Veronica Gray

Veronica Gray

Nossaman LLP

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Did you know... Are You in Position to Take Advantage of the New Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act?

Recently, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) which amends the Economic Espionage Act of 1996, codified at 18 U.S.C. §§ 1831 et seq. Key benefits of the DTSA includes the option...more

1/25/2017 - Asset Seizure Confidentiality Agreements Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) Employment Contract Immunity Misappropriation Notice Requirements Private Right of Action Trade Secrets UTSA Whistleblower Protection Policies

California Supreme Court: California Prohibits On-Duty And On-Call Rest Periods

Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc. On December 22, 2016, the California Supreme Court in Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc., ruled that California law prohibits on-duty and on-call rest periods. You may...more

1/6/2017 - CA Supreme Court Class Action Employer Liability Issues Labor Law Violations Off-Duty Employees On-Call Employees Rest and Meal Break Security Guards Statutory Damages Statutory Penalties Wage and Hour Wage Orders

UPDATE! Status of DOL's Overtime Rule

On November 22, 2016, we reported on Judge Mazzant’s nationwide injunction which prevented the Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing its new overtime rules on December 1, 2016. [Link to EAlert] In issuing the...more

12/13/2016 - Appeals Briefing Schedule DOL FLSA Minimum Salary Motion to Expedite Over-Time Preliminary Injunctions Trump Administration Wage and Hour White-Collar Exemptions

November 22, 2016: STOP! The DOL'S Overtime Rule Has Been Put On Hold - At Least For Now

Judge Amos Mazzant, a Texas federal district court judge, just issued a nationwide injunction which stops the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime rules from taking effect as scheduled on December 1. Twenty-one...more

11/28/2016 - DOL Final Rules FLSA Minimum Salary Over-Time Preliminary Injunctions Wage and Hour White-Collar Exemptions

Did You Know…SCOTUS Ruling on Personnel Decision based upon Perceived Political Affiliation Impacts Public Employers

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled on a matter involving “perceived affiliation”, bringing clarity to the matter, where the circuits provided discordant rulings. As a result, personnel actions based upon even mistaken...more

10/31/2016 - Adverse Employment Action Demotions First Amendment Free Speech Freedom of Association Heffernan v City of Paterson Hiring & Firing Mistake of Fact Political Campaigns Political Expression Public Employees Retaliation SCOTUS Summary Judgment

Did You Know...Heads Up! San Francisco Paid Parental Leave Ordinance… Supplementing California Paid Family Leave, Effective...

San Francisco has become the first U.S. jurisdiction at any level to decree fully paid parental leave for parents to bond with their child. California currently provides six weeks of partially paid leave through the state...more

10/20/2016 - Employer Liability Issues Local Ordinance OLSE Paid Family Leave Law Paid Leave Parental Leave San Francisco Wage and Hour

Did You Know...The Qyburnian Resurrection of the Jiffy June Standard: The New Battle of Cash-in-Lieu and the Reasonable Rate of...

In a case of first impression, the Ninth Circuit held in Flores v. City of San Gabriel that an employer was liable to a class of employees for failing to include cash-in-lieu of benefits payments in its calculation of the...more

7/28/2016 - Employee Benefits Employer Liability Issues First Impression Flexible Spending Accounts FLSA Public Employees

Did You Know...The Federal Minimum Salary Threshold for Exempt Status Trumps California Law

On December 1, 2016, the Department of Labor’s highly controversial final rule impacting the minimum salary for exempt status will go into effect. The final rule makes four key changes: 1. It raises the minimum...more

7/8/2016 - Best Management Practices DOL Final Rules FLSA Highly Compensated Employees Minimum Salary White-Collar Exemptions

[Event] Stay Ahead: Nossaman's 2016 Emerging Employment Issues - Feb. 25th, Costa Mesa, CA

Please join us for this complimentary presentation on cutting-edge employment law issues! California and federal employment laws are constantly developing and evolving so it is essential for human resource professionals and...more

2/10/2016 - Continuing Legal Education Employer Liability Issues Events

[Event] Stay Ahead: Nossaman's 2016 Emerging Employment Issues Seminar - Feb. 24th, Los Angeles, CA

Please join us for this complimentary presentation on cutting-edge employment law issues! California and federal employment laws are constantly developing and evolving so it is essential for human resource professionals and...more

2/3/2016 - Continuing Legal Education Employer Liability Issues Events

[Event] Stay Ahead: Nossaman's 2016 Emerging Employment Issues Seminar - Feb. 10th, San Francisco, CA

Please join us for this complimentary presentation on cutting-edge employment law issues! California and federal employment laws are constantly developing and evolving so it is essential for human resource professionals and...more

1/26/2016 - Continuing Legal Education Employer Liability Issues Events

[Event] Stay Ahead: Nossaman's 2016 Emerging Employment Issues Seminar - Feb. 9th, Sacramento, CA

Please join us for this complimentary presentation on cutting-edge employment law issues! California and federal employment laws are constantly developing and evolving so it is essential for human resource professionals and...more

1/25/2016 - ADA Continuing Legal Education Employer Liability Issues Events Paid Leave Website Accessibility

A Call to Action: AB 465 is a Game Changer for California Arbitration Agreements

AB 465 is pending approval from Governor Jerry Brown. If approved, it will go into effect on January 1, 2016. Notably, AB 465 will prohibit California employers from requiring most individuals to enter into arbitration...more

9/22/2015 - Arbitration Agreements AT&T Mobility AT&T Mobility v Concepcion Class Action Arbitration Waivers Compliance Employment Contract Hiring & Firing SCOTUS Unconscionable Contracts

[Event] 2nd Annual West Coast Ambulatory Surgery Center Seminar - October 6, Los Angeles, CA (Early Bird Registration ends Aug....

