creating Commission and Bonus Plans

Commissions or bonuses represent a significant component of the compensation packages of many employees. As of January 1, 2013, California Labor Code section 2751 requires commission agreements to be set forth in writing, and...more

2/14/2014 - Bonuses Compensation Agreements Compliance Employer Liability Issues Wages

Another Good Reason for Employers to Stay Out of the Labor Commissioner's Office

Labor Code and Wage Order compliance can be one of the human resource department’s most tedious tasks. The requirements of the Labor Code and the Wage Orders are detailed, based on working environments that no longer exist...more

2/7/2014 - Human Resources Professionals Labor Commissioners Wage and Hour

New Protections for Whistleblowers and Suspected Undocumented Workers Take Effect January 14, 2014

The California Legislature had a busy year in 2013 and produced a great deal of employment-related legislation which just took effect on January 1. Because retaliation claims against employers have been on the rise for...more

1/23/2014 - Compliance Dodd-Frank Employer Liability Issues Retaliation Training Undocumented Immigrants Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Employment Law Update 2014 - New Developments in Employment Law 2014

In this issue: - 2014 Schedule of Seminars - Wage & Hour Developments - Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Developments - Arbitration and Class Action Developments - Employer...more

1/7/2014 - Adverse Employment Action Affordable Care Act Discrimination Gender-Based Pay Discrimination Harassment Hiring & Firing Minimum Wage Wage and Hour

Employment Law Advisory: Company-Sponsored Holiday Celebrations: Avoid the Obvious Risks

As the holiday season reaches its peak, company-sponsored holiday parties, and the risks that arise with them, are ubiquitous. Each year, company-sponsored holiday parties result in incidents that prompt claims against the...more

12/12/2013 - Discrimination Drunk Driving Employer Liability Issues Harassment Holiday Parties Religious Discrimination Wine & Alcohol

Employment Law Advisory for December 4, 2013 - Beware of the Payroll Implications of Temporary Shutdowns During Holidays

The holiday season is upon us again, and some companies consider closing their operations during all or part of a holiday week. Companies planning a shutdown during all or part of any holiday week should consider the effect...more

12/5/2013 - Compliance Exempt-Employees Holidays Paid Leave Wages

A Workplace Run Amok: Richie Incognito and the Miami Dolphins

For the past week, our national news has been filled with reports about the decision by Miami Dolphin football player Jonathan Martin to leave the team as a result of hazing and harassment to which he was subjected by...more

11/14/2013 - Discrimination Harassment Hazing Human Resources Professionals NFL Richie Incognito Sports Supervision Workplace Bullying

The CA Supreme Court Issues a Confusing Opinion on the Question of Whether Employees can be forced to Arbitrate Unpaid Wage Claims...

We have written regularly regarding the enforceability of arbitration clauses contained in standard employment agreements. Understandably, most employers would love to avoid the uncertainty of appearing before a judge or jury...more

10/24/2013 - Administrative Hearings Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Employer Liability Issues Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Unconscionable Contracts Unpaid Wages

When is an Employee's Automobile Accident an Employer's Responsibility?

Two recent California Appellate decisions reached different results on the issue of when an employer is liable for an employee’s automobile accident. In Moradi v. Marsh, the court found the employer liable for an employee’s...more

10/4/2013 - Car Accident Going and Coming Rule Scope of Work Vicarious Liability

Employment Law Advisory for September 25, 2013: Anti-Harassment Training Due in 2013 for Many Employers

California law not only prohibits discrimination and harassment, it also requires certain employers (those that receive services from 50 or more persons, including both employees or independent contractors) to provide formal...more

9/26/2013 - Anti-Harassment Policies Deadlines Discrimination Harassment Training

Employment Law Advisory for September 10, 2013: Same-Sex Spouses—What Does the Supreme Court's Ruling on DOMA Mean for Employers?

On June 26, 2013, in United States v. Windsor, the United States Supreme Court found unconstitutional Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”). Section 3 of DOMA prohibited the federal government from acknowledging...more

9/11/2013 - COBRA DOL DOMA Employee Benefits Hollingsworth v Perry IRS Marriage Proposition 8 Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS Tax Benefits U.S. Treasury US v Windsor

Employment Law Advisory for September 4, 2013: The Employee's Social Security Number Doesn't Match: Now What?

As a result of receiving a so-called “no match letter” from the Social Security Administration, or through other means, employers occasionally learn that the Social Security number stated by an employee during the hiring...more

9/5/2013 - Hiring & Firing I-9 Social Security Social Security Adminstration Social Security Numbers

Employment Law Advisory for August 30, 2013: No Help for Employers from the Legislature in the Battle against Wage and Hour Claims

Perfect compliance with the California Labor Code, California Wage Orders and the Fair Labor Standards Act, is a constant challenge for every employer. An innocent and seemingly minor error can result in significant potential...more

9/3/2013 - Class Action Employer Liability Issues Unpaid Wages Wage and Hour

Employment Law Advisory for August 21, 2013: Health Care Reform: What Employers Need to Know Now

Last year, the United States Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, the sweeping health care law enacted by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in 2010. Many of the most important provisions of the law...more

8/22/2013 - Affordable Care Act Deadlines Delays Employer Mandates Healthcare Healthcare Reform Open Enrollment Pay or Play Shared Responsibility Rule U.S. Treasury

Employment Law Advisory for July 30,2013: "Independent Contractor" or "Employee" Turns on Company's Right to Control the Manner...

Companies use independent contractors, instead of employees, to perform certain functions for many different reasons. Often, companies find it easier in the short term to retain an “independent contractor” rather than to hire...more

8/1/2013 - Employer Liability Issues Full-Time Employees Independent Contractors Right to Control

Employment Law Advisory for July 17, 2013 - Continued Stream of Retaliation Claims Highlights Importance of Responding Properly to...

While most employers are familiar with the laws that prohibit discrimination and harassment in the workplace, they sometimes do not know how to respond to complaints of discrimination and harassment when they arise. The...more

7/18/2013 - Discrimination Harassment Human Resources Professionals Investigations Retaliation

2013 Employment Law Update - New Developments in Employment Law 2013

In this update: - 2013 Schedule of Seminars - Wage & Hour - New Laws Impacting Hiring Practices - Discrimination & Harassment - Developing Law Regarding Employer Arbitration Agreements - Employer...more

1/4/2013 - Affordable Care Act Arbitration Agreements Background Checks Brinker Discrimination Hiring & Firing Minimum Wage Non-Exempt Employees Pregnancy Discrimination See's Candy Shops Social Media Policy Wage and Hour Wage Theft Prevention Act Wages

Employment Law Advisory for December 5, 2012 - Company-Sponsored Holiday Celebrations: Avoid the Obvious Risks

As the holiday season reaches its peak, company-sponsored holiday parties, and the risks that arise with them, are ubiquitous. Each year, company-sponsored holiday parties result in incidents that prompt claims against the...more

12/11/2012 - Discrimination Employer Liability Issues Harassment Holiday Parties Religious Discrimination

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