In a message-sending 14-1 vote, the Los Angeles City Council voted yesterday to increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. This increase will apply to small businesses, to part time and tipped employees, and to...more
Reverend Mark Sharpe filed a claim of wrongful termination (or “unfair dismissal”, as they call it in England) against his employer after being forced out by purportedly having his tires slashed, his post tampered with and...more
EEOC Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Employer Wellness Programs — Some Employers Don’t Feel So Good As a Result.
On April 20, 2015, just in time for the summer fitness fads and weight loss challenges, the Equal...more
You may have been hearing a lot in the last few weeks about an important “pro-employee” case in which the US Supreme Court revived a pregnancy discrimination case against the United Parcel Service. What you may not be...more
A New EEOC Task Force for Strategies to Prevent and Correct Harassment in the Workplace is Being Created: This is an Opportunity for Employers to Implement Proactive Measures Now that Will Save them Money Later....more
For some employees, it is not doing their work that is difficult, but rather getting to their work in the first place.
While traffic is the most common explanation for tardiness, lack of sleep and bad weather are close...more
At the beginning of every year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reports statistics on types of charges filed by employees and former employees over the course of the preceding year. These statistics help employers...more
New York Times bestselling author Daniel Pink wrote the book about motivation. His extensive research and analysis indicated that motivation for the daily grind of hard work does not necessarily come from the “big”, often...more
An IIPP is an Injury and Illness Prevention Program, and its purpose is to improve the safety and health in the workplace by reducing costs of injury and increasing employee awareness. An IIPP has been a mandatory requirement...more
As a California employer, or an out of state dabbler, you likely know that in addition to the various Federal postings that must be displayed for employees in the workplace, California has numerous state specific ones that...more
(The California Wage Theft Prevention Act Is Meant to Stop Thieving Employers)
We’ve written about the CA Wage Theft Prevention Act before. The Act went into effect in 2012 and added section 2810.5 to the Labor Code....more
Rarely does a court articulate a legal position so clearly that it can’t be stated any plainer. Such is the case in Castaneda v. The Ensign Group, Inc.:
“A corporation with no employees owns a corporation with...more
When an employee drives to a client’s office to close the sale, employers know they must reimburse the employee for that mileage.
When an employee flies to a work-related convention to work a booth, employers know they...more
We already know that California’s exempt/non-exempt classification scheme is a complicated system of checks and balances that takes most employers the help of an attorney to traverse. Well, just so we don’t get overly...more
In December 2008, newspaper carrier Maria Ayala sued Antelope Valley Newspapers on behalf of herself and a putative class of other newspaper carriers. The crux of her allegations in the complaint is that Antelope Valley...more
The Internet is abuzz about an incredibly tacky, laughably inappropriate mass email that Microsoft sent to nearly thirteen thousand employees informing them, somewhere deep in the self-serving “it’s not you, it’s me” message,...more
In This Issue:
Pre-Hire Peril: Avoid Self-Sabotage Through Background Checks:
In a joint publication of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, these federal agencies have...more
You craft and post a job description that is poetry. It generates a flurry of applications. You are so popular that you have your pick of potentially qualified employees for the position. You sift through the applications and...more
In 2012, employers awaited the California Supreme Court’s decision in Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court with the bated-breath anticipation of a presidential election, or an Olympic luge race. And, boy, was it worth...more
The multi-faceted answer to our question: over the years working with entrepreneurs and inventors, what have you seen as an essential attribute to startup success?...more
Despite what juries may believe, employers are made up of human beings. Typically, every one of those human beings has a heart and a conscience. Right? While your employees may assume that the decision to fire someone was...more
Like most law school graduates, I never had a secretary until I started working as an attorney at a law firm. She was a seasoned legal secretary, and I shared her with a senior partner.
Originally published in Los...more
If, like many employers, you have required that your employees sign agreements to arbitrate employment disputes, you probably also specifically assure the employees that by agreeing to arbitrate all claims against the...more
When you hire an employee, the trust is untested, on both sides, and the faith is absolute, on both sides. However, inevitably, the trust and faith sometimes get shaken when an employee accuses you of underpaying, paying...more
Gone are the days when being a federal contractor meant an expensive dinner with politicians, followed by getting a lucrative contract signed with the government, and breaking ground on some swamp land redevelopment only to...more