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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 © 2018, 2017. All rights reserved.


California Supreme Court: A Downside to Arbitration

By D. Gregory Valenza | | May 30, 2019

Employers should remember that arbitration is not a panacea. There are pros and cons, as with most things. The California Supreme Court today unanimously reminded everybody of one of the pitfalls.  The case is Heimlich v. Shivji and the opinion is here.   The...

California Reporting Time / Call-Back Pay Update

By D. Gregory Valenza | | May 15, 2019

Well, the California Supreme Court denied review in the Ward v. Tilly's case.  Here's our original post about the Court of Appeal's decision. Here's our firm's article.   The California Supreme Court's refusal to hear the case is very bad news for California employers...

Court of Appeal: Arbitration Agreements May Apply Retroactively

By D. Gregory Valenza | | May 13, 2019

Let's say that an employee has been working for a business for 30 years or so, and then the employer issues an arbitration agreement.  Does it apply to claims that may have arisen before the agreement was signed? That's one of the issues the Court of Appeal addressed...

New DLSE Opinion Letter on Dynamex Independent Contractor Ruling

By D. Gregory Valenza | | May 8, 2019

The California Labor Commissioner's counsel has issued an opinion letter, expanding the reach of California Supreme Court's ruling in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court (2018) 4 Cal.5th 903.  You can find the opinion letter here. If you need a refresher...

San Francisco Employers – Two Items

By D. Gregory Valenza | | April 5, 2019

If your business operates in San Francisco, you may wish to note these two upcoming obligations. First, on July 1, 2019, the San Francisco minimum wage increases to $15.59 per hour.  Yes, you'll need a new poster. And you can find that poster, along with other...


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