Dynamex Revisited

The California Supreme Court shook up the business world with their decision in Dynamex, a case covering the employer/worker relationship that we have discussed at length in this blog. Until recently, the idea of an independent contractor existed in the California workplace. The test the courts used to determine if the worker was in fact…

Summer Vacation Policies

School’s out for summer… And that means many employees are requesting time off for family vacations, making now a great time for your business to review its vacation policy. Vacation policies must be compliant with California law and also meet company needs. While paid vacation is not mandatory in California, if an employer has offered…

Updating Employee Handbooks

Most businesses—of all sizes—have employee handbooks. The handbook is a policy manual that serves as the governing document for the business’s workplace and human resources operations. The handbook not only provides the “playbook” for expectations about workplace practices and culture, but it can also serve as valuable evidence in a lawsuit. An employer should draft…

Company Websites and Applicant Disabilities

In recent employment cases filed in California, plaintiffs — potential job applicants — have alleged California employers have an obligation to make their job application websites accessible to the visually impaired under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), the state’s version of Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Under this law,…