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Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 3/20-3/24

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week...more

Paying Most Sales Employees Purely on Draw and Commission No Longer Lawful In California

Last month a California appellate court held that an employer violates California law by paying inside sales employees on a draw against commission. In Vaquero v. Stoneledge Furniture LLC, the court held that such a pay...more

California Appellate Court Rules that - Like Piece Rate Workers - Employees Paid Commissions Are Entitled to Separate Rest Break...

A California appellate court ruled on February 28, 2017, in Vaquero v. Stoneledge Furniture LLC, that employees paid on a commission basis must be separately compensated for legally required rest breaks if their wages are...more

California Auto Dealers Beware: Commission-Paid Dealership Employees Entitled To Separate Rest Period Pay

A California appellate court ruled on February 28, 2017, that employees paid on a commission basis must be separately compensated for legally required rest periods (Vaquero v. Stoneledge Furniture LLC). Although this decision...more

California Court Rules Commission-Paid Employees Are Entitled To Separate Rest Period Pay

A California appellate court ruled yesterday that workers paid on a commission basis must be separately compensated for legally required rest periods (Vaquero v. Stoneledge Furniture LLC). When combined with a state Supreme...more

Window Closes Today! Employer Should Provide Notice Before this Opportunity is Gone!

WINDOW CLOSES TODAY! Employers who wish to take advantage of the safe harbor provision of California’s new piece rate legislation, must provide notice to the Director of Industrial Relations by July 28, 2016. The...more

A Bump in the Road for California’s Piece Rate Employers

On Monday, July 25, 2016, the Fresno County Superior Court denied a request to postpone the deadline for qualified employers to notify the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) of their election to participate in the...more

Court Places CA Piece-Rate Pay Statute’s July 1 “Safe Harbor” Filing Deadline on Hold

On June 30, 2016, Judge Jeffrey Hamilton of the California Superior Court in Fresno County granted a temporary restraining order (TRO) preventing the enforcement of various aspects of California’s new piece-rate pay statute,...more

Court Enjoins Enforcement of “Safe Harbor” Deadline for Piece Rate Law

Seyfarth Synopsis: A court has temporarily suspended the deadline for employers to elect the statutory “safe harbor” for purposes of complying with recent legislation that makes it even more difficult for employers that pay...more

Caution! Construction Zone: A Piece-Rate Compensation System Can Be An Effective Tool For Construction Businesses, But What About...

If your business involves construction, then you may be familiar with the concept of piece-rate compensation. Under this system, employees are paid based on the number of units, or pieces, they complete, rather than on the...more

Piece-Rate Employers Face a December 15, 2016 Deadline to Utilize a Safe Harbor or Risk Getting Caught in a Storm

As we have previously reported, in October 2015, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 1513. The bill created California Labor Code Section 226.2, which requires employers to pay employees who are compensated on a piece-rate...more

Gimme Shelter: A Safe Harbor Deadline Looms for California Piece-Rate Employers

Piece-rate employers in California have faced a surge of class action lawsuits in recent years seeking substantial sums for the failure to separately pay for rest breaks and nonproductive time. On January 1, 2016, California...more

California’s New Rest Period Requirements for Piece-Rate Workers

California law requires that employers authorize and permit their employees to take rest periods based on the total hours worked in a day. Employers must authorize and permit 10 minutes net rest time for every four hours...more

Employment Law - February 2016

In Equal Pay Push, EEOC to Collect Pay Data From Employers - Why it matters - On the anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, President Barack Obama announced that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

New Employment Laws for California Public Employers

As in years past, 2016 brings important changes to employment laws in California — a state that continues to be a challenging environment for employers. Employment issues ranging from healthy workplaces and gender...more

Best in Law: Key Changes in Employment Laws for 2016

Partner Cynthia Germano shares the year’s most notable employment-related laws in the Press-Enterprise. A number of California labor and employment laws went into effect on New Year’s Day that employers are tasked with...more

New California Employment Laws of Particular Interest to the Hospitality Industry

SB 588: Expanded Individual Liability For Owner, Director, Officer or Managing Agent - Senate Bill No. 588, the "California Fair Day's Pay Act," amends or adds 13 statutory sections to California's Labor Code or Code of...more

No Peace for Piece Rate Employers

As 2015 drew to a close, the DLSE issued several publications regarding California’s new piece-rate legislation, AB 1513, reminding California employers that it is now even more difficult to pay employees on a piece-rate...more

Legislative Updates Employers Should Know About to Avoid Wringing in the New Year

The California legislature played an active role in 2015 by enacting new rules and amendments in many employment areas. The following covers some of the key highlights, some of which became effective on January 1, 2016. Equal...more

A New Year = New Laws for California Employers

It’s that time again – a new year means new laws and regulations for California employers. Below we summarize new legislation that will affect employers doing business in California. Unless otherwise indicated, the new laws...more

New California Labor and Employment Laws for 2016

As in recent years, the California Legislature passed and Gov. Jerry Brown signed numerous labor and employment bills into law in 2015. Each become effective on Jan. 1, 2016, unless otherwise stated. This Alert highlights the...more

California’s Employment Law Class of 2016: The Laws, Their Effects and Our Recommendations for Compliance

Each year, the California legislature, historically the most active and expansive of state regulators, reexamines the relationship between employers and their workforces and emerges with a multitude of employment law...more

California Employers: Are You Ready for 2016?

The California Legislature has been busy throughout 2015 enacting new laws as holiday “gifts” for California employers. Here are 5 things to look out for in 2016. 1. Minimum Wage Increase - Effective January 1,...more

California Employment Law Update: What’s New for 2016?

The California legislature continued its focus on expanding legal remedies for employees in California. Many of the new laws for 2016, such as the Fair Pay Act and expanded Labor Commissioner powers, make significant changes...more

Legislative Developments Affecting California Employers In 2016

This year has brought many changes that will impact all California employers. This annual report from Greenberg Glusker’s Employment Department summarizes some of the most important employment law developments that will...more

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