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Employee Could Proceed With Whistleblower Lawsuit Based On Employer’s Mistaken Belief She Had Complained

Diego v. Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 231 Cal. App. 4th 913 (2014) - Cecilia Diego, the former assistant director of Pilgrim United’s preschool, sued her former employer for retaliation in violation of public...more

Expenses Can Be Expensive: Cochran v. Schwan’s Home Service, Inc. Revisited

Most California employers know that they have to reimburse employees for business-related expenses. Indeed, California Labor Code section 2802(a) provides that an employer “shall indemnify his or her employee for all...more

Did You Know…Employers Must Reimburse Employees for Personal Cell Phone Use

Last August, in Cochran v. Schwan’s Home Service, Inc., a California Court of Appeal held that employers must reimburse employees for required work-related use of personal cell phones, even if the employees incur no...more

SCOTUS Allows California to Interpret Federal Arbitration Act As Excluding Private Attorney General Claims

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the petition for certiorari in the Iskanian case from the California Supreme Court. In doing so, SCOTUS allowed one of the most interesting Federal Arbitration Act interpretations in...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - January 2015

Waiting for and Undergoing Security Checks Not Compensable Time - The United States Supreme Court recently held in Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk et al. that time spent waiting for and undergoing post-shift...more

California Court of Appeals Allows On-Call Rest Breaks

In a striking move, the California Court of Appeals issued an unpublished opinion wherein it held that California law does not require employers to relieve employees of all duty during rest breaks....more

Two California Appellate Decisions Expand the Scope of Tameny Claims Based on Whistleblower Laws

Two significant decisions on whistleblower protections were recently issued by two districts of the California Court of Appeal. Both courts reversed trial court dismissals of claims for wrongful termination in violation of...more

California District Court Finds that CAFA’s Amount-in-Controversy Requirement was Satisfied; Denies Motion to Remand

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California denied plaintiff’s motion to remand, holding that plaintiff’s claim for unpaid wages and overtime satisfied CAFA’s amount-in-controversy requirement. ...more

Clear Sailing Ahead For Class Counsel in California Settlement

In Laffitte v. Robert Half International, Inc., No. BC321317, ___ Cal.App.4th ___ (Oct. 29, 2014; pub. ord. Nov. 21, 2014), the California Court of Appeal affirmed a $19,000,000 settlement that included an attorneys’ fee...more

New California Labor Code Mandates Shared Legal Responsibilities

Does your company use workers provided by another entity, such as a staffing agency? If so, your company will soon have direct responsibility if the provider fails to properly pay wages or carry proper workers’ compensation...more

How To Be The “Responsible Employer” Poster Child

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

New Law Makes It Easier to Pursue Claims Against Employers that Use Contracted or Leased Employees

The California Legislature recently passed AB 1897, effective January 1, 2015, which adds Section 2810.3 to the Labor Code. This new law makes “client employers” jointly liable with “labor contractors” for the payment of...more

Guide To Doing Business in New Zealand: Company Law

COMPANY LAW - Some general matters relating to company law in New Zealand are discussed below. REGULATORY SCHEME - The Companies Act principally regulates companies. The Companies Act, together with major...more

California’s Second and Fourth Appellate Districts Split Over Who Should Decide Whether Agreement Authorizes Class Arbitration –...

In Network Capital Funding Corporation v. Papke, G049172, 2014 WL 5035099 (Cal. Ct. App. Oct. 9, 2014), the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District declined to follow the reasoning of the Second Appellate...more

New California Law Holds Employers Liable for Labor Contractor’s Wage Violations

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law A.B. 1897, significantly expanding the potential liability of employers who use labor contractors, subcontractors, or staffing agencies for workers. Effective January...more

Brown Signs AB 1897 Meaning Greater Liability For Employers Who Use Labor Contractors

The new law targets businesses that obtain or are provided “workers to perform labor within its usual course of business from a labor contractor.” The statute’s definition of “labor contractor” excludes bona fide nonprofits,...more

Governor Brown Signs Bill Making Companies Liable for Employment Violations of Independent Labor Contractor Companies

This weekend, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1897. This bill creates new Labor Code section 2810.3, which applies to all but a very limited number of companies with 25 or more employees (i.e., the...more

Guide To Doing Business in Australia: Competition and Consumer Protection

COMPETITION AND CONSUMER PROTECTION - Australia has extensive competition and consumer laws dealing with, among other things, the promotion of competition and consumer protection. This section provides an introduction...more

Guide To Doing Business in Australia: Court and Legal System

COURT AND LEGAL SYSTEM - The Australian legal system is modelled on the English common law system of judge-made (or case) law and written (statutory) law made by the various parliaments. The federal and state...more

Russia: Secondment is beyond the Law?

Prior to 2014, secondment arrangements had not been clearly regulated by either Russian labor or civil law, with many Russian companies operating under the pretense that as long as it is not forbidden, it might as well be...more

Russia: Reining in the Compensations

The RF Labor Code was amended to address certain issues regarding compensation, including with respect to golden parachutes for state companies' employees, which are now subject to various limits....more

Status Updates - September 2014 #3

..In-tweet purchases. Twitter is testing the ability for its users to make purchases directly from tweets. The popular social network is working with a number of sellers, nonprofits and artists—as well as a small handful of...more

Are You Properly Reimbursing Your Employees?

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

Act Now Advisory: California Court of Appeals Holds That Employees Must Be Reimbursed for Using Personal Cell Phones for...

In Cochran v. Schwan's Home Service Inc., the California Court of Appeals posed the following question: "Does an employer always have to reimburse an employee for the reasonable expense of the mandatory use of a personal cell...more

Russian Employment Law: Terms of Employment and Separation

Terms of Employment. Under Russia’s Labor Code, there is a maximum 40-hour work week for employees, and less than that for certain types of jobs and workers, such as for employees working in dangerous environments or...more

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