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California Labor Commissioner And Attorney General Jointly Answer “Frequently Asked Questions” On Immigration Sweeps

In case you haven’t noticed, immigration has been a hot topic of discussion in the news lately. While debates over Dreamers and the wall have dominated those discussions, the workplace has been swept into it all as well. On...more

Reverse Veil Piercing: A Judgment Against You Can Become A Judgment Against Your Company

It happens all the time. A hard fought lawsuit results in a satisfying judgment. Then it comes time to collect and it turns out the judgment is worth no more than the paper it’s written on. For example, sometimes a party...more

Attorney’s Fees As Damages For Breach Of Contract? A Jury Must Decide

Often times, contracts contain attorney’s fee provisions. These terms allow the prevailing party in any action to enforce the contract to recover its attorney’s fees. Under California Code of Civil Procedure section 1717,...more

Arbitration Agreements Cannot Foreclose A Party’s Right To Seek Public Injunctive Relief Under California’s Consumer Protection...

The California Supreme Court has struck back in its ongoing battle with the United States Supreme Court as to the enforceability of arbitration agreements in consumer contracts. On April 7, 2017, in McGill v. Citibank, the...more

DOL Updates the Minimum Salary for Exempt Employees

Are you sure you’re paying your exempt employees enough? Even if you are right now, you might not be come December 1, 2016. The U.S. Department of Labor unveiled today its long-awaited Final Rule updating the definitions of...more

Pull up a Chair: California Supreme Court Weighs in on Suitable Seating

To sit or not to sit, that is the question. And now the California Supreme Court has given us an answer. Well, sort of. They have told us how to find the answer. Even that’s a stretch. Pull up a seat and I will...more

Employers Can Demand Departing Employees Repay Training Costs

Training new employees is expensive. That is particularly true when an employer offers to pay for an employee’s educational training. The benefits of doing so include a more educated and well-trained workforce, as well as...more

California’s New Equal Pay Laws Promise to Bring More Litigation

Equal pay claims just got a lot tougher to defend in California. Last month, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 358, a new law which aims to curb a statewide pay disparity between men and women. The law, dubbed the California...more

Ninth Circuit Says Employee Who Made Death Threats Against His Co-Workers Could Not Sue His Employer For Disability Discrimination

Joining similar holdings from several other circuits, the Ninth Circuit recently held in Mayo v. PCC Structurals, Inc. that a depressed employee who threatened to kill his co-workers and was thereafter fired was not a...more

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