By Jennifer Brown Shaw and Eric J. Glassman | The Daily Recorder | June 7, 2018
The California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Dynamex Operations West v. Lee is a game-changer for businesses that classify individuals as “independent contractors” rather than employees. Businesses must learn the new test for independent contractor status and...
By Jennifer Brown Shaw and Matthew J. Roberts | The Daily Recorder | May 21, 2018
The general rule is that only the employee’s “employer” is liable for wage and hour violations. However, the definition of “employer” is an evolving area of the law. California’s legislature, federal agencies, and courts have expanded traditional notions of the...
By Jennifer Brown Shaw and Brooke Kozak | The Daily Recorder | April 30, 2018
California labor laws generally discourage overtime work by requiring employers to pay a premium for hours worked in excess of eight hours in a workday or 40 hours in a workweek. There are additional premiums for work on the seventh day in the workweek, or work...
By Jennifer Brown Shaw and Eric J. Glassman | The Daily Recorder | April 13, 2018
The new year brought two significant employment laws that expand parental leave rights, but limit employers’ ability to consider applicants’ conviction history. California’s Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) recently proposed regulations to interpret these...
By Jennifer Brown Shaw and Matthew J. Roberts | The Daily Recorder | March 28, 2018
Federal and California agencies conduct workplace inspections for a growing variety of reasons. For example, SB 306, effective January 1, 2018, expanded the California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement’s authority to investigate wage law violations, without a...
By D. Gregory Valenza and Justin Paddock | The Daily Recorder | March 19, 2018
California Assembly Bill (“AB”) 403, the “Legislative Employee Whistleblower Protection Act,” imposes stiff consequences on Members of the Legislature or legislative employees who interfere with a legislative employee’s right to make a “protected disclosure.” The new...
By Jennifer Brown Shaw and Alayna Schroeder | The Daily Recorder | February 27, 2018
It is important for management and owners of small businesses to become familiar with the many laws that allow employees to take time off from work. The key feature of these statutes is job protection – employers are prohibited from firing or taking other negative...
By Jennifer Brown Shaw and Brooke Kozak | The Daily Recorder | February 13, 2018
2017 saw its share of natural disasters in California, including devastating wildfires. Mudslides and an earthquake already have occurred in 2018. Along with the terrible losses, a natural disaster can significantly disrupt business operations, affecting employees and...
By Jennifer Brown Shaw and Eric J. Glassman | The Daily Recorder | January 30, 2018
An employer’s size often dictates the extent of its obligation to provide employees with leaves of absence for a variety of reasons. To make matters more complicated, the laws’ size thresholds are inconsistent. The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and the federal...
By Jennifer Brown Shaw and Justin R. Paddock | The Daily Recorder | January 23, 2018
It just became more difficult for California employers to comply with federal immigration inspections. The California Legislature and the Governor enacted AB 450 in response to recent federal actions related to illegal immigration. Effective January 1, 2018, employers...
By Jennifer Brown Shaw and Brooke Kozak | The Daily Recorder | January 11, 2018
Several of the new employment laws taking effect on January 1, 2018, require employers to change policies, forms, and procedures. Below is a non-exhaustive summary of key updates to employment documents, notices and postings, policies and employee handbooks, internal...
By Jennifer Brown Shaw and Matthew J. Roberts | The Daily Recorder | January 3, 2018
This article is Part 2 of a two-part series providing an overview of new California employment laws. Several new laws taking effect in 2018 will affect how California employers do business. This two-part article summarizes key changes that employers can expect and...
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