Please join us for Nossaman LLP's 2nd Annual West Coast Ambulatory Surgery Center Seminar and learn from seasoned industry experts the key strategies for successfully navigating healthcare's rocky shores relating to ASCs,...more

7/31/2015 - Ambulatory Surgery Centers Events Hospital Mergers Managed Care Contracts Mergers

Did You Know…PAGA Waivers Unenforceable in California Courts

The United States Supreme Court recently declined to review the California Supreme Court’s decision in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation Los Angeles, LLC. In Iskanian, the California Supreme Court held that the Federal...more

2/18/2015 - AT&T Mobility v Concepcion Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Federal Arbitration Act Iskanian PAGA Preemption SCOTUS

Did You Know…Second Meal Period Waivers Invalid for Health Care Workers When Working More Than 12 Hours

In Jazmina Gerard v. Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, the California Court of Appeal held that the wage orders health care companies have been following for years were wrong and contrary to the California Labor Code....more

2/12/2015 - Employer Liability Issues Health Care Providers Healthcare Healthcare Facilities Rest and Meal Break Wage and Hour

Did You Know…No Sleeping Time Exclusion During 24-Hour Shifts When Employer Exercises Significant Control

In Mendiola v. CPS Security Solutions, Inc., the California Supreme Court held that security guards working 24-hour shifts have to be paid for all 24 hours without carving out eight hours of sleeping time – meaning the entire...more

1/13/2015 - Best Management Practices Employer Mandates Rest and Meal Break Security Guards Wage and Hour

Did You Know…Security Time Is Not Compensable Time

In Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk, the United States Supreme Court addressed whether an employee is “working” when undergoing a security screening because he or she is required to do so by the employer. In a...more

1/2/2015 - Amazon FLSA Integrity Staffing v Busk Internet Retailers NLRB Retailers SCOTUS Security Checks Wage and Hour

Did You Know…Bill Mandating Paid Sick Leave Signed By Governor

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. just signed the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, which takes effect on July 1, 2015. The new law requires nearly every employer in California to provide any employee who has...more

9/12/2014 - Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues New Legislation Paid Leave Sick Leave

Did You Know…California Supreme Court Rules – No Franchisor Vicarious Liability

The California Supreme Court recently held in Patterson v. Domino’s Pizza, LLC, No. S204543 (Cal. Aug. 28, 2014) that a franchisor could not be held vicariously liable under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act...more

9/12/2014 - Dominos Employer Liability Issues FEHA Franchises Franchisors Sexual Harassment Vicarious Liability

Sea Change: Ninth Circuit Holds That FedEx Drivers Are Employees — Not Independent Contractors

The Ninth Circuit recently addressed the nearly decade long misclassification dispute between FedEx and its drivers, holding that drivers in California (as well as in Oregon) are FedEx employees, not independent contractors. ...more

9/4/2014 - Commercial Truck Drivers Employee Definition Employer Liability Issues FedEx Independent Contractors Misclassification Trucking Industry Wage and Hour

Did You Know…California Supreme Court Holds That a Challenge to Independent Contractor Status Is Class Certifiable

In Ayala v. Antelope Valley Newspapers the California Supreme Court held that the critical factor in determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor is “the degree of a hirer’s right to control how...more

7/17/2014 - Class Action Employee Definition Employer Liability Issues Independent Contractors Misclassification Wage and Hour

Did You Know…California Supreme Court Holds Undocumented Workers Are Not Barred From All Relief

In Salas v. Sierra Chemical Co. the California Supreme Court recently held that an undocumented worker who fraudulently obtained employment through use of someone else’s social security number may seek damages for employment...more

7/1/2014 - After-Acquired Evidence Discrimination Hiring & Firing Immigration Reform Retaliation Termination Unclean Hands Undocumented Immigrants

The Ever-Changing Landscape of Employment Law: 2014 and Beyond

Nossaman Partner Veronica Gray recently participated in a virtual roundtable discussion with other leading employment attorneys and experts in the region to provide commentary regarding the current state of labor legislation,...more

5/16/2014 - Compliance DOL EEOC Employee Handbooks Employee Rights Hiring & Firing NLRA NLRB OSHA

Did You Know...Background Checks – Buyer [Employer] Beware!

As we recently reported at our annual employment law seminar and underscored in “Did You Know…New Informal Guidance From EEOC & FTC Re Background Checks,” background checks are not only the focus of the EEOC and FTC, but also...more

3/19/2014 - Criminal Background Checks EEOC FCRA FTC

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