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Expanding Overtime to Farmworkers: Will California Start a Trend?

On September 12, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1066. The bill, which is the first of its kind in the nation, will entitle California farmworkers to the same overtime pay as most other hourly workers in…more
| Agriculture, Labor & Employment Law

Seattle City Council Passes Secure Scheduling Ordinance With Sweeping Implications for Employers in the Food Service and Retail Industries

On Monday, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a “Secure Scheduling Ordinance,” set to take effect in July 2017, that will place substantial limitations on covered employers’ ability to flexibly schedule workers…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Attention Seattle Food Service and Retail Employers: City Council Passes Secure Scheduling Ordinance

On September 19, 2016, Seattle became the second city in the nation (after San Francisco) to pass a “Secure Scheduling Ordinance” with broad implications for the food service and retail industries within Seattle’s city limits. …more
| Labor & Employment Law

New BLM Wind and Solar Development Guidelines on Public Lands Expected Soon

With a goal to spur wind and solar development on public lands, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is expected to soon release a new rule that will streamline approval of new renewable energy projects…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

BOLI Releases New Draft Oregon Sick Time Rules

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (“BOLI”) recently issued new draft rules interpreting and explaining Oregon’s sick time law..…more
| Labor & Employment Law

California Continues Ambitious Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 32 into law, extending and expanding California’s 10-year old greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions mandate under Assembly Bill (AB) 32. SB 32 provides for a 40%…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

BLM Must Take a “Hard Look” at Fracking Impacts

On September 6, 2016, a federal Judge issued an Order finding that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) failed to take a “hard look,” as required under the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”), at the potential…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Southern California Environmental Update #2

This is the second update on environmental regulatory and legal developments in Los Angeles and adjacent counties, as well as the Southern San Joaquin Valley. We welcome your comments and feedback…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Class Action Waivers in Employment Agreements Are No Longer Enforceable in the Ninth Circuit

If your company uses a class action waiver in your employment agreements and you are located in Alaska, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, the Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, or Washington, you are out…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Labor & Employment Law

SDG&E Seeks Projects for Community Renewables Program

On August 31, 2016, SDG&E will issue one ECR Request for Offers (“RFO”), seeking contracts with facilities that produce Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)-eligible energy for the purpose of implementing its ECR program. In this…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Three Things You Need to Know About California’s New Surface Water Diversion Reporting Requirements

On August 22, the State Water Resources Control Board (“State Water Board”) held an informational meeting to answer questions and get the public up to speed on California’s new surface water diversion reporting requirements. As…more
| Agriculture, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

City of Seattle Proposes New Ordinance Regulating Employee Scheduling | World of Employment

Seattle restaurants and retail employers may soon face significant restrictions on employee scheduling. The Seattle City Council is currently considering a proposed ordinance with the potential to impact hundreds of employers…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Court’s Tentative Decision Sides in Favor of DOGGR in CBD’s Wastewater Injection Lawsuit

As reported in a previous blog post, Earthjustice, on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity (“CBD”), filed a lawsuit against the California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (“DOGGR”) in May 2015. The…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

California Supreme Court Addresses Intersection of City Right-of-Way Dedication Requirements and Project Influence in Valuing Condemned Property

Just compensation in condemnation has long been held to require payment that is fair to both the property owner having its property seized and the public taking it. Two of the rules that have developed in this pursuit of…more
| Civil Remedies, Real Estate - Commercial, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

NARUC Accepting Comments on Draft Distributed Energy Resources Manual that Seeks to Guide Regulators Through Tricky Territory

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) recently issued a draft manual on distributed energy resources (DER) compensation to assist jurisdictions in navigating the challenges and policy…more
| Energy & Utilities
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