What’s New in Employment Law?
Welcome to Shaw Law Group, PC’s law blog. We will focus on employment law developments, particularly in California. Nothing in this forum should be construed as legal advice, ’cause it isn’t. So, please consult your lawyer or hire us! (We typically represent employers, not employees). Also – this is a public website, so communications are not privileged. Copyright Shaw Law Group, PC © 2017. All rights reserved.
By D. Gregory Valenza | | February 19, 2018
Have you read about AB 450, California's new law limiting employers' cooperation with federal immigration enforcement? Well, you should. Our recent article about the law is here. The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement has issued some FAQs here. The law, among...
By D. Gregory Valenza | | 12/21/2017
I'm sure you've heard about the new tax law, and you probably have an opinion. But did you know that the new law includes an employment law issue? The final Tax and Jobs Act included a little discussed provision that says this: I'm no tax lawyer. But one time I...
By D. Gregory Valenza | | 12/21/2017
The IRS issued a notice increasing the Standard Mileage Rate to $0.545, up from $0.535 in 2017. This is the rate at which many employers reimburse employees for personal use of their vehicles. The new rate takes effect on January 1, 2018. The IRS notice is here. ...
By D. Gregory Valenza | | 12/9/2017
Hello, everyone. It's been a while. Not much. How about you? OK, no more 70's lyrics. I've been off the blog for a while. But I am starting my New Year's resolution early. So, here goes with a few random updates. For a more comprehensive (much longer and complete)...
By D. Gregory Valenza | | July 14, 2017
So, let's say an employee works at a single retail store. He decides to sue under the Private Attorneys General Act for a low-dollar alleged wage-hour violation. A company might fight such a claim because the risk of doing so is limited. But then the employee asks...
By D. Gregory Valenza | | 6/30/2017
The San Francisco minimum wage goes up to $14.00 per hour on July 1. Go to a restaurant to celebrate. No, not that restaurant. It closed last month. No, not that one either. Might have to settle for a coffee. Anyone know where to find a place that sells coffee in...
By D. Gregory Valenza | | 5/8/2017
The California Supreme Court issued a long-awaited ruling on California's "Day of Rest" statutes, contained in the Labor Code at sections 551-558. The Court's ruling is important for employers with workforces that do not work traditional Monday-Friday schedules....
By D. Gregory Valenza | | 4/20/2017
When an employee resigns, the employer is not obligated to allow the employee to change her mind without evidence that the employer "coerced" the resignation or somehow tricked the employee or engaged in misconduct. That's an important ruling for employers, who...
By D. Gregory Valenza | | 04/10/2017
I can't blog about this in detail, because, well, it's our case. #HumbleBrag Quickly though - the California Supreme Court just held, 7-0, that there is no jury trial available under Health and Safety Code section 1278.5. Naturally, we're pleased about this result....
By D. Gregory Valenza | | 03/23/2017
The Ninth Circuit decided that a "bonus" formula that deducted from the bonus calculation overtime paid on the base wage was an end-run around the appropriate calculation of the regular rate of pay. Therefore, the bonus violated the federal Fair Labor Standards Act...
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